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published 14/10/2003 | LICARUS
Member since : 02/10/2000
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Pro Great savings to be made, quick and easy to buy
Cons waffling hosts,some people will bid on anything
very helpful
Quality and consistency of programmes
Range of programming
Value for money


Hey folks its getting around to that time of year again, yes the silly season is fast approaching and the shops are laying out the Christmas decorations. Soon hoards of people will be clamouring for suitable presents for family and friends. Well if your anything like me I love Christmas but HATE shopping at this time of year. So once again, I have turned to the Internet and also to for Christmas shopping. is a shopping channel found on Sky digital page 636. The channel runs daily from 8am to 1am and they sell a variety of items from watches, bracelets, toys, and baby items to 18ct gold plated toasters! (Sorry but 18ct gold has no place on a toaster – far better around the neck, finger or wrist.) You can also find online at, here you can view all the up and coming items to be shown on the channel. You can also make your bids here if you wish.

So how does work? The host will show an item, for example a remote control toy digger. At the top left of the screen you will see a guide price, say £45 that is either the rrp or the average of prices found elsewhere. You will also see a telephone number; this number is exclusive to the item being shown. Below the guide price is the quantity of items in the price drop, this varies from five up to 150 items. Below the quantity is a figure in pounds, which will start at for this example £45. This figure will start to drop once the price drop has begun. Also shown is the postage and packaging cost, which is usually £6.95 but can, vary on larger items. Don’t forget this will be added to the final price.

Once people start to telephone in to buy the item, you will see the quantity of items begin to fall, as well as the price falling. If you are one of the first five buyers for the item, you automatically qualify to be entered into a weekly prize draw for £500 – this incidentally can only be spend on Should you decided that you want the item simply phone the number on the top left of the screen, an automated system answers your call and tells you exactly what you are buying and at what price, all you have to do then is press ‘1’ to confirm that your bid. That’s it – you can replace your receiver, a customer service person will ring you back within an hour to take your credit card details and delivery address. It is worth mentioning at this point that if you have your number withheld by BT you will need to dial 1470 before the item phone number, otherwise you will get a recorded message saying they cannot recognize your number. Once you have made your bid, your first name and your area will come up along the screen to show you have bought that item. The initial telephone call takes no more than 20 seconds and costs 50p. When the customer service agent rings you back to take your details you will be asked if you have bid before, for your password and pin and they will give you the final total you have to pay. You can pre register before you bid by going to their website, if you have registered on their sister site then you have no need to register on

Once the quantity of items left reaches zero, the price is then locked and no more people can bid. The price shown at this point is the price that everyone pays.

Yes that’s right the total you have to pay is the LOWEST price bid. Yes if you telephoned when the price was at £45 and it fell until the last person phoned in at £9, then £9 is all you would have to pay, plus postage and packing. There really are huge savings to be made on this channel. On some items, if they are proving too highly priced for people to show interest there will be a ‘price plunge’ in other words the price will suddenly drop sharply say £100, this usually has the effect of encouraging people to buy.

Once you have given your details all you have to do is sit back and wait for your delivery, which they say will be 7 – 14 days. I have bought several items from and they have all arrived within the 7-day period. All items are delivered by business express and are well packaged, you do need to sign for the items, so you know they wont just be dumped behind your bin.

So that’s folks, a great way of saving money and saving time too. You don’t HAVE to watch the TV all day waiting for something that interests you to come along. Have a look at their website, see if anything takes your fancy, either leave your bid there and then, or take a note of the time it will be on live and tune in then. do have a reassuring promise on their jewelry items, you can send the item to a company for valuation, if their valuation is lower than the price guide, then will refund the difference.

The only disadvantage I can find with the channel are the hosts, who are sometimes lost for words about an item. How much can you say about a set of pans? If there are no buyers interested, the waffling about the item is excruciating in the extreme and I feel quite sorry for them. Having said that all the hosts appear pleasant, cheerful, and not too cheesy.

So if your over 18 and have a credit or debit card, all major cards accepted why not tune into and save time, money and hassle on your Christmas shopping

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  • wiggglypufff published 14/10/2004
    I prefer Bid-up to Price-drop though my reasons for this are very shallow - one of the presenters on Bid-up is bloody gorgeous!!! Karen :o)
  • Stainless_Steel published 01/08/2004
    An excellent and thorough review. However the jewelry promise you praised has not been mentioned on either or for several months and may have been dropped by the channels since you wrote your review.
  • superewok published 25/04/2004
    Very informative! it's another one those channels where you have to do some research beforehand to reassure youself that you will really get a bargain.
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