Winning a New Vehicle

Did you know 55 customers won a brand new vehicle on DealDash.com since October 2018?

You might wonder why anyone would want to shop for a new vehicle on DealDash. Wouldn’t it take an enormous number of bids to win such a high-dollar item? The answer to that question is, “Most times yes, but sometimes no.” So far, the best deal was a 2019 Nissan that sold for only $670.99 and the winner only used 633 bids.

DealDash has had 55 car auction winners

Some new vehicle winners got a fantastic deal using a relatively low number of bids while others did not. Just like any other auction, it’s a matter of bidding in the right vehicle auction at just the right time.

It appears that most of these brand new vehicles have a BIN price of $25,000.00 to $31,000.00 but some are more. Of course, a truck or a Tesla has a higher retail value.

If you are new and did not yet have the opportunity to participate in a vehicle auction, no sweat, you can still bet on one of the five new vehicles up for auction as of this writing – the Volkswagen, 4WD truck, one of the two Chevrolets or a Nissan. Each vehicle description includes detailed information under the headers of: Mechanical, Exterior, Interior, Safety, Dimensions and Fuel Efficiency.

To Bid or Not to Bid

Before placing bids on a new vehicle it’s important to know the following information upfront:

  • Winners are responsible for Tax, Title & Registration fees (for BIN/Dealership MSRP pricing) upon taking ownership of the vehicle
  • Images show options & trim packages that are not included
  • The vehicle must be signed for in person and collected from the local dealership within 14 days of confirmation of payment from DealDash to the dealer.  

I cannot imagine anything more exciting than winning a brand new vehicle, especially for several thousand dollars less than the retail value. Nonetheless, winning a new vehicle takes some planning to ensure we have enough money to cover the closing cost, tax, title and registration. We each must figure out how much we can afford or if we could quickly get a loan to cover it.

If we are already in the market to purchase a brand new vehicle, that’s great.  If we have already been saving money to purchase a new vehicle, anyway, we might have everything to gain and nothing to lose by seriously bidding for a new vehicle on DealDash. If we win, you might SAVE several thousand dollars, and if we do not win, perhaps we could BIN?  But we should only bid on the make of vehicle that we really want to win because once we win a vehicle we cannot come back to win another one that we like better. Previous winners of other car auctions are not eligible to participate in this auction. One vehicle per customer makes it possible for more DealDash customers to have an opportunity to win a deal of a lifetime.

Even if we cannot afford to try to win a new vehicle ourselves, it might be a good idea to pay close attention to the screen names placing oodles of bids on them. Several previous winners placed more than 100,000 bids or more to win a vehicle. Therefore, if some players do not win but BIN that might mean they could get 100,000 bids or more back. Perhaps that might explain why some players appear to have an endless supply of bids when competing with us in other auctions. I don’t know about you, but I would not want to compete in the same auctions with anyone who has that kind of bidding power.

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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.

Early Shopping, Less Stress

Isn’t the year 2021 flying by quickly? We are nearing the end of August and before long we will experience back-to-back holidays – Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Is it any wonder we often get so stressed out by the time we put up decorations and wrap gifts?

Well, there’s no need to fear because DealDash.com is here. Perhaps we could enjoy this year’s holidays stress-free. Now that’s a novel idea. All we have to do is to start our shopping early. In fact, I have a true story to share with you how shopping on DealDash year ‘round has saved the day for me.

You see, as a single, senior citizen on a limited budget, I have been trying to save money to get some major dental work done, and we all know how expensive that can be. Add that to higher tax, double the cost for gasoline and higher prices for groceries, I was feeling the financial crunch as I’m sure many everyday hard-working Americans do. In fact, I thought  I might not be able to give my granddaughter much for Christmas this year. However, thanks to DealDash, I had a pleasant surprise.

You see, I had the habit of shopping on DealDash throughout the entire year. Whenever I won something I knew would make a nice gift, I usually put those items up on a closet shelf to wrap later on.

While I was cleaning and organizing some of my closet shelves recently I was happy to discover that I had several nice gifts I had put away for my granddaughter more than a year ago but I had forgotten all about them. So last year I bought other gifts for my granddaughter instead. Now that I found three more gifts – a huge artist kit, a label maker and a laptop stand (all items she could still use); my Christmas shopping is already done. 

That’s right. Because I shopped on DealDash year ‘round I am now looking forward to a 2021 stress-free holiday season. Not only did I find gifts that I had put away for my granddaughter, but I also found gifts for nearly everyone else on my shopping list, too.

