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Old 03-26-2013, 06:30 PM   #1
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Have any of you guys actually won anything on this site? I watched several firearms go off for very low prices, and I do know that each bid is .65. But if you do the math, you can score a nice firearm for a fraction of the price if it is indeed true! I know it is a direct relationship with buds guns. Does anybody actually use it? Let me know what you think?
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Old 03-27-2013, 12:24 AM   #2
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Here's how these "auctions" really work.

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If you bid and don't win the auction, you lost the money that you spent in bids.
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To put things into perspective, say you won an auction for an iPad with a $500 retail value. You placed 200 bids that cost $1 each. The final price on the iPad is $50. The iPad will cost you $250, if you are lucky enough to get it. Remember, each new bid extends the time of the auction. If you bid and don't win the auction, you lost the money that you spent in bids. To push the final price to $50, there would have been 5,000 bids. So the site earned $5,000 in bids, plus $50 for the iPad. After taking into account the price of the iPad, the site made $4,550. It's clear who the real winner is.
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Old 03-27-2013, 10:15 AM   #3
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Uh, I think I'll use my .65 cents for something else...a round of my favorite ammo.
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Old 03-27-2013, 06:54 PM   #4
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I completely agree with what you guys are saying, BUT, what happens if you win and only ended up spending $20 on a $500 item? Is it them worth it? I think it would be! I have watched some great deals on there, I have not purchased any bids. But, I want to know if anybody has ever tried it and actually won an item.
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Old 03-27-2013, 07:54 PM   #5
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Big, "if", KIP.

If I were criminally inclined, I would ensure that never happened. House always wins, eh?
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Old 03-27-2013, 11:10 PM   #6
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I completely agree with what you guys are saying, BUT, what happens if you win and only ended up spending $20 on a $500 item?
That depends on how many bids you spent to win it. You didn't spend just $20 for the $500 item. You spent $20, plus the cost of however many bids you put on the item. To get to $20, that's 2,000 bids. If you put in 750 of those bids at $.65 per bid (and that's their "average" bid price) you actually spent $487.50 plus the $20 winning bid, for a total spend of $507.50. Suddenly, that's not such a great deal. The folks who placed the other 1250 bids all lost their money with nothing to show for it.

The other side is that if you can win something with putting in very few bids, then yes, you can get one heck of a great deal. But even bidgunner.com tells you this is very rare, especially when you are a "rookie."
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Old 03-28-2013, 12:06 AM   #7
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No no, I guess I was was not as clear as a should be. What I am saying is what happens is you bid lets say 10 times. That is $6.50 in bids, And the price was $13.50, and you actually win. It would be great right? I know this is usually not the case, BUT I just watched a guy bid on a .17 HMR valued at $380 and won this rifle only spending a total of $27.13 (bids and cost of the gun). I watched this auction from start to finish and counted each of his bids just to see how much this was actually costing vs. the cost of the item being sold. Now, you guys are right. In 85% + auctions, the house is really walking away with a boatload of money, but, you can walk away with a great deal. I personally will not use this site or any others like it. I like knowing exactly what I want and saving up to get it, which right now is a .22 walther PP or a PPKs .380. either way, i just wanted to know if anybody actually won anything, or if it's riddled with bots who bid the price up like other sites.
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Old 03-28-2013, 06:23 AM   #8
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what if I only played the winning hands of blackjack in Vegas?
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Old 03-28-2013, 12:10 PM   #9
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It seems like the way to do it while minimizing bids would be to let others bid it up for awhile, then jump in with a bid or 2. In other words, don't treat it like an auction, but like playing the lotto.
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