Ever watched one of those auction shows where the auctioneer talks a mile a minute, getting the audience worked up to bid on the featured product (art, car, cow, etc.)? Meanwhile, some of the people in the audience stealthily lift their paddles to place a bid while others simply enjoy the spectacle of being a part of the action.
Auctions are gaining a new audience. There are auctions for unclaimed storage spaces via A&E’s hugely popular show, Storage Wars, and auctions for lost luggage (don’t believe me, check out a preview of the upcoming show: Baggage Battles on The Travel Channel).
Well, for the rest of us, there is a brand new online auction service that combines all the thrills of the live auctions, with gamification features to keep things lively and social. Introducing Outbid.com.
Unlike online auction sites like eBay, or penny auction sites based on hidden tricks that have frustrated bargain hunters, Outbid is filled with real people, making real bids, on really cool things.
o Real-time transparency means bidders can chat with their competitors and see what they’re looking at or bidding on.
o Sellers can either talk (via audio) or chat with bidders, just like at a live event.
o Both sides earn rewards based on behaviors, like tabling a “Monster Bid’’ to leapfrog over the pack.
I could explain more, but here’s something more fun. Go to outbid.com and check out the next upcoming auction (as of this writing, the Spring Extravaganza Auction is at 5pm PDT, Wednesday, April 4th). Among the items up for bid is a brand new iPad 3 (okay, they’re really not called iPad 3, as Apple doesn’t use numbers on the iPad anymore, but anyway…).
Join in the auction – maybe I’ll see you there (and OUTBID you! hah! get it?!)
Image via WikipediaBuilding on the frustration that buyers and sellers of eBay have been feeling (especially since their last boycott in February), eBay members are organizing a boycott tomorrow, May 1st, to “Make Some Noise” as a play on eBay CEO John Donahoe‘s comments that the last boycotters were just “noise.” I’m not sure how many people will join the boycott or what impact it will make, but at least this time around, they have an alternative to try: www.wigix.com. In fact, news of the Wigix launch made TechMeme yesterday. Check it out here: Wigix wants to kill eBay