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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Hibidder: another casualty (maybe?)

So...it seems that the auction site hibidder.com is no longer with us.


It depends on who you listen to. Go to the site www.hibidder.com and you won't be able to get to the site. Usually a bad sign, right?

Well, there are two camps on what happened:

1. The owner/runner/whatever of the site had health problems (possibly a heart attack) and he had to take the site down so he could get better.

2. The guy was sued and ordered to shut the site down.

If you are truly interested in the drama as it unfolds, try this.

As of the last item count for this site (which was 6 days before this posting...an eternity in internet time) the site had about 29,000 listings.

Sites like this are often either a labor of love or some attempt to out-ebay ebay. And...they often fail or just barely survive.

But this is what I find most troubling about this site: one guy (possibly) had a heart attack, the site goes down, and nothing can be done about it until he gets better?


If hibidder really is gone, this is far from a great loss for anyone. If I have to depend on a single person to keep a site up and running (at least a site I'm trying to use to make an income), I really don't want to be involved with it.

1 comment:

  1. If you check the url you will find that it has been running since Oct. 2009.

    If you are going to be a rumor of bad things in the same fairness you should also report the other side.

    It is sad that people are wanting to believe the worst of others before even knowing all the facts.

    Wish you the best.
    Merry Christmas


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