Ziinga

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Ziinga.com is a penny auction website developed in 2009 in the United Kingdom.[1] It operates in other countries including France, Germany, Italy, Spain, United States, South Africa, Canada, Hong Kong and Singapore. Ziinga.com is in the top 500 most visited sites for countries like Canada and Portugal, and in the top 1000 in Turkey, Ireland, New Zealand and others.[2] The website offers consumer electronic products for sale.

History[edit]

Ziinga was founded in 2009 by Flamingo Intervest, Ltd. It is partly run by Auction Management Limited.[3] Flamingo Intervest, Ltd. was acquired by Norway-based security company NIO, Inc. in December 2011.[4]

Products[edit]

Most of the products sold on Ziinga are consumer electronics and are as described by the website as brand new. Ziinga divides the items that appear on their website in the following categories:

  • Cameras
  • Computers and Accessories
  • Consoles and Games
  • Coupons and Bid Packages
  • House and Garden
  • iPods, MP3 & Audio
  • Miscellaneous
  • Mobile Phones
  • Navigation and GPS
  • Television

Controversy[edit]

There have been complaints about Ziinga regarding a required 3-month subscription rule for products advertised as "free" and that of a cancellation fee upon early termination of said 3-month subscription: "The member can at any time cancel their membership and does not need to pay the full amount but will be charged a small 28 pound cancellation fee [in the UK]."[5] Complainants have also cited that "the membership fee isn't displayed prominently enough, and the Terms and Conditions are confusing or misleading."[6] In order to receive some items, users are asked for identification and need to send in signed copies of credit card form. Upon winning an item, users are compelled to reveal their names, photographs and locations in order to claim their prize.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "About Us". Ziinga.com. Retrieved 2012-09-21. 
  2. ^ "Ziinga.com Site Info". Alexa.com. 2012-05-07. Retrieved 2012-09-21. 
  3. ^ "About Us". Ziinga.com. Retrieved 2012-09-21. 
  4. ^ "Nio Inc. News". Niosec.com. Retrieved 2012-09-21. 
  5. ^ Royal, Tom (03/07/2012). "Free iPod Shuffle could cost you £179". Computer Active. 
  6. ^ Glass, Lisa (July 25, 2012). "A Zinger for Ziinga". FairGo. TVNZ. 

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