Saturday, February 23, 2013

Tophatter Review / $100 PayPal or VISA gift card giveaway

One great way to save is by using online auctions.  You often can get items for a fraction of the price that you'd get at the store!  The seller of the item doesn't have the same overhead that a store does - rent, electricity, personnel, and so on - so the savings can be passed on to you!

I've never been to a live auction, but I understand they can be great fun to attend, even if you don't buy.  But computerized auctions are a more efficient use of your time and have a larger number of items available.

Here's a site that combines the fun of a live auction with the efficiency of a computerized one: Tophatter.

Here's an introductory video for you to learn more about Tophatter:

Like most computerized auctions, there are great product up for sale at all hours of the day or night.  Products include jewelry, home decor, arts and crafts, and so much more. Most auctions are quick - some as quick as two minutes, or even less! So be on your toes!

The feature I really like best is that the auctions are shown with virtual avatars!

The auctioneer and seller are pictured at the front of the group.  The seller is there to answer any questions, and the auctioneer runs the auction, telling you who the highest bidder is and how much time there is left in the auction.  All the people watching the auction are the audience (including you - your avatar is circled) who can bid on items and ask questions of the seller. You can customize your avatar to personalize it!

This little touch makes it seem so much more personal - but be careful!  Just as you might be tempted to go over your price point in a live auction, the personalization might make you want to bid more than you know you should pay.  Just decide how much you want to pay, and stick to it!

Want to give Tophatter a try?  Here's something to tempt you: for readers of Frugal Follies, Tophatter wants to give you $10 off your first $11 purchase!  What a great deal!

And to make it even better, Tophatter is giving away $100 via PayPal or VISA gift card to help you get going with the great auctions! The giveaway ends March 9th at 11:59pm and is open worldwide residents, ages 18+.

Enter with the Rafflecopter below!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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peg42 February 24, 2013 at 6:27 PM  

I'd love to bid on the 
Love Mystic Topaz CZ 925 SS Ring Size 4-9.
Thanks so much.
rickpeggysmith(at) aol (dot) com

Ari T February 24, 2013 at 7:48 PM  

Forget garage sales or craft fairs! Or specialty re-sale stores! If you have a lot of knick-knacks and vintage trinkets, Tophatter is a great place to sell your goods. You can organize everything you want to sell in the specific lot or timeslot that will allow the most interested visitors to find your items!

Ann Fantom,  February 24, 2013 at 10:00 PM  

I would like to big on the Choice Genuine Gemstone & Diamond Necklace

abfantom at yahoo dot com

Paula V February 25, 2013 at 8:18 PM  

Convenience is key to making this so great. And the variety of items...limitless.

Amanda Greene-Lebeck February 25, 2013 at 10:56 PM  

after I get more money saved I am going to be buying up some stuff off of tophatter lol

Laurie Nykaza February 26, 2013 at 3:59 AM  

I’m new to Tophatter but it’s a great place to shop an auction. Tophatter Auctions are done in just minutes. I like it everything they have

ff9fe86c-8f3e-11e1-89eb-000f20980440 February 26, 2013 at 9:04 AM  

I would bid on the Black Agate Clear Rhinestone Bangle Swarovski Crystal 18k White Gold GP

Theresa,  March 3, 2013 at 1:37 PM  

I would like to bid on the Swarovski elements lucky shamrock clover necklace


Wendy Mastin March 4, 2013 at 1:57 AM  

What is nice is that the auctions really don't last that long and they are right on to the next item.

Kayla Gilbert March 7, 2013 at 1:14 PM  

I'd like to bid on the Swarovski Elements Lucky Shamrock Clover necklace!

cp March 7, 2013 at 3:42 PM  

I like the personalization of Top Hatter too, but worry I'd get carried away and not remember it's real money because of how entertaining the site seems.

desitheblonde March 7, 2013 at 4:27 PM  

i seen the stuff for the auction going and then i like to get soemthing for the graduations coming up

annemarie562000 March 8, 2013 at 7:30 PM  

I would bid on the Sea Green Bird Nest Necklace!


brich2222 March 8, 2013 at 9:08 PM  

bid on United States AirforceArmy Men's Ring
ardy22 at earthlink dot net

bella,  March 9, 2013 at 12:05 AM  

I love it all but my favorite would be the Sterling Silver Mystic Topez Princess Cut Ring.Thank you

mary renshaw,  March 9, 2013 at 9:42 AM  

I LOVE the Stunning 3ct Champagne and White Topaz 925 SS Ring Its one of my favorite settings. I am just not a huge fan of sterling silver.

imaclutz89 March 9, 2013 at 11:55 AM  

Definitely the Swarovski Elements Lucky Shamrock Clover necklace!


Krista Grandstaff March 9, 2013 at 12:28 PM  

I was wondering how this worked...thanks so much for the explanations! Thank you also for this opportunity!

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