Getting Your Timing Right For Bidding

What does timing have to do with bid counting when shopping on DealDash.com? Perhaps a lot more than we might think it does. If we have an idea how many bids our strongest competitors have already used in the auctions we might be able to come up with an educated guess whether it would be wise for us to continue or move on to another auction.

For example, most shoppers (who are looking for a good deal) will not invest more than the BIN value of the auction product. Therefore, if we are shopping in an auction with a BIN price tag of $300.00 most shoppers will stop bidding before going over that amount.

Monitoring the amount of time an auction takes and how many bids people use can lead to great results in the DealDash auctions.

If we want to place some bids on our home computer on DealDash and then leave to go grocery shopping, we might want to know how many bids we would have to place to keep the auction running until we return home. If we plan to be gone for one hour, we might want to estimate how many bids we could use up in the one hour we would be gone.

Ballpark Figures

Of course, there is probably no way to know this at the beginning of an auction when we might see 30 to 80 shoppers place bids, or when shoppers are jumping in and out of the auction. By watching the three final players near the end (who usually let the clock run), however, it’s a lot easier to come up with an educated ballpark figure just by watching. We can also run our mouse over the final bidder’s icon to see at what point each player first joined the auction. If the player joined the auction in the very beginning they might have used a lot more bids than a shopper who joined the auction right before it hit $5.00.

With three active players, I figured it would take about 15 minutes to use 30 bids. That would mean all three players would stay in the game that long and no additional players would join in. Of course, if a player dropped out or additional players joined in, that would all change. But to cover myself for an hour away from my computer, I figured I would need to place at least 120 bids but to be more on the safe side I would need to place about 200 bids before leaving.

Counting

Am I kidding? No, I’m not. Some truly serious shoppers on DealDash have indicated that they actually “count” the exact number of bids their competitors place. I would never have the patience to do that myself, but some players might actually get a pen and paper, write down the screen names of other players in an auction and make a mark for each player each time they place a bid so they know exactly how many bids each player has already used. Then they use that information to decide at what point in the auction they should play the rest of their bids. These players wait until they believe all of their top competitors might be running out of bids and then they “pounce” on the other shoppers near the end and go in for the win.

The “Count” might tick off other players when he or she wins with just a few bids at the end, but we cannot be too upset with them. After all, it’s not against the rules and any of us could do the same thing if we wanted to go through all that work.

Leaderboard Features

Whenever DealDash has a Leaderboard Feature they make it a lot easier for us to figure out how many bids other players might have invested. The more bids we place the higher we go up on the Leaderboard. Therefore, we automatically know the shoppers at the top of the Leaderboard have placed the most bids.

We must also understand that the shoppers at the top of the Leaderboard might not want to lose their place to win the free bids when the auction closes, so they could be all the more determined to stay to the bitter end.

Bottom Line

Are you a bid counter? It might be worth thinking about because it could make a winning difference.

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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.

Changes on DealDash

If you like using DealDash now, odds are you will like it even more in the future. Why? Because the DealDash Team frequently makes updates to the website and apps, and also they introduce new promotions and auction types.

DealDash constantly looks for ways to improve the shopping experience for its customers and, at the same time, keep the site running as smoothly as possible. I’m sure every platform change is made with both of these things in mind.

We live in a world that is constantly changing. Not all changes are always good, but whenever changes are made to various products or businesses it’s usually an improvement over the past products or practices. When we get used to something being one way and then it suddenly does not work that way anymore, it might be normal to feel frustrated at first. However, if we just give it a little time, we often find that everything works better for everyone. Such is the case with new changes on DealDash. At first you might wish for how things used to be, but after a bit of time you will see why the DealDash Team decided to change things up.

What Changed

One of the first changes I noticed is on the BidBuddy automated bidder page. The former BidBuddy had an up and down arrow next to the space where we place our bids. The arrows made it very fast and easy to add or delete bids during the auctions. However, those arrows are no longer there. Now bids are entered manually. The DealDash made this change to eliminate bids accidentally being placed or adjusted while you browse the auctions. Reducing bidding mistakes is always a good thing and it makes sense why DealDash made this change.

The DealDash Team makes changes to give shoppers the best possible experience.

I noticed a few changes I liked as soon as I saw them. For example, in the past I couldn’t always remember if I had won the auction within the last 30 days or not and I could not tell if I was blocked from bidding in that auction without opening it. However, now it’s easy to tell at a glance because the auction will be dark (not lighted up) if I am now blocked from bidding in that auction.

The previous winner information that appears under the auctions has also been improved to make it easier to read and understand. During the bidding itself the changes that have been made makes it easier to see how many shoppers are actively participating and the screen names of the bidders are also much more visible.

