It’s not a penny auction! So why are we reviewing it? Well, we think that TopHatter is a good penny auction alternative. TopHatter is a free to bid auction website (you never pay for bids as you would on a penny auction). Who cares! There are some things about TopHatter that we really like, and a few things which we do not. So sit back class and prepare to be schooled about TopHatter Auctions.
Competition: Low-Medium (we easily win auctions)
TopHatter Coupon Codes: None needed, bids are free
Free bids at sign-up: N/a, bids are free
Other ways to get free bids: N/a, bids are free
- TopHatter Address: 185 Berry St., Suite 2400, San Francisco CA 94107
- Phone number: (405) 242-5339
- Facebook: facebook.com/tophatter/
- Twitter: twitter.com/tophatter
BBB Rating: A+
Editor’s TopHatter Reviews
TopHatter takes the term Entertainment Shopping to the next level. Tophatter is a high-paced free to be auction website which operates hundreds of closing auctions at all times. In our observations, the volume of auctions offered here seems to outpace some of the largest penny auction websites such as Quibids and DealDash.
TopHatter is a bidding website which is similar to eBay in that 1) the items auctioned are done so by sellers, not TopHatter and 2) bids are free. However, we think that this auction site is a lot more fun than eBay!
One important note is that TopHatter is NOT a penny auction. That’s right, NOT a penny auction. Bids are free, always.
TopHatter Auction Features
Top Hatter is unique from other online bidding websites in a few different ways:
- Free-to-Bid Auctions: All auctions are free to bid. You only pay when you win plus a shipping fee.
- Many Sellers: Items auctioned on Top Hatter are done so by other vendors. So there are basically thousands of vendors auctioning products at all times. Similar to ebay, but much more fun and fast-paced.
- High Auction Volume: The volume is really hard to quantify as a user. It’s huge, visit the site and you’ll see.
Common TopHatter Auctions
- Home goods
- Gift cards of all shapes and sizes
- Laptops and tablet computers
- Video games and video game consoles
- Headphones, MP3 players
- Digital cameras including SLRs
- Purses, Jewelry, Art
- Tons of other stuff
- Shipping price: Check the shipping price before bidding, some sellers
- Shipping time: Watch the estimated shipping time. In some cases, it can take a couple weeks for shipping
- Plan to win: In our experience, we won a good majority of auctions leading us to believe that vendors are willing to sell product at a low cost
- Cancel if you need to: If you win an auction and don’t want the item, you need to cancel it within your account. Easy to do and avoids your account from being cancelled.
TopHatter.com shipping and fees
As a bidder, Top Hatter does not charge any fees. However, when you win an auction, the seller will charge a shipping fee which in some cases can be more than the price of the item. Just keep an eye on it before bidding.
Is TopHatter a scam?
We don’t think so. TopHatter has a great BBB rating, lots of auctions, and is free to bid. Nothing we see causes concern. Scroll to the bottom of the page to read reviews from other Tophatter customers who also weigh in on whether or not Tophatter is a scam.
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TopHatter Pros and Cons
- TopHatter Pros: Free bids, countless auctions, fast paced and fun, easy to win auctions
- TopHatter Cons: Some products have long shipping times
Here are some of the most commonly asked questions about the auction website, TopHatter.com.
Tophatter merchants auction thousands of electronic devices daily (based on our best estimates). We see a lot of off-brand electronics of all types- TV’s, gaming systems, drones, MP3 players, cameras, and much more. Based on Tophatter reviews submitted on this website, many of the electronics come from overseas and the quality varies. Always review the seller ratings on Tophatter before participating in auctions. Not all electronics sellers are equal!
Tophatter in an online auction website which offers a wide variety of Jewelry. Categorized as “Bling” on the Tophatter website, common jewelry items include necklaces, bracelets, lot of rings, watches and much more. Is Tophatter jewelry real? It’s real, just pay attention to what you’re bidding. Tophatter customers who have written reviews on this website often seem confused about what they were bidding on. Have you won jewelry on Tophatter? Please write a review below.
We’re not sure if the Reddit community likes anything all about Capitalism but if it’s important to you, here are links to a few subreddit topics on the Tophatter auction website.
We generally see pretty positive reviews for Tophatter. For unhappy reviewers post here, many concede that Tophatter refunds their money in situations where they asked. We generally feel that it is safe to bid and shop on Tophatter.
TopHatter offers a mobile application for both Androis and IOS. According to both networks, the app receives high reviews in terms of stability and usability. Typically, reviews of the mobile tophatter apps are 4/5 stars+.
At the time of this post, Tophatter has a BBB (Better Business Bureau) rating of A+. About 60% of BBB reviews were positive and about 30% negative according to the BBB Tophatter profile.
At this time, we do not have record of promo codes or coupon codes for Tophatter or Tophatter.com.
Bidding on Tophatter is free. The only costs which consumers incur are when they win an auction. In this case, the consumer is responsible for the auction closing price plus any applicable shipping charges.
Customers can reach TopHatter’s customer service department through the support email address. Similar to many other auction websites, they do not currently offer phone support.
TopHatter offers auction-style where, similar to Ebay, sellers put products up for auction. Bidders/consumers 1) Create and account 2) place free bids on any item they like and 3) If they win the auction, they pay and auction items are shipped directly from the sellers. All auctions on TopHatter.com are free to participate in, the only costs occur when an auction is won.
