Does iOffer Really Work?

Does iOffer Really Work?
4.4 (88.22%) 287 votes

Does iOffer really work?Getting a great deal will get people to do things they don’t normally do, and this seems to be the case with most iOffer customers. It’s hard to see why people make purchases through the site, unless they find a deal that they just can’t pass up. This would involve making an offer to a seller and having them accept it. Seems silly though, because a seller is only going to accept an offer if they are making out good on the deal.

Overview
Some people have said that this website is run and owned by a Chinese company, which is why orders take 2 weeks to arrive in many cases. However, it is important to note that iOffer is an American company, it just allows vendors from all parts of the world to sell their wares. It seems to have fewer restrictions than eBay, which is why it attracts such a broad range of sellers.

The Claim
Their tagline is that this is a place to buy, sell, and trade. Although that’s what eBay is, so is there really a need for both? They say that they came up with the idea of letting people negotiate their own prices with sellers by making offers, instead of bidding through an auction process.

The Hype
The hype comes from some of the deals you can get at iOffer. Some of them seem too good to be true, and most of the time they are. For example, there are many knock-off items being sold through vendors here, so if you see a very expensive brand name item on sale for cheap you can be sure that it is not going to be the real thing once it arrives.

The Cost
As a buyer there aren’t any additional costs to using iOffer. The seller is charged fees to list and sell their goods and that is how iOffer makes their money.

The Commitment
You have to really spend a good amount of time at their site if you want to find a good deal. After that you have to commit to dealing with a seller that probably doesn’t have a lot of experience selling items at retail. Also, you have to put a lot of trust in the fact that you’ll be getting the item as its depicted, and that it will arrive in a suitable timeframe. You also have to worry if you’re buying authentic goods. That’s a lot of commitment.

Evaluation
Let’s do a case study of buying a controller for a video game system. We found a “RED 6 AXIS BLUETOOTH WIRELESS CONTROLLER FOR SONY PS3” priced at $32 with free shipping. It says some hulabaloo about being a wholesale price and only good for one week. The vendor has a 5 star rating after 4500 transactions. However, this seller is obviously being misleading, because if that is the wholesale price then they would be taking a loss if they sold it at anything lower, and the whole point of using iOffer is to make an offer and get a lower price than what is listed.

Amazon has the same controller for half the price. So why bother with the whole process of making an offer to this seller, when you can just go buy with One Click from Amazon and have it delivered straightaway.

Is iOffer a Scam?
The reason you’ll see so many complaints about iOffer is not so much because it’s a bad website, but just that it’s filled with some lousy vendors. In order to differentiate themselves from sites like eBay, and to capture some of the market share, they had to be somewhat lax of who they let in to sell stuff. You can’t have an online site like this without having products for people to buy. By lowering the bar as far as who can sell, and from where, they created a situation where a lot of people have gotten lousy items, lousy service, or both.

So is iOffer themselves a scam? No, not really. But they are the home to plenty of scammers, so it’s something of a gray area.

Final iOffer Review

iOffer is getting our Thumbs Down. They don’t really bring enough to the table to justify going through with a purchase. The idea they started off with was a sound one, but the muddied the whole thing by allowing vendors in that really have no right to sell things to anyone. Their site looks like eBay if it was populated by rank amateur sellers selling various odds and ends.

We don’t like when companies allow a sort of wild west atmosphere and then put up a page with tips on safe buying and selling. It’s as if they allow the danger, and then try to teach you how to avoid it. Why not just get rid of the danger?

Our Recommendation
We’re not going to recommend iOffer. Although you might find a deal or two on the site, it’s just not worth the mental fretting and possible headaches to potentially get somewhat of a good deal.

What do you think? Does iOffer work or not?

Does iOffer Really Work?
4.4 (88.22%) 287 votes

{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

J.G. February 24, 2013 at 12:32 am

ioffer.com is a scam.I purchased some dvds from a seller named ohdahorra.He sold me a bunch of pirated dvds.

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Josh B. August 9, 2013 at 6:46 pm

It might be that the site itself is a scam but the seller themselves. After all, eBay and Craigslists have been plagued by many scammers and even though there are many scam warnings. People still fall victim to these scams unfortunately. Rule of thumb: If it looks too good to be true, then it probably is. If they can’t do anything to eradicate scammers from getting into their site easily, then they’re obviously no worth it. Even though you can’t keep all scammers and spammers out, you can at least do something to make it more difficult for them to join.