What information moved

A few resources I always referred to a lot whenever I shopped on DealDash used to be listed under the Dashboard – Account information and Won Auctions.

It’s important to review information about your account, like when you joined, and I also love reviewing my list of won auctions, and I am sure a lot of you do, too.

I found the auctions I won by clicking on “Bidding History” and “My Orders.” “Bidding History” is very detailed, and contains a list of every auction that you placed a bid in. To find a list of previous wins, “My Orders” would be the best place to go because it lists all of the won auctions and also includes the auction products exchanged for bids and a list of all Buy It Now orders, as well.

I hope that you like the new changes that DealDash made. One great thing that will always remain the same is the first-class customer support. If you have any comments, questions or feedback for them, we can click on “Contact Support” which is now listed on our Dashboard.

Bottom Line

If you have not been shopping on DealDash since all of these changes have been made, perhaps you should check it out so you can keep yourself up-to-date on what’s happening. When it comes to online shopping, just like everything else in life, if we stop actively participating we can quickly find ourselves left behind.

Happy bidding 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.

Best Path to Winning

Jessica, a senior Customer Support agent at DealDash, has a YouTube video chat where she answers questions customers send in.  One frequent question she gets is customers wanting to know how to win auctions when competing with other shoppers who appear to have more bidding power. One suggestion Jess made was shopping on different days and at different times of the day. Of course, any change a shopper makes could help.

However, from a long-time customer’s point of view, I think I know the best path to winning. Whenever I practice enough self-discipline to follow these procedures I usually win more auctions, so I decided to share them with you.

Some paths are better than others…choose carefully!

Rule No. 1

If you want to win more auctions, watch other customers who are winning the most auctions. You can go to the Winners’ list and see who is winning multiple auctions. You can also open various high-dollar auctions and see a list of screen names of shoppers who have already won those auctions. Write those screen names down. Then just watch them for a while. This is probably the best thing you can do because winners often learn from other winners what works and what doesn’t work.

When I watched frequent winners, some things I learned they have in common are:

  • They often are willing to stay in an auction for a long time
  • They develop a reputation of being tough competitors who seldom, if ever, stop;
  • They diversify and often place bids in more than one identical auction.

Rule No. 2

Winning auctions on DealDash rarely happens by accident. Winning on a regular basis is more like a science. It is possible, however, to win auctions with a limited number of bids if we follow these procedures:

  • Look for auctions that have the lowest number of active bidders and the least amount of competition;
  • Become familiar with the screen names of tough competitors who frequently have an endless supply of bids. Avoid bidding in the same auctions. Look to see if these competitors have already won and are now blocked from competing. If their screen names show up in your auction later on, cancel your bids and look for another auction.
  • When the auction gets down to the last three players, check the Winners’ List to see if any of them won a large bid pack within the last three hours. If we have 500 bids but another player just won 1,000 or more bids we cannot possibly win with that kind of competition. Therefore cancel your bids and find another auction.

Rule No. 3

When new bid packs are being high-lighted with offers of bonus bids that’s when the regular bid packs are most often ignored, and therefore, are easiest to win.

Bottom Line

It can be a challenge to win all the time if you are on a bid budget. Therefore, you must rely on skill. That takes a lot more effort, but it pays off.

If you follow these rules, you just might find the best path to winning, too.

Have a great day and I’ll see you in the auctions!

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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.

Halloween Shopping For You!

Wow! DealDash.com is celebrating Halloween in an extra big way and it would be difficult to miss the Halloween items because they are all marked with flying bats.

Not only is DealDash highlighting Halloween costumes, but they are also featuring special Halloween bid packs and spooky decorations for your yard and home!

I’m really happy to see this because it gives me a good reason to do my Halloween shopping online. With the virus pandemic still out there it is probably best to do most of my shopping from the safety of my home, anyway.

Trick or Treating season is just around the corner!

Let’s take a look at some of the Halloween items DealDash has to offer.

Halloween Costumes

Some of the costumes kids will be sure to love are the scary desert dweller, a vampire classic, a popular wizard that comes with the robe and clasp (wand), a popular costume of a guy who chases down and catches ghosts, a shark and another character I do not even recognize. The full-body inflatable adult costumes include a unicorn, bear and my favorite one of all – a shark!

The children’s Halloween costumes come in a wide-variety of sizes including small, 3T to 4T, medium and 12 to 14. The full-body inflatable adult costumes are “one size fits all” but at least one of them has more than one viewing window so the costume can be adjusted to various heights. The shark inflatable costume has only one viewing window in the big, open jaw of the shark, and this costume is more than seven-feet tall. The assembled product weight is 19.58 pounds.

