In the past, auctioned items were given to the highest
bidder. Ladies and gentlemen, this is the 21st century, and everything from the
way we get around to our shopping habits have changed. So why do we still
expect to pay obscenely high prices for auctioned items? The answer is simple,
we don’t have to anymore.
With Anayabe (translates to “I want”), your auction
biddings are in reverse. Instead of bidding a higher price, you bid lower. The
aim of the website is to sell you brand new, quality electronics at
unbelievable rates. Those that joined the auctioning network have managed to
purchase electronics worth hundreds of dollars or more for prices like two or
three cents! There is a catch though; your bid must be the lowest unique bid.
Simple? On the contrary, you must get creative to get it right.
Reverse auctions have been around for a while in Europe,
allowing people to purchase things for cheaper than usual. Risto and his partner
found that this idea could be implemented in the Middle East to give people
that same chance. Anayabe started in March 2010 to cater to the
needs of members of the GCC area in terms of purchasing top quality electronics
at cheaper than cheap prices. Apart from that, all items come with a full
warranty purchased locally to ensure the best service. Currently they cater to
five countries; Kuwait, Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and Qatar. So rather
than pricing the items in local rates, they are priced in US Dollars to make
the process easier for everyone. Payments to the site are made via MasterCard,
Visa, and the CashU service is available for those that don’t wish to share
their card details.
To get the item you want you must bid not only low, but
uniquely as well. If for some reason, someone bids your exact same bid, you are
no longer unique. The good thing is you can keep bidding till the allotted
auction time is over. You are automatically notified if you are the holder of
the lowest unique bid, and upon being outbid you receive an email notification
informing you so you may rebid as you please. Still, don’t forget to check your
status on the website to check if you’re still the lowest unique bidder in
order to increase your chances. Joining this website is free of charge; you get
three bids upon registering, and twenty bids upon becoming a fan on facebook.
If you run out of bids though, you will need to purchase them since you can’t
join in on the fun without bids! Other than electronics, you are also given the
chance to purchase biddings as well.
Since you pay for the right to bid, Anayabe is able to afford bringing the best quality products to be sold at super
cheap prices. The experience itself is rewarding. Just the thrill of bidding
for something, not knowing whether someone will outbid you or not, and trying
to cut out anyone that stands in your way is exhilarating. Everyone gets a fair
trial though, if your bid ends up being a winner and you purchase something,
you’re not allowed to bid again for the remainder of that week in order to
ensure that everyone gets the chance to win something. All items are shipped
straight to your door in the event that the bid you made was successful; and
all you pay for is the bid you made and the shipping expenses.