Zbiddy.com is an online auction that follows the traditional penny auction / pay-to-play format. Zbiddy has been around for a while now, hosting a large number of daily auctions. Based on our user’s reviews, ease-of-winning ranks fairly high. Typical penny auction items that we see on Zbiddy include tablets, kitchenware, gift cards, phones, magazine subscriptions and more.
ZBiddy At a Glance:
- Average Number of Auctions Daily: 200+
- Buy It Now Option: Yes
- Shipping Speed: Standard
- Product Selection: Good to Excellent
- Customer Service Rating: Good
ZBiddy Best Features
Unique Products: ZBiddy features a few different products that don’t get regularly features on other major sites including magazine subscriptions, grocery coupons, and travel vouchers.
ZWheel: The Zwheel is ZBiddy’s version of promotional bids where users spin to win free bids. Free bids are nominal (1-10 bids per spin) but they allow you to spin 1x daily, so there is an opportunity to rack ‘em up.
Buy It Now: Again, Buy It Now makes into top features. This feature is increasingly popular and with good reason – it helps to curb the risk involved with bidding. And ZBiddy takes it a step further, allowing you to use the Buy It feature on auctions even if you haven’t bid on the item. And if you do bid and decide you’d rather purchase, they’ll cover you there too. Every bid you place is added as a valued discount towards the purchase of your item.
Free-to-bid: Unlike Beezid that requires a purchase, ZBiddy offers completely free-to-bid auctions from the outset. While the product ranges and savings aren’t as robust as number 1 ranked HappyBidDay, there are still plenty of wins to be had.
Penny Auction: ZBiddy’s standard penny auction model. Bids increase the price by $0.01 each, timer resets with each bid near the auction end, and the last person to place a bid by the time the timer counts to zero wins the item for the final auction price.
Nail Biter: These are real-time bidding auctions that prevent the use of EZ-Buddy, Zbiddy’s auto-bid software.
Beginner Auctions: Exactly what they sound like – auctions for new bidders. Once you win, you’ll be restricted from participation. We’d like to see ZBiddy expand this to a handful of wins, similar to HappyBidDay’s Starter Auctions, but it is a nice feature regardless.
Price Caps: Select auctions feature capped pricing, meaning no matter how many bids are placed, the auction will stay fixed at a preset capped price.
Buy It Now: Like we mentioned up top, at any point during the auction, you can choose to use your spent bids towards the retail price of the item and buy it. They also give you a snapshot of your bids from the auction window, so you always know how much your bids are worth towards your purchase. You can also use the option if you haven’t bid on the auction, which gives ZBiddy a slight e-commerce feel.