Beat Holiday Seasons

There are many reasons why it is a good idea to shop early and avoid the mad shopping rush during the holiday season.

Many of us are just now beginning to recover from closed businesses and lost jobs, and that’s all the more reason to shop on DealDash.com. If we look over all of the products DealDash has to offer we are sure to see something that would make an awesome gift for a family member or friend.

When we shop during the “off season” we might even find it easier to win various items at a bargain price. I’ve won many high-dollar items on DealDash I would not be able to buy at full price.

If we shop early, we can stay stress free and enjoy the upcoming holidays a lot more.

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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.

Less is more, more is less

What? How in the world could “less be more and more be less?”

I know this sounds ridiculous but when applied to DealDash.com and our own bidding habits this often proves to be true.

Many of us know that DealDash now has millions of customers, but to keep the math simple I will give you a ridiculously small example: Which way would DealDash make the most money? Would they make more money by selling 500 bid packs of 300 bids for $36 each or 100 bid packs of 300 bids for $60.00?  If five times more people bought bid packs on sale for less that means DealDash would actually make more for (charging) less.

This kind of thinking outside the box often works well for DealDash customers, too.  Let me give you an example. As a regular DealDash customer I’m using real data from this weekend just to prove this to you.

I decided to focus on the North Dakota 500 bid pack, which I bid on five times each and every time it came up for auction between yesterday and today before I finally won it. 

  • The first time I placed 30 bids on it Friday, Aug. 13, and I could have (and should have) easily won it because it only had 21 competitors and it sold early at only $2.98. I messed up because I allowed myself to become distracted by a phone call and failed to return to the auction in time to add more bids. How many times have you made this mistake?
  • The second time the North Dakota 500 bid pack came up for auction, I was so determined to win it that I overbid and wasted 509 bids before I finally gave up. The winner of that auction overbid a lot more than I did and placed 594 bids to win the 500 bid pack. I made the mistake of competing with a competitor from one of two states I usually never compete with because those two states tend to have more than its fair share of stubborn, no-quitter over-bidders. I knew my one and only competitor was an over-bidder because I checked the “Winners’ List” and saw that same screen name consistently overbids to win. Therefore, I should have quit a lot sooner.
  • The third time I used 56 bids and I could have (and should have) won it because the winner of this auction only placed 17 bids. That irritates me when the winner of the auction placed fewer bids than I did. That hardly seems fair, does it?  But it was my fault because once again I allowed myself to become distracted. On the other hand, if I had been paying close attention to that auction I might have been tempted to back out of it because it had 109 competitors. It is highly unlikely for any auction to close early with that many shoppers in the auction, but this was an exception to that rule because it sold early for only $2.66.
  • The fourth time I joined the auction late, shortly before the “No New Bidders” banner popped up. I used 168 bids and I was about to add a lot more bids because I was one of the final two players. However, I quickly changed my mind and canceled all my bids, purposely letting my one and only competitor win. Why? I checked the “Winners’ List” and saw that my competitor had recently won a 1,000 bid pack so I knew she had a lot more bids to burn than I did. It made more sense for me to invest in another new auction than to try to battle it out with a shopper with all those bids … and I’m sure glad I did.
  • The fifth time I entered the North Dakota 500 bid pack I placed 100 bids and walked away to make dinner. When I returned to my computer a few minutes later I was so surprised and happy to see that I won this auction after using only 12 bids. It sold early for only $1.01 but because it was a 90 percent off feature I only had to pay 10 cents. Wow! What a deal! Walking away from my previous auction and placing my bids in the next auction instead was the right decision. If I had placed more bids in the fourth auction I would most likely have lost more bids and won nothing. By purposely letting my competitor win and starting a new auction, however, I ended up winning the next auction for only another 12 bids.

That certainly proves that if we are consistent and learn from our mistakes we can all become winners. It also proves that often times “More means less and less means more.”

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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.

Midas touch

When you shop on DealDash.com do you have the King Midas Golden Touch?

Of course, the main purpose of Greek mythology is to teach a lesson. In this story we learned that King Midas so greedy that he wished everything he touched would turn to gold, and Dionysus granted him his wish. When he learned that even his food and wine turned to gold, King Midas nearly starved to death. He even accidentally killed his daughter Marigold (Zoe by some accounts) when he touched her and turned her into gold and could not turn her back again.

King Midas then prayed Dionysus would reverse his wish, which had now become more like a curse. Dionysus felt sorry for King Midas so he told him he would have to visit the Pactolus River to wash himself from the curse to make everything become normal again.

