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Sep 18

Beginner Auctions: What you need to know!

Posted by Matt Carney under Site Features, Tips & Strategy


Here’s a QuiBids riddle for you:

What auction can you only win once?

If you’re good at reading headlines, then you’ve probably already figured out that the answer is a Beginner Auction. But that raises two more important questions:

What the heck is a Beginner Auction and why can you only win it once?

Old QuiBids hands need not bother reading further, as you probably won your Beginner Auction months (or even years) ago. Newbies, however, would be well-served to listen up as I carry on a brief conversation with myself about QuiBids Beginner Auctions.

Who participates in Beginner Auctions?
Beginner Auctions are reserved exclusively for new QuiBids users. You’re a new QuiBids user until you win your first auction, so everybody participating in Beginner Auctions has yet to win their first auction.

So…Beginner Auctions acclimate you to the QuiBids auction model.
Yep! Part of the fun of QuiBids auctions is that they’re competitive, but that level of competition cranks up especially high when you set your eyes on big-ticket, high-demand items, like laptops, iPads, large kitchen appliances, Dirt King Big Kid Dually Tricycles, etc. The more it costs, the more people are going to bid on it, and the less likely you are to win.

So that’s why we give new QuiBids users their own separate part of the site where they can compete amongst customers of similarly minimal experience level. We want our customers to have success on QuiBids, and that doesn’t happen if they don’t gain the experience and understanding requisite to win an auction.

Why is it important for beginners to stay away from experts at first?
Baby birds don’t just hop out of the nest and try to hunt with the falcons, do they? A certain amount of skill is required to win QuiBids auctions consistently (it’s one of the big reasons why participating in QuiBids auctions isn’t gambling), and it doesn’t come easily. Sensing when to bid and how much requires a cunning that’s developed over time and a patience that’s reinforced by payoff (read: winning auctions). And when you’re a beginner, you’re much less likely to win an auction against somebody who’s definitely got more experience and probably has more bids to spend as well.

OK, here’s a stumper of a question for you: Clearly customers who’ve won their first auction can’t participate in Beginner Auctions. However, if I’m a new user, can I bid in all the other QuiBids auctions?
Yes! If you think you’ve got the hang of it, feel free to dive right in and swim with the sharks. However, we officially recommend that you spend time simply watching auctions and competing in Beginner Auctions before you go after a regular auction and possibly run into an especially savvy customer.

Well then if I’m a beginner and I don’t want to participate in a regular auction yet, how do I tell a Beginner Auction from a regular one?
That’s actually easier done than said. Beginner Auctions come in a window that’s outlined in blue. Here is a screenshot of what it looks like on the page:

See that $10 Walmart Gift Card on the left, and the blue border around it? That’s how you can tell the Beginner Auctions apart from regular ones!

And while I’m at it, here’s the auction legend with that blue and yellow icon. It’s on the far right:

Does anybody else have any tips for beginners? Leave them in the comments below! And as always, happy bidding!