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 WON & ordered 2 Items. One has Not Arrived afteer almost 2 Months & the Other was a Tablet for $55. It Arrived BROKEN with No Return Address on lt Chinese characters. Complained & onlygot it was My Fault for not sending it Back as a Return. There is No Return Label. Then They sent an Email with a Return Address in Email. I Told Them I Do NOT have a Printer & Need a Label. No More responses. DO NOT TRUST THEM. Still trying to get a Label , A Good Working Tablet or My MONEY BACK
Sellers beware. There is reason its free to bid for bidders. They don't show you fees until they run them up and then hit you with the bill. I lost 1000 dollars to them within months.
BUY THIS CELL AND EVERYTHING WAS LIE DON'T FALL IN THE TRAP AT ITS LOW PRICE
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Have bought 12 chains and have received 3 so far they were all advertised with the stamp markings and description of what they are, but on arrival and inspection and conformation from a jewelry store they are FAKE l am very annoyed as these are gifts for friends and family l am currently in contact with there help centre regarding these concerns.
I have ordered many items from TopHatter. Not only is it fun to bid, most of the items were exactly as described. Only once did I order a ring, which looked small on the site, only to receive it and find it was the largest ring I have ever seen. No one would have been able to wear that ring. They gave me a refund. Another time the tracking said my package was delivered but it wasn't. I couldn't get a refund because it supposedly was delivered. They are easy to work with. And, it's fun.
Total waste of time and money! Waited a week for
Cheap and nasty items, to be told no return at
least poundland accepts returns
BEware scam never received product,
I have been purchasing items from Tophatter for several years. When I accept their Buy One Get One (BOGO) offers, the sellers don't include both items. You have to take a picture and send it along with the package tracking to prove it. A few days, I saw that an order in the amount of almost $70 was charged to my card for Fahreinheit Cologne for 5 pieces (boxes of 1.5 oz). I checked the tracking # and it showed the package had been placed in my locked mailbox of the apartment complex. No delivery. I contact Tophatter Customer Service, and they said it wasn't there problem, but I'd have to take it up with the USPS. I might as well have just shoved $70 in a complete strangers face to take from me because the end result is the same. They got my money and I got nothing in return. I filed a claim with the USPS and have heard nothing back from them. I was told that Tophatter could have labeled the item as delivered. The Buyer must Beware because all these China companies can take your money, claim the item has been delivered, and walk away with your money. When you contact them to discuss it, only through customer support on line, you get the same old answer, "we're showing it has been delivered, so it's not covered by our "buyer protection." This is a scam. Of course, when I spoke to our postal lady, she claimed, "it had to been delivered." Well, if it wasn't in my mailbox, my mailbox was pried open, and I didn't get it (and got the other things), couldn't it be that you erroneously delivered it somewhere else and clicked it delivered? Of course they aren't going to say that because they probably could get written up for making a mistake. When you order stuff from these companies, you should contact them and tell them you want the package insured by them in case you never get it. This has happened to me before on small ticketed items, but on large items, the customer service should be much better especially in the times of economic uncertainty. Tophatter comes across looking like a callous company (I'm sorry, person since corporations are people too), but they don't have the emotions, rationale, or logic that individuals can possess. Take it from me, save your money!
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!!
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