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New “pre-bids” at Pricebenders

Pricebenders now features “pre-bidding.”  Here’s how it works:

Every auction on the UPCOMING AUCTIONS page now sports a “pre-bid” button.

Click this button and you can enter a quantity of bids you’d like to place on this auction when it starts.  You can enter any number of bids you want…from 1 to 1,000,000.  Each bid is one TCredit.


Shorter timers

Did you notice?  We recently have been begun testing a 6-hour starting timer for all auctions (down from the standard 12-hour timer we’ve been using for the last year).  This has, of course, greatly reduced the length of each auction.

Let us know if you like the shorter timer by joining an auction!


Pricebenders policy change for Int’l bidders

logo-PB_nobgEffective immediately, if you reside outside of the United States or Canada and win a physical auction at Pricebenders, you now have the option to have the item shipped to a United States address at no additional cost.

To use this new option, during checkout, simply enter the name of the friend or family member and their U.S. address in the Ship-To fields.

Note: This new Ship-To option is in addition to Your Choice Dropshipping.  That is, if you live outside of the United States or Canada and win a physical auction, you now have the option to have the item shipped to a United States address…OR…you can use our awesome Your Choice Dropshipping.


New BUY NOW feature at Pricebenders!

screenshot_1210Effective immediately, on many Pricebenders auctions, you will now have the option to get all your bids back by simply buying outright the item you were bidding on! You can do this at any time while the auction is going on–or for up to 24 hours after the auction has ended.

The Buy Now (BN) price will typically be the MSRP (Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price), but may be lower or higher in some instances, depending on our costs.

BID BOLDLY!

Yes, you can now bid boldly and with confidence at Pricebenders…because, no matter how many bids you make, you can get them all returned immediately to your account…by simply buying the item you wanted in the first place!

Please note that once you’ve used the BN option for an auction, you can no longer bid in that auction.


Q & A

Q: How do I know which auctions have the BN option?
All auctions that have the BN option available will display a blue shopping cart icon at the bottom of the panel on the Pricebenders index.  To purchase the item (and get all your bids back), just click the cart icon displayed on the right side of the image.

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Q: Where can I find out what the BN price is?
The BN price will always be listed in the sidebar on the Auction Details page (get to the Auction Details page by clicking the item’s title or image).

Q: What do I do if I want to use the BN option and buy the item?
Once you’ve bid on an auction from the Auctions Index, a shopping cart icon will appear to the right of the image.  Click this icon to proceed to checkout.  Or, from an individual auction’s details page, click the “Buy Now” button located above the auction’s product description.  Alternately, if the auction has already ended, you’ll automatically receive an e-mail from TripleClicks with a link you can use to make your purchase within 24 hours.

Q: Is MRP awarded when making a BN purchase?
MRP is awarded ONLY on BN purchases of TCredit packs (excludes Progressive TCredits pack auctions).

Q: Which items will NOT have the BN option and why?
Physical products that we are unable to acquire at wholesale prices will not have the BN option.

Q: Is BN available for all bidders in all countries?
For most physical items, the BN option will only be available for USA and Canada residents at this time.  For many non-physical auctions (such as TCredit packs), however, BN will be available to all bidders from all countries.

Q: So what happens exactly when I click on the icon to purchase the item I’ve been bidding on?
Clicking the shopping cart icon will take you to a page with the BN price and other details, and a link to place your order (buy now) if you want to.

Q: What if I decide I want to take advantage of the BN option AFTER an auction has ended?
As soon as a BN-eligible auction ends, we’ll automatically send all bidders a brief e-mail with a link to buy the item and get your TCredits back.  Note: The offer is good only for 24 hours after the auction ends, so don’t delay if you wish to take advantage of the offer.

Q: Is shipping free on BN purchases?
There are no shipping costs on digital items but, on physical items, you will have to pay the shipping cost when you check out.


New auction items arrive at Pricebenders!

logo-PB_nobgPricebenders continues to expand its offerings by introducing FIVE new auction items…

Magic Bullet NutriBullet 12-Piece High-Speed Blender/Mixer System

image-s2-1x-1The NutriBullet System is quite simply the best product out there to make healthy, nutritious drinks that can help you fight and prevent disease, lose weight, relieve joint pain, promote healthy, younger-looking skin, and even add years to your life. The secret is the NutriBullet’s exclusive extractor technology which uses a 600 watt motor with cyclonic action and the patented extractor blades. This technology breaks down and pulverizes the stems, seeds, and skins where most of the essential nutrition lies– unlike what juicers and blenders do. Simply add your favorite fruits, vegetables and boosts (nuts, seeds, herbs) to the NutriBullet, along with some water, and extract the ingredients into smooth, tasty drink. And the best part is a NutriBlast takes only seconds to prepare, seconds to clean and couldn’t be easier to take on the go.

