Penny Auction Sites, Ripoff?

I’m sure in your travels on the internet you’ve ventured across one or two “Penny Auction Sites” and wondered “Hmmm, is this for real?”. Simple answer, yes, they are for real. Or it would appear. Actually many of these sites are constantly being blamed for “shilling” or “autobidding” etc. from site owners. This is the process of the owner or owners agent bidding on items to run the price up or keep bidding open. All of course in an attempt to garner more money from users.

But perhaps I’m getting ahead of myself. A Penny Auction site is basically a “social” auction site. You pay for bids then use these bids to bid on items up for sale. Every bid (usually) raises the cost of the item by 1 cent (thus the name). The last person to bid on an item wins that item at the current price. Great, the current price may be only a few dollars, but remember you also paid for every bid you made. These sites use a “ticker” which counts down. As soon as a bid is received the ticker resets. Bidding will go on as long as the ticker is reset. So as long as people keep bidding, the auction will stay active. This can take a long time.

Now I dare to say that this method of auctioning is ripe with ways site owners can skew results. That ticker is a ripoff thing if I’ve ever saw one. It always seems that magically that ticker resets itself in the last second or so. Never fails. Very interesting. Also, the fact that they show a “price” is misleading. This current price is nothing but fluff – the real “price” is in the bids you are using to bid for an item. There are complaints that “bidders” have actually spent over $10,000.00 for a $500.00 item! Now this is either a very non-informed and rich user, or a corrupt site owner.

With this all in mind, there is a new Penny Auction site on the block. This site was supposedly written by a Penny Auction site bidder sick of the way site owners rip people off. He build a site that gets rid of the ticker and “current price” completely.

Instead he uses a straight bid process. You pay for your bids and bid on items you want. Period. The person who places the MOST bids on an item wins that item, not the last person to bid. Much more fair. Also, each item has a reserve bid amount. This is to allow the site to make enough money to cover expenses etc. But after this reserve is met the auction goes into a 15 minute “battle it out” mode where bidders can get final bids in to try and win. The current high bidder is shown as well as the number of bids. Nothing Hidden. After the 15 minutes the auction is OVER! No never-ending auctions here.

All items are brand new, unopened in the box with full manufacturer and retailer guarantees. Shipments are made directly from a national very well known retailer.

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Medical Benefits of Marijuana

Research into the medical benefits of marijuana has been somewhat held back due to its federal status as a schedule 1 controlled substance, and the limited availability of research-grade marijuana. As of 2008, however, the distinguished American College of Physicians have announced their official support for additional scientific research into medical marijuana and have released an official document outlining their position. Such positive developments have owed much too the conclusions drawn by the Institute of Medicine (IOM), when in 1997 they were asked by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy to review the scientific evidence for the therapeutic properties of medical marijuana and assess the risks and benefits of its use. The IOM, after an extensive review, concluded that marijuana did indeed have therapeutic properties and could potentially be utilized in the treatment of a wide variety of illness. Since the publication of this report, scientific research into the therapeutic qualities of medical marijuana has increased in both number and quality.

Amusingly, marijuana had a long history of being an accepted medicine in the United States before its criminalization. It was included in the U.S. pharmacopoeia until 1942 when it was removed due to its new federal status as an illegal drug.

Contemporary Scientific and Medical Studies on Marijuana:

Appetite Stimulation/Anti-nausea

There have been a number of studies dedicated to the efficacy of marijuana s effect in the treatment of nausea and on its utility in stimulating the appetite. Clinical trials have shown that the use of marijuana encouraged the appetite, increased caloric intake, and allowed for significant weight-gain in patients suffering from hiv related wasting. (2) In studies focused on patients undergoing chemotherapy, marijuana was found to be equivalent and sometimes superior in symptom relief to well-known anti-nausea drugs such as metoclopramide.(2) In the treatment of nausea, research has also led to the conclusion that the combination of THC and a standard anti-nausea drug was more powerful in effect than either one when used alone.


Studies have shown that cannabanoids can reduce high introcular pressure by up to 25% after the ingestion or smoking of cannabis products. In order to reduce ocular pressure however high amounts of THC ingestion are necessary, and the effects are fairly short lived. There is also concern that the hypotensive effects of cannabis may in the long term lead to reduced blood flow to the optic nerve. Because of this, and the potential issue of adverse interactions with antiglaucoma drugs, patients using medical marijuana in the treatment of glaucoma should consult with an ophthamologist about their marijuana usage and any possible interactions it might have with any pharmaceuticals they may be taking for this condition.

Multiple Sclerosis, Spinal Cord Injuries, Neuropathy and other movement based disorders:

Cannabonoids have a significant anti-inflammatory effect, and have been found to inhibit smooth muscle contractions, making them powerful anticonvulsants. The use of marijuana has been shown in many clinical trials to provide relief from spasticity, pain, and tremors in patients with multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injuries, and other trauma. In a recent study of patients suffering from HIV- related sensory neuropathy, the consumption of cannabis resulted in a 17% decrease of symptoms over the placebo group.

Analgesic properties:

Research into the use of medical marijuana for pain-related conditions has been very hopeful. Amongst cancer patients oral doses of THC have led to the reduction of pain on a level comparable to that of codeine usage. In fact 20mg of THC was approximately as effective as 120 mg of codeine in the treatment of pain related to advanced cancer. In a fascinating article Marijuana produced changes in Pain Tolerance: Experienced and non-experience Subjects published in the journal International Pharmopsychiatry, medical researchers found that the analgesic effect of cannabis usage was more prominent in experienced users. In other words, long term users of cannabis experienced a more pronounced analgesic effect then those patients who used cannabis less commonly.

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