To Bid or Not to Bid

Attention all DealDash.com shoppers: to bid or not to bid … that is the question!

Whenever we see a product go up for auction on the DealDash shopping site that we really want we need to decide when to bid, how much to bid and when to stop bidding. One other question we must answer is whether to choose to use the “Buy-It-Now” option if we don’t win the auction.

Long time DealDash customers might have it all figured out, but it can be a tough decision for new members. So let’s take a look at some of the options that might help.

Methods of Bidding

DealDash shoppers have many different methods of bidding.

For example:

  • Many shoppers place only one bid at the beginning of an auction and never return to place more bids.
  • Some shoppers place only one bid at the beginning of an auction and wait until the auction gets down to the last two or three players and then place all of the rest of their bids. Sometimes they add more bids if they start to run low.
  • Some shoppers place all of their bids at the beginning and often run out of bids before the auction closes, depending on how many bids they placed.
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Share DealDash with Others

Friends and family members enjoying DealDash.com together
Friends and family members enjoying DealDash.com together

Have you told your family members and friends about DealDash.com? If not, why not?  Do you want to keep DealDash a secret so you have less competition? Come on. It would be a lot better to let everyone know about DealDash so they can join in on this fun on this exciting shopping site, too.

I told many family members and friends about DealDash. In fact, some of them started calling me the “DealDash girl.” Whenever we have good news or exciting things happen to us – whether someone just got engaged or had a baby, we usually can hardly wait to share our good news with others. If we don’t share the good news of finding this fun and exciting shopping site, how else are they going to find out?  Here are four ways people find out about DealDash:

I think the best way to find out about DealDash is through word-of-mouth from family members or friends, but I accidentally discovered the DealDash shopping site when I was doing research for a speech.

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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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