Graduation Gift Guide From Items Found On DealDash


Graduation time is here and the graduation parties are just around the corner. Now that your daughter, son, niece, nephew, cousin, friend, or brother or sister has completed their rite of passage by receiving their high school or college graduation it’s time to celebrate, and if they’re really special (of course they are!) it’s time to pick out a gift. galaxy 1. A Samsung Galaxy S5 SmartPhone Whether your grad is off to college or off to the work world a brand new smartphone can help them along the way. WIth all the latest apps in the Android Google Play store from calendars and e-mail to crisp, clear communications via phone, 16MP camera and video, a way to research, write, connect and communicate with friends, family, colleagues or clients. A smartphone is a brilliant choice for the smart graduate. Plus it’s water and dustproof (if they’re not so smart :-p). neatdeskscan 2. The Neat Company: NeatDesk for Mac SheetFed Scanner With this handy-dandy scanner your grad will need a Mac computer, so make sure they have one first (or include it as a gift!). It’s perfect if they’re on to the work world. The NeatDesk scanner allows ability to scan business cards, documents and more at up to 600 dpi resolution. A great way to get organized and convert important documents to digital form. Buy it now price is $356 on DealDash.

 3. Keurig One Cup Brew Coffee Makerkeurig
For all those late nights cramming for exams in college, or waking up in the morning for work if you grad is a coffee, tea, or eve hot cocoa drinker they will be sure to love the Keurig Platinum Brewer.
4. Philips – Wake-Up Light Clock Radio
After the late nights and before the coffee, your grad will definitely need this wake up light clock radio from Philips.
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This clock radio helps ensure your wake-up process is pleasant with a halogen lamp that simulates a natural sunrise by gradually increasing light 30 minutes prior to your set wake-up time. Wake up to a bird signing, a beep or your favorite radio station.

Buy it now price is $100 on DealDash, or try to win for less in the auctions.

What are some gifts you plan on giving your grad?

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Deal Dash has been influential in my life which has allowed me to help get clothes for my granddaughter.

My daughter is a single parent and if you have children you know children grow so quickly, it can be a hardship to keep up.  On Deal Dash I try to win TJX, Gap, Macy’,s and get her any other gift cards especially to her favorite store, Justice.

The savings on the gift cards afforded me to buy her the warmest winter parka, extra jogging outfits, hats, etc. Since we live in the Northeast, kids need everything to be warm in the winter. Clothes are so expensive that Deal Dash has become my clever way to save money. I took the time to stay the course and try to win. Sometimes, auctions would take a long time but as a Grandma, I will do anything to help out. It has made a difference in taking some of the financial stress off my daughter. Besides, what little girl doesn’t love new clothes?
Like most senior citizens, I am on Social Security so I am limited on spending. My granddaughter is 8 years old and understands the concept of Deal Dash. She is also one of the best dressed and always excited to see those gift cards I win or BIN on DealDash coming in the mail. Thank you, Deal Dash!
Sincerely, Grandmadebbie

Popcorn Party: Machines + Recipes for a Tasty Treat

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Did you know that Americans consume more than 16 billion quarts of popcorn a year? I didn’t either. Compared to most snack foods, popcorn is low in calories with air popped popcorn containing just 31 calories per cup and oil-popped just 55 calories. Popcorn is really simple to make on the stove, with a machine, or an air-popper, but I bet you didn’t know that you could bid and win a variety of different machines on DealDash or great recicpes to make popcorn taste even better, now did you? (If you did, tell us!).

One recipe I stumbled upon recently comes from a lady who lives in a treehouse down in Miami. I saw Shawnee’s Popcorn being sold in a Whole Food’s in Sarasota, FL and here’s what’s in it. “Our popcorn is full of nutrients and minerals, and it leaves you wanting more just because it tastes so good and your body is feeling happy!”

