We always try to give back a little of the money we make to charity every month. There are millions of people out there who are living lives of desperation, and who can’t make ends meet. In line with our goals of helping people, we stumbled on a website called DoBidder that attempts to give back some of the profits made from penny auctions to the charity of the winner’s choice.
This is a great idea, and I’m surprised no one came up with it sooner (maybe they did, but we haven’t heard of them). Some of the auctions you participate in on DoBidder show that the profits go to charity, while others are just regular penny auctions. You get to decide which ones you’d like to participate in. Don’t for one second think that just because you’re participating in a charity penny auction, that the prizes offered aren’t as good as regular penny auction sites. In fact, DoBidder has some great products for you to bid on, whether you’re looking for health and beauty products, electronics, or gift cards.
It doesn’t stop there though, DoBidder also has a new form of penny auction that they’ve created called the KeyHole Auction. In a KeyHole auction, the price of the product is hidden. Once you click on the button to view the price of the product, you spend one bid. You then have 10 seconds to make up your mind and decide if you want to purchase the product at the price shown. Each and every time someone clicks the “View Price” button, the price of the product drops by 25 cents. This means that you never pay the full retail price of the product. This is one of the most innovative concepts we’ve ever heard of in terms of penny auctions. In fact, it might even catch on more than the regular penny auction model.
In terms of which charities you can choose to donate to, Do Bidder has a list of charities that range in the niche that they help. For instance, you can donate to an Arts & Humanities charity, a religious charity, or even an environmental charity (and there are all the usual ones like helping children in Africa or saving animals).
They also list their customer service and contact information on the bottom of their website, which is always a good sign. One thing we’d tell them to improve though is displaying how much each bid costs somewhere on their homepage. We weren’t able to find out how much the bid packs cost, and how much each bid would cost. Other than that though, it looks like DoBidder is one penny auction website that should definitely do well with consumers.