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TRI It, You'll Like It!

Yet again, BidFire is shaking things up by auctioning off a Felt S32 2101 TT/Triathlon Bike!

We love innovation!  Felt Bicycles are the creation of one Jim Felt, a former motocross mechanic who, in 1989, built a one-off Time Trial/ Triathlon frame as a favor to one of his star motocross racers.  Johnny “The O-Show? O’Mara raced in triathlons as a way to stay fit for motocross.  In 1990 O’Mara won the California State Time Trial upon that one-off Felt frame and it wasn’t long before Easton Sports contacted Jim Felt and racing bikes would forever be changed.  You can learn even more about the company here.

Why are we so excited?  Well, at BidFire, we like to think of ourselves as an innovator in the field of competitive shopping, much like Mr. Felt was in the field of competitive cycling.  In celebration of the spirit of innovation, we are offering you an opportunity to win this amazing bike on our website!  How cool is that?

The Felt S32 is a quality bike:

TRI It, You'll Like It!

Custom butted and shaped aluminum Superlite tubing and a carbon fiber aero fork deliver top-shelf aerodynamic performance at an affordable price. With an aero seatpost and wheelset, plus a Tri/TT-specific handlebar extension and base, the S32 makes training and racing more enjoyable—and faster.

There are several cycling enthusiasts here at BidFire, one of whom happens to ride a Felt.  We’re pretty confident that you’ll enjoy this bike as much as we have enjoyed bringing it to you!

Winning Recipe

Winning Recipe

On Wednesday, July 14, we ran a promotion on our Facebook Page asking all of our friends to submit a recipe they have made with their Kitchenaid Stand Mixer.  We decided that we would choose the yummiest sounding treat, reward that user with 5 Free Bids, and post the winning recipe here.

The winning recipe comes from Janelle, who shared with us her 7-UP Pound Cake.

7-UP Pound Cake

Ingredients

  • 2 sticks of butter (or margarine)
  • 8 tablespoons of shortening
  • 3 cups of sugar
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla or lemon extract (I like to use both!)
  • 3 cups of flour
  • 7 ounces of 7-Up or other Lemon-Lime soda

Preheat oven to 130 degrees. Mix butter and shortening together until creamy.  Add in eggs one at a time.  After the eggs are mixed in well, pour in the extract.  Then pour in flour and 7-UP alternatively.  Continuing mixing until creamy.  Pour mixture into cake pan (Angel Food cake pan or bundt cake pan both work well in this case) and bake for an hour and fifteen to an hour and 30 minutes.  Once done pull it out to cool, then flip over and enjoy.

This sounds like a delicious cake, perhaps best accompanied by a decadent flavor of ice cream, and eaten in the evening underneath the summer sky.  We look forward to trying out this recipe for ourselves.  We’ll be sure to let you know how it comes out.  Thanks again, Janelle!

Announcing BidFire’s Travel Tuesday

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Today and every Tuesday, we will bring you an entire day of auctions dedicated to travel! Want to find great deals on stylish ways to travel? Now it’s easier than ever with BidFire’s Travel Tuesday.

Let’s look at today’s line-up, shall we?

First we’ve got a pair of Bose In-Ear Headphones, specifically designed to be worn for long periods of time using Bose’s TriPort technology which reduces the noise stress level on your sensitive inner ear canal. They make a great in-flight alternative to Airline Headphones.

Next, we’re offering up an incredible piece of Briggs and Riley luggage. The @work 20 inch Carry-On Case is an ideal travel companion as it is on wheels, has a special protective pouch for your laptop for extra security, several secret compartments for things like your wallet, keys, tickets and passports, and garment straps to keep all of your items in place. You never have to check this bag, since it was designed to fit in all standard overhead compartments!

Announcing BidFire's Travel Tuesday

Are there any more iconic looking sunglasses than the Original Ray Ban Wayfarers? We think not, which is why we’re bringing them to you today for the first time. Whether you’re driving along the coast of California, relaxing by the beach in Hawaii, or browsing the streets of Chinatown in New York City, you will be sure to exude the essence of cool in these classic shades.

