It’s a penny auction, no wait, it’s not a penny auction! So why are we reviewing it? Well, we think that TopHatter is a great penny auction alternative. TopHatter is a free to bid website (you never pay for bids) which (we think) used to be a penny auction. Who cares! There are some things about TopHatter that we really like, a few things which we do not. So sit back class and prepare to be schooled about TopHatter Auctions

About TopHatter

  • 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
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  • 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. 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, no 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

  • Jewelry
  • Watches
  • Home goods
  • Cloths
  • 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

Bidding Tips

  • 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. East to do and avoids your account from being cancelled. 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
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 2 reviews
by Ron on TopHatter
Poor Quaility Website.

I have received everything I ordered so far, but EVERYTHING I mean EVERYTHING advertised a 14-24k gold ALL only tested @ 10-12k Gold and thin. You will also notice even though you can submit feedback for your purchases none of it shows up like in ebay for the seller or for the product. I'd say be careful and dont buy anything serious, think of it as crap stuff.

by Bidding Genius on TopHatter
Easy Win, Slow Shipping

I've been bidding for a couple weeks now. It's really easy to "win" auctions. So much so that it feels like everyone wins. Shipping is slow from some sellers but the price can't be beat.

2017-10-24T13:30:14+00:00 October 20th, 2017|Other Auction Reviews|


  1. Mahlea October 22, 2017 at 11:37 pm - Reply

    I’ve been on Tophatter and downloaded the app…there was one complaint I had. The first time I bid on an item and won it was the wrong item. So I had to go and cancel the bid. When I did so I was told I couldn’t bid because I had cancelled more then once. Which was wrong because that was the first item I’d bid on and won. So I saw what item I had supposedly cancelled and it was some gold ring and I know I didn’t bid on it because I had never bid on anything until the day I had cancelled the bid due it being the wrong one. I did send an email explaining this to Tophatter and never received a response. I’m glad I did read your review, otherwise I planned to never bid on there site again.

  2. monette crump November 5, 2017 at 11:23 pm - Reply

    If you think false advertising is a scam then TopHatter is a scam. I have purchased several items that said “18K gold filled” or “Sterling Silver” and neither was true.. The gold filled items, 95% of the time, are Gold Plated and peel of the first few times you wear it….then try sending it back to an address in China! I wrote several letters to TopHatter because they advertise they do not sell knock offs or allow their sellers to print “false adds”, that is a joke and I never heard back from them.
    A little advice to the person who decides to bid any way, be sure you examine the item as soon as you get it because almost everything I have received does not have directions, and if it does it is in Chinese! Also be prepared to wait 3 to 4 weeks for your item. Actually, your best bet is go to, or the prices are much better and free shipping.

    • King Midas November 25, 2017 at 11:38 am - Reply

      It’s people like this that keep QVC in business. Go to a jewelry store and buy a real ring and stop being a cheap ass

  3. Cathleen Dickson November 23, 2017 at 3:20 pm - Reply

    I have just bought stuff on this site today before I read these comments …. could anyone tell me if they have ever bought anything electrical or a hand held Mario games console containing 250 games …. I live in Ireland and I bought these for my grandson never thinking they could be fake … the electrical item is a lamp which when switched on show the STAR WARS DEATH STAR ….. they are supposed to come from the US will all I pay is the delivery fee I;ve been charged

  4. Dean33 December 5, 2017 at 12:34 am - Reply

    Download the Wish App…less complicated. And the stuff still ships from China

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