Avalon Premium Ultrasonic Digital Cool Mist Humidifier With Remote & Filter With Humidity Control, Zero Noise Technology

image-s1-1xYou’ll LOVE this highly innovative ultrasonic humidifier! The Avalon Digital Cool Mist Humidifier with Filter lets you choose warm or cool mist settings, adjust the level of humidity, and decide among three mist levels. The 5-liter tank, easy-to-read display, convenient remote, nightlight, and built-in 12 hour timer make the Avalon a cinch to use, while the double 360 degree mist outlets allow for better humidity dispersal of up to 40-50 square meters. The advanced technology filter reduces 90% of the limes in the water and the convenient carry handle make refilling the humidifier easy.

Shaun T’s CIZE Dance Workout Kit & 50 TCredits

image-s2-1x-2Get up, get moving, and feel GREAT with this special deal for TripleClicks members looking to get fit and feel better: Shaun T’s CIZE Base Kit Dance Workout Program AND 50 TCredits you can use to bid on Pricebenders auctions, download music, purchase products, post member listings, and more!

Polaroid Snap Instant Digital Camera (White) with ZINK Zero Ink Printing Technology

image-s1-1x-1Get nostalgic Polaroid instant photography in a modern package! The Polaroid Snap instant digital camera captures all the fun and spontaneity of the legacy Polaroid instant camera in an easy, compact package. Simply point and click for Zero Ink printing of vibrant, high-quality photos that you can share. The Polaroid Snap is extremely fast, allowing you to shoot a new photo while it’s printing the previous shot. Or you can use its timer to set up the perfect selfie. Six different capture modes, including black-and-white and a vintage-look sepia tone, allow you to add an artistic touch to your instant prints.

Etekcity Wireless Remote Control Electrical Outlet Switch for Household Appliances & 50 TCredits

image-s2-1xA great deal for techies and TripleClicks Members alike: a set of Etekcity Wireless Remote Control Electrical Outlet Switches for Household Appliances AND 50 TCredits you can use to bid on Pricebenders auctions, download music, purchase products, post member listings, and more!

Make sure you don’t miss out on these and other auctions! Set up an auction reminder for these and other Pricebenders auctions at:

http://www.tripleclicks.com/indexAuctions.php


New Auction Items!

logo-PB_nobgPricebenders continues to expand its offerings with TWO new auction items!

Weiyi Ultra-Safe Portable Car Jump Starter

499087Small, durable, and effective, the Weiyi Ultra-Safe Portable Car Jump Starter won’t ever leave you stranded! It’s efficient enough to support heavy 8.0-liter petrol and 6.0-liter diesel engines and comes with an external battery charger and 2 USB connectors you can use to recharge your phone and other gadgets.

The Weiyi Portable Car Jump Starter is small enough to store in your car glovebox (measuring 7.0 x 3.3 x 1.8 inches) and is light enough to pack in your bag. In addition to the comfortable design, fast 5-6 hour full recharge, and simple operation, the jump starter also features a multi-functional LED light with normal, strobe, and SOS modes.

Moreover, thanks to full protection functions–ultra-safe jumper clamps, low voltage protection, over charge & over discharge protection, short circuit protection, reverse polarity protection, backfeed protection, over-current protection, overload protection and over-heating protection–you won’t ever have to worry about your Weiyi jump starter getting damaged!

499094WD 2TB My Cloud Personal Network Storage

Store everything in one secure place and access it anywhere with the WD 2TB My Cloud Personal Network Attached Storage. Now, you can save, sync, and share all your stuff on your very own cloud…not everyone else’s!

My Cloud is your very own private, personal storage unit. It automatically backs up and centralizes all your digital content in one safe place that only YOU control. And because it’s online, you (and your friends and family, if you wish) can quickly access and share whatever you want, with any device, anywhere you have an Internet connection.

Check out auction times for these and other items and set up an auction reminder at:

http://www.tripleclicks.com/indexAuctions.php


New TripleClicks homepage (and more)!

We are excited to unveil a brand new, totally redesigned, homepage at TripleClicks!

The new design is also now fully mobile-friendly!  Whether you visit TripleClicks on a desktop, laptop, tablet, or smartphone, it’ll look great…and work great!

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One of the first things you’ll notice is that we’ve made the menu much cleaner and simpler.  There are now just four main sections:

  • BUY
  • SELL
  • BID
  • PLAY

Note: The former ECA , DEALS, and DIGITALS sections have been incorporated into the home page, BUY, and search engine.  And we’ve eliminated the MUSIC section, Song Of The Month tournament, etc.  Why?  The way music is purchased and enjoyed has changed dramatically over the last five years, and we are, unfortunately, just not positioned to compete in this space any more.

By focusing on four core sections, we are going to be able to do SO much more to grow TripleClicks.  Indeed, this overhaul now sets the stage for MAJOR improvements, including:

  • A much bigger and better ECA program, with thousands of new sellers, and hundreds of thousands of new products–with better quality and better pricing, too.  We have big, big plans!
  • A more robust auction section–with new types of auctions in the works.
  • More and better online games to attract to TripleClicks a MUCH larger share of the more than 100 million people who play games online daily.