How about some gift cards? You can fill your tank without emptying your wallet by winning the $200 Chevron Gas Card coming up later, or win a $250 Southwest Airlines travel voucher redeemable towards your next ticket purchase anywhere Southwest Airlines flies. We’re also offering a $500 Visa Gift Card this evening, which is the easiest form of payment to travel with. No need to convert currency, or even to carry around Traveler’s Cheques, as a Visa card is an internationally accepted form of payment honored by thousands and thousands of vendors across the globe. Visa is definitely everywhere you want to be!

And to close out our first ever Travel Tuesday, we’ve got an Apple iPad 32. Sleek, lightweight, easy to use, and packed full of handy travel apps like Netflix, various eReaders, and countless games, the iPad is perfectly entertaining whether in-flight, on-the-road, or by the pool. Tech has never traveled so well!

BidFire is constantly looking for innovative ways to offer opportunities for unbelievable discounts on a wide variety of products, and we are proud to be raising the bar with our very first TRAVEL TUESDAY! Check back weekly to see what other exciting Travel Tuesday deals we will host on our site. Have a suggestion?

Get Ready for the Next Phase of BidFire’s Evolution

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You thought BidFire was awesome….just wait until you see the next phase of BidFire! We’ve been fine-tuning our technology since the launch of the current BidFire and have come up with a whole new way to play and even more ways to win!

In order to launch the new site, we’ve decided to offer evening auctions through Sunday. Starting on today, auctions will begin at 5:30pm PT. There will be fewer auctions as we transition our site but want to make sure there are still plenty of chances to win!

We will also be offering our current customers a chance to participate in our new site’s private Beta. If you would like to take part, we will be offering limited seats at first but will open up more as time goes on.

Everyone at BidFire is Super Excited about BidFire’s evolution and can’t wait until you all get to experience what lies around the corner!

Stay tuned on Bidfire’s facebook and twitter pages for the latest updates and announcements.

Wishlist Wednesday

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Wishlist Wednesday is in full effect here at BidFire For the second week in a row, we have polled our fans on Facebook and asked for product suggestions.  We’ve chosen three new products each week, and awareded 5 Free Bids to each of those users with winning suggestions.  It’s been so cool to review all the different choices, and to grant the wishes of three lucky users each week.

This week we are featuring a Shark Navigator Upright Bagless Vacuum cleaner at 6 PM.  This vacuum is both lightweight and heavy duty.  Powered by Infinity Technology, the Shark Navigator traps dust and dirt, never losing suction.  It is known for cleaning the last room as well as the first.

Following the vacuum cleaner, we are bringing to you the Cinemin Swivel Multimedia Pocet Pico Projector at 6:30 PM Take projection out of the boardrooms and put it literally in the palm of your hand!  This pocket-size projector features Texas Instruments’ DLP projection technology and a unique 90-degree hinge that allows you to project onto virtually any surface. Use it to connect to a wide variety of handheld devices–such as the iPod, iPhone, and Flip Video–so that you can project your videos, photos, and more with anyone, at any time.

And finally, we round out this week’s Wishlist Wednesday with a subscription to Netflix at 8 PM.  Netflix is the world’s largest subscription movie service, sending out DVDs and streaming video to over 15 million members each month.  We are offering a one-year subscription, which allows for up to 2 DVDs out at a time, plus unlimited streaming to your computer or television.  It’s a great way to enjoy movies anytime, anywhere.

Wishlist Wednesday is just one of the many promotions we run on our Facebook Page each week.  There are always exciting ways to earn free bids, and to interact with other BidFire users.  It’s also a great way to keep up-to-date with all the latest BidFire news.

Apple MacBook Pro 13.3-Inch Laptop

Apple MacBook Pro 13.3-Inch Laptop

Details of the Apple MacBook Pro 13.3-Inch Laptop

Featuring a precision unibody enclosure crafted from a single block of aluminum, the MacBook Pro is thinner and lighter than its predecessor as well as stronger and more durable. But Apple didn’t stop innovating with the body’s design. The MacBook Pro also includes a new 13-inch, LED-backlit glass display (instead of an LCD panel) as well as a glass trackpad that doesn’t include a button (for larger tracking area) that features Apple’s Multi-Touch technology.

