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MadBid Review: Samsung Galaxy S4

posted by Evelina



The anticipated new Samsung S4 is here! We are however finding it a bit difficult to distinguish the new from the old. It seems Samsung has gone down the Apple route and vaguely changed the design which is still quite bulky but much easier to use while on the go.


Putting the anti-climactic exterior aside, we look within. The new Samsung is 4G ready which is great because the screen resolution is amazing so the last thing you want is slow internet. Also, If you are planning to buy it off the shelf it will cost £399, which is cheaper than an iPhone5 that is still not 4G ready in the UK so you will be getting a bargain there.

If you like the speed of your internet on your old S3 then maybe a few of these little new features will convince you to upgrade.


No Buttons Required. That’s right, this clever little feature senses when you are not looking at the screen and pauses a video or game or just an article you’ve been reading. Also to flip from page to page simply tilt the device. Handy right? There is more. If you love to travel, this will be the handset for you. The S-Translator will translate both text and voice so you can relax and not worry about getting lost when abroad.


If you need a new phone we think this would be a worthy investment as it definitely has unique little elements that will make your life easier. If like us you don’t think this is different enough from the old model and don’t really have £399 lying around, we are auctioning them at MadBid now. Sign up today and use promo code STARTER24 for an exclusive buy 1 get 1 free offer! Sign up only takes 30 seconds.


£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.

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Is MadBid a scam? Ask new Mini One Winner David from Essex

posted by Evelina

It’s not every day you can get a brand new Mini One for almost 90% off the RRP, but it happens more often than you might expect on

On the way home from cricket training with his family, David from Essex noticed the Mini auction had ended. He couldn’t remember if he had left his auto bid on or not while he was out and just figured he had lost the auction.

When he later got home and found out he was the winner of a brand new Mini One for just £1,478.94, he ran straight to his wife to tell her the news. He had been bidding in secret, and as it turns out David doesn’t even have a licence! David calmly told his wife that he had won a Mini for her, and she took it as a joke. Unaware that her husband had been bidding in the auction, and having seen a Mini on the street earlier that day she’d commented “I would like that” in jest to her husband, she thought he was joking with her.

But it was no joke. After one year of participating in auctions on David can boast a few past wins, but even he was in shock over winning a new car. His bidding strategy for the auction was quite simple. After watching the auction for a while he thought he didn’t have a chance against some strong competitors, but then as he kept watching, he noticed some of the big bidders begin to withdraw and that’s when he stepped in and activated his auto bid.

David makes it look easy, but there is a lot of strategy that goes in to winning an auction. What advice does David have for new bidders? “Start out on the smaller auctions to build your confidence, and spend some time to learn the dynamics of the site and the strategies of your fellow bidders” said David.

David shows we are so MAD at that you don’t even need a licence to win a car! The brand new red Mini One David and his wife drove away in this month, is one of the 11 cars we have auctioned on the site since 2008. Cars are just one of the amazing prizes our users are winning. Click here to get amazing savings on all the latest gadgets including laptops, phones, camera, appliances, and even hard cash!

Video coming soon…


Winner of the 2011 Ford Focus Zetec

posted by Evelina

The number 13 may be unlucky for some but not for one of our Madbidders, Gary. On 13 March 2011 he fended off other bidders to get a fantastic brand new 2011 Ford Focus Zetec for the mere bargain of £367.89 (includes cost of bids and final auction price)

Last week he picked up his car and MadBid’s MD, Juha Koski, was there to greet him and hand over the keys
Ford Focus Winner

Ford Focus Winner and Car

Winner in Car

Video and interview coming soon…


Audi A3 Winner Collects His Car

posted by Evelina

Today MadBid joined auction winner Hugh to hand over his new car, the superb Audi A3.

Bidders flocked to the auction to try and win the car but Hugh was victorious last Monday.

Hugh’s Interview

How do you feel?

Ecstatic. It’s really, really too good to be true, really. It’s really, really good.

Was there a tough battle?

Very tough battle yes, but we’re cool and calculated.

So how did you find out about MadBid?

We found out about MadBid from the times newspaper about 3 years ago, roughly. Saw how someone won a mini for £30 or something and thought she’s going to try that and her dream was to win an apple Mac at that time.

How did you decide to go for the car?

Well we’ve looked at various cars and to be honest we have bid on a lot of cars or quite a few of the cars and we’ve been a bit unlucky on some of them, but this time we decided this was going to be our car. We wanted an Audi A3 so our plan worked out well – we watched the main bidders on it, we’ve logged main bidders, we’ve watched people all the while and were cool and calculated and come in towards the end of the auction or to where believed the auction would finish.

So when you first saw MadBid did you think the prices were too good to be true?

Well yes, when you first see something like that you obviously think there is a catch with it and you think there must be some kind of trick with it. But, what we realise now there is no trick to it; it’s a totally genuine site.

What are your tips to the newcomers?

Start at the bottom and look, just look, at the big auctions and see who’s bidding on there and get used to the bidders. But try and win something easy to start off with and maybe work your way up.

What are you currently driving?

We drive at the moment, we’ve got a Landrover Freelander which is a 4-wheel-drive vehicle and we live on top of a mountain so the Landrover is a pretty essential car for this really.

What would be your dream road trip with the new car?

Wow that’s a difficult one, but I used to work in South Africa so I think maybe if I could, I couldn’t afford it at the moment, is take it over to Africa or hire the same car in Africa and drive from Durban down to Cape Town on the eastern coast, follow the garden route down by car. Fantastic.

Why would that road trip be special?

Because the scenery and countryside in South Africa is second-to-none, it’s beautiful. Well, maybe second to Wales, but still very good.

Audi A3 Winner

Juha Koski, Madbid MD (pictured below with Hugh) was there to oversee the handover

Handing over the keys to the Audi A3


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