If you think that The News of the World and the Sun are quality newspapers you will love firedup.com – the “auction site” that is also brought to you by News International. However, anyone who is not a fully paid-up member of DENSA will soon realise that FiredUp, like its printed stable-mates is big on headlines, but low on content. My quest was to find a few good affiliate sites for a client. We never recommend an affiliate scheme unless we have tried and tested it ourselves, so, armed with a credit card I logged on to firedup.com. The layout was plain and simple – I hate having to wait for tedious Flash animations before I can get down to business – and as I read the heading in the columns on the left I realised that this was not really an auction site after all! Most of the items offered for sale seem to be at a fixed price; take it or leave it. There were a few items in an auction, so I tried my luck. The mixed wine case, “bids start at £1”, sounded good, so, having registered I placed my bid. The emails arrived as I was out-bid, and as I placed new bids. The auction closed at 11:00am, so I logged in at 10:55 to check progress, and maybe place a last bid. Guess what? The database was down and wouldn’t let me in! Later that day I received confirmation that my bid was successful. Two cases of wine at £19 a case. Postage and packing was clearly stated at £5.95. I waited nearly three weeks for the wine to arrive, but there was only one case. In the wine trade a case is, and always has been, twelve bottles. At firedup.com, apparently it is only six bottles. 19 X 2 + 5.95 = 43.95 in my book, but my credit card was debited £52.94. Maybe postage was charged for two cases, even though it was in one box? Let’s try again. 19 X 2 + 5.95 + 5.95 = 49.90. So what was the other £3.04 for
? At the time of writing I have no idea. What I can tell you is that firedup.com has been a great disappointment · the wine took nearly three weeks to arrive · it cost far more than I expected · the “case” was only half a case · the web site was unreliable · most items were straight sales – not auctions at all If you want to take my advice, do not even bother to log on to firedup.com. The only consolation I have is that I can now drown my sorrows in some rather nice, rather over-priced wine!
I visited this website after seeing the great adverts for it, but was extremely disappointed. I examined the auctions but found that many items were no cheaper than on the high street, which surely defeats the whole object of an auction site, some of the items were actually more expensive on firedup, for example a subscription to PC Format! I did buy some CD's from them in their "buy two CD's for a tenner" offer, and received the CD's with no problems a couple of weeks later. I was really pleased with this offer, as the CD's are new releases and would have cost at least twice as much from a high street store, however, I was tempted back for their recent CD sale, and that was very definitely a mistake! I ordered two CD's almost a month ago which still haven't arrived. I e-mailed to complain two weeks ago and was sent a return e-mail apologising and promising I'd receive the CD's in the next few days, but they still haven't arrived, despite a further e-mail from me which has been ignored. I won't be tempted to use this site again no matter how cheap their offers are. I wouldn't recommend anybody else to use firedup either. When are these companies going to realise that the paying public will not put up with shoddy service?
I visited this website after seeing the great TV adverts for it, but was extremely disappointed. I examined the auctions but found that many items were no cheaper than on the high street, which surely defeats the whole object of an auction site! Some of the items were actually more expensive on firedup, for example a subscription to PC Format, which would be cheaper to buy directly from Future Publishing! I did buy some CD's from them in their "buy two CD's for a tenner" offer, and received the CD's with no problems a couple of weeks later. I was really pleased with this offer, as the CD's were new releases and would have cost at least twice as much from a high street store, however, I was tempted back for their recent CD sale, and that was very definitely a mistake! I ordered two CD's and receiving them was a nightmare! Two weeks after ordering them I e-mailed to complain that they hadn't arrived and was sent a return e-mail apologising and promising I'd receive the CD's in the next few days, but when they still hadn't arrived a month later, despite a further e-mail from me which had been ignored I was not very happy at all! All of this had left me feeling that I wouldn't be tempted to use this site again no matter how cheap their offers are. I don't understand why companies don't realise that the paying public will not put up with shoddy service. However, my faith in firedup has now been restored! A guy from firedup telephoned me at home to apologise that I hadn't received my CD's. They had apparently been using Borroworrob to provide CD's and they had been let down badly as Borroworrob hadn't been fulfilling orders, and Borroworrob have since been removed from the firedup site. The lovely young man who called me went down to Virgin Megastores himself (on his day off!) to buy my two CD's and post them to me, along with a complimentary rucksa
ck type bag (and it's really very good quality) by way of an apology. I received everything a couple of days after his phonecall. So, in summary, I certainly wouldn't discourage anyone from using firedup if you spot a bargain, their customer service is excellent, and that'll do me!
I have used firedup a few times, and admittedly on those occasions I have got some real bargains (a flight to Rome for £35 including tax on a Bank holiday weekend certainly has to be one of them). The site also has some nice technology - the newly launched online haggling being one of them, although how useful it is and how much they will sell using it remains to be seen. However other than the occasional bargain, there is very little else to attract users back to the site. Some of the prices are very high for products that are second rate. Check the front page out for the day's specials, but it's not really worth going any further into the site - you will most likely be disappointed.
Don't even go there, or in this case to fired ups website, to rate it at all is hard. Poor to navigate the prices are unreasonable and the choice of products available leaves a lot to be desired. Fair enough its a relative newcomer to the auction world but unless it books its ideas up it wont be here for long.To be in a position where you would want to use this website when other auction houses offer much faster sites and better services, delivery etc would be fool hardy. please fired up get fired up and dont fall flat.
I used fired up when it was just a flicker,and was not impressed.Most of lots were overpriced end of line stocks entered by their merchant partners.I thought i,d won an auction,a nice looking camcorder from samsung,only to be phoned up by the merchant partner TEMPO that they had no stock left and would i like to pick something off their online catalogue.Well this firm are top wack and nothing came near to what i,d won my bid on.I contacted fired-up who didnt even reply to my complaint.I wouldnt bother with these again and i recomend you stay away too.
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