A cleaner, simpler site also make it easier for customers to find what they’re looking for.  In other words, look for a growth trend in sales soon, too!

Note: There are still some pages that are in the process of being overhauled.  For example, a slick new mobile-friendly shopping cart and checkout page will debut soon.  And a new Member Center, ECA Center, and more will follow over the next few weeks.

We hope you will take a few minutes to head over to TripleClicks.com now and explore our new look!

P.S. As alluded to above, this overhaul is just the appetizer.  The stage is now set for a plethora of powerful and exciting new additions we’ve been working on for months…so stay tuned and be prepared to be delighted by what’s coming!


New bigger, better Pricebenders auctions!

newattripleclicksfb_thumbEffective immediately, Pricebenders is now featuring a completely new and improved auctions index:

http://www.tripleclicks.com/indexAuctions.php

The biggest change you’ll notice is that there will now be a minimum of 20 live auctions going at all times!  You should almost always now be able to find an auction of interest to you–no matter when you drop by.  And we hope to be doing over 100 auctions a day soon!

From the new index, you can also now easily participate in multiple auctions simultaneously (just click on the “bid” buttons for the auctions you want to bid on).  The new layout is also mobile-friendly and should work great on almost any modern smartphone or tablet.

A NEW PARADIGM

With our new expanded auction format, no longer will auctions typically be scheduled to start at specific times.  Instead, we will simply start a new auction each time an auction ends.  The newest auction will appear in the lower right corner of the index…and it’s initial timer will be for 12 hours.

If 12 hours sounds like a long time…you need to get comfortable with a new way of interacting with our auctions!  By the way, we’re not doing anything crazy here.  On the contrary, this is exactly how our competitors have been doing it for years, and it’s a big reason why they’ve been able to have a large number of auctions going on at once.  Now WE can too!

So, how might your approach to Pricebenders auctions need to change?  First of all, if you’re someone who is only comfortable manually clicking the “bid” button, then you’ll want to stick to the auctions that will appear in the upper half of the index screen.  As more bids are placed, the timer clock will get shorter and shorter…and the auctions with the shortest timer clocks will work their way to the top of the index.

Here’s the biggest change, however.  When a new auction starts–with the 12 hour timer–don’t be afraid to use Bid Assist.  Indeed, this is one of the main reasons why this tool exists–to assist you in bidding when you can’t be around all the time.  When a new auction starts–with the 12 hour timer–consider setting up some bids through the Bid Assist tool.  And if a decent number of members do this, the timer will quickly drop from 12 hours to a much shorter time…and then it’s “off to the races.”

Remember, the way the timer works is that it gets shorter as bidding increases.  The more bids placed, the shorter the timer will become, and the faster the auction will be completed (the winner is determined when only one bidder remains).

Tip: It’s likely that many people will, at least for a while, ignore new auctions because of the perception that a winner won’t be determined for many hours.  This could be true, but you may also find yourself the winner of a great bargain if you set up Bid Assist early because many others may be hesitant to use the Bid Assist tool.

Special Note: Because the use of Bid Assist is now an absolute necessary tool with the new 12 hour timer–and we can’t do 20 live auctions without such a timer–we are discontinuing NBA (No Auto Bid) as an auction attribute.

MORE COOL, NEW FEATURES

  • In addition to the 20 live auctions, there’s also an ample queue of UPCOMING auctions to check out.  Just click on the “Upcoming” tab to view these.  From the Upcoming list of auctions, you can play the Pick-The-Price game.  You can also set reminders for yourself here–click the BELL button–so that you’ll get alerted (via email and/or text message) when an item you’re interested in goes live for bidding.
  • From the new live index, click on item’s name to go to the item’s details page (which contains a detailed product description, various bidding tools, and more).
  • Each auction’s panel displays the name of the current high bidder (to see the full Bid Log, click on item’s name to go to the auction details page).
  • To keep down clutter and provide an attractive layout, we’re using small round icons to denote special attributes (Double MPR, Winner Bids Free, 99¢ auctions, etc.).  The meanings of each icon should be obvious, but if you’re not sure, just mouse over the icon and a helpful tooltip will appear to provide clarification.
  • So you can see who is using Bid Assist, you’ll see a small icon beside each bid in the Bid Log that was placed via Bid Assist.
  • We’ve made getting registered to bid (becoming a new TC member) much more prominent and easy on the new Pricebenders index.  Plus, when someone registers from the new index, they’ll also be provided a quick, easy way to buy some TCredits so they can start bidding right away.
  • Note the fresh, new header and footer that the new index is sporting.  Over the next few weeks, this new header and footer will be incorporated across TripleClicks.

ONE MORE THING…

If you like the new Pricebenders index, you’re going to LOVE what’s coming next.  Stay tuned for announcements on more powerful additional additions soon that will work synergistically with the new index to take Pricebenders to a whole new level.