This 13-inch MacBook Pro (model MB990LL/A) also now includes Apple’s innovative built-in notebook battery for up to 7 hours of wireless productivity on a single charge without adding thickness, weight or cost. Using Adaptive Charging and advanced chemistry first introduced with the 17-inch MacBook Pro the built-in battery delivers up to 1000 recharges before it reaches 80 percent of its original capacity—nearly three times the lifespan of conventional batteries.

Apple MacBook Pro 13.3-Inch Laptop

Under the hood, the MacBook Pro is powered by a powerful 2.26 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor (with 3 MB L2 cache and 1066 MHz front-side bus), which runs applications faster and more efficiently as well as helps to reduce power requirements and save on battery life. And video is powered by the NVIDIA GeForce 9400M integrated graphics processor, which provides an outstanding everyday graphics experience with up to a 5x performance boost.

Other hardware features include a 160 GB hard drive, 2 GB of installed RAM (which can be upgraded to 8 GB), an 8x combo Superdrive (for burning dual-layer DVDs as well as CDs), built-in Gigabit Ethernet for high-speed networking, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR (Enhanced Data Rate), FireWire 800 port, Mini DisplayPort video output (for DVI and VGA connections), and a Secure Digital card slot for easy access to digital photos and audio stored on SD and MMC memory cards.

It comes pre-loaded with Apple’s Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard operating system, and is ready to run the Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard operating system. It also comes with the iLife ’09 suite of applications, including iPhoto, iMovie, Garageband, and iTunes.

Why It’s on Fire:

  • The Unibody MacBook Pro Design
  • Newly engineered lithium-polymer battery that that lasts up to 7 hours on a single charge
  • Intel Core 2 Duo Processor
  • Delivers both powerful graphics performance and long battery life via the NVIDIA GeForce 9400M integrated graphics processor
  • Includes a next generation Mini DisplayPort, which delivers a pure digital signal that can drive up to a 30-inch widescreen display
  • 160 GB Serial-ATA (SATA) hard drive (5400 RPM)
  • 2 GB of PC3-8500 DDR3 RAM (two SO-DIMMs of 1024 MB)
  • Built-in 802.11n wireless networking
  • Artfully placed in the glass display is an iSight camera
  • Two USB 2.0 ports (up to 480 Mbps), one FireWire 800 (up to 800 Mbps), SD card slot
  • Mini DisplayPort compatible with DVIVGA, and dual-link DVI connectors (all optional)
  • Dual display and video mirroring: Simultaneously supports full native resolution on the built-in display and up to 2560 by 1600 pixels on an external display, both at millions of colors
  • 8x slot-loading SuperDrive with the following write speeds: 8x DVD±R; 4x DVD±R DL (double layer); 4x DVD±RW; 24x CD-R; 10x CD-RW
  • Built-in full-size backlit keyboard with 78 (U.S.) or 79 (ISO) keys, including 12 function keys and 4 arrow keys (inverted “T” arrangement)
  • Internal omnidirectional microphone and built-in speakers
  • Combined optical digital output/headphone out with selectable analog audio line in (minijack)
  • Kensington lock slot
  • Measures 12.78 × 8.94 × 0.95 inches (WxDxH) and weighs 4.5 pounds (including battery)

Tips and Strategies

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At BidFire, we’ve come up with a long list of tips, meant to help you get familiarized with our site, bidding and developing strategy. Some of these may help you when bidding but keep in mind, they do not provide any guarantees of winning an auction. Remember this is a game of skill and to get the best deals you should know the game inside and out!

Get to Know BidFire

We suggest that you get familiarized with our site by watching a few auctions and noticing how other bidders place there bids. After watching a few of the Auctions in the CampFire View you will start to get the feel of how things work and how people bid.

Watch the competition. Follow certain users and take notes on who they are, when they bid, what they bid on, and how often they win.

