Advent Calendar - UPDATE

edited December 2017 in Blog


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To make waiting for Christmas a bit easier for you, we came up with our Advent Calendar which started today.

It is an advanced Auction system and the rules are created to give everybody a fair chance and at the same time to make sure that the winner ends up with a good deal.

As it is a new system we first launched it only in the US and EU. The first auction just finished and the winner just grabbed a ClubSport Racing Wheel BMW for 426,-€ instead of 849,90€. This is a discount of 50%!

Please make sure you read the instructions carefully because you only have ONE bid per day. Use it wisely. It is more about luck than having the biggest wallet.

Auction start and end times as well as the duration changes daily and it is different in both regions. If you do not want to destroy your F5 key then I recommend you subscribe to the auction newsletter.

Auctions are new to us so we want to learn how to improve it. Please tell us here in the comments what you like or how you want to improve it.

Good luck!

UPDATE

We decided to change the terms in order to make it more convenient for you.
Everyday the auction will start at the same time and will last for 2 hours.
We are still improving the performance so I hope it gets better everyday.
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Comments

  • I subscribed and clicked on the calender but nothing appeared except recycling through the products.
  • I subscribed and clicked on the calender but nothing appeared except recycling through the products.
    You are probably looking at the US site. The Windows opens when the auction starts.

    The Advent Calendar page refreshes automatically.
  • Yup the same thing is happening to me as well except for me it just kicks me back to the home page when I click on a number

  • Is this a bunch of New Old Stock of Clubsport V1 racing wheels?  I'm not complaining, just curious and if this is true I'm surprised you still had some laying around.
  • Ryan Hamm said:
    Is this a bunch of New Old Stock of Clubsport V1 racing wheels?  I'm not complaining, just curious and if this is true I'm surprised you still had some laying around.
    ??????? The first auction was CSW V2.5 with BMW rim..
  • So basically you have to wait until the end of the auction and cross your fingers before bidding. 
  • Well, the first one is over.  When does the next auction start?
  • Well, the first one is over.  When does the next auction start?
    Obviously tomorrow between 9am and 9pm :)
  • So basically you have to wait until the end of the auction and cross your fingers before bidding. 
    Auction can end early if the maximum price (which is unknown) is reached so choose your bid wisely and dont wait too long ;)
  • edited December 2017
    When you place a bid, can you put any amount or is it locked into the next highest bid price? For example, if you are first bid of the day you are pretty much a $5 bid no matter what? And If the current bid is at $150, then my bid will be $155?
  • I also noticed the time remaining in the auction is revealed. It may be more fair and exciting if that was hidden as well otherwise many people will just wait till last second and try to snipe the auction.
  • I agree with Marco.
  • From what I'm reading you can only place one bid right? I think the bidding if I'm reading it correctly should let people bid as much as they want and as many times as they want. What happens to the first person to bid? They cant bid again? Or am I reading this wrong? I would like to know how this works. Take the time of of the bidding if it supposed to stop at an unknown time. I think this could be a lot of fun not knowing when it supposed to stop.
  • AJ Rogers said:
    From what I'm reading you can only place one bid right? I think the bidding if I'm reading it correctly should let people bid as much as they want and as many times as they want. What happens to the first person to bid? They cant bid again? Or am I reading this wrong? I would like to know how this works. Take the time of of the bidding if it supposed to stop at an unknown time. I think this could be a lot of fun not knowing when it supposed to stop.
    You can only bid once. That's what makes your one bid so important. If you're outbid, you're outbid. You can't bid until tomorrow. It means you have to try and guess what the price Fanatec is willing to sell it for vs. when the bidding will actually end. 
  • My question is: if you win, how much time do you have to pay for your discounted item?
  • RiP Australia
  • My question is: if you win, how much time do you have to pay for your discounted item?
    The price is the closing price of the auction.
  • My question is: if you win, how much time do you have to pay for your discounted item?
    The price is the closing price of the auction.
    I think you misunderstood my question. Let's say I bid $201 and that is the maximum bid...Boom! I win the auction and I have to pay $201 (+ shipping) to get it. My question is how long do I have after I have won the auction to actually buy the item? Immediately? 24 Hours? 1 week? 2 weeks? (I personally prefer the 2 weeks option :-)
  • To the Fanatec community, 

