Penny auctions sites are the latest thing to take the capture the heart of internet users across the globe. The phenomenon started in the USA, but as with all things American, they have swiftly crossed the Atlantic and on to the rest of the world. The UK is no exception, and the live auctions are really taking off over here.
However, with so many new sites arriving on the internet every month or so, it can be difficult to choose the right site; the site with which you feel comfortable and have fun. Here we have produced a quick guide to help you to find the best auction sites for your tastes.
The Company Itself
The first thing that you want to consider is the company behind the auction. Here are some of the things to think about here:
1. Is the company based in the same country from which you are playing? This is important for several reasons. Firstly, it will mean that they speak your language, and this makes communication much easier. Secondly, if anything goes wrong, you have recourse to the laws of your own country – so they are much more likely to look after you, it will be a pain for you to seek legal proceedings (should you need too, but this is rare) on an international level.
2. Make sure that they offer secure systems, such as payment security (e.g. PayPal, Visa Verify, etc.).
3. Make sure that the site is easy to navigate – this means that they have taken the time to create a site that their customers will love, and further proves that they have customer loyalty at heart.
The Types of Products Offered
A good, well established, site will offer a fantastic range of products. They should have a range that appeals to all tastes and that are of a good quality. Some common items that show the site is a good one include iPods, Laptops, Xbox, PlayStation, Washing machines, Gift cards, household accessories, etc. These items should all be new and should come with manufacturer’s warrantee.
A good site will have details of past winners. They will list all the latest bids that have been won, and provide details of the winner’s name. If they do not show this then you will have no way of evaluating whether or not the site has many winners, or the frequency of the win. A good site will have a high volume of winners, and these winners should be varied (i.e. you should not see the same username winning too often).
A Range of Bidding Packages to Suit a Range of Budgets
These sites should be catering to everyone, even those on a small budget. They should not be forcing their customers to buy packages that they cannot afford. A good range of budget packages should start at, around, £5. A good site will also offer new customers free bids with which to sample the site without making any financial commitments.