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Auction Site A Losing Bet for Consumers According to Ad Watchdog

June 13th, 2017

Advertising savings of 90 percent or more on a range of flashy electronics and consumer goods, penny auction website markets itself as “the fair and honest bidding site.” An investigation by ad watchdog, (, however, has found that DealDash is actually engaged in a widespread deceptive marketing campaign to lure consumers onto its

New Jersey Auto Auction’s Advertised Prices

July 28th, 2016

A false advertising class-action lawsuit was filed against New Jersey Auto Auction for, among other things, allegedly deceptively selling vehicles at a higher price than the one advertised, in violation of New Jersey law. The lawsuit was originally filed in state court in December 2015 and transferred to federal court in January 2016. (Labidou et

Penny Auctions Will Cost You

August 26th, 2012

All is not what it seems for that item sold at a quarter of its retail price in a penny auction.

Dashub, LLC

September 20th, 2018

A false advertising class-action lawsuit was filed against Dashub, LLC in September 2018. According to the complaint, Dashub is a licensed automobile dealer that places bids on vehicles at auction on behalf of consumers, who are not permitted to place bids. Among other things, plaintiffs allege that Dashub claims it provides consumers with substantial savings

January 16th, 2018

January 2018: This action was voluntarily dismissed , the reasons for which have not been disclosed. July 2017: Plaintiffs filed an amended complaint adding two named plaintiffs, as well as a summary of’s investigation and complaints filed with federal and state regulators. The amended complaint also adds allegations that the company deceptively advertises a

Summary of Action

June 5th, 2017 investigated one of the world’s largest penny auction websites — DealDash, Inc., a Finnish company with offices in Minnesota — and determined that the company is engaged in deceptive marketing, as well as an illegal gambling venture. Specifically,’s investigation revealed that DealDash: advertises incredible savings on auctioned items won without adequately disclosing the

Failure to Disclose Material Connections

June 5th, 2017’s investigation revealed that DealDash holds auctions for, positively describes, and endorses products that are sold by companies chaired or founded by DealDash founder William Wolfram, a fact that is not disclosed to consumers in any DealDash marketing materials. Below is the evidence of these undisclosed material connections. • William Wolfram, DealDash:, Our Team (showing

DealDash Consumers Overpaying on DealDash

June 5th, 2017’s investigation revealed instances in which items auctioned on sold for a higher price than the item’s face value. Below are three examples: A $10 Panera gift card sold for $10.61. A $10 TJX gift card sold for $19.92. A $100 Walmart gift card sold for $115.19.

DealDash Buy It Now Feature

June 5th, 2017

DealDash believes that its “Buy it Now” feature, which allows those who lose an auction to buy the same item at inflated DealDash prices and get all the bids they used back for free, rescues it from being an illegal gambling site.  As DealDash’s founder explains it, “the Buy it Now is really important. It changed

DealDash Deceptive Ads

May 23rd, 2017’s investigation cataloged a sampling of over 100 DealDash advertisements, including television commercials, online ads, and social media posts (published by DealDash between 2016 and 2017), each one containing one or more of the following deceptive advertising issue: advertising savings on auction items won without adequately disclosing the true out-of-pocket cost for obtaining the products; using in the News

January 5th, 2017

  ​ ​ “The Influencer Election Is Here” Kate Knibbs, February 13, 2020 “‘Social-media-influencer political ads are definitely in the gray zone of the law, and I think that’s being charitable,’ says Bonnie Patten, executive director of the nonprofit Truth in Advertising. “ “FTC Alerted to Savage x Fenty Sketchy Membership Fees” Hazel Cills, February

Swoggi – How People Are Paying Next to Nothing for New iPads

May 14th, 2014

We saw this web “ad” amid links to third-party articles across the web — “news from across the web.” That is, we saw it in a place you wouldn’t expect to see an ad, and it wasn’t marked as an ad. Clicking the link takes you to a page, “Conso Blogger,” that tells you all


November 1st, 2013

Note: A investigation into DealDash has found that the company is engaged in a widespread deceptive marketing campaign to lure bargain-hunting consumers to an illegal gambling site. Read more about’s findings and complaints to the FTC and six state attorneys general here. DealDash is an auction website on which you can “bid” to


August 23rd, 2013

Ever see a like this one? QuiBids is an auction site, but it may not be as great a deal as it seems, and many consumers are worried it’s a scam. Everyone has to pay to bid, and you don’t get that money back if you lose the auction. A bid costs 60 cents. There

Internet Crime Complaint Center

January 10th, 2012

The Internet Crime Complaint Center’s self-proclaimed mission is to “serve as a vehicle to receive, develop, and refer criminal complaints regarding the rapidly expanding arena of cyber crime.”

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