Auction Online: You bid 2 buy
Claire McNeilly reports on the Belfast Telegraph's fantastic new online auction, bid2buy. Launching tomorrow, it is offering hundreds of brand new, luxury items at knockdown prices
ANCY a sassy, brand new car? Or what about that holiday in the sun you've been promising yourself? These are only two of the items up for grabs in the Belfast Telegraph's new website auction, bid2buy.
Fancy a sassy, brand new car? Or what about that holiday in the sun you've been promising yourself? These are only two of the items up for grabs in the Belfast Telegraph's new website auction, bid2buy.
This exciting online auction offers an abundance of brand new products and services from 62 reputable local retailers and businesses.
Starting tomorrow, and for 10 days only, website shoppers have a chance to snap up top of the range goods at bargain prices.
What about a new Chevrolet Kalos car for much less than the £7,195 recommended retail price?
The Kalos is the perfect city car - compact, manoeuvrable and economical, complete with power-steering and central locking.
Check out its many features - including anti-lock brakes and dual front airbags - on www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk.
Or, why not enjoy a one-week holiday in the fabulous four star Regina Gran Hotel in Salou, Costa Dorada, Spain?
If that's not your thing, how about a luxury hot tub for a lot less than its £6,000 value?
Or why not save a few quid on a Causeway Golfer luxury break at the Best Western Magherabuoy House Hotel that normally costs £550?
You can lodge a bid on some helicopter flying lessons, valued at £270.
Also there for the taking are 10 Benetton clothing gift vouchers worth £100 each, for both men and women, as well as 10 quad bikes sporting an identical RRP of £100. Or maybe you're in need of some new furniture or even a teeth whitening job? They're up for grabs too.
Bidders are urged to register now to potentially save hundreds of pounds on fabulous products and services.
Among the 100-plus items, savings can be made on cars, clothing and accessories, furniture, gift certificates, health, home and garden, recreation and sports, travel and weddings.
But don't delay. You only have 10 days to grab some bargains. The site opens at 9am tomorrow and closes for bidding at 8pm on June 23. Why not take a look at everything on offer by logging on to the bid2buy website?
Alternatively, pick up a copy of the bid2buy catalogue, which is available with the Belfast Telegraph tomorrow.
Shoppers can check out offers on the bid2buy online auction by looking out for the bid2buy signs on various products on display at local retailers.
Simon Mann, the Belfast Telegraph's commercial director, welcomed the online auction as an indication of the paper's commitment to the modern marketplace.
"The Belfast Telegraph is delighted to be at the forefront of e-commerce by launching a powerful community event - the first locally-based live online auction," he says.
"This exciting new initiative not only offers the consumer of Northern Ireland a great way to purchase retail goods at hugely reduced prices, but also raises awareness of the businesses, products and services on offer within our community."
Bidders remember - the excitement starts tomorrow!
Tom Johnson, marketing manager at Lisnasure Interiors and Hanna and Browne - who sell Madison Court 18th century style bedroom furniture by Broyhill Furniture of America - is one of the many retailers taking part in the auction.
"When the Belfast Telegraph approached us with their auction proposal, we were excited at the prospect of being part of this new online market place," he says.
"The benefits were too good to miss - a win win situation for both the retailer and bidder".
HOW IT WORKS
The Belfast Telegraph bid2buy platform was developed by CityXpress - the company behind hundreds of successful event auctions for over 350 newspapers world-wide.
Using bid2buy, you can place bids on a wide range of items available from local vendors.
The highest bidder will secure an item, pay for it and, subsequently, receive a certificate to pick it up directly from the vendor.
Not only is this a tremendous opportunity to purchase featured goods at unheard-of prices, but bidding is competitive, exciting and fun!
Bargain hunters are encouraged to register their details immediately by logging onto www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk and clicking on the bid2buy logo.
All you have to do is determine the maximum amount you are willing to pay for the item you are bidding on. That will be your Maximum Secret Bid. Your Maximum Secret Bid may not necessarily be the price you pay if you are the successful bidder (you may pay less, but never more).
However, choose a maximum carefully, as you won't be able to reduce or cancel it later and you'll be legally bound to pay up to that price if it is the winning bid.
To register yourself as a bidder, you must provide your name, address, phone number and email address.
A unique user name will be assigned to you in order to allow you to track the progress of your bids online and in the newspaper.
Once bidding has commenced, search or browse for the item you want to place a bid on and enter your Maximum Secret Bid for that item.
When the bidding ends, you will be contacted by email or phone if you hold a winning bid for any item.
The highest bidder pays for and receives a certificate to pick up the item directly from the vendor.