I recently used the website to buy an RV. Must say, was able to get good value out of the bid.I also see lot of new vehicles everytime I visit the site.Great work.
When I first visited www.bluecycle.com it seemed to a pretty good up and coming auction with police salvage auctions and many other auction catergories seen on the likes of www.ebay.co.uk or www.qxl.co.uk. I have more recentlty visited this website and have discovered it no longer has any auctions on it, just one phone number that allows you to buy vehicles that have been lost and not claimed. WWW.bluecycle.com has three main catergories on it: - * Auto salvage auctions which requirs you to phone a number to get involved. * E-claims, This according to the bluecycle website is them trying to find new ways of claims procurement through online auctions. * E-tenders, they have developed an innovative electronic tendering system for Norwich Union, to enable efficient purchasing of NU's MRO requirements. There is no point logging into your account if one was ever created as there is nothing left on this page and there is definately no auctions left on this site. Obviously they got bored and decided not to bother with the bluecycle auction site. If anyone knows what happened here then please post your comments.
Bluecycle.com is a UK based action site owned by Norwich Union. As with QXL, Aucland etc there is a wide range of items for sale both new and second hand. The difference with this site is there is also police stolen recovered and general salvage items that you wouldn't find on other auction sites. I used to go to these types of auction and it's amazing what you will find there. Being recovered there's a better chance that they will be in good working order rather than the used items that are sold with minor faults. All the items have a photo and a description. The only downsides to the site is that many of the items are new, offered by retailers with no savings over shop prices. I tried to buy a new camera, put in my bid which didn't reach the undisclosed reserve. However there was no confirmation email, had to log back into my account to find out how I'd done. This part of the site needs improvement, QXL & Aucland bend over backwards for their customers. Also the delivery charges on many things are excessive, many of the police lots have £15 delivery ! This might be okay if it's a large expensive lot but many of them are way too expensive once these charges are taken into account. An interesting site to browse but I doubt I'd buy anything here.
bluecycle has been up and running for about a year now and is backed by one the country’s biggest insurers CGU. There are loads of bargains in the Police Salvage Section but the most interesting part has to be the new Business to Business area. This is excellent for buying and selling liquidated stock (if you’re in to that sort of thing). The auto section is really picking up as well. There were some great sports cars on there last week at ridiculously low prices and as it is backed by such a large company, you can feel safe that you’re not going to get a lemon. The site works quite well, no banners or flashing gifs all over the place. Simple and straightforward with more and more goods on site, this site should be your first stop for your bargain hunting.
I have been using this site for a number of months now, and have found that it easy to use with a number of great deals. While all sites have some overpriced goods, bluecycle.com have heaps of low priced goods both new and second hand. Plus their police recovered goods are a great find, with everything from gold chains to video players. And recently when I called about delivery during the fuel prices I found their customer services people to be a great help and very quick, no 5 minute holding online, more like 5 seconds.
Legally, of course... :-) This auction site offers stolen goods not claimed by their owners, salvage and private sales, too - all at amazing prices. Easy on the eye (no flashing, whizzing or hypnotically infuriating ad bars here), well designed and simple to navigate, this is a great auction site for people nervous about trusting their cash on the offchance someone might actually send them the items they've won. You can pay by credit card, or switch, and the details are kept secret from the seller. This means that, by using bluecycle as a go-between, you can have complete security in the knowledge your credit card number isn't bouncing around in cyberspace through emails. The secure server is backed by 'net bank' and it isn't until seven whole days after you *receive* the item you have bid upon, that your payment is released to the seller. If it is not as described, is faulty or broken, then you can send it back and pay nothing at all. Plus, you have seven days to decide this. The auction lots are listed in various categories, often with £1 no reserve specials. This means the starting price (set by the seller) is £1 only, and has not reserve (set) price it has to reach. If nobody else bids on the item, you could well get it for a quid! The items are not always very well described, and personally I wouldn't touch an auction lot without a picture, but the process of bidding/winning/delivery is excellently, clearly laid out. Beside each auction item there is a description of auction type, how many of each item is up for grabs, the starting price, the date of the auction start and end...and so on. It even lists delivery price, so you know the full cost and don't get any nasty surprises. Okay, so it's nowhere near as big as ebay or many other larger auction sites, but there are some great bargains here. You can bid easily, quickly and, most importantly, securely.