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TopHatter Bidder Ratings and Reviews
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I purchased a fence type dog pen for outside in 2 days my tracking number showed delivered but I didn’t have it I filled out a form. And when I received answer , it put the burden of finding pkg on me. After numerous emails and calls to fed ex. I found out the tracking number had a different name and address again I emailed top hatter only to be told I needed a paper from fed ex giving details of delivery. Very frustrating. I still don’t have merchandise and because the tracking number shows delivered the buyer protection doesn’t apply to this sale. I don’t recommend this site I was very excited to try it out and it was fun till I had to do all the work to find out where my package was and it’s been 10 days, I still have nothing besides emails telling me it was delivered and they need proof it was not delivered to me
Bought the beautiful beaded Peacock picture which showed this large gorgeous Peacock with shiny beads all over. Received a tiny 8 x10 piece of paper with an imprinted peacock with letters on it and a couple bags of thousands of beads that were so tiny that you could barely see them (size of the head of a toothpick). So obviously it is a self serve craft project with NO instructions and No way to even attach the beads. Glue? Too tiny to even pick up! No where in the ad did it say it was a craft project!!! What a RIP OFF!!
I placed an order and they said it was delivered and when I checked my name an address was changed and the item sent to someone else. When I contacted them they told me it was my job to find out where it went to. That is death plain and simple. I do plan on filing charges and contact a Visa company and my bank and their business bureau because they will not help me at all. They keep telling me when I send an email tell him what happened that it is my job to find out the name and address on the package when it was then that changed the information. FedEx is not allowed by law to give out information on a package especially when your name and address is not on it. I have a package number but that doesn't mean anything to FedEx because I can be a nut trying to find out somebody's address. Stay clear of this company and do not give them a credit card number.
Clearly, the buyer must beware, but I have had no problems or unpleasant surprises on Tophatter. Every item I ordered has arrived, safely packaged. Some things do take a long time, but what else would you expect? Pay $2 or $3 for shipping from China and it might take a while. I don’t think I would order an expensive electronic item, but every single order has arrived as promised. Measurements are metric, and some photos are kind of misleading, but if you fully read the item description, you shouldn’t be surprised. Shop smart, pay attention. I’ve bought several jewelry items. I know jewelry, so I know what is real and what isn’t. I also know you can’t get high-end fine jewelry for $3 or $4. But, if you like bling and aren’t in a hurry, this is ideal. You would pay 10 times more in a department store for CZ jewelry. I have also purchased wigs for about 1/10th what other on-line retailers charge... or even less. The only actual disappointment for me was that I ordered a couple of wedding ring sets and the center solitaire Stone was smaller than I expected. Again, photos were misleading... but not fake. No bait and switch here. But for 2-5 dollars, I can’t complain. Don’t expect something for nothing... shop smart... know your product value... don’t be in a hurry to get your item... you should be fine. I ALWAYS USE PAYPAL!
I must agree with another here Julie many Items not received also Deception is used by some sellers with very high shipping fees and very slow shipping, really not worth the hassle
The photos are all high-quality ads, and the sellers all have very illegitimate names such as "best" or "jewelery". This is the first clue.
Secondly, you essentially always win. This means that the app wants you to win. Why? Because all the other bidders are fake accounts designed to make you think there is competition.
In addition to this, the free bids, the fact that you can't expand the reviews to see more than the three they've chosen to show you, the other reviews on this site... no matter how you look at it, you want to stay away from tophatter.
If I could give it a 1/2 of a star I would. I have ordered 8 items from Top Hatter. Out of the 8 I never received 2 of them. Now granted, when you pay $3-$7 for a piece of jewelry you will get what you paid for. Meaning the quality is the same as if you bought it a flea market or a gumball machine. Every piece I had turned green within 24 hours of having it. Don't let the "positive" reviews fool you because they are full of crap! I am not even going to deal with the hassle of returning everything because I know it will be a complete nightmare! Having to deal with 3rd world countries to do so.....No thanks! I will never use this site again. Nor would I ever recommend to anyone.
A lot of the products are from another country and terrible quality. Be careful when you bid. Read some reviews on the product you want to bid on. A lot of ads are misleading when described by the seller. I would like to see Tophatter get a better handle on the false advertising and deceptive listings. I was blackballed for thirty days because I canceled an order after I found out about the deceptive ads.
According to them , they have no control of items sold or shipping . 90% of the reviews read as if they were paid for and 5% were written by addicts . 99% of items will be sold from China or by a Chinese seller in the states . Quality of products is nothing more than Dollar Store junk . Shipping take forever and a day . If you don't think the Chinese will rip you off , you better think again . They take your money to use for their own gain . Most of the time you will receive something similar to what you thought you paid for and sometimes you won't receive anything . 99.9% of item descriptions are FRAUD but when reported tophatter does nothing to fix it . Item descriptions are mostly of good quality American made products and the item you receive is a Chinese copy that is not worth throwing in the trash . And yet the marketplace has no control over anything . Shop around before buying because these addict get to bidding and go nuts . You can find these same items on Ebay or Amazon or even Walmart cheaper and you get the item ordered within a week .
I was banned from buying because the little notebook I bought was used (not new) and failed to mention this in the item description. i tried to work with it anyway but it was so slow i couldnt stand it. i sent it back and did get a refund but was banned from the site.
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