Most of the children’s costumes are made out of 100 percent polyester material that can be hand-washed. The adult inflatable costumes come with an air pump that requires 4 AA batteries (which are not included). They also come with special instructions to prevent over-heating and special guidelines to achieve the best form when wearing them.

The BIN prices listed for these costumes run all the way from as low as $25 for the children’s costumes to a high as $71 for the adult costumes. Check each auction listing for specific information.

Halloween Decorations

Some of the Halloween decorations include:

  • A 5.4-foot inflatable skeleton unicorn made of 190T waterproof polyester. It comes with 8 stakes and 2 ropes to secure it to the ground. It also has built-in super bright LED lights. The assembled product dimensions are (L x W x H) 10.70 x 8.27 x 4.17 inches.
  • A 30-inch lighted Halloween pumpkin with an infinity mirror features 30 white and green led lights and can be used indoors or outdoors. It is water resistant and will not be blown down easily, even in bad weather, because it is made durable. This pumpkin measures 28 by 14 by 30 inches.
  • A 10-foot tall inflatable phantom that includes internal lights, ropes, stakes and a fan.

For more outdoor Halloween decorations conduct a search in the search bar on the DealDash home page.

Halloween Bid Packs

The Halloween bid packs come in various amounts including: 100, 250, 350 and 500. By placing bids on several of these bid packs we will increase our opportunity to win at least one of them.

Happy shopping and happy Halloween!

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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.

A New Way To Keep Your Beer Cold!

When was the last time you had a group of friends over to party with a keg of beer while watching a big game or simply enjoying some fun times together?  Well, now is your opportunity to party in style!

Did you see the new stainless steel easy-dispensing tap beer cooling system listed in the DealDash.com auctions?

With this system you and your friends can enjoy refreshing craft beer straight from your countertop tap. It will hold 5-liters of your favorite craft brew. The standard threaded CO2/N2O cartridges helps to keep your beer cold and fresh for 30 or more days after tapping right in “any own kitchen, bar, man-cave, basement or garage!” It comes with three 16g CO2 cartridges which will work with any standard threaded CO2 or N20 cartridges.

According to the description in the DealDash listing, this system includes a reusable 5-liter growler keg, but it also works with all standard 5-liter pressurized or non-pressurized gravity kegs, and “an easy-pull tap handle makes dispensing easy, while a removable drip tray catches any drips.”

There are a lot of ways to enjoy a beer, but it always needs to be cold!

This system has a powerful thermoelectric cooling system but the quiet operation results in low noise. The LED adjustable temperature gauge ranges from 36 to 53 degrees and chills within 24 hours, keeping drinks ice cold.  It even comes with a squeeze bottle cleaning kit to keep beer lines fresh and clean.

So far, all previous winners gave this product a perfect 5.0 rating. One DealDash customer wrote, “It arrived quickly and was packaged well. It’s very heavy and durable!”

This system is also listed as a bundle that comes with a few extras, such as a couple glass highballs and a set of 4 marble coasters.

History of Beer in the USA

According to my research, the first commercial brewery in the United States was built by the Dutch West India Company in 1632 in Lower Manhattan on Brewers (later Stone) Street. Until the middle of the 19th century, British-style ales dominated American brewing. As more European immigrants moved to America, they brought their beer brewing traditions with them.

Beer is one of the oldest drinks humans have produced. The original purpose of beer was largely ceremonial. In those early days, beer was thought to be healthier than water.

D.G. Yuengling & Son, which opened in 1829, is the oldest brewery in the United States, and beer is the most popular alcoholic beverage in America. It accounts for about 85 percent of the volume of alcoholic beverages sold in the United States each year. According to my research, as of 2016, the top three beer companies in the USA were Anheuser-Busch, Miller Coors, and Pabst Brewing Company. Anheuser-Busch InBev has six of the top ten brands.

Bud Light is the most popular beer in the United States, followed by Coors Light, Miller Lite and Budweiser. Snow, a brand sold mostly in China, is the best-selling beer in the world.

In terms of production volume China was the leading producer of beer in 2019 and brewed 376.53 million hectoliters. The United States was the second leading producer of beer in 2019 and brewed 210.88 million hectoliters.

Drinking beer in moderate amounts can be beneficial to hair and skin, but excessive beer drinking is not recommended by anyone in the health industry. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, drinking is considered to be in the moderate or low-risk range for women at no more than three drinks in any one day and no more than seven drinks per week. For men, it is no more than four drinks a day and no more than 14 drinks per week.