Green Thumb Popcorn ingredients so you can make your own nutrition-packed, healthy popcorn at home:

Organic popcorn- air popped or cooked on the stove in coconut oil. Then tossed with organic sunflower oil, organic spirulina, nutritional yeast, Sea salt, organic garlic powder, organic cayenne powder, organic kelp powder, organic beet powder, organic carrot powder.
Ranch Popcorn
 Melt 4 tablespoons butter with a 1-ounce packet ranch seasoning mix; toss with 16 cups hot popcorn and 2 tablespoons chopped chives. Season with salt.
 Parmesan-Rosemary
Toss 16 cups hot popcorn with 1/2 cup grated parmesan, 3 tablespoons olive oil, 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh rosemary and 2 teaspoons kosher salt.
Peanut Butter
Heat 1 cup honey and 3/4 cup sugar over medium heat, stirring, until the sugar dissolves, about 5 minutes. Stir in 1 cup peanut butter and 1 teaspoon each vanilla extract and kosher salt until smooth; pour over 16 cups hot popcorn and 2 cups peanuts and toss. Spread on baking sheets and let cool.
Cinnamon Sugar
Drizzle 6 tablespoons melted butter over 12 cups hot popcorn; toss with 4 cups cinnamon cereal (such as Cinnamon Toast Crunch), 1/3 cup sugar, 2 teaspoons cinnamon and 1 teaspoon kosher salt.

Kettle Corn
Mix 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar, 2 tablespoons granulated sugar and 1 teaspoon kosher salt in a small bowl; set aside. Heat a few popcorn kernels in 1/4 cup vegetable oil in a large pot over medium-high heat until one pops. Add 3/4 cup popcorn kernels and cover. Cook, shaking the pot occasionally, until the popcorn starts rapidly popping. Crack the lid open and pour in the sugar mixture. Cover and cook, shaking the pot, until the popping subsides.

Szechuan
Heat 1 cup each peanuts and dried arbol chiles, 1/2 cup each peanut oil, sesame seeds and Szechuan peppercorns, and 4 teaspoons each sugar and kosher salt in a large skillet over medium heat until the nuts and chiles are toasted, 4 minutes; pour over 16 cups hot popcorn. Toss with 2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil.

Birthday Cake Batter Popcorn
6 cups popped pop corn, 1 1/2 cups or so almond bark (or white chocolate), melted, 1 cup cake batter mix,
1/4 cup butter, assorted sprinkles

 
Check out the HUGE variety of popcorn related items up for auction on DealDash:
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The Nostalgia Electrics Vintage Collection offers a wide array of classy vintage popcorn makers in both tabletop and cart styles.  
 
 
 
 
 
The Waring Pro WPM10 can make up to 20 cups of popcorn, plus it’s got a halogen heater with built-in stirring system that reduces the amount of oil needed. Large steam vents keep popcorn dry and crispy. Buy it now price is $59.99 on DealDash.
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maxi maticMaxi Matic Popcorn Maker – Buy it now price is $149.99.

This popcorn popper features a 4-oz. kernel capacity that lets you make plenty of popcorn for a large group – 1 1/2 gallon capacity. Plus, the warming tray keeps popcorn warm until you’re ready to serve.

The Nostalgia Electrics Retro Kettle Popcorn maker last sold for $0.59. It has a buy it now price of $72.retro kettle popcorn

 

How to Make the Most of Your DealDash Bids

save moneyIf you’re one of those bidders who just and bid and end up losing tons of money, and believe me, even the most conservative spenders can get carried away when they get started on a penny auction site (I’ve been there), learn how to make the most of your bids.
How to Make the Most of Your Bids on DealDash:
1. Don’t “bid throttle”Slow down! This means don’t just bid right away and blast away your bids by bidding right after anyone else bids. A lot of people get carried away and frustrated that they aren’t able to win right away, so what do they do? Blast away TONS of bids when they really shouldn’t. If you are bidding and someone else bids against you, then you place a bid and they bid against you again notice how other bidders that were also there bidding before you started to bid have slowed down? They’re still there and waiting for you (or the other bidder) to drop out… Watch out for this and don’t get carried away so that you place way more bids than you need to.
2. Stock up and Save!
Okay, I know that sounds like a weekly supermarket ad – BUT, it’s a great idea to stock up on bids, so that you can save money in the long run. Ways to do this would be to watch out for bid promotions and purchase bids in BULK when they’re on sale. For instance, the cost of a bid in an initial bid pack is $0.60 a piece. If you wait or get in on bid pack sales you can get them for as low as $0.17 or even less! There’s currently a bid promotion for Mother’s Day where bids are now $0.15 each.
3. Don’t win? Get ALL of your bids back
Huh, What? You can get ALL of your bids back? I know what you’re thinking… how can that be? Well, DealDash lets all bidders get their bids back if they don’t win an item by using “buy it now” to buy the item within 7 days from the auction close date. This is great if you really want the item you were bidding on and don’t like to lose money by losing the bids you placed. So definitely use buy it now when you bid and don’t win.
4. Keep track of your win limits and make the most of them!
All bidders can win up to 6 items valued less than $200 and 3 items valued more than $200 per week.
You can keep track of the status of your wins by looking at the win limit slots right next to your bid balance amount on the upper right-hand corner of DealDash.com.
5. Bid wisely.
Only bid on items that you really want or need and that you would be able to use buy it now on to get all of your bids back and minimize losses.
Do you bid on DealDash or any other penny auction? Tell us about your bidding tips! Good luck, win tons!
 