By the end of this story, King Midas learned the important lesson to be careful what he wished for. He also learned the most important things in life are often right in front of us and we simply need to recognize and appreciate what we already have.

Do you ever see shoppers on DealDash who win so many auctions that they appear to have the King Midas Golden Touch? How many of us are like King Midas and are so greedy and determined to win that we even overbid the value of the auction product.

I won my share of auctions in the past, but if I want to continue to win auctions now, I must follow my own set of rules, which I did not always do this weekend even though I know better. I guess we all have our off-days.

From now on I think I’ll keep a list of the following “Don’t Do’s” as a reminder:

  1. Do not bid in auctions that have more than 30 shoppers. This is something I seldom do because the fewer the participants, the lower the competition. This is not always true, however, when everyone places only one bid.
  2. Do not place all of your eggs in one basket. In other words, it might not be a good idea to place too many bids in just one or two auctions. It has been my experience that an auction usually sells very early or very late, so I usually win more and better deals if I place fewer bids in several different auctions.
  3. Do not allow yourself to become distracted by other things. If I had been paying close attention I most likely would have won the first 500 bid pack that I participated in because it sold early. If we know we might get distracted it might be a good idea to place more bids in the first place to cover our absence.
  4. Do not compete with a power bidder or one or more “no-quitter bidders.” A “no-quitter bidder” is any shopper who has been bidding in an auction from the very start and is still there after the “No New Bidder” banner goes up. “No-quitter bidders” are usually determined to stay in the auction for the long haul. They are seriously in it to win it – even if it means they will have to over-bid the BIN price of the auction. I never before saw more over-bidders than I saw this weekend. It’s not always easy for any of us to quit bidding when we know we should. Many of us are better off not even trying to out-bid a “no-quitter bidder.”

We cannot all have the “King Midas Touch” where everything turns to gold, but if we discipline ourselves enough to follow our own common-sense rules the next time we shop on DealDash we will get back on the winning track.

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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.

Most Common Irritations

As much as we love shopping on DealDash.com I’m sure we all experience some irritations – mostly from new customers who do not yet know how to play.

Thankfully, DealDash has already done a lot to alleviate and/or solve the most common irritations.

Irritation No. 1 – Bidding from the front page

Irritation Number 1 for me has to be players who cut the clock and vote from the Home Page, placing bids every other one.

This used to be a much bigger irritation than it is now because DealDash already solved half of this problem. At least the clock-cutters are no longer “stealing” our free bids. Whenever Newbies cut the clock DealDash still gives us credit for our full 9 seconds on the clock for each and every bid we place.

It irritates me, however, when Newbies do this because they have not yet found and learned how to use the automated bidder, BidBuddy. Since I have the screen name SorryMyTurn I sometimes waste a few of my own bids on purpose to give new players a hint that maybe they are doing something wrong and should be taking turns instead of wasting their bids.

Some Newbies catch on a lot faster than others and it’s certainly to their advantage to do so. By placing a bid every other one, it never helps them to win and it simply wastes a lot of their bids for nothing. I would think that when Newbies see they are placing more bids than anyone else they would get curious enough to contact DealDash customer support to ask why.

As long as the rest of us are still getting credit on the clock for each and every bid we place, why should this irritate us, anymore? Perhaps it is just a little more confusing when we try to count how many serious players are still left in the auction. I never count Newbies as serious players because I do not see them as being competitive. I know they will soon run out of bids by playing this way.

Possible Solution: Perhaps DealDash customer service could watch for these players and give them a phone call to explain to them how to save bids by using BidBuddy.

Irritation No. 2 – Jumping in and out

Irritation No. 2 has to be players who place one bid at the beginning and then jump in and out several times during the auction and/or dump a truckload of bids at the end – just when it looks like we have a pretty good chance to win. Of course, any of us could do the same thing and this might be just a smart way to play. It’s still irritating when it’s being done to us.

Possible Solution: DealDash might have just now come up with a really good solution to make this little irritation go away. Now some auctions are designated with a purple boxing glove. All customers playing in these auctions are required to use BidBuddy. Once we see the “No New Bidders” banner at $5.00 we can no longer jump in and out of the auction. From that point on, we must not allow BidBuddy to run out of bids or we are out of the auction. Once we run out of bids or quit we cannot re-enter the auction. I’m not sure yet how I feel about this feature, but I’m looking forward to using it to find out. It certainly eliminates the irritation of players who jump in and out throughout the auction.

