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What are people winning on MadBid.com

posted by Evelina

What are other MadBidders winning on the site? We asked our users and this is what they had to say:

I won an Ipod Shuffle 2GB on 26/05/11. I won it for 64p, and I like the size of it; it’s very discreet. The sound is very clear through the earphones, it holds quite a lot of music, and it’s very easy to use.
-Ryanred5


I won a Sony PS3 for a total price of £18.43. What I like about the product is it’s a dvd/blu-ray player and upscales dvd’s to full hd quality. I was looking to buy a blu-ray player. So why not buy one that can also play games, browse the web, watch and record tv (with ps3′s add on play tv) It’s a great piece of equipment which can do so many things.
-garru

I won a Bijan Women Gift Set for 0.41p on madbid.com and its retail value is £42.
-rawsht_kirkuky


I won a copy of Smackdown vs Raw 2011 for PS3 just for 25p. The thing I love most about it is that the game brings back childhood memories of watching wrestling late at night
- bigmacman


Hi Madbid!
On my first go at bidding I won a Restaurant Discount Card for £0.02!! I thought this would be useful as I am due to go on holiday in the UK shortly.
-rawsht_kirkuky

I won George Foreman Grill & Melt (£5.04), Restaurant Discount Card (£4.51) and 75 credits (£0.50). I think all the products on Madbid are very cheap and it was worth trying it.
-Inamhassan


Hi Madbid Team, I won a Morphy Richards Kettle for 90p and although I have not yet received it I am still excited about receiving my quality product at a quality price. Cheers!
-Dudesmurf

I love Madbid because although you have to pay money for credits you can win a lot more, if you’re lucky, I had won £10, £25 and a restaurant card and the maximum amount of money I spent on was £20 so I would say to everyone that asks “is Madbid good…… have you tried it?” that it is a very good website and that if you are worried about losing your money, if you’re new, you get your money back on your first time buying credits.
- Fabtaste

On my first visit to the site I won 100 credits and have already used these to launch into my online entertainment!
-Mumzy75


I won £10.00 cash for only £0.01. I like the product because I made £9.99 profit!
-Stitchgrin

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Wii are excited about the Wii U, Are U?

posted by Evelina

Get ready for a new world of gaming! Nintendo has just released the details of their Wii U at the E3 Conference this week. The Wii U is a gaming system like you have never seen before. It can be used with or without a TV and the feature packed controller will come with a motion sensor like the Wii remote and gyro sensor technology like the 3DS – the Wii U is most certainly a completely new kind of device.

All the talk has been about the Wii U controller, it has a built in accelerometer and gyroscope, rumble feature, camera, microphone, stereo speakers, sensor strip, and stylus. The touch screen controller allows the user to draw right on the screen and project to the TV. With the video camera and microphone the Wii U can also be used to make video calls to friends and fellow gamers. The controller adds a new dimension to the games with a second screen that can be used to supplement the TV screen to view maps and inventory, panoramic views in all directions, and even your golf ball stuck in a sand trap at your feet for Wii Golf.

Wii UCalled the ‘Swiss Army Knife of controllers’ by Danny Bilson, Executive VP of Core Games, the Wii U gaming system with the new touch screen controller will create a more realistic gaming experience. You can use the controller as a second window to the gaming world, and for some games you can use the controller with the TV and play without ever touching any buttons.

The Wii U system will be backwards compatible with the other Wii software and will have internal flash memory. The system will also play optical discs and downloadable content and has 4 USB ports. Don’t worry if you’re the first of your friends to get your hands on this new technology, you will still be able to play with less tech savvy gamers because Wii U is designed for interplay with the old Wii-mote controllers.

With powerful graphics processing power the games will run in full HD through HDMI, but the touch screen on the controller will not be in HD. Nintendo says that the launch date for the Wii U will be in 2012 between 1 April and 31 December. No prices have been announced but the cost of the Wii U is estimated to be £300-£400.

Well worth the wait and the money, MadBid is very excited for the Wii U and you can be sure we will have it available on our site at MAD MAD prices as soon as it launches! Until then, check out some of our other games and consoles available right now like an Xbox 360 Console with Kinect that just went for £35.04 or a Sony PS3 that went for only £5.82!

Get ready for a new world of gaming! Nintendo has just released the details of their Wii U at the E3 Conference this week. The Wii U is a gaming system like you have never seen before. It can be used with or without a TV and the feature packed controller will come with a motion sensor like the Wii remote and gyro sensor technology like the 3DS – the Wii U is most certainly a completely new kind of device.

