Shop Wisely on DealDash

Whenever we go shopping at a retail store, we never just grab the first item we see and immediately go pay for it. No, retail shoppers will often spend hours in a retail store looking for the exact item we want. Before we buy clothing, we check the size, select the color, check out the material and even read the washing and drying instructions.

Guess what!  When shopping on DealDash.com we can do the same things. If we are shopping for clothing, of course, we cannot actually try them on. However, we can pretty much do everything else we do when we shop in a department store if we simply learn to use everything that’s available.

Read the Descriptions

DealDash provides excellent descriptions and photos of all of their auction products. If we do not take the time to read those descriptions before we start shopping, we might not get exactly what we think we are getting. That happened to me once when I was a new member on DealDash. I did not read the description of a cell phone cover and it turned out to be the wrong size, so I ended up giving it away. However, that will never happen if we take a few moments to read the descriptions and sizes of the auction items before we start bidding on them. 

Sometimes it is also important that we pay close attention to where the item was made because sizes in the United States are not the same as sizes in Europe or China. DealDash usually provides size conversion charts so we can figure out the size we need. I found the conversion charts for shoe sizes works out just fine, but when it comes to women’s clothing there is often a huge size difference. For example, what might be an extra-large woman’s jacket made in China may be more like a medium jacket made in the United States. Perhaps most Chinese women are smaller boned and more slender than most American women so the sizes can be very deceiving.

The good news is that if we have any specific questions we can always contact customer service. DealDash customer service is just a click away and I always receive a response to my questions very quickly. In fact, I feel like DealDash customer service representatives are as close to me as my next door neighbor. Best of all, they are always happy to help any way they can.

Read Customer Reviews

It is also a very good idea to scroll down below the description and photos to read the customer reviews. We often learn a lot about a product by reading what previous winners have to say about various auction products. If a size runs a little too small or large they will tell us that. If there is a defect in a product the customers will usually tell us that, too.

That’s why I am glad that DealDash includes customer reviews. After reading them I often change my mind whether I do or do not want to bid on a product. You can also read real customer reviews about is Deal Dash legit.

If we take the time to use the information available to us on the DealDash.com shopping site it will be a win-win situation – We will get exactly what we want and DealDash will get what they want, too – happy customers.

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This sponsored blog post was submitted by: Barbara L. Sellers. Barbara was compensated by DealDash for this blog post. Blog posts are written by real DealDash customers. The opinions and advice here represent our customers’ views and not those of the company.

Think Positive

Sometimes you end up going deep in an auction and don’t come out as the winner in the end. Here’s five uplifting and encouraging facts that might help you to think positive:

Fact No. 1

We can win auctions using only 1 bid. In fact, it recently happened to me.

I was so surprised to see on March 16, I won a 750 bid pack for only 1 bid and 13 cents. I admit it does not happen very often. I think it was the best win I ever had on a bid pack. I have seen other DealDash shoppers win deals like that every once in a while but it did not seem real until it happened to me.

Fact No. 2

Very few shoppers place more than one bid in the beginning of an auction. Most shoppers place only one bid in the beginning of auctions so they will not get locked out and they plan to come back later to place more bids and seriously compete for the win.

This can work to our advantage if we only have a limited number of bids. Perhaps if we open several bid packs and place from 3 to 7 bids on each, one of them could close early and we could slip through the cracks and win.

Fact No. 3

Shoppers get locked out for at least 30 days after winning an auction and that includes those shoppers with an endless number of bids. Once they win and get locked out from the competition it is easier for the rest of us to win with a limited number of bids.

If we look at the list of previous winners we can see who already won and is no longer able to compete in that auction. We can make our bids count more if we wait patiently for certain auctions to open after the power bidders are gone.

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Awesome Photos

For only 34 cents and 22 bids, I won these Bolvaint-Steel Bee Cuflinks, which retails for $450.00. They will make a great gift for a special man in my life! Thanks DealDash!

Would you like to get a DealDash.com Facebook photo published?