Bottom Line

If you and your friends enjoy getting together to party and drink beer, you might want to click on the Alert Me button in the DealDash listing so you can bid on, win or BIN the new stainless steel easy-dispensing tap beer cooling system.

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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.

Be a Race Car Driver

How would you like to have the experience of being a race car driver? Well, guess what? Now you might have the perfect opportunity to do just that and you have come to the right place to read all about it.

DealDash.com has a brand new auction for shoppers to experience being behind the wheel of a super race car on a track in Thornburg, Virginia. If you do not win this auction, you could BIN (Buy-It-Now) for $507.00.

Unfortunately, the first auction for this rare opportunity to “put the pedal to the metal” behind the wheel of a supercar and take three laps around a special race track is already up for auction and all new bidders have already been blocked. However, DealDash might hold more auctions like this one, so if you missed it keep your eyes open for another one.

The winner of this auction will start with a 20 to 30 minute classroom session. According to the DealDash description, the professional instructor will “go over racing tips, proper driving position, steering techniques, braking and acceleration with powerful vehicles.” Following the classroom session, you will “be sent down to the pit to be fitted for your helmet and to prepare yourself for the thrill of a lifetime!”

If you feel the need for speed this will be the opportunity for you to feed your craving. The car you will be driving can hit 60 MPH in just three seconds and reach top speeds of 200-plus MPH.

You will take the driver’s seat but your instructor will be in the passenger seat the entire time to “give you real-time feedback and pointers on how to get the most out of both the course and your supercar!”

Once in awhile you want to push the pedal to the metal!

Drivers must be at least 18 years of age and possess a valid driver’s license. It’s not recommended for participants who are more than 6 feet, 3 inches tall or anyone who exceeds 350 pounds. Helmets will be provided. Also included in the cost is the minimum track insurance policy, but participants could upgrade the insurance for an additional fee at the time of booking. “Photos and video of your experience will be available for purchase at the track on the day of your experience.” The winning driver will be able to share this experience with family and friends who could see the action close up, but the maximum “ride along” participants is three persons. Pit passes are available on the day of the event for an additional $10 per person but anyone under age 12 is free.

According to the DealDash description all of the supercars are equipped with a semi-automatic transmission and drive just like your automatic car. However, if you know how to shift and have track experience and want to use the paddle shifters, let your instructor know and he or she will be happy to help you shift.

This auction does not include accommodations and other expenses such as flights to and from the location of the track, but the winner will receive a digital voucher for the experience itself.

For more information about possible changes or delays due to inclement weather, unexpected mechanical issues, COVID-19 safety rules in place or other details, see the complete DealDash description.

Brief History of Auto Racing

Frank Duryea won the first motor-car race held in the United States on Thanksgiving Day in 1895. This mechanic and inventor, along with his brother, designed their own “horseless carriage” for the race.

Enzo Ferrari, a young Italian car mechanic and engineer, is listed as the first race car driver in history. Ferrari’s first car race took place on Oct. 5, 1919, on a hill climb in Parma, Italy.

In the early 20th century, rich petrol heads would race their cars on Ormond Beach in Florida. The first car to break 100 mph in 1905 was a 90hp Napier owned by S.E. Edge. It was driven by Arthur MacDonald, a British man who took it to 104.65 mph over the measured mile.

The world’s fastest cars in the 1970s were:

  • 7 1970 Ferrari 365 GT (2+2): 156 mph…
  • 6 1971 De Tomaso Mangusta: 155 mph…
  • 5 1970 Chrysler Hemi: 155 mph …
  • 4 1971 Chevrolet Corvette ZR2: 152 mph …
  • 3 1970 Dodge Challenger: 146 mph …
  • 2 1971 Plymouth GTX 440: 145 mph …
  • 1 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS LS6: 142 mph

In 1999 the world’s fastest car was the Lamborghini Diablo GT that reached 215 mph. 

According to my search, the new $1.9 million SSC Tuatara hyper car legitimately claimed the title as the fastest car in the world in early 2021 with a verified two-way average speed of 282.9 mph in Florida

If you have a need for speed, keep your eye open for another “ride of a lifetime” auction on DealDash.com.

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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.

Take a Helicopter Tour

DealDash.com is coming up with some new and truly unique auctions.

One of the new auctions is a helicopter ride. Have you ever wanted to take a ride on a helicopter? Well, now you could have your first opportunity to do just that.

This auction offers the winner a 25-minute scenic helicopter tour for two to enjoy breathtaking views of key sights while flying above Los Angeles, California.