    Can a Mac computer be used to upgrade firmware of the Club Sport V2.5 Wheel Base (as opposed to a windows PC)?
  • My question is: if you win, how much time do you have to pay for your discounted item?
    The price is the closing price of the auction.
    I think you misunderstood my question. Let's say I bid $201 and that is the maximum bid...Boom! I win the auction and I have to pay $201 (+ shipping) to get it. My question is how long do I have after I have won the auction to actually buy the item? Immediately? 24 Hours? 1 week? 2 weeks? (I personally prefer the 2 weeks option :-)
    You have to buy it immediately. Otherwise we will give it to the next highest bidder.
  • I have subcribe me on the auction letter but i did not receive any mail. I have continue watch the site and only missed 20 minutes and te auction was started en closed within 10 minutes. I am waiting for the PS4 bundle but unfortunately I am afraid that is will missed this one. How can we solved this? Or do you also offer a special bundle christmas price for the PS4 bundle like black friday? Please let me know. Kind regards, Gertjan

  • I have subcribe me on the auction letter but i did not receive any mail. I have continue watch the site and only missed 20 minutes and te auction was started en closed within 10 minutes. I am waiting for the PS4 bundle but unfortunately I am afraid that is will missed this one. How can we solved this? Or do you also offer a special bundle christmas price for the PS4 bundle like black friday? Please let me know. Kind regards, Gertjan
    That's sounds strange... I just sent you a PM to check what can be happening.
  • To the Fanatec community, 

    Can a Mac computer be used to upgrade firmware of the Club Sport V2.5 Wheel Base (as opposed to a windows PC)?
    My understanding is that you have to install Windows on the Mac to do it. I had the same problem and just went out and bought the cheapest laptop I could find that had Windows 10 on it so I could do my updates.
  • edited December 2017
    To the Fanatec community, 

    Can a Mac computer be used to upgrade firmware of the Club Sport V2.5 Wheel Base (as opposed to a windows PC)?
    use virtual machine to install windows on Mac, then no problem to update firmware at all~
  • So if I understand correctly, you basically bid until you reach the actual discounted price and the winner is the one who were lucky to place their bid at the right time to reach the actual discounted price?
  • So if I understand correctly, you basically bid until you reach the actual discounted price and the winner is the one who were lucky to place their bid at the right time to reach the actual discounted price?
    This is correct
  • To the Fanatec community, 

    Can a Mac computer be used to upgrade firmware of the Club Sport V2.5 Wheel Base (as opposed to a windows PC)?
    My understanding is that you have to install Windows on the Mac to do it. I had the same problem and just went out and bought the cheapest laptop I could find that had Windows 10 on it so I could do my updates.
    Thank you Derek Hanson!
  • Zhuo Chen said:
    To the Fanatec community, 

    Can a Mac computer be used to upgrade firmware of the Club Sport V2.5 Wheel Base (as opposed to a windows PC)?
    use virtual machine to install windows on Mac, then no problem to update firmware at all~
    Thank you Zhuo Chen!  I will try this! :)
  • So if I understand correctly, you basically bid until you reach the actual discounted price and the winner is the one who were lucky to place their bid at the right time to reach the actual discounted price?
    This is correct
    Ok great, thanks for the confirmation ! I hope I will snag something up :P
  • Zhuo Chen said:
    To the Fanatec community, 

    Can a Mac computer be used to upgrade firmware of the Club Sport V2.5 Wheel Base (as opposed to a windows PC)?
    use virtual machine to install windows on Mac, then no problem to update firmware at all~
    Thank you Zhuo Chen!  I will try this! :)
    Just curious, what racing games do you play on the mac? Or are you gaming on a console? Just asking since my main gaming rig is a Mac Pro, but I use bootcamp on a separate SSD and it works great. 
  • Recon you should do a 12 days of Christmas auction as well. 24th - 6th Jan.
    But instead of this type of auction. Do a Dutch type auction (like the flower markets- google it).