  • Read FAQ’s & Watch the Video Tutorial
  • Read all the FAQ’s and watch the video tutorial.
  • Review the Closed Auctions Section

Check out auctions that have ended. You can find our Closed Auctions Section on the main page above the Auction Grid. Click on the “Closed” button to review the auctions from the previous few days.

Once you’re in the Closed Auction section you can page through all the closed auctions by clicking on the page number or the next button at the bottom of the grid.

Look for patterns on specific items you’re interested in, look at the closing price and who won the auction. This will give you an idea of how many bids you will need to win and who you will go up against.

Timing is everything!

Timing is everything! The time of day, the day of the week, & the time you place your bid.

The time of day is very important for getting the price you want and narrowing down the competition. Check auctions throughout the day and notice how many bidders appear to be competing for each auction. Certain times of the day have less people bidding on auctions then others. Remember if it looks like there are only a few people bidding on an item, there probably is only a few people bidding on the item.

Always be sure to bid before the last 5 seconds of the countdown to ensure that your bid registers!

There are so many auctions, which one should I bid on?

Picking your auction carefully is crucial to your success. If you’re new to Competitive Shopping, try starting with smaller auctions before diving into the big ones. These auctions are our lower risk auctions, there are less people bidding on them and therefore they are easier to win with smaller amounts of bids.

Our Featured Auctions are high risk/high reward. They have the most people bidding on them using high amounts of bids, these auctions can be won with just a few bids and this happens all the time, however, this strategy may not be effective. You must go into these auctions preparing to place a significant amount of bids in order to win!

Surprise Auctions can appear anytime throughout the day, a lot of the time these auctions appear out of no where and whoever spots them reaps the benefits. Sometimes we’ll announce the Surprise Auctions through Twitter, and sometimes we won’t so be sure to refresh your screen occasionally if you want to take part in these Surprise Auctions! Here’s a little hint….These auctions usually appear on half hour, 20 minute mark, or 15 minute mark, however they could be at anytime.

Following us on Twitter keeps you ahead of the game by getting last minute Auction Updates and Surprise Auction Notifications!

When should I place my bid?

Place your bids using a certain strategy. Bid first, bid late, or always counteract. Change up your bidding strategy occasionally to keep other users on their toes, remember that they are doing their homework also. Most likely other members of the Firing Squad are keeping track of the way you bid just as you should be watching them.

A common newbie bidding tactic is to wait until the last second to bid. Does this work? Not really. When it’s over, it’s over, and the auction will not accept any more bids. Respect the clock, bid early and often, or risk losing out on your deal!

Watch the timer and bid no later than the last 5 seconds to make sure your bid has time to register. If the counter seems to be reaching zero pretty often, it can mean that there are few users bidding on that item and this gives you an edge by increasing your chances of winning.

It’s always a good rule of thumb to try placing a bid even if you are shown as the current leader. When you are the current leader, the bid will not register, however, if you place a bid and it registers, this could indicate that the timer on your computer is not isync with our servers. Refresh your browser occasionally to make sure that we are all on the same page.

Realize that winning is all about knowing your opponent & knowing when to place your bid.

Watch the clock

Watch the timer at all times. The timer will start at a set countdown, usually 30 seconds. The timer reset is shown in the top left corner in the CampFire View or in the bottom left corner of each auction on the Auction Grid. The clock will reset everytime someone places a bid under the set timer countdown. Watch what time other members place their bid.

Depending on the action, at times we may switch the timer countdown from 30 seconds to 20 or 15 second resets. If we decide to change the timer reset we will announce it over Twitter, which will update the Twitter feed at the top of our site, so be sure to read the Twitter feed!

Don’t Bid too Late and Miss your Chance to Win

Don’t bid too late and miss out! You may want to wait until the very last second because you think someone else is going to bid, when all of a sudden you try to place a bid and the timer runs out. To ensure that your bid registers, be sure to push the bid button before the clock dips below 5 seconds.

If you do miss your chance to win, keep your eye open for that product again, it shouldn’t be too long until it goes up for Auction.

