I am still amazed at what happened last night! I got into this auction on bidmacs knowing I never win anything. Bidmacs is very different from an eBay auction. With eBay as you know, most (not all) products are used or if new, the prices really aren’t that far off of retail. Bidmacs only deals with brand new items, still in the manufacturers packaging, and still with all warranty info inside the box so that you can register whatever the item is that you won. Here’s how the bidding works. You first have to buy a package of “bids” and there are a number of packages you can choose from. Then once you have your package, that number of bids shows on your page to let you know how many times you can click on “bid now” for a particular item up for sale. Each bid is 1 CENT and raises the bid by a penny only. These are called penny auctions. Once you get a good feel for them, you can win brand new items dirt cheap. The idea behind it is to win the bid by being the last to bid as the clock hits 0. Should someone click bid now at 1 sec left or anything above that, then the clock returns to 20 seconds to go. Since each bid only ups the price by 1 penny, this bidding can go on a longgggg time.
Last night, in one of my regular sleepless times with a what-can-I-do-with-myself-now mode, I logged on to Bidmacs and saw this laptop up for grabs. I thought since I had bids left to work with, I’d go ahead and have some fun. Holy cow, I won! I sat there with my mouth hanging open when I saw the red flag go up saying Bidding Closed, Won by JennyD. I just couldn’t believe my eyes! I never win anything. But this is the most amazing part of all: It is an HP ProBook 4420s with a retail of $600, and I won it with a bid of……..Ta-Dahhhhh, drum roll, $27.13. Hewlett Packard mails it to you themselves and there’s not even any shipping and handling. Incredible. Here’s what it looks like:
Now this isn’t even the end of the story. I went to the page to pay my $27.13 and finished with that. Then I went back to the main page to see what else was up for bidding (yes, completely awake by now). Bidding was going strong on about 12-15 items at a time, even including LCD big TV’s. I saw someone win a 42” LCD TV for under $10. And remember, everything is brand new, not refurbished. Well, all of a sudden I saw this other little laptop thing called a Lenovo IdeaPad. I googled it and found out it’s like a little regular laptop of only 10 inches, but it does something else, too. If you want to turn it into a reader such as a Kindle or a Nook, the top swivels around and then slides over top of the keypad so that you are now only seeing the screen. You can read a book vertically, or with the flip of a wrist, change to horizontally and immediately the entire format of that book goes to horizontal with you! I swear, what will they think of next! Here’s what that little gizmo looks like:
See how it will swivel and then change to a pad? I think that’s ingenious. So the bidding is going on and I’m starting to salivate. Holy cow, I won again! Now this little thing doesn’t retail for as much as the HP, but still, the retail was $250. My winning bid and what I had to pay for it was….drum roll again….$10.61 ! It even comes bundled with Windows 7 and a bunch of other stuff. Wow. And I just want it as a reader, lol. What a night of miracles it was. Two big wins for a total of $37.74
I am still shaking my head in wonder and I haven’t closed my mouth YET. Both will be here in about 2 weeks and then all I have to do is find someone to show me how to use a laptop, LOL. I’ve never used one in my life! I’m so excited
That is my news for now. It’s 10:35am and I need to get a move-on for the day and get back to reality. It sure was good catching up with everyone and hearing what’s been going on. I’ll be making Carole’s chicken recipe this weekend IF I can fit through the kitchen door after all of Beth’s Christmas goodies. What great friends, eh?