For those of you who haven't ever used an auction site before, or who aren't familiar with bluecycle's way of doing things, this is an example of one kind of multiple lot (more than one of the same item) sale: 1) You register your details and log on. Search around for a bit and find a ring you really like the look of. You see there are four available but you only want one. The starting price is £1 and has no reserve price. 2) You click the 'make a bid' button, and are asked how many items you want (you type 1), and how much you are willing to pay for each item, by proxy bidding. This means, you type a limit which you are willing to pay for the item (say, £5). If someone else bids on the ring, and offers £2, bluecycle will bid on your behalf in £1 increments. So, assuming the person who bid against you has a lower limit than you typed in, your bid would automatically go to £3, £4 or, you limit of £5 (depending on what that other dratted bidder was willing to pay). 3) If you are outbid, you are emailed immediately and asked if you would like to increase your bid or abandon the auction. Obviously, you have to decide if you should go over your previous limit of £5. If you have won the auction by offering the highest price at the time it closes, you will be emailed immediately and asked to go to the site to input your payment details. These do not go to the seller, they remain with bluecycle until 7 days after your item has been in your sweaty bidder's hands. 4) You go to the site, type in your card number (I think they also accept cheques...) etc, and this will be verified whilst you're online. Make sure your delivery detals are correct in the 'my profile' section of your account. You are told how much has been debited from your account (including p&p charges, as specified on auction item page) 5) The item will be delivered to you, according to the time specified on the auction item'
;s page (usually a week or so). If it is okay, you leap up and down and smile. If not, you contact bluecycle and say why you are not willing to pay (has to be a good reason, not just that you've changed your mind...) Tips: BE THRIFTY - do not put a huge limit on your bidding price -an item is only worth what you are willing to pay for it. Put in small bids and you can always re-bid for a higher price if you are outbid... READ EVRYTHING - make sure you know what kind of auction it is, how many lots there are, the date it ends, how much p&p will be... the 'help' section is excellent and you should take time to read all the questions and answers and be sure you know what you're doing!!!! CALM YOURSELF - don't get carried away with the whole bidding fever. Imagine what you would be willing to pay if you saw the item for sale in a shop.... Is it new? Perfect condition? If it's an item of jewellery or clothes, does it have the size listed? If it's an item of furniture or something heavy to ship, have you taken into account the cost of delivery? SHOP AROUND - look at other auction sites. Many sellers have the same items listed at different sites, sometimes at different prices... READ EMAILS - remember to check your account for details of your bids or sales (it will tell you if you are winning). Alternatively, if you can't be bothered, do take note of the time the auction ends and check to see if you have a winning bid email from bluecycle...the item will not be delivered until you have input your payment details. Conclusion: This is a great site, some amazing bargains to be found. It's much better for the buyer than the seller, as hardly anyone seems to know about it at the moment... This means you will very likely be the only person bidding, or at least one of very few, and will get the item cheaper! Do your homework, and then get on your cycle! <
Bluecycle.com started not to long ago & was pretty good (Indeed I sold a hard disk on there & got far more for it than I was expecting). There were problems in the transaction, by way of Bluecycle.com being slow to arrange delivery thus the time it took was twice that that was stated. Bluecycle.com even emailed my asked why the delay was - when it was them that caused the delay!!! The whole process of setting up & completing an auction is really not very clear - they need to make it a lot simplier & clearing. Doesn't matter now though, cos practically nobody seems to visit the site anymore!! A little more effort in advertising & simplfing the auction selling process would make this a good site.
Bluecycle.com,has an excellent range of products which also includes a police salvage section - this sadly must be unclaimed recovered stolen property, some of which is brand new-however you should note the postage on these items can be very expensive. An interesting section has recently popped up and that is MOD surpus, again can be expensive but it depends on what your looking for. This site is run by CGU, and all payments will go direct to them and only forwarded on to the seller once confirmation of delivery and satisfaction of goods. Unlike other sites you will not automatically be informed if you have been outbid or won the auction until it has ended. Good variety of products and fast delivery service. Again as with all auctions sites it's worth checking out the body of the text or seller and many have their own web sites. Push bikes are usually plentiful with good price ranges. There are a number of personal sellers, but you cannot select or single them out in the search facility.