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Save Money: Don'T Play Penny Auctions



They sound like you bid a penny each time. But it costs you about 60 everytime you place a penny bid. You buy bids ahead of time -- people are surprised to find that their credit card is charged for those bids before they even use them.
And think: if a product sells for $20, that means there were 2000 bids on it. If each bid costs 60 then the seller is making $1200 minus the $20 it sells for.

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And if it took you 50 bids to win that item for $20, it cost you $30 just to place bids. And consider how easy it would be to set up a bot (fake person) to bid against you and force you to keep buying bids.

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  • I didn't learn this the hard way -- hubby did. I grew up with parents who loved untangling the real cost of things. Hubby has a Yale law degree and he wouldn't believe my analysis until he paid close to $200 for bids that won him nothing. - by HAWKTHREE
  • I've never heard of penny auctions but that's quite interesting. - by KAYLEIGHJ1978
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