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Everything You Need to Exercise at Home from DealDash

healthyDo you want to lose weight and look great?
Working out can sometimes be an uphill battle, especially if it means you have to drive to a gym, or even find someone to watch your kids (if you have them).
I was once told that if you have time to eat you have time to workout… It’s true, but not that easy. And if you don’t have time to eat you really should re-evaluate your lifestyle. If you’re overworked and lacking sleep, a totally separate issue, check out this new book by Arianna Huffington, Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and WonderOk, now you came here for deals on exercise programs and equipment so that you can workout at home, so here you go!
Workout Routines
Not sure what to do and don’t want to shell out cash for a personal trainer? DealDash offers the popular Weider rip 60 workout program which touts workouts to enhance strength, flexibility and endurance over the course of 8 workout DVDs + 4 bonus DVDs, a gym bag, and a meal plan to help you reach your fitness goals.
weider rip 60 dealsFor the ability to get a great deal on the Weider Rip 60 check out the auctions for it on DealDash.
Plus, there’s even a Pilates Reformer and AeroPilates Level 1 Integrated Workout with Marjolein Brugman
Not sure what Pilates are or the scary looking Pilates reformer? Check this article out for more info info We Tried It: Reformer Pilates from Huffington Post.
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DealDash also has Zumba workout games for a variety of gaming consoles: one for Wii, Xbox and PlayStation.zumba fitness deals
Plus, the wildly popular and effective Wii Fit gaming console now has Wii U workout games and you can bid or purchase them on DealDash as well.
Yoga Equipment  & Stability Balls
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Yoga Direct Anti Burst & Slow Leak Deluxe Yoga Ball is a great way to take your yoga practice up a notch. It’s leak proof and comes deflated, easily inflated with a hand or food pump sold on DealDash separately.
The JawBone Up! If you are familiar with is hot workout wristband, but don’t want to pay the hefty $149.99 price, you may be able to score one for less on DealDash.

The JawBone UP not only tracks movement and steps, it actually helps you understand how you move, eat and sleep. Plus, if you want a silent alarm clock the UP will vibrate to wake you up too.  It’s a pretty intelligent little device too. It will help you understand your behaviors/moods in relation to sleep/food and activity.     Jawbone Up Deals

 
Now, if you’re doing any kind of workout, especially something intense like INSANITY, P90X, running or the Weider rip:60 it’s important to monitor your hear trate.And DealDash offers deals on TONS of heart rate monitors. heartrate monitorsDo you workout at home? Have you won any great deals on workout equipment or accessories on DealDash? Let us know about it!

Build Your Kids the Ultimate Summer Playground for Less

Wouldn’t it be great if you didn’t have to drive your kids to the park to play this summer? With items won just on DealDash you can easily create the ultimate backyard playground and your kids will have hours of fun from the comfort and safety of your home.
1. The Flexible Flyer Triple Fun II Metal Swing Set
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This safe metal swing set for kids features four different play options, including two swings, one shoe loop swing, a seesaw and a 6′ wave slide. The metal swing set can keep up to six kids busy at once, making after school play-time incredibly exciting and fun. This sturdy triple swing set features a durable steel frame, so it’ll last for years of outdoor play. The Flexible Flyer Swing Set requires adult assembly.
What’s Included:

