How Do Shoppers Decide How Much to Bid?

Did you go shopping on DealDash.com during Black Friday Week? If so, I’m sure you noticed a lot of great auctions and holiday deals. DealDash had special Black Friday promotions like an increased time as highest bidder multiplier, up to 90% off the final sales price of the auction, and Leaderboard Auctions. These features offer incentives to bidders, so sometimes it makes sense to adjust your bidding strategy in an auction and invest more bids than you would normally. Of course, the good news is that we could always BIN if we didn’t win. Here are some things that motivated me during Black Friday Week to adjust my bidding strategy.

Exciting auctions and unbeatable deals are always just a click away on DealDash.

Motivation #1

The first thing that motivated me was the DealDash features of 5X, 4X and 3X times on the clock. My progress meter to completing my level was near the end and I had 1,900 free bids waiting for me to collect. Therefore, my main focus was taking advantage of that extra time on the clock.

Most likely, many other shoppers were in the same boat and were motivated by the increased Time As Highest Bidder multiplier, too. I did not really care if I won the auction or not as long as I was bidding enough to move that clock all the way to the right, which was my main focus. It worked. I did not win my auctions, but I collected my free bids, so all was not lost.

Motivation #2

The second thing that motivated me was the Leaderboard Feature. Some shoppers are experts at taking the lead to qualify for free bids and knowing just when to leave to move on to other auctions where they can qualify for more free bids there, too. In fact, it appears some shoppers have it down to a science in knowing how to use that feature to rake in lots of free bids.

I thought I had it down to a science, too. However, it doesn’t always work out the way we might expect. A couple times I had so much lead time that I thought it was safe for me to leave the auction. I thought the auction would sell before anyone had a chance to catch up to me and overtake the lead. I was wrong. I seldom won as many free bids as I thought I would, but I learned a few lessons. First, when we have already qualified for free bids and the auction gets down to only one competitor, we might be better off to cancel our bids and allow our competitor to win to prevent anyone else from “stealing’ our free bids away. Second, if we want to remain in the lead during the Leaderboard feature, it’s important to check back and keep a close eye on the bidding.

Motivation #3

The third thing that motivates me is the 90 percent off the selling price feature. I don’t worry about the selling price if I only have to pay 10 percent of it at the end. Usually, I stop bidding when the selling price of the auction starts getting higher if I would have to pay the full amount. What we need to keep in mind is that other players are most likely thinking the same thing. Therefore, we might end up with too many players determined to shop until they drop, so it could be a very long auction.

I always look at the dates my competitors first started shopping on DealDash because it is often easier to beat new shoppers who don’t have much experience. However, sometimes those new shoppers surprise me at how long they are willing to hang-in-there. They must be reading all the tips I’ve been writing about in my blogs!

What can we do?

If we find we are not winning auctions, what can we do? That is the question. When I looked at the closing prices of some of the auctions I saw that some customers still won great bargains in spite of the fact that some shoppers were willing to hang in an auction longer. When I saw that, the next question I had was, “Why not me?” 

When I looked at what the winners were doing, I would have to say the answer is to that question is that I remained stuck too long on one or two auctions. Many winners were bidding in auctions all over the place. So the answer to my last question is to diversify. The next time DealDash runs a huge special I plan to diversify, diversify, diversify, and then I’ll see if that works out better for me. What will you do?

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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 cool and Green New Way to Get Around!

Did you see the new electric moped going up for auction for the first time on DealDash.com?

This e-moped has a BIN of $2,298.00 so new bidders will not be locked out until this item reaches $50.00. Therefore, even if you did not see it until now, you still might have the opportunity to get into this auction.

Say goodbye to the high cost of gas, air pollution and traffic jams. If you don’t live too far from work, it might be a perfect alternative to travel on nice-weather days as long as you do not have to drive on an Interstate or highway. Mopeds are usually street legal on all public roads other than highways, but it’s best to check your state laws.

A selection of cartoon mopeds and riders are displayed to show how fun it is to ride a moped!
Mopeds aren’t just fun, they are great for the environment, too!

This e-moped can go up to 38 miles on a single battery charge and can reach up to 19.8 mph. The fastest mopeds can go up to 40 mph. The rechargeable battery, which is included, is a built-in 48V 20AH lead acid battery and it can fully charge the moped in 10 hours.

In California, riding a moped requires both valid registration and an M1 or M2 license. If you’re a one-car family this e-moped could be a perfect second mode of travel to run nearby errands and make juggling one vehicle a little easier.

The riding comfort might surprise you because it comes with front and rear hydraulic shock absorbers, turn signals, headlights, rearview mirrors, a horn, a remote control, built-in alarm and locking storage compartment. For more details, see the description in the auction listing.

