I have had 2 bad experiences with UBID. One with their watch company and the brand Bernoulli. The information provided for Bernoulli is basically "smoke and mirrors". No information on the fabrication of the watch could be obtained until I did some Google research and finally tracked down a Texas phone number where I reached the rudest "customer service" rep ever to pick up a phone! I found out the watch is made in Taiwan and their MSRP is something one could better determine by using a Ouija Board! The watch is attractive and comes with a nice case but it is NOT worth the thousands they claim as their MSRP. More like $75 to $100.
The Motorola ROKR phone was advertised as "new". It was used. When turned on it said "Hello" and provided the owner's name! It also did not come with the memory chip or the IPOD disk necessary to operate the phone which was advertised as being in the box. Definitely a fraudulent transaction! It was sent back and UBID has not responded to my follow up messages regarding my refund.
When I saw all the negative information on UBID after a Google search, I filed a claim with my bank to get my refund of almost $200. CAVEAT EMPTOR! I should have known better! A good rule of thumb - If they don't accept PayPal, there is most likely a problem.
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS -- I recently ordered a computer, and on a separate order, a monitor, from UBID. Both items came with only a 30-day warranty, but on the product information page. Under Extended Protection Plan, it said Available. Not wanting to buy items that come only with 30-day warranties, I ordered a two-year warranty on the computer and a one-year warranty on the monitor. I received the computer and the monitor fairly quickly, and both seem to work fine. I didn't receive any paperwork on the extended warranties (or any paperwork on the items at all, for that matter), and waited for information to come in the mail.
After about two weeks, I contacted UBID, and received the following response: We have received your request for assistance with order ** for Computer ** Duo Core 2.8ghz 1G 200G DVDRW. Unfortunately the warranty purchased with this product is not valid since the original warranty with it is only 30 days from the vendor. It has to have at least a 90 day manufacturer's warranty. We can either credit you back for the warranty or we can return the unit. Please let us know how you would like to proceed.
I received a similar response for the monitor. Not only had the availability of an extended warranty been clearly marked when I ordered these, but I had been billed for the extended warranties when I ordered the items! If I hadn't contacted them, I would have had no idea that they considered the warranties that I ordered to be invalid. Think how many people are out there right now with warranties that they have paid for that will be invalid if they try to use them.
I called their customer service, and they said I had no alternatives – they would not honor the extended warranties. This was due to a glitch in their system, and they are sorry to cause me so much trouble. So now I have to repack the computer and monitor and return them – not an easy task. Not only did I have to catch them cheating (UBID isn't contacting their customers to warn them about this), but I have to spend a couple of hours repacking these items to return.
Ubid sells "a genuine Italian leather coat" for a silly price (1$!). They charge $38.99 for shipping (light and medium sized package!). I receive the item, and it is a piece of garbage, made in you-know-where. So, even if I wanted to go through the Ubid's "return process", I would lose $38.99, plus a 15% restocking fee (not much in this case, but when you buy a $1000 TV....). And they would sell it again, I'm sure, to next sucker, for another $40 bucks.
Actually, I noticed that practice on Ubid before glass items sold for a buck, over $30 shipping. Ubid has this little scam polished. So, I keep my genuine Italian coat, to remind me that greed is not always rewarded. (does not apply to Ubid and similar operations, they live off greed.) And, when they sell legitimate stuff, they do not come even close in price to places like Newegg, or Amazon.
I bid on a vacation package that was titled 4Days Orlando/Disney World plus Cruise. There was no detailed information, but I bid on it anyway. The price I offered ($56.) was so low. I didn't think I would win it, but lo an behold, I did! When I tried to get the information on this vacation, I was told the travel agency would email the details. I never received anything via email.
When the package arrived, it was a almost worthless package of paper. The trip had nothing to do with Disney World. It was only 4 days hotel stay anywhere in Florida, and the Cruise was buy 1 get 1 free, at premium prices, plus many non-refundable and refundable deposits! Ubid claims there is no refund policy for vacations, but that was not revealed on their web-site or on the vacation package. Matter of fact, the package explained how you may return a vacation.
I am disputing this charge with my credit card company and have returned the package to Thrifty Travel of Kentucky. So far the travel company is not cooperating with me. They are offering other vacations, but that is not what I wanted. I wanted 4 days at Disney World plus a cruise. DO NOT BID ON THESE VACATION PACKAGES. THEY ARE NOT WHAT THEY ADVERTISE!
I purchased a Denon DSW 30 powered subwoofer for my home theater from uBid.com. Ubid shipped a different model than advertised (DSW 30A instead of the DSW 30). I am not sure that misleading (fraudulent) advertising / selling practice by uBid.com, or a mistake in model number, but product I received included hardly any of the features of the product advertised.
The advertisement for the product advertised stated it included: 80 Watt power amplifier, magnetically shielded, variable crossover frequency 40-180 Hz, level control auto power on; on / off manual switch, phase reversal switch, line level and speaker level inputs and outputs. The product I received had a volume control, a 50 watt amplifier (according to the enclosed pamphlet from Denon) and one line level input. No other features. It is not even magnetically shielded because it causes interference when placed close to a television.
Ubid.com's customer service is unsatisfactory. I sent in a complaint via their website form and received a response requesting the same information I submitted. Then I received an e-mail asking me not to submit multiple e-mails for the same complaint. So far the response has been, "We are sorry for any inconvenience we may have caused.. and we are researching the problem." Even if uBid.com authorizes a return, I will end up paying as much for shipping as the item cost itself. I STRONGLY CAUTION ANYONE AGAINST DOING BUSINESS WITH THIS VENDOR!!!