Monday, November 29, 2010

Quibids Review: Problem with Bidding

Quibids review is needed periodically to check the site for bugs and errors. Quibids is one of the more famous penny auction websites on the internet. Quibids recently announced their millionth auction, which is quite an accomplishment.

A lot of people invest a considerable amount of time and money into the site, so it is important that Quibids be free of bugs and errors. Unfortunately, that is not the case as my Quibids review in this section reveals.

Today, I will discuss the problem with Quibids with respect to repeated bids. This is not very common, but that isn't the point - it is still a Quibids bug/Quibids error that needs to be rectified.

Usually, if you bid twice in quick succession on Quibids, the bid is still registered. Of course you would not ideally want to do that because you are losing a bid quite unnecessarily. But see what happens if you do.

The image below shows a screenshot of an auction that I was following for the purpose of this Quibids review: (you can click on the image to enlarge the picture)

Quibids review
As you can see, the Quibids user tomtomintx seems to have bid twice, but the price remains the same. This is not the rule - normally if you bid twice successively, the bid amount still goes up. Quibids has a problem with this, which is what I want to review in this post.

Quibids review is important because users need to be aware of any strange happenings on the website. This is because in any penny auction, the difference between winning and losing is a matter of seconds, which Quibids does realize. However, if such bugs are not corrected, it can be a problem for Quibids users.

This doesn't seem like a serious Quibids bug but it is important because Quibids has a problem with bids placed in quick succession. In my next Quibids review, I will discuss a more serious Quibids bug that I am well aware of and a lot of other Quibids users are aware of as well. That has to do with different winners at the same time!

3 comments:

  1. Hello. I'm Jill and work for QuiBids. I saw this article and wanted to clarify - the user in the screen shot above did not bid twice in a row nor was he/she deducted twice in a row. The bug you are referring to is simply a display error. Still an error, but not one that harms our users. We're working on it. Thanks!

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  2. Jill,
    I greatly appreciate someone from Quibids posting here for my readers. Like I said in my post, this doesn't seem like a serious issue. However, I hope to write more articles on some of the other problems I see at Quibids.

    Don't get me wrong - I love Quibids and want others to have a great experience with the site. However, errors in the site can dampen the experience of the users significantly, even when they are small. I agree - this is perhaps too minor, but there are others that are not. I think my readers need to be informed, so they are in a better position to understand Quibids.

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