Determine how much you are willing to spend on each auction

Don’t go into an auction thinking that you’re going to win with 1 bid every time because most likely you are not.  This does happen all the time however, this is not a good strategy to live by.  Set a realistic amount of bids that you’re willing to place for each auction.

Our Firing Squad (you, the users!) get amazing deals every day. Every item on BidFire sells at rock bottom bargain prices, but it’s better to start on some of the lower priced products and work your way up. Cheaper products tend to have fewer bidders and therefore are more likely to win. Once you get the hang of BidFire and develop your strategy, you’re more likely to win the major items.

When you purchase larger BidPacks you will get better deals. If you have a large amount of bids in your account you won’t run out of bids as quickly when you’re in auction and miss out on getting the deal you were bidding on.

And don’t forget to keep track of your winnings and your budget. The more information you track the better!

Should I bid on more than one Auction at a time?

This is up to how comfortable you are with our site and competitive shopping in general!

Try to concentrate your bidding on one or a few items. Placing bids randomly is not a good strategy. There are better times to bid, and better days of the week to get better deals.  The number of users online at any time changes from minute to minute, hour to hour and day to day. Use this to your advantage.

Should I bid on BidPacks?

Winning BidPacks is a good way to get a discount on bids! We run BidPacks all day long and you can win them for just a few bids a lot of the time. BidPacks are also good auctions to jump into and get your feet wet. However, watch out because at times these auction turn into turf wars. This is a good arena to show who’s boss.

If you have some helpful tips that you’d like to see added to this list, feel free to contact our Support Team and let them know.

You are now entering the Chill Zone!

You are now entering the Chill Zone!

Ever want to “Freeze Out” some of the Smoking Hot Competition so that you can walk away with a High Ticket Auction? Well now’s your chance! Welcome to… the Chill Zone!

What is a Chiller Auction?

We’ve created a new type of auction just for our users that don’t want to go against the big guys! When you bid on a Chiller Auction, you’ll have the comfort knowing that the you have entered “The Chill Zone” and won’t be going against our Hot & Heavy hitters. These auctions will “Freeze” out some of the competition. Anyone who has won a single auction valued over $450 MSRP will not be able to participate in Chiller Auctions.

Chiller Auctions have a Snowflake icon on the bottom right of the auction & are outlined in Blue when looking on the auction grid.

BidFire’s Heating Up!

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It seems like everyday is an adventure here at BidFire!

We launched BidFire 2.0 back in May, and have since been testing and tweaking round-the-clock and, thanks to the dedication of our engineering team, we’ve been able to address a few software issues in order to improve our patented Campfire® Auction Platform.

Some of you have noticed a few of the subtle changes we’ve made over the past few weeks, the most exciting of which being a schedule featuring more frequent auctions!  That’s right!  At BidFire, we’ve been fine-tuning our technology in order to bring you even more opportunities to win.

Another way we’ve decided to increase your chances of winning is by no longer counting BidPacks towards Win Limits.  That means that you are able to win as many BidPacks as you can, without those wins preventing you from participating in auctions for other products.  However, there is still the limit of three wins per seven days on those other, non-BidPack auctions.

Summer has been heating up and so have our products!  Since the debut of Wishlist Wednesday two weeks ago, we’ve premiered a whole host of new items previously unavailable on our site.  All because you suggested them!  Hearing from our users helps us continue to bring you the best possible competitive shopping experience.

As always, we thank you for your feedback and continued support in helping make BidFire a leader in the competitive shopping market.

Be on the lookout for Surprise Auctions

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What is a Surprise Auction?

Surprise Auctions can appear anytime throughout the day, a lot of the time these auctions appear out of no where and whoever spots them reaps the benefits! Sometimes we’ll announce Surprise Auctions on Twitter, and sometimes we won’t so be sure to refresh your screen occasionally to find the surprise! Here’s a little hint….Surprise Auctions usually appear on half hour, 20 minute, or 15 minute mark, however, they could be at anytime…..so be on the lookout!