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What’s inside your Mystery Box?

posted by Evelina

To make MadBid auctions even more exciting, we have launched a new range of Mystery Box auctions. The beauty of the Mystery Box is when you win, it’s not just one item you are getting; it’s a whole box of items! Including everything from iPads to summery fragrances, the boxes range in RRP value but still maintain an amazing closing price. Let us know what is inside your Mystery Box by tweeting #MadMystery and one lucky winner will get 150 FREE MadBid Credits! If you also want to show off the content of your Mystery Box, send a photo to socialmedia@madbid.com and we will showcase the best ones on our Facebook page!

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£42 for a Brand New Car? Yes Please!

posted by Evelina

After selling the 1st car back in 2008 for under £7 you would think the prices should have increased by now. Not by much, our 18th car winner paid £42 for his brand new Skoda. The Dream Come True auction closed only 2 days after being put live. When doing the handover of the beautiful Skoda the winner was telling us that he had his autobids on and went out for dinner with his wife and friends. He said his wife could not believe it when he showed her the email, only after the paperwork came through did it really sink in that he won a brand new car for £42.  We couldn’t wait to put our questions to him about the winning moments.

How does it feel winning?

I only got my driving license not long ago so this is my first car. I was really excited when I saw the email from MadBid.

What will be your first road trip?

When I take the car today I will be taking my wife for lunch but a more serious road trip will be to go to Scotland and visit family.

What other products have you won on MadBid?

Games consoles, vouchers, a TV and a lot of other things.

What advice would you give to new bidders?

Really watch the auctions to develop your strategy. It is not that difficult to see when the traffic on the website is low.

Watch the full video here:

 

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In 2013 We Are Looking Forward To….

posted by Evelina

We are almost there! The January blues don’t seem so bad when you have your Apples, a little bit of snow and a Facebook wall full of iPhone autocorrect fails. Even when you feel down that the holidays and warmth is nowhere in sight a solution is only a Hapify App away. With the blues sorted it is time to think about what we are looking forward to in 2013. We asked the MadBid team to tell us what they were looking forward to the most in 2013. The results were nothing less than what you would expect from a company that calls itself Mad.

Evie: ‘getting some serious heat and bargain hunting in Marrakesh’
Richard: ‘I can’t wait for Christmas and the best thing is it will come early in 2013 because Apple will be releasing their first ever TV in November!’

Dave: ‘Hosting the first MadBid Eurovision, contact me when you get bored of Xfactor’

Cristina: ‘surprisingly and completely out of the blue finding a puppy in the office…..Juha [MD] is not reading this blog is he?

William: ‘May. Reason 1: Hangover 3 is coming out Reason 2: The Iron Man 3 is coming out Reason 3:… I’m getting married I guess that counts too’

Kryz: I have designed 350 different banners that included Caprice in 2012. This has to stop; my girlfriend thinks I see more of Caprice than her.

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Move your face on Facebook!

posted by Evelina

Social networks are changing, what used to be a fun past time has now become a popular channel of communication and with increased bandwidth video offerings are becoming key. Facebook have teamed up with Skype and will soon have an icon that would allow users to have group video or a private video conversation all for free.  With 750 million viewers this is a great platform to integrate into the social mix. The company is also changing the layout of their chat system so that users can decide the amount of people they want on chat so potentially the whole family could get involved from around the globe – or maybe all our customers at MadBid.com.

The extension of the communication channels have not gone unnoticed as Google has introduced their own social networking platform +circle project – with a video chat feature called ‘Hangout’ which has caused some controversy between the internet giants. With these extra add-ons MadBid.com’s popular auction product the new Dell Inspiron Duo Touchscreen would complement any social network user.

The new Dell Inspiron Duo Touchscreen can be used as a laptop or a notepad, both with a keyboard and touchscreen functions making it ideal for users on the go or in the comfort of their home.  The last time we auctioned the Dell Inspiron Duo Touchscreen the ending price was an amazing bargain at £6.37! Allow yourself to enjoy Facebook’s free video chat service with this sought after stylish gadget. The notebook has been reviewed by Amazon users as ‘Innovative and well-made’ The auction will start 3pm on 22nd of July the RRP price is £449 but only the bids on the timer will show the end price. The Stuff have stated that it ‘has a “whoa” factor to it when you see it swivel’ so team it up with Facebook’s or Google’s new Video options and put it in action!

Click here for a little sneak peek of this new function: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UAeufSkW5y4&feature=related

 

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Facebook’s Musical Quest

posted by Evelina

As if Facebook couldn’t be more renowned for its attempt to connect people across the globe, Mark Zuckerberg’s 2004 social networking phenomenon is now about to embark on its latest adventure, which if successful, MadBid.com reckons will revolutionise the social aspect of music sharing.

With the uprising of technology has come a huge surge in music sharing and downloading over the internet. Just look at Napster or Spotify, the biggest pioneers of music streaming.  In a similar way, it appears that Facebook’s newest project is being launched in partnership with, the former, Spotify – one of the more notorious names in the online music business industry.

The new feature aims to provide a music dashboard or platform that lets you stream music, see what your friends are listening to and share your favourite tracks. When you log into your account, the music dashboard will display as an official bookmark on the site’s homepage as well as a separate tab on your profile, in which you can access and control the music you want to hear.

The music dashboard will not be tied to Spotify exclusively though, Facebook is looking to incorporate many more music streaming websites, which the music lovers among you may already be familiar with, such as: Pandora, Mog, Rdio, Last.fm, and Grooveshark amongst others. In Facebook’s attempt to create a similar service with similar functionality, the result may be a giant music library, which anyone and everyone can subscribe to.

Here’s a look at just a few of the features that will be included:

  1. Music Notifications
  2. Recommended Songs
  3. Top Songs
  4. Top Albums
  5. Recent listens

This move will ensure that we are better connected than ever: now you will be able to see just what your friends are listening to and even light-heartedly mock them when you see them playing that Boyzone album they said they had thrown out years ago! In addition to this, Facebook’s music dashboard will help you to discover more genres and artists, making the world of music even more social and accessible than it is already.

Techno giant Apple might have brought the social to the music, but now the tables have turned and Facebook is bringing music to the social; a long-time dream its founders have sought to implement into its service. The result is a collaboration of two powerful social forces, both of which bring people together, making the world a more connected place. Keep your eyes and ears open for the potential release date of the music dashboard, which is to be announced after Facebook’s F8 conference in August.

Until then, you can visit MadBid.com for its range of Facebook and Apple friendly products, including our latest instalment, the New Apple TV which lets you stream photos and music from your PC as you please. Alternatively, there is our great range of stereo systems such as the new Samsung Home Theatre System so you can blast your music to the max!

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