All we have to do is submit a photo of ourselves with any auction product we won. If the item value is $200 or more we earn 200 free bids. If the item value is less than $200 we will earn 100 free bids.

To help everyone get motivated I decided to write this blog about how to take awesome photos that will grab everyone’s attention.

Get Help

Perhaps the first thing we should do is to get another person to help us because it can be rather difficult to take a good “selfie.” Taking our own photos with a cell phone seldom turns out as well as it should because we are rather limited trying to pose and take the photo at the same time.  

If we have another person to take the photo for us, we might come up with a much better result. I’m sure most of us can think of at least one friend or neighbor who can take fairly good photos.

Focus

The last thing we want is to take a fuzzy photo that is not in focus. Most cameras today have a setting that is specifically for automatic focus. However, we might have to press the shutter button down only part way and pause a few seconds to allow the camera to make its automatic adjustment before we press the button down all the way to take the photo.

Before taking the actual photo we plan to submit, it might be a good idea to take some practice shots, too.

Lighting

While taking our practice photos it is a perfect opportunity to pay special attention to lighting. If we are using a flash, we may need less light and if we are not using a flash we may need more light. That will partly depend on how much light is in the room where we will be taking the photo. Some rooms might have enough windows that we have enough natural light.

Other rooms might not have enough light unless we turn on some lights. When we take photos with lights on it sometimes causes us to get “light spots” that show up in the photo. Sometimes we can correct that by changing where we are standing.

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Video Challenge of the Week

How would you like to earn 200 free bids?  I love the many opportunities DealDash.com offers us to earn free bids, and here’s one I did not yet know about until now.

First we must go to Official YouTube channel of DealDash

This is a really fun site. Each week DealDash customers can create a small video that meets the DealDash “Challenge of the Week.” The challenges run from Monday to Sunday and alternate on a weekly basis. Most weeks the video of the week is called the “unboxing.”

To get the 200 free bids on those weeks we simply send in a video of us opening one of the boxes of something we won on DealDash, but we must follow a few simple guidelines:

  • A submission must not have been sent in already for that week. We have a limit of one submission per week
  • The customer must have purchased any bid pack within the last 7 days

Other Challenges of the Week

This is where this “You Tube” weekly challenge gets really fun and interesting. In the past, Jessica of DealDash has given DealDash customers the following video challenges for the week:

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Lessons Learned

After being an active shopper on DealDash.com since Feb. 8, 2012, I have seen a lot of changes and I have learned a lot of lessons – some from simply watching other shoppers and some from my own hands-on experiences.

Lessons learned on dealdash online auctions
Lessons learned on dealdash online auctions

Therefore, I decided to share some of my observations over the years.

Consistency Matters

If there is a particular auction that we really want to win, consistency matters. Regardless if the auction product has a high-dollar value or not, if we bid on the item each and every time it goes up for auction, eventually we will win. Some auctions are a lot more difficult to win than others and might take a lot longer, but the key is to never give up and to never stop trying.

I bid in one auction 44 different times before I finally won. One thing that helped is that the auction I won was limited to “only one per customer” so all previous winners were eliminated from competing. Another thing that helped me win is the special feature where all new bidders were eliminated after the auction reached only $3.00. Sometimes other shoppers are used to not seeing the “No New Bidders” banner go up until the auction reaches $5.00. Therefore, when all new bidders get locked out of the auction earlier than that it often means fewer shoppers get in on the auction in time, which is good. That usually results in less competition.

I learned a couple lessons from this experience. First, I might have won that auction sooner when it closed early, but I got distracted and failed to add more bids in time. Second, I might have won sooner if I placed 500 bids four times instead of 2,000 bids one time. But the bottom line is consistency matters.

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What’s New on DealDash?

If you have not been shopping on DealDash.com for a while, you might be missing out on some new and different features.

New items added to the DealDash.com selection
New items added to the DealDash.com selection

Buy-It-Now Discount (Runner-up)

One of the new features on DealDash that I really like is the “Buy-It-Now discount for the runner-up in select auctions.”

