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Let me start at the beginning. I saw a MacBook Pro on Craigslist for $520 (the 13.3" one that goes for $1200 at the Apple Store). The price was so low that I thought it might be a scam but I thought it couldn't hurt to email the seller and see where it got me. I did and here's the email I got back:

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Hey,
Sorry it took me a while to respond, but I sold it already, you might want to check out BozBids I picked up 2 brand new ones for under $70.

Since the holidays no one is online, no one is bidding, it's like xmas all over again.
The trick is to bid only when the counter hits 4 seconds.

If I can do it anyone can. Bozbids also has a Guarantee

Good luck
Janet
So I went to this site for kicks and to check it out. At first it seemed unbelievable how low auctions were ending at. Like an iPad 16GB Wi-Fi for $16.89, Nintendo Wii for $11.09, and MacBook Pro 13.3" for $37.85. Now just the prices alone put up red flags in my head, but I decided to register to see if I could find out more. So I did and I found the catch. Bozbids is what you call a penny auction site. Every bid increases the price by 1 cent and increases the time remaining by 15 seconds. Before you can bid you have to buy a bid pack of 120 for $89, 250 for $159, or 400 bids for $229.95. So at the lowest each bid is going to cost around $0.57 (if the 400 bid pack is purchased). So let's look back at those ended auctions I mentioned earlier. We will assume that the cheapest per bid 400 bid pack is purchased. The iPad valued at $500 that ended at 16.89 had 1689 bids, so BozBids possibly made $962.73 on it (1689 x $0.57). Then you have the Wii that made them possibly $632.13 ($200 retail) and the MacBook Pro 13.3" a whopping $2157.45 ($1200 retail).

That alone would make me think it's a scam site, though I did some Googling and found others had gotten the exact same email from a Craigslist inquiry from Janet: link.

So I just thought I'd warn my OCN buddies about this. I almost got scammed but my Googling skills and better judgment prevented it. Thanks so much for reading this and have a wonderful evening!
Edited by Ben the OCer - 2/21/11 at 6:38pm
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post #2 of 11
yea i think the fact somewhere where someone is willing to let something go for so low should indicate a screaming get out of there
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post #3 of 11
It's common sense not to trust sites like those, and if you do then you're a retard.
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post #4 of 11
It's not a 'scam', it's just a site that preys on people's hopes that they can get something for nothing. They don't guarantee you will get anything. It's not illegal, just underhanded.
post #5 of 11
These are penny auction sites.. some of them like Swoopo are legit, but there are plenty of other sites out there that are loaded with auto-bidding bots set up by the admin.. you can't win on those
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post #6 of 11
ty for teh heads up.
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post #7 of 11
Don't forget, by buying "bids" your "$11 Wii" could, in actuality, cost you more than the Wii is worth.
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post #8 of 11
Yeah, I've seen sites like this before.

Roughly speaking, some sights will make as much as 60 cents per bid every time someone raises the bid by "1" cent, since you have to buy bid points before being able to bid.

This is done to the extent that even though someone may of won an item an item for, lets say, 20 dollars, the company has actually made almost quadruple the amount that the item would retail for.

It's only scamming the stupid who contribute to such a ridiculous system...
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post #9 of 11
Sounds just like beezid where they charge you a dollar for each penny bid you make, avoid at all costs.
post #10 of 11
Peeny auction sites have been up and running for over a year now. It is a alternative to ebay. Just google penny auctions and you will see. They are legit. You get what you pay for. I use skoreit.com. Every business is there to make money, that is the bottom line or you dont stay in business. If it only cost you 30 bids to win said Wii thats 17.10 out of my pocket. So I dont see where the problem is with penny auctions. I got a poker set of there for 14 cents lol. But hey each to their own. Cause you can use all your bids up and not win anything.
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