AnniesBid was created with a vision to socially impact local and global communities, unlike many for-profit only auction sites. It is not an everyday, ordinary, penny-auction website but a platform through which Annie's bidders can potentially save a substantial amount of money on various consumer goods while helping charities and causes of their choice.
AnniesBid elevates a typical consumer online shopping experience to the next level by combining great deals and goodwill. Our fast paced auctions, from penny auctions to duel auction styles are socially engaging and entertaining. By helping charities to raise money one bid at a time, with our unique per-bid contribution model, you know that for every paid bid you place, you are helping those in need and making the world a better place. Our goal is to have more than 50% of the profit of every auction donated in this way.
This is the spirit behind our motto, "Bidding is Giving".
Penny Auctions or Annie's Auctions?
Annie's Auctions take the form of a "penny auction" website. However, as much as it is driven by the business opportunity within, the platform is more focused on maximizing integrity and the social value of such websites. Whereas many penny auction sites do not protect its bidders from fraud and abuse, AnniesBid lives up to its promise so bidders can generate immediate social impact while seeking a unique entertainment and shopping experience.
We are interested in profit as well, but we're more interested in maximizing the value to communities as a whole. We believe that we can all benefit with better schools, improved health, less poverty, and world peace--morally and financially. That's why a very significant portion of our already very low bid prices goes to charity with each bid.
Also, since we do care about our community, it means we care about our bidders too! We do our best to discourage predatory behaviors by identifying and banning users that take advantage of others through collusion or other unfair bidding practices that are detriminental to fair bidding.
The ultimate safeguard is our "Buy it Now" feature, available on any non-hybrid auction (auctions without bids attached). Our bidders cannot lose money since even if they are not the highest bidder they can receive a full credit for all their unsuccessful bids by using "Buy it Now". However, parts of the credit will still go toward the featured charity.
Another crucial distinction between Annie's Auctions and many other penny auction sites is that our charitable contributions are transparent. Every bid placed on our site raises more money for our sponsored charities. We don't use an arbitrary accounting measure like "net profit" as the basis. You know exactly how much is going to a charity with each click of the mouse and with each bid you make. You can even see how much you've donated in the "My Account" section. You can also track how much money is actually raised by everyone bidding for our charities by checking our "Featured Causes" page.
Our goal is stated and unequivocal. Annie's Auctions aims to give away over 50% of auction profit by giving $0.10 per purchased bid to our featured causes.
Not Born Yesterday
Unlike many new auctions sites, AnnesBid.com has been in business for over two years and has operated its auction for roughly the same amount of time. We have demonstrated our staying power and responsibility to bidders, and look forward to continuing to serve the thousands of customers that return to us for great deals and to help great causes.
Privacy and Security
The AnniesBid team knows your security and safety concerns and we operate at the highest ethical levels. We take many active steps, some of which you likely will never see, to make sure your privacy and financial information is completely protected. Our site uses the highest level of encryption available through Comodo- the EV SSL certificate with 2048 bit encryption. We operate our own servers to ensure exclusive secure access. We encrypt your credit information after a charge is processed and utilize proprietary security architecture to ensure its protection.
We want you to have a fun and safe adventure on our website. AnniesBid strives relentlessly to make this happen. Have fun!