OK it's time for this first time Bidz sucker to detail my first and last experience.
I purchased two watches; two rings; bracelet; earrings; necklace; and a pendant.
- the one was advertised a women's watch with numerous crystals around the face but turned out to be a man's watch
- I would say by the condition of the box that it was from a going out of business sale - retail $1500, paid $162
- the other watch was as described but I doubt the "retail" price listed
Note to Canadian buyers:
- if you take a risk and buy more than one item over a 48 hours period I would wait to pay for everything at one time as they ship by Fedex and the costs are much higher than the US Postal Service
- also remember the PST & GST (federal & provinical taxes) - there is also duty charges - good thing Fedex takes cheques as you probably won't have the cash to pay the extra, unexpected cost
- I wished I had checked out this business before I go caught up in the frenzy of the bidding
- the gold in the rings is very thin; nothing like the photos; even with a magnifying glass I could not seen a resememblence to the photos on their website - do not be taken in by the "zoom" feature on their site as it is magnifying the items 1000 times
- I was taken in by a heart shaped "ruby" ring - but when I went back and looked at the description the actual wording was "created ruby" - fancy word for "FAKE" - the stone was also loose
- one ring was retailed at $1219 which I bought for $266
- the other ring was retail $220 which I bought for $50
- it looked like the photo but a very small version" and very flimsy
- the pendant I never received
I did not bother contacting the company based on online reviews I looked at – this would just be a waste of time. The flash of a camera makes the items with the diamond chips look 1000x nicer. What ever you do don’t pay extra for jewellery boxes, appraisal certificates and sizing – I doubt very much the two rings that I paid $25 extra each were sized – I bid on Sat and received the purchase in Canada two days later????
I took the jewellery to my local jeweller and he just laughed at my foolishness and said he hoped I had fun bidding. The rings are not worth being appraised as they are just junk. I can’t believe this is a public traded business. But then again maybe I should spend my money on buying their stocks because they are making a fortune on “suckers”. I recently bought two costume jewellery rings for $15 each at a department store that are hard to tell they are not real – far from the poor quality rings I purchased from Bidz.
I also found it interesting that after I bid on an item that did not reach a “reserve bid” – I received an email offering the item at the “reserved bid” price usually a few dollars more than my last bid – the email encourages the bidder to be the first before the other bidders bought it.
Also found it interesting that a few of the items I bid on and won the auction appeared a few hours later for sale – which makes me thing they have the items in several sizes and offering to resize the ring for $25 is a rip off.
Bottom line - if it's too good to be true it probably is. I don't believe that there are real bidders for the higher price items - diamond engagements rings listed at several thousands of dollars - in fact I think employees of Bidz are involved in the last 15 second bidding to create a "bidding frenzy". I think this company is making their money on "first time suckers".
I will also be providing this information to every online complaints website.