Editor’s uBid Review
How do you know where to start? If you are a beginner at auctions, you might have difficulties understanding the process but for the veterans, uBid.com has many similarities to other auctions sites. Although uBid looks like it’s very different than other auction sites, the main difference will be that members cannot post items for sale.
The site has both auction and also fixed-price listing, the products available are new, recertified as well as closeout products from in quite a few categories about over 25 different categories. Since the items are pretty much coming from vendors you would think you won’t get a good deal from them but they have a “Deal of the Day” format which is really cool. When reviewing the “Deal of the Day” if found some pretty good savings, for example, they had these Ray-Ban sunglasses available and pretty much priced at a third of the price that they are on Amazon.
These deals are only available for 24 hr and you can see them by clicking on the “Deal of the Day” link they have on the top of the site. Again in order to explore you don’t have to sign up for an account which I found to be pretty cool, just search the site free to see what kind of deal you can find. The only downside to this is that everyone else can too so you have to stay on top of things, the quantities are limited (first come first serve basis) alongside the offer end date.
Once you find an item you like it is very easy to sign up and bid or purchase all you have to do in order to register for an account with uBid is a very simple one-page sign-up. All in all, I was able to sign up very fast it took me about a minute or so in order to register my account. Once you finish filling out the registration page they will take you to the welcome screen you will have access to a personalized page and that will enable you to track the auctions, know your auction history and about the current winners. From there you can finish setting up all your information and put in your credit card information your billing address and update your shipping address if needed. They do accept a variety of payment methods but all the payment methods accepted are only via credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, American Express) unfortunately I do not see a PayPal as a form of payment. I am a huge fan of PayPal due to all the buyer protections in place for online purchases but I’m sure all credit card providers have protection just not sure which ones are the best. Maybe we will cover that in a later post…
uBid Auction Features
- Deal of the Day
- Simple site to use not too complicated all
- Travel & vacation packages
- Good description of the products and have product specification sections
- Authentic SKU (Product Research)
- Auto bid feature so you can set your max bid
uBid Shipping and fees
While taking a good look at the listings it looks like most if not all the listings have some sort of shipping fee, even the travel and hotel packages. The price can range from $10 to $20 but that not inclusive of other fees which can vary based on the listing, for example, some of the hotel stays have a “Taxes/Service Charges”. Some of the fees are granted the fact that you can win the listing for a pretty low amount, but again read carefully before you think you just won a five-night stay at a luxury boutique for $1. Although fees are not the best thing on the planet, they make sense in this case and other scenarios I’m sure it’s not uBids choice as whomever the vendor is will be deciding on these things.
Here are some of the most commonly asked questions about the auction website, uBid.com.