    Were the max sale price is reduced by $5 every minute or 30 minutes(whatever set) until someone hits buy!
    Basicallly hit a Buy it Now button on a reducing £££$$$ figure. Price starts high and reduces until someone buys it.

    Just a thought and a bit of fun. Sure fanatic wouldn't lose out too much money. As most will sell with only a few $ or £ savings.
    ....................................................................

    Also remove the time remaining in current auction will add more to the game.
  • btw...will be bidding every day for fun and help the auction along.

    Few questions @Thomas.
    With your comment of pay "immediately".   I'm assuming you mean the same day? Or will you know if your bid has WON IMMEDIATLY? 
    If so. then how long??  Minutes or hours. As some of us may need to shuffle money around in accounts before checkout.
    Does the winning bid(item) just get added to your basket on winning?
  • Wow, latest auction finished before my page refreshed.  Slow internet connections - don't bother.
  • I never get an email of the auction start and when I do it will probably be top late. bummer.
  • I can't even subscribe to the auction newsletter...
    :-?

  • So if I understand correctly, you basically bid until you reach the actual discounted price and the winner is the one who were lucky to place their bid at the right time to reach the actual discounted price?
    This is correct

    So if I am understanding this correctly the actual Price of each product will be in the range of 10 to 90% below the regular Price.

    So as the first bid always starts at 1€ this would mean for any product over 20€ regular Price the first bid will be a guaranteed loss.
    In fact any bid until you get in the 10-90% discount range will be a guaranteed loss.

    So if everyone actually wants the product the bidding war should never start because if you are not doing it "just for fun" why should you ever place a bid?

    I would say the first bid should start at the -90% point not at 1€ so every bid at least has a theoretical chance of winning.
  • To the Fanatec community, 

    Can a Mac computer be used to upgrade firmware of the Club Sport V2.5 Wheel Base (as opposed to a windows PC)?
    Sorry for replying to an off-topic question, but Google is awfully silent when it comes to Fanatec and Mac and I want this information to be out there.

    /rant
    Strangely enough there is no native app to upgrade on Mac. A decade ago I could have understood, but developing for both platforms simultaneously and crosscompiling is easy these days, so having a simple Mac app that upgrades the firmware shouldn't be that hard to develop and maintain. Not sure why Fanatec chooses to not create such app; it cannot be much of an investment.
    /rant

    That said... Yes, there is a way to upgrade your wheel base on Mac!
    Here are instructions on how to do it completely for free and legally, without having to repartition your Mac or buy Windows. @Thomas: feel free to add this info to the manual or download section.

    On Mac, do the following:

    * Download and install the VirtualBox app for OS X (https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads)
    * Uncompress the downloaded zip file by double clicking it
    * Open VirtualBox
    * Select "File > Import Appliance..." and pick the unzipped OVF file
    * Start the virtual machine ("Machine > Start > Normal Start"

    Now you have Windows up and running on your Mac in a virtual machine. In Windows, follow the regular procedure for PC users to  download and upgrade to the latest firmware. Once you are done you can quit the VirtualBox app.


  • edited December 2017

    I have subcribe me on the auction letter but i did not receive any mail. I have continue watch the site and only missed 20 minutes and te auction was started en closed within 10 minutes. I am waiting for the PS4 bundle but unfortunately I am afraid that is will missed this one. How can we solved this? Or do you also offer a special bundle christmas price for the PS4 bundle like black friday? Please let me know. Kind regards, Gertjan
    That's sounds strange... I just sent you a PM to check what can be happening.
    Unfortunately I have the exact same problem as Gertjan, already checked my spam folder but no mails regarding the advert calendar, I'm missing out on all the deals :(.

    Hopefully there is a fix for me as well ?
    with kind regards,
    Sylvester
  • edited December 2017
    For me, I really dislike this system. The 3rd day Formula wheel was gone in under 40 seconds. Thats ridiculous especially considering how random and unpredictable this system is. Id rather see a simple raffle. You show the item and the price it will go for. People can enter the raffle, after X time (2 hours?) the system picks a winner, winner pays for the item, voila. Just as much of a chance thing as now but much more fair to the people who dont have time to sit behind their screen and press bid in the hope they, within 40 seconds, hit bid at the right time.



