It showed up today, all shiny and new. The 13.3 inch MacBook Pro with a 2.53 GHz processor and 4 GB of memory all for just $444 after shipping. This type of deal does border being “too good to be true,” but it was true. It took a full 8 hours of intense bidding and sweating out the last few hours of constantly getting out bid at the last few seconds. 5 years ago the only reputable place to buy items in an auction format would have been eBay. The online auction format is changing though, and the only one left sticking to the old ways seems to be eBay.
So, where did I win this awesome deal for my MacBook Pro? I was told about this auction site called Swoopo about a month ago. It took me a while to get my nerve up, as the risks are high on a site like this. There have been plenty of articles and comments written about this format. Even after winning an amazing deal like this, I’d have to warn readers that it is not for everyone.
I’ll keep the description of the format short and simple. The goal is of course to be the highest bidder, but the actual amount of the bid really doesn’t matter. While the MacBook Pro cost me $444, the auction price was something like $127.00. So where does the other $317 come from? That’s where the risk comes in. I had to pay that much to bid, so at the last second I could have been out all that money. In fact adding up the losers bid payments they all were out over $900 of real money.
While I’m super happy about winning a great deal, I’ll probably never use the site for such a big purchase again. I’ll keep my eye on the great deals I find on Tag Sell It.