All the talk has been about the Wii U controller, it has a built in accelerometer and gyroscope, rumble feature, camera, microphone, stereo speakers, sensor strip, and stylus. The touch screen controller allows the user to draw right on the screen and project to the TV. With the video camera and microphone the Wii U can also be used to make video calls to friends and fellow gamers. The controller adds a new dimension to the games with a second screen that can be used to supplement the TV screen to view maps and inventory, panoramic views in all directions, and even your golf ball stuck in a sand trap at your feet for Wii Golf.

Called the ‘Swiss Army Knife of controllers’ by Danny Bilson, Executive VP of Core Games, the Wii U gaming system with the new touch screen controller will create a more realistic gaming experience. You can use the controller as a second window to the gaming world, and for some games you can use the controller with the TV and play without ever touching any buttons.

The Wii U system will be backwards compatible with the other Wii software and will have internal flash memory. The system will also play optical discs and downloadable content and has 4 USB ports. Don’t worry if you’re the first of your friends to get your hands on this new technology, you will still be able to play with less tech savvy gamers because Wii U is designed for interplay with the old Wii-mote controllers.

With powerful graphics processing power the games will run in full HD through HDMI, but the touch screen on the controller will not be in HD. Nintendo says that the launch date for the Wii U will be in 2012 between 1 April and 31 December. No prices have been announced but the cost of the Wii U is estimated to be £300-£400.

Well worth the wait and the money, MadBid is very excited for the Wii U and you can be sure we will have it available on our site at MAD MAD prices as soon as it launches! Until then, check out some of our other games and consoles available right now like an Xbox 360 Console with Kinect that just went for £35.04 or a Sony PS3 that went for only £5.82!

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Why is MadBid different?

posted by Evelina

There are a few sites around that offer auctions as a way of selling products – there are lots of different ways of selling and bidding. MadBid.com is one of them, but what makes MadBid different and why should you choose us?

Auction Types

  • Standard Auctions: There are sites like e-Bay where you don’t pay to bid and only pay the final auction price plus P&P. The price goes up in increments with each bid and whoever has bid the highest when the auction closes is the winner. With this type of auction items can often be second hand from individuals as well as professional sellers. Because it’s free to bid prices can go quite high and the discounts can be very small and so it is often similar to buying in any shop online.
  • Falling Price Auctions: These auctions have the price of a product decrease from its start price until it closes or sells out. A set quantity of the product is available and the first people to buy will win. So you buy it at the price you wish to pay, and wait for the auction to close – everyone pays the lowest price so even if you chose to buy at £100 if the price continues to fall and the auction closes at £30, you will only pay £30. You can get some good bargains, but they don’t tend to sell many brand names or high popularity products such as iPad’s, PS3’s etc.
  • Lowest Unique Bid: This type of auction requires bidders to buy bids and then place those bids to try and find a price that is unique. That means for a bid to be eligible to win no other bidder can have made a bid for the same amount. Bidders are generally able to place multiple bids and the number of current bids at each amount is typically kept secret. This type of auction can often be a guessing game as all of the details are kept secret so it can often be based more on luck than skill.
  • MadBid.com: MadBid uses a pay-to-bid system in which you buy a credit pack and then use these credits to bid. Using this system it means that we can sell products at incredibly low prices. There is skill involved and by developing your own strategy the bidding becomes much easier. We offer many high-end and popular products that customers really like to bid on.

Prices

So, with all these other types of auctions around what makes MadBid so good? Well unlike e-Bay where the prices can still go quite high or with only a small discount in price, MadBid sells products for an average saving of 87% off the retail price and all of our products are brand new and from reputable sources.

In one of our previous articles we mentioned some of the amazing bargains our users had got:

Xbox 360 with Kinect
RRP £249.99
SOLD FOR:  £69.19

PS3 slim 250GB
RRP £284.99
SOLD FOR:  £23.10

These prices include the cost of bids plus the final action price. Because of the way the MadBid auctions run we can sell excellent products at some great bargain prices.

Latest Gadgets

Also, MadBid is unique compared to many of the other auction sites such as ‘falling price auctions’ in that we offer many of the latest quality gadgets and technology such as the iPad 2, iPhone 4, Wii, Xbox with Kinect, Android phones, Galaxy Tab, Nintendo 3DS to name just a few.

We pride ourselves in making sure we are always up on the latest technology and so MadBid.com is the ideal place to get the latest gadgets for low prices. We often have products as soon as they are out and sometimes even start auctioning them a day or two before the official release!

Social

At Madbid.com we like to provide a shopping experience and for our customers to be able to interact with each other, share tips, make bidding strategies and have fun communicating. We have a very active Facebook page, forums, Twitter, competitions plus we have our Auction Peek and Sneak-a-Peek service which lets you interact with others by seeing their buying habits. We call MadBid ‘Social Commerce’ due to the extensive community and how you can interact with our other customers.