According to DealDash’s description of this amazing experience, the winner of this auction can take one other person on this helicopter tour with them but other spectators are welcome to come to the airport and take photos from the ground. 

What an amazing way to see the city!

A certified helicopter pilot will point out several landmarks on this customized tour. Some sights you can expect to see (but are subject to change) include:

  • Los Angeles Basin
  • Downtown L.A.
  • Hollywood Hills
  • Hollywood sign
  • Downtown Hollywood
  • Grauman’s Chinese Theater
  • Dolby Theater
  • Hollywood Forever Cemetery
  • Paramount Studios
  • University of Southern California campus

All passengers must have a valid form of identification. Weight restrictions apply. The maximum weight allowed per person is 300 pounds or a total combined weight of 600 pounds for the winner and one guest. Your pilot will provide protective headsets for each passenger. Comfortable clothing and rubber-soled shoes are recommended.

Gratuity for the pilot is not included and the winner of this auction must provide their own transportation to and from the location of the airport where the helicopter rides are to take place. In case of inclement weather, you will reschedule directly with the pilot.

For more detailed information, check the description of this auction on DealDash.

Brief History of Helicopters

According to my research, many inventors and engineers from all over the world built prototypes of helicopters after 1912, many of which were used in the first two world wars.

The first helicopter to attain production status was the Focke-Achgelis Fa 223 Drache (English for Dragon). This helicopter was developed by Germany during World War II. However, production was hampered by the Allied bombing of the factory, so only 20 were built.

Igor Sikorsky is credited with creating the first mass-produced helicopter in the United States.

The VS-300, designed by Igor Sikorsky, first took flight on Sept. 14, 1939 at Stratford, Connecticut. It was built by the Vought-Sikorsky Aircraft Division of the United Aircraft Corporation. This was the world’s first practical helicopter and was the first to incorporate a single main rotor and tail rotor design.

Turbine-engined helicopters can reach around 25,000 feet. But the maximum height at which a helicopter can hover is much lower because of the thin air at greater heights. A high performance helicopter like the Agusta A109E can hover at 10,400 feet.

The first transatlantic helicopter flight took place in 1952, but the first non-stop transatlantic helicopter flight did not take place until 1967.

The Sikorsky X2 now holds the record for the fastest helicopter in the world. The helicopter first set the unofficial record in 2010 when a demonstrator model reached 287 mph but since production has achieved faster speeds

Bottom Line

If you are looking for a unique Christmas gift for someone special in your life, this might be an auction you might want to win – especially if you are already living in or near the Los Angeles area where the helicopter airport is located.

The best part is even if you are not able to win this auction you can still BIN it for only $260.00.

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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.

Dinnertime Staples

Have you ever enjoyed the convenience of having prepared meals delivered to your front door?

Ever since the COVID-19 virus spread throughout the world, most restaurants were closed for a long time. To stay in business many restaurants started offering home delivery meals for the first time.

Did you notice a popular item on DealDash.com that includes dinnertime staples? I think this has been around for a while but it appears it now includes more items.

I don’t know about you, but I really do not enjoy cooking for myself since my family members have all grown up and left. It’s much easier and faster for me to simply grab a snack or fruit that does not require cooking. Of course, that is not a very healthy or sustainable diet habit.

Many DealDash shoppers are simply too busy to spend much time in our kitchens slaving over our stoves to do much cooking. I already did that for many years when I was raising my two sons.

That’s why I was so happy to see that DealDash offers an auction of dinnertime staples. It would only require a minimal amount of time and preparation on my part.

The dinnertime staples include a variety of meats, steaks, proteins, seafood and even a desert that we might like to serve to dinner guests or enjoy eating ourselves. It consists of:

  • Four cut fillets (6 oz.)
  • Four chicken friend steaks (4.5 oz.)
  • Four New York strip burgers (5.33 oz.)
  • Four split lobster tail skewers (7 oz. pkg.)
  • Four caramel apple Tartlets (4 oz.)

This auction tends to run for a long time but it usually sells at a bargain price compared to the retail value.

Home Delivery Meals

I often ordered pizzas to be delivered when my two sons were young because they were pizza lovers. However, I’m not really a pizza lover, so I like the idea of having a variety of other dinnertime staples delivered instead.

More people have become open to the idea of having prepared meals delivered. Even our local organic farmers have started a food box home delivery service, which I have been participating in since I strongly support organic food with no chemicals and pesticides sprayed on the crops.

I’m not really a steak lover, but I am a chicken and seafood lover. Therefore, I now have my eyes on the DealDash dinnertime staples auction.

 I will see you in the auctions.

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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.