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08-27-2017 05:29 PM
I would be interested in knowing how advertisers feel about this change. I personally used to click on the auction page dozens of times a day looking for the Power Plays. Since even those are now closed to lower total folks (and those who worked hard to get the points they do have and won't spend 100K for a $5-10 card), the number of hits on the site has to have gone down. I have only clicked there once today and hadn't for weeks.....and found out about the auction approaching a million points.
I once noticed a radio sports show for my favorite team had been preempted for some unrelated show but the ads were from our sponsors. I complained to the station with no result but it only took one call to the sponsor (left a machine message at that) and no more preempts and use of our sponsor's ad$$$ in ways he didn't intend.
As a compromise, the Power Plays could be restored to the old method. This would keep people clicking and give the little guys like myself a chance.
08-02-2017 04:22 PM
The auction that you are bidding in is set with 50 as the bid increment. What this means is, if someone has a higher max bid than you, every time you bid the system is auto-bidding for you with 50 for the higher max bid. (Hence you are seeing the same amount).
There is a great area in the Auctions help, http://rewards.aarp.org/gateway?t=auctionshelp that may help with understanding how max bid works.
08-01-2017 11:15 PM
There is something crazy going on with the new bidding system.
Every time that I bid, I am IMMEDIATELY outbid by 50 points ... to the exact second, with NO exceptions.
Has someone developed a program that will do this automatically? ... so that no one else has a chance at winning that auction?
Look at this bidding history for an iTouch.
What is happening here?
|Bidders: 20||Total Bids: 114|
Bids Bid Bid Time
|366,150||Aug. 1, 2017 10:51:13 PM EDT|
|366,100||Aug. 1, 2017 10:51:13 PM EDT|
|366,050||Aug. 1, 2017 10:50:48 PM EDT|
|366,000||Aug. 1, 2017 10:50:48 PM EDT|
|365,250||Aug. 1, 2017 10:49:31 PM EDT|
|365,200||Aug. 1, 2017 10:49:31 PM EDT|
|365,100||Aug. 1, 2017 7:13:14 PM EDT|
|365,050||Aug. 1, 2017 7:13:14 PM EDT|
|364,050||Jul. 31, 2017 2:33:21 PM EDT|
|364,000||Jul. 31, 2017 2:33:21 PM EDT|
|360,650||Jul. 31, 2017 2:32:47 PM EDT|
|360,600||Jul. 31, 2017 2:32:47 PM EDT|
|330,050||Jul. 31, 2017 10:22:45 AM EDT|
|330,000||Jul. 31, 2017 10:22:45 AM EDT|
|300,050||Jul. 31, 2017 10:16:23 AM EDT|
|300,000||Jul. 31, 2017 10:16:23 AM EDT|
|280,050||Jul. 31, 2017 10:15:43 AM EDT|
|280,000||Jul. 31, 2017 10:15:43 AM EDT|
|255,450||Jul. 31, 2017 6:44:18 AM EDT|
|255,400||Jul. 31, 2017 6:44:18 AM EDT|
|255,350||Jul. 30, 2017 11:16:56 AM EDT|
|255,300||Jul. 30, 2017 11:16:56 AM EDT|
|255,250||Jul. 29, 2017 7:46:59 AM EDT|
|255,200||Jul. 29, 2017 7:46:59 AM EDT|
|255,150||Jul. 29, 2017 7:46:37 AM EDT|
07-22-2017 09:16 AM
Glad I found this thread! I agree with all the comments and I am frustrated that I can no longer participate in ANY auction. Unless someone is sitting at their computer/tablet/phone 24/7, I can't see how anyone can accumulate so many points! And to AARPTeri...it's almost 2 months since you said it would "level out"...not happening! I did win a few auctions before this change and it was fun to try...now I have no reason to visit this site other than to add the 250 points I get in the emails. My suggestion to AARP if they really want to keep this system...at least give us some auctions that allow bidding the "old fashioned way".
07-14-2017 09:44 AM
I just don't understand why they can't go back to the other way. I miss doing the auctions. They said give it a few weeks well this has been since May. Have you noticed that some of the things auctions only have a hundred bid when it use to be in the thousands before.
07-14-2017 07:06 AM - edited 07-14-2017 07:12 AM
FiddlerOnTheBeach52 wrote (in part) :
... They're still "monopoly money"...only devalued beyond belief, while becoming more and more inpossible to use--worthless. Our time spent chasing these "prizes" is a sad story ... our last years wasting time chasing crap. ... But the Rewards is an advertisers scam. But their Reward for Good is a waste of good time, and that's not good.
@FiddlerOnTheBeach52 I cannot disagree with you here. The Rewards points are basically worthless. I have 675,000 of the buggers and cannot find something to spend them on that isn't an insulting value.
I don't follow the auctions closely, but do know that people bid crazy amounts for $10 and $25 gift cards. Take a look at the auction bid levels as of a few minutes ago (screenshots below). Most top bidders have committed insane point amounts to these items. When you spend your Rewards points on gift cards --buying outright, not via auction-- you get a 10-20% discount. So your $100 gift card costs you 1000 Rewards points and $92ish (includes a buck or two for S&H). Which, frankly is a paltry excuse for a savings.
But let's apply that value to the auctions. The amount bid for the steak knives is 150,020 points, or 1,500 bucks. The amount bid for the $250 Amazon shopping spree is $6,293. Drop down to the Walmart gift card in the first image: that's $1,267 somebody wants to pay. And there's two days left on that auction, so the sadly misinformed and unaware (one assumes) winner is going to end up paying a lot more for their Walmart goods.
Yes. The Rewards for Good program as it currently exists is quite insulting. And yes, agreed, it does appear to be all about click bait and advertising. For shame, AARP. For shame.
07-14-2017 06:00 AM
still fed up with poor setup and ability to use Points, from Rewards for Good.
The new system stinks.
They're still "monopoly money"...only devalued beyond belief, while becoming more and more inpossible to use--worthless. Our time spent chasing these "prizes" is a sad story...our last years wasting time chasing crap.
I AM glad when AARP does some good, advocating for a decent Healthcare bill, and protecting Medicaid and Medicare. Also to present a group front on our voices to Senators and other Representatives. And offering Caregiver Retreats. Que Bono. But the Rewards is an advertisers scam.
But their Reward for Good is a waste of good time, and that's not good.
06-08-2017 07:24 PM - edited 06-08-2017 07:50 PM
The end effect is many regular AARP members like ourselves can no longer play. Whoever is bidding up the action items now are not behaving as normal AARP members who have to slowly build up points daily saving them for a prized auction item. Thus I believe those who are bidding these crazy high amounts are not regular AARP members, but AARP employees or subcontractors who assit in managing the auction sites.
Sorry AARPterri but we just don't believe a word your saying. If the auctions are managed in a honest and ethical manner then publish an audit report on the auctions on the site accessible to all AARP members. And while your at it let's see the profile names along with the "member or employee" status of each auction bidder and winner.
Regardless I fail to see how any regular AARP member would enjoy anything about this new auction process which only servers to exclude a large number of regular AARP members and I will not be participating in auctions at these ridiculous amounts,
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