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Started by laurakeppel , Jan 21 2011 11:47 PM
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Okay, from reading a number of posts, I know most of you do not like the "lowest unique" bidder sites. I have to tell you, though, that thesmartbid.com is different. If you are good at game theory at all, then this is the site. The customer service is OUTSTANDING! I had a few minor problems, and Nicole was so attentive I wanted to buy her dinner.:rolleyes:
The site doesn't seem to have many users and personally, I would like to keep it that way since it makes it easier for me to win. Honestly though, this is a site that should be gettting more traffic. Good array of products and it doesn't cost you twice as much to win as at does on sites like quibids.

Love this site and I think you should check it out.

I believe that they are offering all bids back on Saturday. What could be better????

Edited by laurakeppel, 21 January 2011 - 11:52 PM.


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Thanks for the love Laura!

We are indeed offering all bids back auctions this whole weekend! Ever wanted to bid on high end, top of the line products without the fear of losing money? We got your back! We are bringing back our "ALL BIDS BACK" auctions this weekend - Win or get all your bids back for a select few auctions on the hottest items like iPad, HDTV and more!

All your bids will be returned if you don't win in our All Bids Back auctions - they will be returned as free bids to your account as soon as the auctions close and you are free to use them in our regular auctions right away. These auctions are clearly demarcated with a black border and a gift icon on top left corner.

Check our awesome bids back auctions and start winning!

Good luck!
SmartBid Team

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Awesome Saturday at SmartBid! We have MacBook Air, the latest Coach handbag and iPad for Sunday’s bids back auctions and a special coupon for PAW folks – use “PAW10″ to get 10% bonus bids on every purchase!

Do you need any more reasons to play – Go to SmartBid now and play risk free! Good luck.
SmartBid Team

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Hello everyone. I am new to both Smartbid, penny auctions in general and being registered on PAW. I do read alot here and am glad there is this forum. I still am having trouble learning how to look things up here on Penny Auction Watch but i am going to keep trying!

Anyway, I am taking a moment to relate my experience on Smartbid.com. I found this site quite interesting. Much better than just going on a site and clicking on BID BUTTON a hundred times.

To me at first it seemed a little more costly to bid (but quickly you will see that it is not really, when you consider how many times you have to bid on the other highest bid to win auctions sites). There are lower and higher costs to bid depending on the prize, and whether you bid at the beginning or at the end of the auction ( the beginning is half price!) They have auctions you can get your regular bids back (not as free or voucher bids) if you dont win when you bid early! (look for a shield). You can develope a stratagy on how to find lowest and keep it. It requires some thought so start in the smaller ones and go from there. Know who you are bidding against. Like any site there are dominant bidders so do your homework. I look at auction sites like a trip to casino...only bid what you can afford! Everyone knows how fast you lose your money at the casinos! I enjoy the auctions at Smartbid!

****I have won Amex cards, Ipod, Macy cards and Apple Ipad. Everything I won, I have received shipping information by email and it was received by me very, VERY timely.
I find this site to be a refreshing change of pace.
By FAR, the best thing about the site is you ALWAYS get promt reply to any questions or comments. Talk to them before you buy, during an auction, afterwards............they will take time to explain ANYTHING you want to know about, in a refreshingly timely response.
They WANT your feedback to make them better.
You also get email alerts to let you know if an auction you are bidding on has a status change (ending soon, new lowest unique bid, Etc).
They have kinda a "second chance" auction section (called Rewards bids) you can check out too. Like using the same bids used but didnt you didnt win with on a regular auction.

I made suggestion to them. They took a look and in short amount of time, acted on it. (Probably I was not the only one with this particular suggestion, I have no way to know that.)

So I am glad to recommend it is pleasant and fun. Don't have a negative thing to say about Smartbid.
I am a very satisfied participant only..with no reason to mislead anyone. I am not getting anything to participate on Penny Watch Auction site from anywhere.
I will highly recommend to all.
Thanks for listening. Enjoy.

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I very much agree with cathy. at first you do need to be aware of what you are spending, but start with small auctions, focus on a few.
they offer great stuff and love the reward auctions. i love the game theory involved. yes, do your homework.
great customer service!!
would love to see auctions end sooner that sit idle for a bit, only because i am biting at the bit right now to bid but have to wait for a few to end. i think it's fun!!
hope to see a little more of everything! this may end up being one of 3 sites I will use regularly.
TheSmart Bid has very fair win limits which with just a couple more auctions offered a day, would be perfect site for those that have a small amount of cash to spend AND for those that can spend any amount-- and be on the site at same time. it would even be cool to offer an occasional auction that a max number of bids could be used and a little guy might win over a big guy for higher priced item..........but i know that would be tricky. :-)
I recommend for sure!
If you want something a little different, check out TheSmartBid!!!!
Thanks TSB, for offering something better!!

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Rocky
That is a GREAT suggestion about a max limit auction! Wish I had thought of it!

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Thank You to both Cathy and Rocky!

Excellent suggestion Rocky! We are thinking about a bid cap around blocking too many bids as arguably that takes the fun away! The only reason we don't have a maximum bid cap is that otherwise if you are like one bid away from winning and can't bid - you would feel really frustrated!

Having said that, SuperBowl is almost here! Are you ready for the BIG game this weekend? Who are you rooting for? Show your team pride and receive double bonus bids! Use "STEELERS" or "PACKERS" for an instant 10% bonus - If your team wins we will double your bonus bids after the game is over!

