@B2W-Hate to admit it, but I agree with most of what you're saying.
There are some names on that site, which have previously been alleged to be involved in collusion. If they're the real people behind those names, then this gentleman does have a potential collusion situation.
With respect to "bidders who only bid if they can steal the item"--they're everywhere. I think they play just as important a role as the bidders who win all the ipads, ipods, game systems and laptops. Albeit, they don't contribute as much to the site financially as the big winners, they play a role.
As for tagging...agreed--it has become a standard and, frankly, I prefer it. I prefer knowing who I'm gonna have to fight with, before the fight has begun and especially before I'm deeply comitted to an auction. Tagging is not a bad thing, but implicit agreements, by means of outside communication, are a problem.
"There are many bidder that are cheering you on of which some of these bidders would never consider paying retail for an auction item infact they complain about the PB's that will." --this is a little over-stated...I really don't think there's anything wrong with a bidder who has no desire to go to retail. Don't all of us come to these sites looking for a deal? If people want to pay retail, just got to a retailer...sort of destroys the whole penny model, doesn't it? If they have the fortitude to stop when they've reached their pre-set limit, then kudos to them. Alot of us could save alot of $$$ if we just put the brakes on once in awhile (myself included).
The over-stated part..."...they complain about PB's that will." (go to retail) I think they complain about PB's that will pay 3x, 4x and 5x retail, not just go to retail. I think they complain about PB's that will go 3x retail to win the 100th ipad of their bidding career. I think they complain because they perceive that even if they wanted to take on one of the PB's, they fear retribution for legitimate competition. The dynamic of big fish/little fish is not so simple in the penny world, IMHO. I'm not saying these folks are right, just saying it goes slightly deeper than your assertion.
Now, the part I'd like to contribute to this dialogue, and it is strictly speculation and opinion...
to dssATpw (sorry the "@" makes it look like an email in my post)--What I have seen as the demise of some penny sites, not all, is the following:
1. Allowing bidders to exchange their wins for bids at retail price. This may seem like a good idea up front, but it does little to even the playing field and, frankly, it creates an uneven playing field. I use 3 bids to bid on a $25 gift card that I know no one is interested in and then exchange that 3 bid investment for 50 bids (just a hypothetical). Meanwhile, the unwitting bidders who are bidding wildly on the 50 bid pack, did not know they were able to exchange their wins for bids. I'm not saying you're doing this, but if it has been proposed to you by any of your bidders, that should be a red flag.
2. Allowing bidders to exchange the $50 toilet store gift card for the $50 electronics superstore gift card (or worse yet, paypal cash). Again, not saying it's happening, but if it has been proposed to you, that should be a red flag. Whatever is advertised in the auction, should be the product awarded, unless you have a clearly stated exchange policy in your T&C or in the auction description. Certain bidders will scoop up the unpopular auctions, knowing that they can exchange them for the popular items or for paypal cash. If it's not clearly stated somewhere, it's unfair to those who were not privvy to the exchange.
3. Giving away free bids, which are not available to all users. Again, not saying you're doing this, just pointing it out. If theres a SNAFU and you give the victim bidder some bids for the SNAFU, that's different, but when bids are being offered merely as a reward for participcation, they should be available to all bidders. If bidders are begging you for free bids for pointing things out or making suggestions, this should be a red flag.
If any of your "whales" fall into the above categories, then I believe you're on the right path with restricting them or cutting off their perks. If they do not, then perhaps a little growth will spur more competition (as B2W said).
OK, I've rambled enough. Best of luck to you!! My experience so far has been great. I won an auction yesterday and received a shipping notice within hours of the auction's end. Kudo's to you pennywarriors for that!! woot
What is your definition of Collusion? *huh*
As far as exchanging a win for bids, I must disagree. Why is this a "Red Flag?" The PA's who do offer bids in exchange for wins, are not suffering for it. No need to worry about PayPal cash exchanges. lol I seriously doubt if this is an option you will ever see on Warriors.
And lastly, as far as the "Whales" on Warriors... there are win limits in place. You have to work around that, if you aren't willing to battle a Whale. From what I have observed so far, it is the Whales who are contributing the most to the financial success of Warriors.
If it is imperative to cut off the Whale's perks, then perhaps new win limits should be considered for everyone, not just the Whales. One win a day should take care of the Whale's, the Jumpers & the Bidders who complain if they don't win for a couple of cents.
Lastly, as far as exchanges... I see nothing wrong with asking a PA to exchange one Gas Card, for another one that is available in their area. Same would be true of the Grocery Store Gift Cards, etc. There has to be balance... Extremes in either direction will not keep a PA at the top of the list.
Happy Bidding to All! woot