I was fascinated to discover the auction hybrid site swoopo.com
(previously known as telebid.com). It's a strange combination of
eBay, woot, and slot machine. Here's how it works:
- You purchase bids in pre-packaged blocks of at least 30.
Each bid costs you 75 cents, with no volume discount.
- Each bid raises the purchase price by 15 cents and
increases the auction time by 15 seconds.
- Once the auction ends, you pay the final price.
I just watched an 8GB Apple iPod Touch sell on swoopo for
$187.65. The final price means a total of 1,251 bids were
placed for this item, costing bidders a grand total of
Horror: Profitable Until Deemed Illegal
So, let me get this straight. Swoopo charges people 75¢ per bid on
an auction, and each bid only increases the bid amount by 15¢ …
I guess David
Hannum was right, and I'm in the wrong business.
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