Reviews of the Best Penny Auctions Today

Best Penny Auction Sites is a penny action review website designed to inform penny auction newbies and experienced bidders on the ins-and-outs of penny auction sites. Our 1 cent auction reviews are packed with details about each website including contact information, site-specific strategies, tips for getting free bids and much more.

2016 Penny Auction Website Rankings

Our community of readers are also welcome to contribute penny auction testimonial and penny auction reviews of their own. Please enjoy the information on this website and contact us if you have any questions. Thanks and good luck bidding!

Ranking Penny Auction Auction Features Offers and Free Bids Links
1st orangebidz-logo Beginner auctions, bid free auctions, low competition. Sign-up and get 68% off your first bid package plus winning guarantee. Review
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2nd quibids-logo150 BBB ‘A’ Rating, Buy it auctions, ‘Badges’ for free bids 3 free sign-up bids. Review
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3rd happybidday-logo150 Free auctions, buy it, variety, medium competition. 2x your first bid package purchase& the best winning guarantee that we’ve seen. Review
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We consider the “best” penny auctions to be the sites who offer the greatest chances of winning and the best return on spend. Since it’s easy to actually spend more than retail in penny auctions, it’s important to develop a strategy…

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About Penny Auctions

Penny auction sites are a form of auction where users pay to participate by purchasing bid packages. The winner of each penny auction is the past bidder to place a bid when the timer runs out. The catch is that– …
Learn About Penny Auctions


OrangeBidz Now Offering a Winning Guarantee

As time goes on, penny auctions all start to look the same in a few ways. Well, we'd like to bestow the honor of "It's about freakin time" today to OrangeBidz, who finally offers a [...]

A Penny Auction with Free Auctions?

It sounds a bit ironic, doesn't it? The entire penny auction concept is centered around the center idea that we (the bidders) pay for bids in order to participate in penny auctions. Recently, one of [...]

The BBB and Penny Auctions

The penny auction industry is no stranger to scrutiny. From consumer protection groups to almost every media outlet, penny auctions are often criticized for their business practices. Below, we've summarized ratings of penny auctions by [...]


Penny Auctions

Are penny auctions scams?

The question about whether or not penny auctions are scams is one of the most commonly asked questions about penny auctions that we’ve ever heard. In our opinion, penny auctions are NOT spams, just by being penny auctions. That is, some may be scams but the auction format is clear and fair and participation is always optional.

We are confident that the longest-running penny auctions operate honorably and are also confident that there have, over the years, been several penny auction websites that were scams.

As a whole, we do not feel that penny auctions are scams.


Where do penny auctions get their merchandise from?

Penny auctions typically get their merchandise from the same places that most other retailers do. Penny auctions are able to sell merchandise at lower prices because they make their money on bid sales.


How do penny auctions make money?

Penny auctions make their money by selling bid and bid packages. While they lose money on each auction, a successful penny auction makes it back plus some on the bid packages sales.


How to win penny auctions?

Winning penny auctions takes a bit of strategy.

As a new bidder it’s really important to do some homework before jumping into penny actions and having a bad experience. Some quick penny auction tips to consider as a new bidder:

  • Bid conservatively until you have some experience
  • Bid on small penny auction items, even though the iPads and flat-screen TVs are appealing
  • Take advantage of beginner auctions like Quibids and HappyBidDay offer

We strongly encourage all penny auction bidders to first research each penny auction website and then consider some of the different penny auctions strategies which we’ve outlined. This will help increase your chances of winning penny auctions.


How do penny auctions work?

Understanding how penny auctions work is pretty simple.

Penny auctions are an online auction format where users have to pay to participate in auctions. This typically means that penny auction participants need to purchase ‘bid packages’, each of which contains several bids which can be placed on auctions. In general, these are non-refundable, although there are exceptions.

In penny auctions, a timer counts down and the auction ends when it gets to 0:00. The catch is that as the auction nears the end, each bid placed adds a small amount of time to the auction timer. This gives other penny auction bidders the chance to also bid on the auction.

The winner of a penny auction is typically the last bidder. This is the short verion but you can learn more about 1-cent auctions and how they how in our penny auction blog.


Where do I find the time when the auction is actually ending?

This is a great question. Like many other traditional auctions, a penny auction does not an official end time. Rather, the first time that the clock approaches 0:00 is actually technically called the beginning.

Each time a bid is placed, more time is added to the clock. So, as long as there are still active bidders, the penny auction will not end.

Can a penny auction last forever?

It probably can, but never does. Some penny auctions end very quickly and others can last for hours. Part of the ‘game’ is having a strategy to identify how many other bidders there are, how serious they are, etc.


We’ve recently began to compile a list of notable penny auction websites which have come and gone over the years.