Hit, Miss or Maybe: MadBid.com

About:

MadBid.com launched in August 2008 in London and are now the UK’s leading pay-to-bid auction site. Described by many as the future of online shopping, its aim is to offer our customers a unique, fun and secure way to shop online. All whilst offering huge savings (on average 80%).

Well, as you’ve probably seen already, they have a great range of products available and they are selling for an average of 80% off RRP. You probably thought to yourself like many others…how is this possible?

So basically everyone who is bidding has purchased their credits and for every bid you place, between one and three bid credits be deducted from your account and the price of the auction will increase by just 1p. So there you have it…One Great Product, One Great Price!!

At MadBid.com they have over 1,600 products available for auction from top brands at up to 80% off the RRP. They also offer our ‘But it Now’ option on 25% of our product range at the moment.

What makes MadBid.com so great?

  • Average saving of 80% on RRP
  • 100,000+ closed auctions to date
  • Over 1,500 different products available
  • 100+ auctions a day
  • Fast Delivery
  • Widest range of secure payment methods
  • Risk free bidding with our ‘Buy it Now’ option
  • UK based customer service with assistance by e-mail, phone and live support
  • The UK’s most popular pay-to-bid auction site

At MadBid.com they believe in helping others which is why we are proud to support The Children’s Trust, our 2011 official charity partner. To date they have raised over £5,000 for charitable causes and hope to push on and raise another £20,000 for The Children’s Trust in 2011.

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My comments:

I have to say it seemed like a good idea as I hastily headed online to see if I could grab myself a bargain and having run an auction style website (www.FootballAid.com) previously, I know the significant benefits in creating interesting and engaging means to interact with customers and through auctions, remove much of the administration in haggling, bargaining and generally selling and taking payment. Plus, depending upon what is being auctioned, its often creating a great PR story too.

However, I cant help think that this is like the good old American radio competitions of the 80’s – where the last person left standing after days of clutching on to a brand new car on a garage forecourt gets to drive it home! I felt a little like that while I was constantly believing I was close to winning when in the end someone else, somewhere in the world put a bid on that out bid my bid and keeps the auction going for 30 seconds longer.

In some ways, it smacks of teenage wanton desperation and in reality I think its probably a truck load of slightly outdated excess stock from Argos or another high street retailer thats been piled high in a warehouse and this online mechanic is a means of getting shot of the stuff. Although I could be wrong – I know others who have created apparently succesfull busines ventures from that very premiss – but its a bit Del Boy and Rodney for me.

Verdict:

The genesis of the idea is incredibly simple and it clearly is easy to bag yourself quite a bargain – if you like pink laptops cheap or have more time than you know what to do with to sit up half the night and make some bids for stuff that, essentially, you dont need! The site itself is fairly easy to use – helped by video tutorials. It is engaging – but only for a short time – and I cant see some of my vintage playing for too long on this before heading along to Currys or Argos and buying the thing for real.

This is a MISS for me but I know that others out there will swear by it and have the pink laptops and 60 inch plasma TVs to prove it!

Hit, Miss or Maybe: Parkrun.com

About:

parkrun organise free, weekly, 5km timed runs around the world. They are open to everyone, free, and are safe and easy to take part in.

These events take place in pleasant parkland surroundings and we encourage people of every ability to take part; from those taking their first steps in running to Olympians; from juniors to those with more experience; we welcome you all.

Using the events page, select the event you are most interested in and review all the information about the course, local news items, the photo gallery and information about volunteering. Also, take a look at the extensive results page where you will find an incredible amount of information about your past performance.

My Parkrun is an event for runners of all standards, which takes place every Saturday at 9am on Edinburgh promenade.

It is not a race against other runners, but a 5k timed run and it can really be whatever each runner wants it to be, whether that’s for fun or as part of a training plan.

It offers an opportunity for all the local community, male or female, young or old, to come together on a regular basis to enjoy this beautiful park and get physically active into the bargain. We want to encourage people to jog or run together irrespective of their ability – this event is truly open to all and best of all it really is FREE!

Taking part is easy – just register in advance by 6pm on the Friday before your first ever parkrun here. The great thing is that you only ever need to do this once! Then just set your alarm for Saturday morning and get yourself there!

After the run, if you don’t have to get off straight away, there will be the chance to socialise with everyone at the Café to maybe swap stories about your run that day, chat to other runners over a cup of tea or coffee and just be an important part of this new running community.

So whether you are a complete novice looking to get yourself started on your own “running journey” or a seasoned athlete wanting to use this as a part of your training schedule, you’re welcome to come along and join us.

Additional information:

If you fancy coming along for the first time – make sure you have registered and also read the course description.

If you take part in a race, check out the results page and news page which includes race reports – parkrun normally update these within a day of the event. Theres even event photos so make sure that you look at how great you look! Lastly, there are interesting stats by Country and by each Parkrun event on athletes, best timings, distance run, total time – just to make it interesting!

My comments:

Im going to do this for the first time this weekend – I’ve signed up, Ive printed my registration pass and while I am pretty unfit (Ive ran 3 miles three times since February!) this might just be the spur on that I need – provided it doesnt get in the way of my golf!

I would however, like to take my dog!

I think this seems to add a lot of fun for potential irregular and unfit runners and assist them to take fitness and running slightly more seriously and in the company of other like minded people.

Parkrun is unique: it is run with the financial support of sponsors including Nike, Lucozade and Sweatshop – so successful has Parkrun been, that sponsors’ representatives can often be found taking part in a parkrun. That way Nike, Sweatshop and Lucozade Sport interact with the parkrunner is testament to their passion for and knowledge of what it is we do.

parkrun aims to have an event in every community that wants one and is seeking volunteers to bolster the organised runs in more locations across the UK and into Europe.

I think that the Parkrun idea is an incredibly simple one. Its driven by sponsors, its free for participants and therefore there are no barriers to entry. We should all be undertaking some form of moderate exercise and this is perhaps just one way that is more cost effective than joining a gym to do something small, fun and engaging every week.

As for the business side of things – something are often more important than just making money!

Verdict:

The genesis of the idea is incredibly simple. The site itself is fairly easy to use – and promises that the only difficult bit (printing the registration card!) is a one off thing! Its engaging for all abilities, all ages and backgrounds.

Without question for me – this is a huge HIT! (But Ill let you know how my legs feel on Saturday!)