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Crystal Lawrence April 6, 2017 at 8:14 am

I was attempting to make a purchase from a vender. The item was a MK watch ( non authentic) for $2.99,.. My transaction was declined. Then I received a text message saying that a transaction for $279.00 was declined from my card… #MajorRedFlag NOT using this site period.

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LaVone April 9, 2018 at 7:25 pm

So you did get your belts? I ordered stuff & checked my card to make sure no extra, NOW I just have to wait & see if I get products if not I will call my card & they will refund me. I want the stuff thought…CHEAP & Cute…yes I will take it.

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Martina May 9, 2018 at 8:01 pm

Hello did items you purchased ever come? And was you able to track them with the tracking number?

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Jeff B. December 6, 2017 at 8:51 pm

I tried to buy a purse for my wife and was double charged. And when I questioned the seller they just wanted me to continue the sale… I refused their transactions and notified my card company. Too good to be true…

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Sarah Helen February 21, 2018 at 10:19 pm

Do not order with ioffer – it is a scam! They will take your money and you will never see the items. I contacted ioffer to tell them this and they said they do not do anything about this – I should contact my card company. The card company will not do anything as it was under £100. After reading reviews it looks like a scam website – stay away!!

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Jonah Whittler March 3, 2018 at 10:45 pm

I ordered a 2 dollar fake gucci belt and it looked pretty good…

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Owel July 13, 2018 at 9:55 pm

Could you please share the seller? Thank you!

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Janet C. April 12, 2018 at 4:41 am

I don’t understand how Jeff B was double charged. The site uses a 3rd party secure payment processor that will process or decline your payment on the spot.

And as for people saying it’s a scam, I personally have bought 20+ items (ranging from $5 – $200 per item) and there was only 1 time I didn’t receive my goods ( it was a $5 item). I only buy from people that have been selling for more than a year and have a minimum 97% positive review rating.

I’ve even had 2 situations ( different sellers) where my item didn’t arrive after 2 months and I emailed the sellers: 1 seller sent me another item ( which I did receive), the other seller refunded my credit card right away ($150 item).

So, my experiences have largely been positive.

The negative is that it takes a very long time to get your stuff from China, anywhere from 1-3 months from my experience to Canada. If you want something quick ( within a week) you can tell the seller and they’ll upgrade the shipping to EMS which they will bill u and extra $25.

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Gia July 23, 2018 at 9:30 pm

Did you call the bank for the refund? I’m trying to contact the seller as she sent me an incomplete package. I keep on messaging her like everyday and still no response. Idk if I should call my bank for me to be refunded

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Marcos May 9, 2018 at 4:28 pm

I Order My Mom Some Shoe From Ioffer Try To Login To See What’s Up With My Mom Shoe It Ain’t Let Me Login Talking about update My Information
Poor Service

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Tajee June 11, 2018 at 6:37 pm

I ordered some Nike Shox for my husband for his birthday and they came a little late, like a month late but they were good. Couldn’t tell they were fake. I had no payment/charge issues. This was my first and only time ordering so far and going to order some more shoes for him for Father’s Day. He knows they’ll be late but he’s okay with it. I learned about iOffer through my husband.

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Richard July 24, 2018 at 7:43 pm

I used Ioffer for a few years and the big problem that I always had with it as a seller was that when nobody pays you and I offered grabs your commission it takes sometimes up to a month to get that back in the process is not easy and they seem to ignore you a lot when you send them a text message so I found it I was always selling something and then they don’t care if the guy doesn’t pay for it then they make you go through this very complex refund process which in my opinion is slow and cumbersome and frustrating

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Tatyana August 17, 2018 at 2:25 am

Ioffer steals from customers. Sellers are encourages to steal and not held accoutable. They will take your money and avoid sending items. They will lie. Don’t get scammed, avoid this site.

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volodymyr October 2, 2018 at 2:30 pm

Ioffer steals from customers. Sellers are encourages to steal and not held accoutable. They will take your money and avoid sending items. They will lie. Don’t get scammed, avoid this site.

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Wesley Wright October 13, 2018 at 8:40 pm

i hate that everyone says ioffer is a scam it isn’t its like eBay so each item is by a different vendor so you need to (READ THE REVIEWS !!) of the seller you are going to buy from also i never buy from a seller that has a feedback rating lower than 95% and try to pay with paypal if i can but everything i have bought from ioffer i have recieved just be sensible

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Richard November 7, 2018 at 12:05 pm

Total scam.

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Does iOffer Really Work?
4.4 (88.22%) 287 votes