Irritation No. 3 – Pick your fights

Irritation No. 3 for me would be power players who participate in far too many auctions at the same time – making it nearly impossible to find an auction they are not participating in. I have my list of power players I try to avoid and sometimes the same power players are all over the place.

In a way, DealDash encourages shoppers to participate in several auctions at the same time by offering free bids to players who place at least one bid in a specified number of auctions. That makes it even more difficult to avoid getting into an auction where these power players are not placing bids, too.

Once upon a time in DealDash land all customers had win limits but with high-dollar items like brand new cars, I don’t think win limits would work, anymore. It certainly does help, however, that shoppers are no longer allowed to participate in the same auctions they have recently won.

Possible Solution: Perhaps a possible solution would be for DealDash to designate special auctions where only shoppers who have not won an auction in the last month would be the only ones allowed to participate. It would be one way to turn losers into winners.

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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.

Reasons to Shop Every Day

DealDash is open 24/7 and 365 days a year!

Why would anyone want to shop on DealDash.com every day? Who can afford to do that?

Actually, I might say, “Who can afford not to do that?”

You see, there are many reasons why DealDash customers who shop on DealDash every day can make it work to their advantage and end up coming out ahead. I decided to list some of them:

Collect More Free Bids

By shopping on DealDash every day, we have the opportunity to meet the daily challenge and collect free bids. For example this challenge: any customer who joins in 5 gift card auctions today can get a reward of 10 free bids in return. We only have to place one of our own bids in 5 auctions and then we would not only get those 5 bids back again, but we would get 5 additional bids back absolutely free. If we collect and save these free bids every day for 30 days, we would end up with a total of 150 free bids because they add up. What a deal, huh?

Even better, we can be rewarded up to 30 free bids every day just by signing in. If we placed 30 bids the day before we can get those 30 bids returned to us as long as we consistently use at least 30 bids a day and sign in every day. If we miss a day, we will have to start all over again until we work our way back up to 30 free bids.

Become a Better Player

Based on what I see, frequent shoppers tend to win more auctions because they get more experience and soon become better players. Frequent shoppers are more likely to recognize the screen names of other players, too. Therefore, they are able to recognize how their competitors play. They quickly learn who they can beat and who they cannot beat.  

Never Miss a Special Feature

Customers who shop on DealDash every day do not miss out on special features. The other day shoppers were getting 5X on the clock. That is the most extra time I ever saw DealDash give us on the clock but I would not have known that if I had not checked in. By shopping today I knocked off several hours from my green timeline – five times faster than usual. Now my green timeline is very close to the end. Since I am on Level 76, I will soon be able to collect a huge pack of free bids.

We also do not want to miss out on a brand new feature. For example, today it appears that DealDash is introducing something they never before tried. On the home page I see a purple boxing glove with the words “No Re-Entry Auctions. Keep BidBuddy Active.” Wow! That looks interesting. In other words, any auction that is marked with that purple boxing glove it means we still must place our first bid before the “No New Bidders” banner comes up. However, once we place bids in that auction after the $5 we cannot allow BidBuddy to run out of bids or we will not be allowed to re-enter that auction. We cannot jump in and out of it. As long as we do not allow BidBuddy to run out of our bids we can continue to play. But once the auction reaches $5 if we allow BidBuddy to run out of bids we’re out and cannot get back in.

Be First to See New Items

Customers who shop on DealDash every day will also be the first to see and have the opportunity to win new items that go up for auction.

Part of the excitement of shopping on DealDash is seeing new items that we might not even know exist until we see them on this shopping site.

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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.

New Beauty Products

Attention all DealDash.com shoppers!

Decorative cosmetics and makeup brushes on a white background, top view

Did you see the many new beauty products now up for auction? Just look at all of these new beauty products:

  • Eye shadow bundles — set of 12 and set of 16
  • Lipstick bundle — set of 8
  • Highlighter bundle – set of 8
  • Lip and cheek stick bundle – set of 10
  • Eye crayon bundle – set of 11 and
  • Foundation bundle – set of 10

Some women have what is called “natural beauty.” Regardless, even women with “natural beauty” wear makeup to enhance their beauty even more.

But shopping for beauty products might not be just for women. Some men might want to do some early Christmas shopping for a special woman in his life—his wife, girlfriend, sister or mother. Most women would greatly appreciate receiving some beauty products for a gift.

Did you ever wonder where the idea of beauty came from in the first place?

