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RockyBid - Penny Auctions with a Twist

Updated on November 11, 2009

RockyBid is a penny auction with a twist. You might be surprised by what's happening here.

Millions of seconds ago our forefathers gassed up the F150 and drove off in search of auctions. They scoured country roads looking for deals. Today we click our mice at sites like RockyBid.com. RockyBid is another entry in the online Penny Auction niche. Like BidCactus andd Swoopo, bidding on RockyBid costs next to nothing, but do you get what you pay for? Let's find out together.

On our first visit, RockyBid offered 102 items for bidding. All the items were new and selected by the site managers; don't bother to try emptying your basement here. RockyBid doesn't offer any mechanism for selling your used Yugo.

The RockyBid.com Home Page
The RockyBid.com Home Page

RockyBid offers a wide range of items after which to lust. From gold bullion to Slingshot Flying Monkeys (huh?), there's something for every inveterate bidder. Bidding starts at one penny or 15 pennies, depending on the item (what's the difference?). Bidding costs 75 cents and the bid increment locks in at one penny. Your minimum investment is $14.99 for 20 bids. Incredibly, a 750 bid package also exists. It'll set you back $500.

Registration is free and includes 2 free bids. When's the last time eBay gave you something free?

RockyBid creates customer loyalty through a points reward system. Earn points by bidding on auctions, then redeem them at the company store for gift cards from major companies. Even losers win something. Quoting the RockyBid site: "if you lose one auction, don't worry, you can use the value of the bids to pay the price of a future winning auction within 30 days." We're not sure what that means, but it sounds friendly.

Gold Bullion for auction at RockyBid.com
Gold Bullion for auction at RockyBid.com
Slingshot Flying Monkey for auction at RockyBid.com
Slingshot Flying Monkey for auction at RockyBid.com

Auctions last for a few hours to as long as several days. We noted a Motorola Sidekick, retail price $250, with over 2 days remaining. At that time the item had been bid up to 2 cents. Obviously that's a fantastic price for a Motorola Sidekick. You could sell it on eBay for much more even if you decide not to keep it.

A RockyBid auction for a Motorola cell phone.
A RockyBid auction for a Motorola cell phone.

Auction History

RockyBid lists over 800 items in their auction history. You can navigate through the entire list, but a search feature would be nice. We observed a $900 LCD television that sold for $29.60. Assuming 75 cents per 1 penny bid increment, RockyBid raked in $2220 over the life of the auction. Perhaps we are in the wrong business.

Everyone has a right to make a profit. The information is all there on the site; cheers for RobkyBid if they are able to create a niche that becomes this profitable.

Questions are Begged

Who chose the name "RockyBid"? Hopefully your bidding experience won't be rocky. The company logo includes rugged mountains; perhaps the company servers reside in Denver.

Why do some auctions start at one penny and others at 15 pennies? Perhaps an NSA-funded study revealed a psychological price-point at 15 cents? We are stumped.

RockyBid.com lists over 800 items in their auction history
RockyBid.com lists over 800 items in their auction history

Conclusion

RockyBid.com looks like fun. Collect your 2 free bids and take a chance.

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      nicomp really 6 years ago from Ohio, USA

      Ernest De Brew:

      "I will check the website out.

      I searched nickel auctions or higher. No success.

      I think that the bids the auction companies are so expensive."

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      nicomp really 6 years ago from Ohio, USA

      Penny Auctions 78 minutes ago

      "Thanks for the hub, appreciate it so much."

      You're welcome!

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      nicomp really 6 years ago from Ohio, USA

      orange bidz wrote...

      "I am penny auction for abut 2 years. In last 2 years, I've visited lots of penny auction site. Most of them are good, few are untrusted. I can recommend you to visit (redacted) . I think you can trust that site. Thanks for the article indeed."

      Thanks, Orangy!

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      nicomp really 6 years ago from Ohio, USA

      Mike 18 minutes ago

      Ive had alot of luck on this site with 200 bids Ive won around 8 gift cards not bad for a beginner

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      John 7 years ago

      I have had more luck on www.sellmoo.com

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      sd70mac 7 years ago

      Rocky bids is a scam. I bid an item over 200 bids and the other guy never let up. I figure other bidder bid more then item worth. I went into history and found same bidders winning all the time. They keep winning the same stuff over and over. Bid2win won 3 HD TV's, 4 Wii's, 3 ebooks? Auction limits didnt mean anything. He won a mini PC over $300 and then bid on a camera over $600 in the next 12 hours. Come on ! Check out action history..BEWARE !!!!!

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      rebepa333 7 years ago from New York State : )

      Great Penny Auction HUB!

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      nicomp really 7 years ago from Ohio, USA

      @TKE532: Other sites, including eBay, have the same issues.

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      TKE532 7 years ago

      I recently joined bidcactus and went through the site for a couple of hours. My concern (maybe, I'm just paranoid) is that there is bidcactus employees who just plainly bid against you to increase costs. If they have unlimited bid ability why not do that and if they win a couple who cares they just repost the item later. Anyone else paranoid like me?

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      royalflush 7 years ago

      I do not understand what bidding your lowest bid means?

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      nicomp really 7 years ago from Ohio, USA

      @J.B.DUDLEY: Thanks!

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      nicomp really 8 years ago from Ohio, USA

      Thanks!

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      Hannah 8 years ago

      Very interesting. Nice research.

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      nicomp really 8 years ago from Ohio, USA

      Thanks!

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      coolbidder 8 years ago

      nice writeup