That special is running now as I am writing this blog. This means that even if we do not win an auction, but we come in second as the first runner-up, we might be able to BIN (Buy-It-Now) at a reduced price, and still get our bids back free. The discount in the selected auctions is usually 50 percent off the full BIN price, but sometimes it might be even more than that.  Isn’t that awesome?

Multiple Auction blasts

Sometimes DealDash schedules multiple auctions to go up for auction all at the same time.

At the time of writing, 50 gift cards will all go up for auction all at the same time. I don’t know if that makes it easier to win a gift card or not, but we have the opportunity to find out.

I wanted to see what would happen if I placed three bids on all 50 gift cards. That’s not easy to do, so I only placed bids on about half of them. Too bad I was not on my computer to watch when these auctions went active. I checked a few hours later and found that I came close to winning three of them. I probably only would have had to place a few more bids. But that’s what makes shopping on DealDash so much fun — simply trying new and different strategies. Sometimes they work and sometimes they don’t, but we never know what will or will not work until we try.

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How to be a Happy Shopper

Are you a happy DealDash.com shopper?

Excited couple reading news on line sitting on a couch in the living room at home

Happy shoppers become loyal customers, so what does it take to become happy DealDash shoppers? I thought about it and came up with a list.

Follow a Budget

Happy shoppers are responsible shoppers. It’s difficult to be a happy shopper if we over-spend our budget.

It’s easy for new customers to get caught up in the fun and excitement of shopping on DealDash. When I first discovered DealDash, I did. I had so much fun, I didn’t want to stop, and I quickly became an avid shopper. However, I decided to slow down, figure out a monthly budget and become a responsible shopper.  

After I planned ahead, always bought my bid packs when they went on sale and followed a budget, I was enjoying shopping on DealDash more than before.

Avoid Distractions

Happy shoppers avoid distractions.

It’s important to choose a quiet time to shop on DealDash when we will not be interrupted with phone calls, visitors or other distractions. Choosing the right time of day or night to shop can make a huge difference.

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Bid Pack Strategies

One thing I love about DealDash.com is that there are always plenty of bid packs available. I love winning bid packs because that gives me a lot more bidding power for my money.

With so many different bid packs available, however, it could be confusing to know where to begin. After winning more than 30 bid packs in the last few months, I’ve learned a few strategies that usually worked fairly well for me.

We each must develop our own strategies for winning any auction, but the following strategy for winning bid packs usually worked well for me:

Step 1

400 bid pack on www.dealdash.com
400 bid pack on www.dealdash.com

I check to see which bid packs I’m still free to bid on. Once we win a bid pack, we are not allowed to bid on that same bid pack for 30 days. Sometimes we might forget which bid packs we have already won, but DealDash makes it very easy for us to find out and make a list. If we open a bid pack, it will tell us if we have already won it and are still not qualified to bid on it again. Perhaps the easiest way to make a list of bid packs we cannot bid on is by going to our Dashboard, click on our “won auctions,” and write down all the bid packs we have recently won.

Step 2

Of the bid packs that are still left, I might place at least one bid in each of them so I do not get locked out.  The first ones I want to look at are the old ones because they often have less competition. I noticed the brand new bid packs are most popular and usually have the most competition. After the “No New Bidders” banner goes up that locks out all new bidders, I will look at the following:

  • The number of bidders who are qualified to participate in the auction. I prefer not to compete in auctions that have more than 30 other competitors.
  • The screen names of the competitors. I will run my mouse over each and every avatar to see if I recognize any names I have on my “never compete with list.” My list has the screen names of shoppers who have a habit of overbidding the value of auction and well-known power bidders.
  • The screen names of competitors who recently won a large bid pack. Most likely, I would not be able to outbid any competitor who won 1,000 to 8,000 bids.
  • The selling price of this auction for the last several winners. If the auction usually sells out for $7.00 I might want to wait and place the rest of my bids into BidBuddy at that point.
  • The number of bids previous winners used to win the auction. If 8 of 10 previous winners used 200 or fewer bids to win the auction, most likely I could win the auction by placing 200 bids, too.
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