  • 2 swings
  • 1 shoe loop swing
  • Seesaw
  • 6′ wave slide

2. The Pure Fun Kids’ Trampoline 
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The last one just sold for $0.64! Trampolines can also provide hours of fun for adults and kids alike, plus it’s a great workout and possibly even good for your lymphatic system. “Vigorous exercise such as rebounding [jumping on a therapeutic mini-trampoline] is reported to increase lymph flow by 15 to 30 times. Also, bones become stronger with exercise.” -WellbeingJournal.com

  • Trampolines made with strong, rust-resistant galvanized iron steel tubing using patented T-Section construction
  • Snug, secure fit of T-Section assembly ensures extra stability and prevents shifting over time
  • W-shaped legs with 8 balanced contact points add stability and prevent wobbling or tipping and high-performance steel springs provide deeper
  • The 12-foot, 72-spring trampoline is easy to assemble and requires no tools or extra drilling
  • Includes limited two-year manufacturer’s warranty

3 The Gym Dandy 360 Degree Teeter Totter 
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Did you know that a teeter totter not only provides hours of fun, but physical exercise too? Kids can develop balance, agility, stronger muscles and endurance just by playing in the backyard with the Gym Dandy Teeter-Go-Round. It spins 360 degrees and dips up and down, at the same time. The retail and buy-it-now price is $183, with the last auction for one ending for as low as $1.44 (that’s just 144 bids by all bidders!).

This unique Gym Dandy Teeter Totter can whirl around 360 degrees for additional fun! In addition to see-saw motion, also spins 360 degrees. Open suspended design and durable powder coated finish. – See more at: http://www.dealdash.com/battle.php?auction_id=2237565#sthash.tbOA9h9x.dpuf
This Gym Dandy 360 Degree Teeter Totter retails for $183, but the average selling price on DealDash auctions is $31.99 (83% OFF!) – See more at: http://www.dealdash.com/battle.php?auction_id=2237565#sthash.tbOA9h9x.dpuf
 
This Gym Dandy 360 Degree Teeter Totter retails for $183, but the average selling price on DealDash auctions is $31.99 (83% OFF!) – See more at: http://www.dealdash.com/battle.php?auction_id=2237565#sthash.tbOA9h9x.dpu

4. Intex 10-Foot x 30-Inch Metal Frame Swimming Poolpool
A pool can help improve your child’s swimming skills, swimming is a great workout, and your own pool isn’t going to be crowded with strangers! Just make sure you check out your city/county laws for a backyard pool and supervise your children at all times.
This durable and strong Intex swimming pool is perfect to get the family together in the backyard and just float around on a hot summer day. Made with triple strong sidewalls, filter pump to ensure clean, fresh water and a ground fault circuit interrupter.
Let us know how you build your backyard playground! Worried about the expense? Check out these auctions on DealDash and save money on all the things you want and can’t live without.
 

Tips to Win on DealDash: Your Bidding Buddy

robotDo you have a bidding buddy? And no, we’re not talking about a friend who tells you when to bid against them and when not too: note this is called collusion and it’s against the terms & conditions, not to mention it’s unethical.
Tired of clicking the bid button?
Make bid buddy your bidding friend. Bid Buddy is an automated bidding system provided by DealDash and accesible in the interface of each auction item
How it works is you input the amount of bids you would like the BidBuddy system to bid for you in the bid field, you must first have the amount in your bidding balance.
You can also tell the system the start and end time you would like to bid from. Once it’s set sit back and watch the computer bid for you.
Getting started:
1. Under where it says BidBuddy – Your Automatic Bidding Tool type in the number of bids you would like BidBuddy to bid for you – then click “Book a BidBuddy”
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Advantages to using DealDash’s bid buddy. 

  • -You won’t risk losing to another bidder if you miss the bid button, if your Internet connection disconnects, if you computer is slow, or due to internet latency if you place a bid too close to the end time and the system does not register.
  • – You don’t know if any other bidder is on bid buddy though, and they won’t know that you are. What happens is with each bid round bids are placed by the system by bidders on bid buddy and you can’t control or predict when the bid buddy will fire or when your’s will, but it will fire when the timer goes down and no one else bids and another bidder isn’t on BidBuddy.
  • – Keep an eye on how many bids you have left in both your account and in your BidBuddy bidding queue, You don’t want to run out of bids and lose anticipating it to place another bid from your account when you don’t have any left.
  • – If you want to try to win the item and if you don’t win, but plan on using buy it now, just set your Bid Buddy for the full retail amount and forget it. Check back later and see if you won. If you didn’t all you have to do is buy it for the stated price and then you will get all of your bids back. Just be sure you buy it now before 7 days from the auction date have passed. Learn more about buy it now on DealDash and save money on everything you want!

