Winebid is an auction site for wine. They have a large selection of wines from around the world and a new auction starts every Monday. Theoretically the consigner is supposed to reduce the price if noone bids. This is a good site if you are looking for a special wine you can't find it anywhere else and are willing to pay the price. However before you bid you should check whether the price is good on a site such as winesearcher. I have found that most of the wines I am interested in can be purchased for less elsewhere. You also have to factor in their 15%buyer's commission, tax and shipping which can add 30% to the cost. I think the company hurts itself by not encouraging the consigners to check sites like winesearcher to see what is the going market price. They then need to price their wine at least 20%-30% below that number since many stores offer case discounts, free shipping and if out of state, no sales tax. As a buyer I get burnt out looking through the wines and when I find something I like find out its actually cheaper at my local wine store. Eventually if buyers don't think they are getting good deals they will stop looking and go elsewhere.
I recently had a terrible experience with this company. I ordered a nice bottle of wine ($140) for an event that I was having. All sales of the wines on WineBid.com are auctions. Not realizing that the auction was not set to end for another five days, and not accurately factoring in the shipping time, I bid on this particular bottle of wine for my event. Once I received notification that I had won--and then realized that it was too late to receive the wine before my event--I immediately contacted customer service and requested that they refund my money and cancel the shipment. Since they had confirmed that it had not yet even shipped yet, I thought it would be no problem for them to refund my money.
Not the case at all. In fact, after a series of emails explaining why I no longer had use for their product, in the end I even received a rather snarky, finger-pointing email from Kevin Nichols in customer service. Pertinent parts of the email read as follows:
"Our website has the exact time each auction is ending, down to the minute, near the top of every single page of our site in bold black letters. We state on our site that wine is generally shipped within 2 weeks after it is consolidated – but we are happy to expedite the shipping process as soon as you request it.
You agreed to our terms and conditions when signing up and prior to each purchase. Our terms and conditions clearly state 'All bids and Buy Now orders are final.'"
Furthermore, what's even more appalling is the fact that they continually sell spoiled and corked wines to consumers. They do not adequately investigate the way the wines have been stored, and this continually leads to spoiled bottles of wine even after making a representation that the wine had been properly stored. I personally received one spoiled bottle of wine and have had several friends that have said the same.
I will never do business with this company ever again.
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