We have a large customer base and over 21,000 fans on Facebook alone. These customers interact with each other, help newcomers and provide a great community feel, reassure customers that MadBid is a legitimate business and we like to interact with our customers too.

We are always introducing new aspects of this side of MadBid, recently we gave our customers the ‘Easter Game’ which allowed them to compete for the highest scores and we had over 1000 entries and was a great talking point amongst the community and more recently we went out to see everyone waiting at Westminster Abbey before the Royal Wedding to meet new people and spread the MadBid love via the fantastic Mrs Madbid!

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So you can see why MadBid is different, it’s not just that we have incredibly low prices or that we have the latest gadgets it’s also our whole approach to auctions and involving our customers.  We’re so pleased that we have such a strong online community and many supporters and will continue to grow this aspect into the future.

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Wii 2 – The Rumours

posted by Evelina

So the speculation has already begun, even before the Wii’s successor has been officially announced. And it’s not just at MadBid.com, some key executives at Nintendo, in various interviews, have often confirmed it is in development.

Way back in November 2006 Wii was the first console of the current generation to offer motion-controlled gameplay. Due to the relatively low price and Nintendo targeting the family orientated market, the Wii took an early lead in the battle of the consoles soon after it launched – with the company selling 20m units in the first year.

Nintendo Console TimelineBut Wii sales have been declining recently, in the financial year 2009/10 Nintendo still shipped 20.1m Wii consoles, but that fell to 15.1m in 2010/11.

This fall might be due to the introduction of the Xbox Kinect and the PlayStation move. Both bring motion-controlled gameplay to the other platforms and with their advanced graphics this gives them an edge over the Wii.

Market data suggests that Wii’s share of new console sales have now slipped to second place behind Sony’s PS3

“In the first three months of 2011, PS3 held a 36% share, compared with 32% for the Wii and 31% for XBox 360.” BBC suggests

So speculation has started on the next generation of Nintendo consoles. It is expected that there will be a preview at the E3 Expo in Los Angeles in June, and a release some time in 2012 – this certainly fits in with the Nintendo release timeline as consoles are released on average every 5 years (see image) – but everything is being kept quiet for now.

Edge magazine claims that some of the big publishers such as EA, Ubisoft and Activision have already had development kits ‘for months’. It has also been suggested that the console may even have a different name in a bid to appeal more to Western audiences – with the consoles codename currently being ‘Project Café’.

Speculation as to what the new console might have includes:

  • The controller:
    • Screen on the controller – perhaps touch-screen like the DS. The screen might be HD and could be as big as 6”
    • Extra game content can be seen on the supposed controllers screen (such as maps, your possessions, text/speech that replicates what’s on screen and using the touch-screen you can respond, mini games)
    • The controller might even operate as a second console – like a simplified DS
    • It’s suggested that there might be a camera to help with interaction
    • The controller will be more sensitive , with accurate mapping of movements
  • It is hoped it will be backwards compatible, so that users can play existing shop bought and downloaded games
  • It should hopefully be more powerful than the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3
  • There might even be a chance for 3D technology as Nintendo have already embraced this in their handheld 3DS
  • Some say that it will be just an update of the current Wii with perhaps HD – but at MadBid.com we feel that is unlikely – as Nintendo seem to want to break the mould with each new release that they do.

Whatever Nintendo come out with is bound to be interesting – they seem to be willing to push the boundaries. We’re hoping for something a bit different and whatever it is we’re bound to be selling it on MadBid.com as we’re currently selling the other up to date consoles such as the Nintendo 3DS, Ltd Wii Black + Sports, Sony PS3 & Xbox 360 with Kinect.

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Fifa 11 vs Pro Evo 11

posted by Evelina


The FIFA versus Pro Evolution Soccer battle has been around for some while, and with Fifa 11 released on 28th September and Pro Evo on the 30th September, it looks as if they are going head to head more than ever.

For years Fifa has been renowned for its realism and graphics whilst Pro Evo has proved popular for its usability and in game features. However this year it looks as if Fifa is stepping up its game, EA the game’s creators seem to have really worked on the in-game play and it has worked, it is harder to open up a game, skills are much harder to implement and the scoring wonder goals has become near impossible.

Whilst Pro-Evo seems not to have evolved at all, the only improvement to in-game play is that the system is much more intuitive, as the game wears on more chances open up as players become tired and substitutions have a more visible effect on the game. This is a great feature and Pro Evo 10 was pretty impressive anyway, but they may just have rested on their laurels and that could ultimately cost them.

Fifa 11 – 4 out of 5
Pro Evo – 3.5 out of 5

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