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 fee. 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.
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.
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.
TopHatter Bidder Ratings and Reviews
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Very surprised to see all the negative reviews here. I bought several costume jewelry items that look amazingly beautiful - and real. Could not be happier with them. Got a fancy flashlight, the kind that sells for $60+ for less than $10 and it works great. I like using the site very much, but then I've never tried to return anything!
The crossed out suggest retail prices (at the bottom left corners) are complete fiction!!!Plus, they often advertise an item and send you a different one.90% of the time people bid way too high for items that would way cheaper on Ebay,Most item are very cheaply packaged and cheaply made.
90% of the items on this site is junk. If you do get a good price on one of the items that are decent, I'll bet you wont receive it. Then you have to fight with the customer service to get a refund. Sellers also hold on to your money for a month or two and then cancel your order. Turned them into the BBB. If you want Chinese stuff than use Gearbest. No bidding. Great customer service.
Purchased a few items that were marked as collectable - well they are all fake. Two items were identical all the way down to the serial number. Vendors are making money off of people who don't realize what they are buying and the shipping charges. Save your hard earned money instead of buying on this site is my recommendation.
Won 2 64gb SD cards. Both were only about 90mb of free space on them and would not format to NTSF. Fraud is all the place is good for. Do not spend any money on this auction site. All they sell is mostly Chinese JUNK.
I've place bids on at least 50 items. Everything that I've received with the exception of one item has been very satisfactory. I found the seller very honest and the merchadise as described by the seller. Now, if you have unrealistic expectations you will be disappointed. I like the site and I'm pleased with theItems I receive.
I just signed up and won an auction for a wireless usb receiver. Haven't received it yet. Lots of cheap stuff here. Outrageous retail prices are made up by somebody's six year old. I suspect the item I'll receive is cheaply made and old technology because it was only $6. I won't do any more auctions until I see how this one turns out. I gave it four stars because I don't expect to get too severely scammed.
I just received 4 of my 7 items and am very disappointed with the quality. They are very cheaply packaged and cheaply made. They are going to the trash. I'll never bid on tophatter again. It appears that all the vendors are the same. Don't waste your time or money!!!!
tophatter was fun to bid on weird stuff. i won some funny minion lights for my kids. took a while to get delivered though
I ordered 18k gold bracelets & coins they say authentic & real but they are not! All FAKE stuff! Socks are good! That’s it! I hope they stand behind their statements!