  • So if I understand correctly, you basically bid until you reach the actual discounted price and the winner is the one who were lucky to place their bid at the right time to reach the actual discounted price?
    This is correct

    So if I am understanding this correctly the actual Price of each product will be in the range of 10 to 90% below the regular Price.

    So as the first bid always starts at 1€ this would mean for any product over 20€ regular Price the first bid will be a guaranteed loss.
    In fact any bid until you get in the 10-90% discount range will be a guaranteed loss.

    So if everyone actually wants the product the bidding war should never start because if you are not doing it "just for fun" why should you ever place a bid?

    I would say the first bid should start at the -90% point not at 1€ so every bid at least has a theoretical chance of winning.
    I think this situation is avoided by the fact that there is a end time. If nobody bids over the 6€ bid before the end of the auction, the person with the 6€ bid (or whatever amount under the guaranteed discount) will win the auction. The guaranteed discount is there to add a luck element and to ensure that people will get a discounted product. Otherwise, chances are that all the auctions will go to 90%-99% of the regular price because there always will be people interested in buying said product even with a very low discount.
  • how can i pay this i won today
  •  This is awesome!
  • Where do i see, if the daily auction is already over?
  • how can i pay this i won today
    When you click on "My Account" on the top menu, you will be directed to a page that has a link referring to "Unpaid won auctions"

    You can continue the payment process from there.

    If you find any problem with it, feel free to send me a PM!
  • Guys. 3 so far and only had one email for 1 of them. It came at 8.15am saying auction starting shortly but see 1st bids showing starting around 14.00. So what time usi g vs UK time please guys just so I can be sure.
  • To the Fanatec community, 

    Can a Mac computer be used to upgrade firmware of the Club Sport V2.5 Wheel Base (as opposed to a windows PC)?
    Sorry for replying to an off-topic question, but Google is awfully silent when it comes to Fanatec and Mac and I want this information to be out there.

    /rant
    Strangely enough there is no native app to upgrade on Mac. A decade ago I could have understood, but developing for both platforms simultaneously and crosscompiling is easy these days, so having a simple Mac app that upgrades the firmware shouldn't be that hard to develop and maintain. Not sure why Fanatec chooses to not create such app; it cannot be much of an investment.
    /rant

    That said... Yes, there is a way to upgrade your wheel base on Mac!
    Here are instructions on how to do it completely for free and legally, without having to repartition your Mac or buy Windows. @Thomas: feel free to add this info to the manual or download section.

    On Mac, do the following:

    * Download and install the VirtualBox app for OS X (https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads)
    * Uncompress the downloaded zip file by double clicking it
    * Open VirtualBox
    * Select "File > Import Appliance..." and pick the unzipped OVF file
    * Start the virtual machine ("Machine > Start > Normal Start"

    Now you have Windows up and running on your Mac in a virtual machine. In Windows, follow the regular procedure for PC users to  download and upgrade to the latest firmware. Once you are done you can quit the VirtualBox app.



    Thank you P.M.A Atoon! :)

    Sorry for posting an off topic question but I did not know where else to post the question! :)

    Thanks for this P.M.A Atoon! This is great! I will try this! :)
  • Pretty useless system. I like the idea though and every concept needs finetuning. So maybe we can come up with something better for next year? For me the auction script isn't even loading.

    I like the the raffle that was mentioned above. You know the price, and enter for a chance to win. Now the person that has the most time to sit and monitor a website and has the luck of a good connection and no errors gets the item. Maybe even someone wrote a script for it, probably not that hard as there is no "human check"?
  • For me the auction script isn't even loading.

    I"?
    Same for me, plus the fact only had 1 auction reminder email on Saturday morning.
  • Here is what Im getting.
    1440 x 2560 - 781K
  • Here is what Im getting.
    the same proble for me - chrome and explorer
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