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E-commerce is rapidly gaining momentum. Moreover, both online stores and online auctions are rapidly emerging, which enable the parties to complete a purchase and sale transaction without leaving home, and, moreover, at a price that is favorable for both parties.
The popularity of auctions is evidenced by the fact that the world's largest auction eBay can easily acquire competitors and other Internet projects for hundreds of millions of dollars! Recently, other types of auctions, different from the traditional ones, have become widespread. One of them was the Scandinavian auction.
Its meaning is that the step of each new bet is fixed in advance, and the player pays a certain amount for the right to place a bet. Although many still consider it a veiled form of "scam". Let's try to understand the basic nuances of the Scandinavian auctions and understand what is true and what is fiction.
At a Scandinavian auction, you can save up to 95% of the cost of an item. Indeed, the final price of a product may be an extremely small amount of its market value. However, the organizers naturally do not advertise the fact that players spend a significant amount of money on making bets. It even happens that in the heat of excitement, gamblers spend on bets an amount that exceeds the price of the product. At the same time, it is natural that the price of the goods at the auction is still less than the market price, since the bid step is usually insignificant. So the price of a product at such auctions is just the tip of the iceberg.
Scandinavian auction and not auction at all. Indeed, in a conventional auction, there are no financial losers. Participants, whose bets have not played, do not lose anything. In the Scandinavian version, in addition to the winner, there are those who, in pursuit of the prize, lost a significant amount of money. This form of play is more likely to be applied to the lottery. It is the one who invests more money on bets (by analogy - buys lottery tickets) and has the best chance of success. Although there is also a chance of winning the lucky ones who have bought only one ticket or have placed several bets.
You can't tell serious auctions from scammers. In fact, there are several signs that can distinguish a real auction from a fake one. A serious organizer is distinguished by a stylish website, which indicates significant financial investments, the presence of a feedback form (phone numbers, address), the presence of a chat or forum. One-day firms usually do not go in for external polish, trying to lure players with only loud promises. Fraudsters try to limit their contacts with players so as not to reveal themselves, and it is easier to find a new gullible than to keep a suspected wrong player. Many auctions also post pictures of the lucky winners. The presence at the auction of sufficient detailed information about the winner, the number of bids may also indicate the honesty of the auction. True, it is believed that the very mechanism of making bets by the parties in the Scandinavian auction is not transparent, but this is one of the features of this type of game.
Scandinavian auctions live on advertising. It is sad to realize, but the main sponsors of the activities of such auctions are the users themselves. Practice shows that the amount spent by players on bets usually exceeds the value of the lot itself. So, in essence, the players are buying one of their teammates to bundle goods. Therefore, having decided to take part in such an auction, be prepared not only for a simple winning of the goods at half price, but also for the fact that there will be unsuccessful auctions, in which you compensate part of the cost of the goods to the auction. Surprisingly, the profit of an auction for some lots can exceed 200%!
Robot players are in full swing at auctions. Such players, whose functions are performed by the program, are called bots. There is often an opinion that the organizers of the auction use bots in order to constantly increase bids so that the lot is not played out without premature payback. Indeed, there was a case when players gained access to the management of one of the newly opened auctions. Imagine their surprise when the options for configuring bots to participate in auctions were discovered. Later, this auction was closed, and the organizers in every possible way refused to foul play. It should be noted that the use of bots can be explained at the first stages of the auction, they create excitement and prevent unprofitable sale. However, their frequent use will lead to undermining the confidence of the players, who will find that real people themselves are not winning anything. It is safe to say that the largest Scandinavian auctions do not use bots, since there is simply no need for this - a large number of players lead to the fact that they themselves create the fund necessary for the organizers to recoup the goods with their bids.
Scandinavian auctions are unpopular in Russia. For some reason, it seems to many that Western fashion will not take root in our country. In fact, the rate of development of auctions of this type in Russia is quite high. Suffice it to say that one of the most popular auctions in Russia, gagen.ru, has already more than 200 thousand registered users. More than two thousand participants are registered at the auction every day, and the number of sales during the period of the site's operation has exceeded 10 thousand. Few of the Internet resources in the country can boast of such activity.
In such auctions, there is no tactic - only chance rules everything. The fact that there are a number of players with a large number of winnings indicates that some tactics of the game still exist. Logic dictates that it is most profitable to place bids at the moment when the auction has gained a significant price and is about to end. However, it is at such moments that the real excitement begins, since most players adhere to just such a tactic. There is also an early betting tactic. Most believe that it makes no sense to place bids at the very beginning of the auction - this is what experienced players are guided by, in fact, winning a lot at the beginning of the auction, when other players are just waiting for its promotion. But such a tactic is suitable only when there is confidence that the organizers of the auction will indeed give up the unpaid lot. It is also not recommended to place bets 2-3 minutes before the end of the auction, as it simply does not make sense - most likely, anyway, someone will make a bet a few seconds before the end of the auction. It is also not recommended to place a bid at the last second of the auction, since the quality of the Internet connection may lead to the fact that the data on the rate may simply not reach the server in time. As a result, experienced players do not recommend spending an amount greater than 20-30% of its value on a lot, and if you have spent a significant amount on bets, say 70-80%, then it is better to win the auction, even by overpaying, than to waste a significant amount the amount. Moreover, many auctions offer compensation mechanisms for such players.
The auctions limit players, so you can only bid on one lot at a time. This is not true, most auctions offer the possibility of multiple bids, this is beneficial to the auction and interesting to the players. But the most popular services limit the number of players' winnings within a month, say, to 5. This is done in order to provide other players with an opportunity to win.
Bids on auctions are made by sending SMS. Usually the player is offered several options for replenishing his account. Initially, it was SMS that was used in Western versions, and the players did not even have to register in the system. In our conditions, it should be borne in mind that mobile operators often charge additional fees for SMS to auction numbers, so the cost of a bid may increase significantly. So it is worth paying attention to auctions with the ability to replenish an account through banks or electronic payment systems, for example, Webmoney.
To win an auction, you need to sit at the computer for hours. The auctions actually last for hours. But most players don't sit in front of the monitor all this time, nervously placing bets. Auctions provide an opportunity for auto-bids - the player chooses how many bids will be automatically placed on his behalf and the simplest sequence of such actions is chosen.
You can make a bunch of bets, but you can't buy anything. Some major auctions offer compensation mechanisms. In the event that a player has made bets for an amount that exceeds the value of the goods by a certain amount (usually by 25% or more), he is still provided with the goods in the form of a reward for participation.
To learn about new products, you must constantly be on the site. This is not necessary, because auctions provide an opportunity to mark a group of goods you are interested in and form a news subscription about it. If the product you are interested in enters the auction, a notification will be sent to your email address.