Try DealDash today and use BidBuddy to bid on DealDash.com!

DealDash Basics: Sunk Costs and Why Bidders Keep Bidding

New to DealDash
Hello! Are you new to DealDash and not sure where to begin? 

Well first of all, let’s start out by explaining what DealDash is, how you bid and why you should try it.
DealDash – found at DealDash.com, is an online pay-per-bid entertainment auction website. Opened in 2009, it’s actually one of the longest running penny auction sites of its kind.
A variety of items are sold on a daily basis and many bidders get great deals.
DealDash can be referred to as a lifestyle brand entertainment auction site thanks to the wide vary of items to suit just about everyone’s lifestyle. From the large number of gift cards, gift cards for everything from fine cuts of meat and seafood, restaurants, and retailers, toys, baby items, video games, cleaning supplies, furniture, jewelry, appliances, electronics, gardening, fishing, exercise and so much more.
What is an entertainment auction aka penny auction site?
A penny auction, unlike the traditional auction site think eBay, BiddingforGood (by the way, real cool way to support charities and get great deals on merchandise, vacations, etc. too!) requires bidders to purchase bids – penny auctionss run on a totally different format.
Each bid serves as an entry fee for a chance to win.
Bids are sold in bid packs of 180, 400, 800, 1500, and 2500 bids and currently all bids cost $0.18 each.
Once you place a bid you will be spending $0.18 each time *Unless you get your bids cheaper, right now they are on sale for 70% off the regular price.
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The auction clock is totally different too – 10 seconds on the countdown does not really mean 10 seconds remaining in the auction.
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What happens is if someone places a bid after you do, at any time, the timer will reset to 10 seconds, or 20 seconds, depending on the particular site. On DealDash the reset time is 10 seconds. So say Bidder X places a bid when the timer states 8 seconds remaining, then bidder Y places a bid right after bidder X when there are 3 seconds remaining. You can see where bidder Y’s hopes of winning could be crushed at that point, but this the nature of the game and X could then place another bid after bidder Y and the timer would be reset again.
And other bidders could be in the running, too, placing bids and resetting the timer with each new bid.
But remember, each bid costs money $0.xx or if you purchase bid packs at a discount sometimes around $0.16 each bid.
The more bids you purchase at a discount the more competitive advantage you have over other users who paid more money for their bids.
Whether or not you’re a competitive person, or someone who gets annoyed easily, these traits could really start to come out once you have money on the line trying to win an item you really want that everyone else seems to want too.
Everyone is in the same boat, the way you react and the amount of bids and time you spend may differ from another bidder.
Anger + frustration can also come into play. Penny auction and bidder behavior embody the popular law of attrition talked about in game mechanics and sunk cost theory.
Sunk Cost – in this case would be the amount of money that is spent beyond the value of something to reclaim the value of what has already been spent trying to win. So a bidder would keep bidding in order to reclaim the cost already “sunk” into trying to win.
To illustrate sunk cost, here’s an example with two different bidders.  Bidder X and Bidder Y. Bidder X has been bidding on an item valued at $50 – so far they are still bidding against either bidder Y or multiple bidders and at this point they have spent $55 in trying to win, but haven’t yet won it, bidder X could either give up and write the money off as a loss of trying, the sunk cost, or keep trying to reclaim the sunk cost of $55 if they bid more and end up winning. There is And while there are tips and strategies that different users utilize and win, there is not one sure tip or definitive strategy that will assure success.
DealDash’s brilliant buy it now offering  helps with the sunk cost problem.
 
Say bidder X, at $55 in has decided to buy it now they can purchase the item at its stated value of $50 and receive all of their bids back into their account – a definite win if you wanted the item anyway but couldn’t get it at a discount. It wouldn’t make much sense to keep bidding if you didn’t want to lose more money in bids especially if you ended up not winning. Though you could try and bid more and see if you win, but when you decide to buy it now all bids will be returned to you.
Tune in next time for more tips!