Why do you have to charge any shipping on gift cards? I think people are more likely to spend more on bids for an item with free shipping.
There is a shipping charge on the gift cards mostly because I have tried to emulate in some aspects what people are used to. Sites like bidcactus.com which charges almost $6 to ship a gift card and rockybid which charges $4 to ship a gift card.
In this consideration - Beginners auctions will NOT have a shipping charge for gift cards (even if listed in the description).
Some win limits, fewer bid packs (and limiting how many you can win), and maybe some cheaper gift cards (2 $25 cards instead of 1 $50 card) might make this site more enticing.
Heres the changes (I also put them in the updates thread)
Instead of 1 $50 card there will be two $25 cards - one as a beginners auction and one as a regular auction
Instead of (1) 50 or 25 bid bidpack i'll have (2) - (1) of them will be a smaller amount like 10, 15, 20 which will be a regular auction and (1) will be the same amount 25,50,75 as now BUT will be a beginners auction.
And, yes, you did communicate well on PAW and offered many, many auctions in the beginning. But, if I am incorrect and I will certainly apologize if I am wrong, I seem to remember that most of those auctions were for baseball trading cards. I am not a baseball card collector, so preferred not to waste my bids on those auctions.
The first day of the site had -
3 Gift Cards, 10 bidpacks and some other memorabilia type stuff
The Second day had -
3 gift cards, 4 bidpacks, and again some other stuff
The third day had -
3 gift cards, 3 bidpacks, and again some other stuff
I gave everyone the same opportunities to get in on ALL of the thank you items that were being offered exclusively to PAW members at that time. The people that got ahead and won allot of auctions were the ones who took a firm foothold in the beginning within the first few days.
As far as having "very few 'active' users"....again, I can't help but feel that the lack of win limits has very much to do with that. All one has to do is look at the ended auctions, figure out who has most of the "free" bids, know their overall bidding history, and determine what they think their own chance of winning is. People are not going to invest in a site where they feel they have a minimal chance of winning.
Without being able to see what I see from my side of the keyboard you will not understand why looking at the past auctions and who has won what without being able to see how many bids were spent by that same user is a very BAD thing and very deceiving and miss leading. If you had all of this information the results would surprise you.
Just a quick though - maybe this thread should be in the discussion topic and not the reviews as we have turned it into a discussion rather than a review from users of the site?
Edited by Bargainsandfun, 11 January 2010 - 04:32 PM.
added quick thought!