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Another Penny Auction that will Remain Nameless - Is it Worth the Trouble?
Note: The auction site really exists. However, the name
of the site has been redacted from this hub because the Terms and
Conditions posted on the actual site are so threatening.
is yet another entry into the penny auction niche.They have their own
way of dealing with recalcitrant bidders, as we shall explain shortly.
first struggle we faced was dealing with the domain name. It's a little
long and does not appear to make sense if you try to break it into
English words. Perhaps if we add some capital letters we can find some
That didn't help. No clue on that front.
Anyway, bidding costs money and all auctions are new items The opening bid is always a penny. Except when it's not a penny. There are some other unique types of auctions described on the site, but none of them seemed to be running at the time.
<NameWitheld> is similar to RockyBid and BidCactus.
The home page includes a set of screen widgets that ostensibly list
items currently up for auction. There's a message imploring you to
hurry up and bid since " these auctions are about to end". All the
timers were over 1.5 hours, with the longest timer set to over 5 hours.
Unfortunately the timers weren't updating, nor were the bid amounts. We
pressed F5 (refresh) repeatedly but nothing changed. We were using the
most current version of Firefox under Windows XP. Perhaps you must
register and log in if you desire real-time action?
The 8 items up for auction were interesting; Sponge Bob Wii game, Wilson Football, Olive Garden gift card, Guitar Hero for xBox, Jung Fu Pando for Wii, Lowe's gift card, and a 500 piece poker chip set. Five of the items were stuck at 1 cent. The Olive Garden gift card had rocketed to 7 cents and the Sponge Bob Wii game rested at 2 cents. If you have a moment, check the site and report back here to let us know if the auctions ever update.
Caveat - Terms and Conditions
We did find a very Interesting paragraph in the Terms and Conditions. Actually, the word "interesting" may be an understatement. According to the <NameWitheld> web site a member who disputes any charge from PayPal or <NameWitheld> Auctions will be held in breach of contract and will begin to incur charges at a rate of $500 per hour to a maximum of $5000. <NameWitheld> promises to refer these breaches to a collection agency if payment is not made within 5 days.
That's a steep price for a little penny-based entertainment bidding. Don't mess with the people who have your credit card number.
Bidding costs ... well, we couldn't find it. Honestly. We tried. Perhaps you need to register in order to see the fee schedule, but registration obligates you to provide your name, address, and telephone number. After reading the Terms and Conditions page, we were extremely hesitant to provide such information.