Define Beauty

If we were to go out in public and randomly ask various men to describe their idea of what a beautiful woman looks like we would most likely get many different answers. Some men might prefer women with dark hair who wear very heavy makeup, while others might prefer women with blonde hair or red hair who wear only light makeup. Obviously, beauty means different things to different people.

In the 16th Century a Greece philosopher Plato introduced the phrase “Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder.” Later, in her novel Molly Bawn published in 1878, Margaret Hungerford changed a few words and wrote: “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.”

Ever since that phrase has been repeated so often it has become familiar to people all over the world.

History of Makeup

According to research the use of makeup goes back at least 6,000 years to Ancient Egypt. Before makeup was targeted to women, it was genderless. In Ancient Egypt, both men and women wore makeup. A kind of soft rock known as red ochre was crushed and used as a pigment. Kohl was also used to darken the eyes. Men who wore heavy eyeliner and colorful eyeshadow were recognized as wealthy.

In Ancient Egypt; scented oils, ointments, and creams were used to mask body odor and protect their skin from the elements. Many Egyptian tombs contained makeup canisters and kits. Cleopatra used lipstick that got its hue from ground carmine beetles, while other women used clay mixed with water to color their lips.

About 5,000 years ago, ancient Sumerian men and women were possibly the first to invent and wear lipstick. They crushed gemstones and used them to decorate their faces, mainly on the lips and around their eyes.

In the middle Ages it was thought sinful and immoral to wear makeup by Church leaders, but many women still did so. Pale faces were a trend during the European Middle Ages and in the 16th century, women would bleed themselves to achieve pale skin.

In the beginning of the 1900s lemon juice was consumed or applied as a face tonic to achieve a feminine complexion. Soon exclusive beauty salons began sprouting up in major cities. By the 1920s women across America and Europe started using lipsticks, eye-shadows, mascara and pan sticks. By the 1930s makeup had become much more refined – which was influenced by Hollywood. Eyebrows were pencil thin and lips were full again.

By the 1940s makeup had become a huge industry, and the 1950s became known as the “glamorous decade.” Women were wearing creams, foundations and shadows were the “in thing” but rouges were less emphasized than in the 1940s. By the early 1960s the makeup look was all about elegant eyes, pale pink hues and loads of powder. The early 1960s makeup look was all about elegant eyes, pale pink hues and loads of powder.

While the 1960s foundation can be compared to movie set makeup, modern foundation covers flaws without obscuring the skin. Today’s foundation is light, almost translucent, so the natural skin tones can show through.

Knowing that today’s beauty products are better than ever, it’s nice to know we can now shop for all the makeup we need right here on DealDash.com. We can stay young looking longer by covering up our flaws. Happy shopping everyone!

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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.

Win-Win Scenario

Win Win Strategy, Man writing on transparent screen

Have you ever wondered why DealDash.com allows me to write these blogs giving other shoppers tips on how to win more auctions using fewer bids?

Wouldn’t it be to the financial benefit of DealDash to encourage over-bidding and, if so, why would DealDash even allow me to write blog tips to help other shoppers?  After all, DealDash would be the winners and the shoppers who don’t know any better would be the losers, right? No, wrong.

That might appear to be true at first, but that most likely would not be true in the long run. DealDash cannot just be concerned about today but they must also look at what might happen in the long run. That’s why DealDash support staff always listened carefully to what its customers have to say and that is also why this online shopping company has been around for more than 12 years.

From a customer’s point of view, I can tell you what would happen if I never won any more auctions. I would get so frustrated that I would stop shopping on DealDash and that would not be good for DealDash or customers like you and me.

DealDash still has many long-standing loyal customers who continue to come back to shop on a regular basis because we all keep winning auctions. Therefore, it’s to the best interest of DealDash to keep its shoppers happy.

One way they do that is by paying attention to how we feel and they always welcome feedback. These blogs might give DealDash more ideas on how to improve this shopping site and give shoppers more ideas on how to continue to win more auctions. It’s a win-win scenario.

Tip for the Day

I have written about why some shoppers overbid, however, I did not explain how to find and avoid competing with the over-bidders. First let me define what I mean by over-bidders.

By over-bidders I’m not referring to shoppers who might overbid every once in a while. I’m referring to some shoppers who consistently overbid a lot.

The reason it is important to know how to find and recognize the screen names of these over-bidders is so we can avoid getting into an endless bidding war. We cannot ever beat an over-bidder or win an auction when we complete with them. The over-bidders will only entice us to lose all of our bids in our all-out effort to outbid them.

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