Auction Addiction vs. Auction Smart

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bidorbuy provides a very dynamic virtual marketplace where consumers can shop online for almost anything from houses and cars to stamps and memorabilia. The consumer-to-consumer marketplace further gives internet users the opportunity to sell their new, refurbished or unwanted items in either an auction or buy now format.

Although there are certainly a number of factors that attribute to the phenomenal uptake of online auctions, one of the reasons for its increased popularity is undeniably related to the fact that consumers thrive on adrenalin. Once bidders get hooked on the sense of winning and scoring a bargain, they very often start to become addicted to the counter-strike syndrome.

After just 10 ratings, one bidorbuy user confessed: "I think I am now addicted to bidorbuy". Another bidorbuyer sheepishly admits that he is becoming addicted to online auctions. To ensure that he does not miss out on his win he lines up his phone and laptop and then just before the auction is about to end enters his final bid amount just split seconds before the auction ends. He then hits the enter key on every one of her gadgets (which he probably bought on an online auction) to make sure that he gets his final bids in before anyone else has the opportunity to. (That is of course if they were even awake at that ungodly hour.) Has he never heard of the automatic bid feature - that fantastic little invention that bids on behalf of bidders if a bidder is not able to be online?

So Why Do People Become Addicted to Online Auctions?

As technology advances and man continues to thrive on many things that he can devour wholeheartedly, it is only natural that a certain form of addiction may arise. We are not talking about some substance abuse; rather we are referring to the type of addiction in the form of a compulsion or an urge to continuously repeat actions often with very little regard for the consequences that may follow. Online shopping is not only incredibly convenient, it is fun too. Participating in and winning an Online Auction is a very rewarding experience. In an auction, you can never actually purchase an item unless you have won it in a bid. Hence, the highest bidder is the winner.

Most Online Auction websites participate within very close-knit community environments. This online community gives rise to a sense of belonging and recognition amongst this group and may also offer some people a place to release their tensions or enable them to deviate from unpleasant things. A form of retail therapy takes charge and offers a certain level of relief. So, if you are generally very competitive by nature, then the process of bidding in an auction may become very addictive. There is a feeling of intense achievement and satisfaction when you have won a bid. Often this may leave you with an urge of wanting more.

Auction Caution

Auctions only really become addictive once the person involved can no longer control his urge or feelings. bidorbuy encourages its bidders to be aware of the potential warning signs of developing auction addiction. These may include having to place excessively ludicrous bids in order to achieve a desired level of adrenalin or excitement; becoming preoccupied with auctions even when busy with something completely different; lying to family to conceal the extent of your online bidding (denial); feeling restless when trying to cut back on your auction activity; using auctions as a way to escape problems or to intentionally increase your self-esteem through winning; having lost a job or friendship as a result of your online bidding activities; and most importantly, if you have engaged in any unethical or illegal activity to finance your online activities! 

* We cannot be held responsible for any break ups as a result of losing auctions! We can however always suggest a great "apology" gift. 

You're Not Obsessed if You're Simply Smart!

One of the best things about auctions is that people can find the rarest, the cheapest and the most extraordinary items at affordable prices. No wonder why nearly 80% of the people interviewed in a certain survey have stated that they are willing to buy their items through auctions. In an article published by IOL, Mary Jean Smith, a television producer, said she was addicted to online shopping. "It's divine. It really makes life easier. Now I can spend more time with my children," she said.

Don't be concerned that you might be labeled as an auction addict if you are simply just wise to the fact that there are bargains to be found online. There is a clear difference between a wise buyer and an addictive one. Happy online shopping!

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