Show your team pride - Use "STEELERS" or "PACKERS" to double your bonus bids!

Note: The contest ends at the start of the SuperBowl. Supporting both teams is a no go :) You have to stick to one team otherwise you will be disqualified from the double bonus bids draw! We will be running a bunch of cool HDTVs over this weekend - Bid now to get them home and see the action in real HD!

Good Luck!
SmartBid Team

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I have never used the Lowest Unique Bidder type auction before, but I have to tell you I LOVE IT!!!! I have won a few auctions over there and its the most fun I've ever had on an auction site!! Love love love it!!

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I previously made some comments about how this site was impossible. well i was terribly wrong. once i got some strategy, I ended up doing pretty darn well. It's quickly becoming my favorite site just because it really is like a puzzle so things seem to be a bit more even amongst the players. great site!

not to mention i get to lay down some bids and then leave. my only suggestion is it would be nice if the site could send those "last call" emails in phone text message form. I dont really like syncing my email with my phone, so I dont get notified when i get emails.
those "last call" emails can be really beneficial depending on how your strategy is set up.
great site though

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Thanks for the love guys! We wanted to give a shout out to all PAW peeps about our President's day special "ALL Bids Back" auctions - Win or get all your bids back for a select few auctions on the hottest items including a Royal Caribbean luxury cruise getaway!

Play in All Bids Back auctions and use the "BIDSBACK" coupon for a 10% bonus!

These special auctions are shown at the top of the homepage with an American flag hat on the top left corner - check out our blog for more details. This time, these auctions will be part of regular win limits so that everyone has a chance to win!

Have a wonderful President's day weekend!

Good Luck!
SmartBid Team
thesmartbid.com

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The site is terrific. I had no idea what I was doing when I started out. But the bids weren't wasted. I got a second chance with them, and got to figure out the unique strategy behind lowest unique bid auctions with the reward auctions. The support is super responsive. In no time, I've been able to get the basics, so much so that in my first week I've actually won a couple auctions. This is now one of my favorite sites.

This is my post to the article about TheSmartBid:

TheSmartBid rocks. If the traditional penny auction format resembles two Neanderthals facing off in a circle, battering each other with clubs, until one submits, TheSmartBid is closer to chess. For fans of advanced game theory, the lowest unique bid format, especially as adapted by this website, puts a premium on careful strategy and plotting (neither of which I am any good at). At the same time, the website has fantastic and super-responsive customer service. Best of all, their second-chance auctions (reward auctions) and their bid-risk-free auctions allow you to figure out how the format works. This is a great website if you are bored with the traditional penny auction format.

Edited by muchomaas, 22 February 2011 - 07:34 AM.


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so if i understand the concept correctly, should i have the desire to take every bid spot, I would basically be guaranteed to win that item because at least one of my bids would end up being the lowest, correct? I understand the cost of doing so would surpass the item, and would be a waste of money.

I just wanted to make sure I get.

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also, how do you determine exactly when an auction closes? i see the 40% bid left warnings, but at what point is the auction over.

Thanks!

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Smart bid is an amazing site! It is very easy to win! I won $5 in bids for just $0.01! And it only took one bid to win that.

My favorite auction website!
woot

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Sorry, i was trying to put the heart in the title!

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also, how do you determine exactly when an auction closes? i see the 40% bid left warnings, but at what point is the auction over.

Thanks!


Each auction only has a certain number of bids that can be placed and then the auction closes. however if one is using the multiple bid button and there is only 4 bids before auction would close and you want to place 20 bids with multiple bid button it will take all the bids you have in multiple bids before closing.

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Smart bid is an amazing site! It is very easy to win! I won $5 in bids for just $0.01! And it only took one bid to win that.

My favorite auction website!
woot


Thanks the love yellow0102! Happy Bidding :)

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so if i understand the concept correctly, should i have the desire to take every bid spot, I would basically be guaranteed to win that item because at least one of my bids would end up being the lowest, correct? I understand the cost of doing so would surpass the item, and would be a waste of money.


Hi Jason, Thanks for asking! Although it would be fun to block all the places - We have checks and balances in the system that would not let you do that :) - We call this fair bidding rule!

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Each auction only has a certain number of bids that can be placed and then the auction closes. however if one is using the multiple bid button and there is only 4 bids before auction would close and you want to place 20 bids with multiple bid button it will take all the bids you have in multiple bids before closing.


Thanks badeacon for helping out Jason here. Every auction has a maximum number of bids and auction closes as soon as we get the last bid. In the closing part of the auction we only give a hint about how many bids left (eg 20 or less) in order not to give any advantage to the late bidders. So, in that phase up to 20 bids would be allowed in order to prevent gaming of the system. Hope this helps!

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We are introducing special bid pack charity auctions to help the victims of devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Participate in our red cross marked bid pack auctions - for every member participating in these auctions, SmartBid will donate $1 to Red Cross to support disaster relief efforts and help those affected by the earthquake in Japan and tsunami throughout the Pacific.

Click here to return to SmartBid and bid on charity auctions!

Spread the word - with your help, we will raise money that will directly help hundreds of victims who need help now. Thank You for your generosity and Happy Bidding!

Play Smart, Win BIG
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