Bid Ninja: Unfair Advantage?
Wouldn’t it be lovely if you could track every auction on a popular penny auction site; spy on competitors; and have a virtual assistant do all the bidding for you? Nah, we’re not here to talk about some futuristic software that’s yet to be invented. Actually, it’s all here – Bid Ninja.
What Bid Ninja Isn’t
Let’s clear some things first, Bid Ninja is not a penny auctions / bidding site. Rather, it’s an application that hooks up and gathers real-time data from some of the most popular penny auctions site – data that you can use to gain an edge over the competition.
Currently, Bid Ninja can be used in the following penny auction sites:
QuiBids.com: Based in Oklahoma City, the company has been around for quite a long time now (they were established back in 2009). If you plan to use Bid Ninja with QuiBids, you’d be pleased to know that there’s a free option. Bid Ninja’s Apprentice Plan for QuiBids – which is going to stay free forever – gives you limited bidder and auction analytics. Moreover, it also gives you complete access to “Access Anywhere Tracker.”
DealDash.com: Another well-known penny auctions website (and their free shipping is really sweet by the way), DealDash also supports Bid Ninja. Unfortunately, there are no free plans available. If you want to try out Bid Ninja with DealDash, there’s the trial plan of $5 for 3 days. It gives you access to all the Bid Ninja features, which includes full access to player and auction analytics. Sadly, it doesn’t include the AutoBidder feature. If you don’t cancel after the three-day period, you will be rebilled at $29.99/month every month.
Beezid.com: Yet another mover-and-shaker in the penny auctions industry. The site has a lot of users and their inventory is pretty impressive. If you regular bid at the auctions in this site or at least you plan to, you can use Bid Ninja to help you get an edge against the competition. Keep in mind, however, that there are no free plans for you to try out. Like in DealDash, there’s only a trial period, which upgrades to a $29.99/month plan if you don’t cancel after three days.
Analytics, auction tracking, and auto-bidding are the strongest suits of this software. However, there are a lot of other features and details that a potential user should know about before getting Bid Ninja. Here they are:
Auction Analytics: After installation, the Auction Analytics is automatically integrated into the auction pages of the supported sites. The software has numerous tabs – all filled with data regarding the auctions on Beezid, QuiBids, and DealDash. These include:
The list of bidders on the auction you’re on
The amount of bids every bidder placed
Trending stats like average, maximum, and minimum ending price
Number of analyzed auctions for the product you’re viewing
And many more
This feature helps you placed well-timed bids by helping you predict when the auction will close, at what price, and whether it will be profitable for you to pursue the auction based on previous data. Granted, it’s not a surefire way to win…but this is definitely better than playing by ear.
Bidder Analytics: Like the auction analytics, this feature is seamlessly integrated to the auction page once you have Bid Ninja installed. As the name suggests, Bidder Analytics gives you insights regarding the bidders who have placed bids on the auctions you’re viewing. Clicking on any of the usernames will bring up statistics specific to that user. The information tabs include:
Total number of bids they’ve placed for every auction that they’ve placed a bid on.
Total number of auctions the bidder won
The user’s “Win Rate” expressed in percentages
The number of higher-ticket auctions (over $200) the bidder has won
Past wins and losses
And those are just to name a few
This is very useful for spying on successful bidders / users at DealDash, QuiBid, and Beezid. And why would you want to spy on them? To copy them and succeed too of course!
AutoBidder: The name says it all – this tool lets you bid even if you’re away from the computer. While it is user friendly, the AutoBidder’s options are pretty comprehensive. It lets you:
Put a minimum price before it starts bidding and set a “stop” by setting a max price
Limit the amount of bids on an auction
Prevent you from being locked out in QuiBids
Randomize the timing of your bids
Tell it to place bids for you at exact times (ex.: each time the timer reaches 1.1 seconds)
And we’re just getting started! You can use the AutoBidder on as many auctions you want and all at the same time. If you’re going to be away from home and won’t have access to the internet, you can set up AutoBidder days or even weeks in advance. This ensures you get a shot at winning the auction even if you’re away.
The true strength of the AutoBidder, however, is that you can set it up to play and bid just like you…or just like the successful bidder you spied on with Bidder Analytics.
Auction Tracker: What good would a bunch of bid credits do if you can’t find auctions you like, right? Well, that’s what the auction tracker is for. This feature gives you complete and immediate access to every auction on DealDash, Beezid, and QuiBids…and that includes the hidden auctions.
You see, some auctions are removed from the homepage once they hit a certain mark. This prevents users from bidding on the auction over and over again…making it run indefinitely. But do not worry as Auction Tracker puts those hidden auctions right in front of you in plain sight.
Summing Things Up…
Overall, I’d say Bid Ninja is more than decent at what it does. To be honest, there aren’t a lot of penny auction / bidding applications out there so it’s hard to make a comparison. Having said that, the feature set as well as the amount and accuracy of the information it delivers are still impressive.