As a 74-year-old grandma living in a metropolitan area, I cannot see myself riding on a moped. However, with all these bells and whistles, if I lived in a small-town rural area I might want to try it. In fact, in some rural areas the home mailbox is sometimes located at the end of a very long dirt or gravel road. In that case, riding a moped might be an excellent way to pick up the daily mail.

History of MOPEDS

According to my research online, the first motorized scooter for adults was developed in 1913 and patented in 1916 by inventor Arthur Hugo Cecil Gibson. The first commercially created motorized scooter was produced in New York in 1916 and was called the Autoped. It was the first mass-produced gasoline-powered scooter on the market.

The four largest motorcycle markets in the world are in China, India, Indonesia and Vietnam. India is home to the largest number of motorized two wheelers in the world and now has an estimated 37 million motorcycles and mopeds.

It is not clear if the acronym MOPED stands for Motorized Pedestrian, Motorized Pedicycle or Motor or Pedal Power.

MOPED can also stand for Ministry of Planning and Economic Development.

Bottom Line

I’m sure you can think of lots of different uses for a new e-moped like this, so make sure you get your bids in before you get locked out when this auction reaches the $50.00 “No New Bidders” limit.

You just might be the winner!

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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.

Christmas Tree Shopping

How many years have you been using the same artificial Christmas tree?

According to my research online, most Americans plan to keep their artificial trees for 10 years, but the average usable lifespan is six years. That’s great if we can get that much use out of our artificial tree, but perhaps it is about time to shop for a brand new one to add more sparkle to our holiday decorations.

After all, we are shopping in the right place…DealDash.com! Many customers have already won incredible bargains on brand new artificial Christmas trees that look strikingly natural. Best of all, the artificial trees on DealDash come in different styles and a variety of sizes – 4-feet, 5-feet, 6-feet and 6 ½-feet. For example:

  • One customer won a 4-foot Alpine Fir Christmas tree with a BIN of $190 for only 3 cents.
  • Another customer won a 5-foot Noble Fir Christmas tree with a BIN of $260 for only 6 cents.
  • Yet another customer won a 6-foot Fraser Fantasy Fir Christmas tree with a BIN of $330 for only 2 cents.

Can you imagine winning a bargain like that? We cannot even buy a candy bar for as little as that. Talk about getting a great deal! I’m sure those winners had a great day and we could still have the opportunity to join them because many more trees are coming up for auction very soon.

One of the trees coming up for auction again soon is a 6-foot, 5-inch pre-lit flocked Frisco Pine Christmas tree, with the amazingly low BIN of $82. How would like to win that beautiful tree with 787 flocked branch tips, 250 pre-strung clear incandescent lights and a metal tree stand. So far, five previous winners of this fantastic tree gave it a high review rating of 4.95 out of a possible 5 so we cannot go wrong shopping for this one.

Christmas Tree Bundles

What good is a Christmas tree with no decorations, right? No problem. DealDash has some Christmas tree bundle auctions coming up that includes some wonderful bulb decorations, too.

The Sweet Christmas Bundle, with a BIN of $655 includes a 5-foot Noble Fir tree, along with some incredible ornaments. One set of four ornaments includes sugar and sparkle ornaments (that look like holiday baked goodies) and three sugar and spice ornaments. These ornaments are very unique and I never before had ornaments like them.

Artificial trees provide a beautiful alternative to classic Christmas Trees.

The O’Tannenbaum Bundle, with a BIN of $875 includes a 6-foot Fraser Fantasy Fir Christmas tree, along with a set of three Waltzes of the Snowflakes ornaments, a set of four Winter Fantasy ornaments and a Treasure Trove ornament. Whoever wins this bundle will certainly be a happy customer.

Why Not a Real Tree?

Many families do not choose to use a real tree for some very good reasons:

  • Some people are allergic to the pine needles of real trees. Even if no one in our immediate family is allergic to real trees, often times our guests who come for a holiday visit do suffer from those kind of allergies;
  • Real trees can dry up if not watered and could pose a higher risk of a fire;
  • Real trees shed pine needles and sap and often result in a huge mess to clean up after the holidays;
  • Some people believe that artificial trees are more environmentally friendly since they spare real trees from being chopped down;
  • We do save a lot of money by having a tree we can use more than once.

All of the above reasons are why I switched from having a real tree to a realistic-looking artificial tree.

Happy tree shopping everyone! I’ll see you in the flocked Christmas tree auction. I’ve always wanted one of those trees but never before had one.

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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.

Don’t Miss Black Friday Week

That’s right. While most stores will offer special bargains on Black Friday for only one day, but DealDash.com is running Black Friday specials all week.

We will see “epic” promotions, “mega blast” auctions, discounts, flash sales and surprise hours. Some of the “blast auctions” will be mystery auctions designated with a question mark. Many of these auctions will feature hot (in demand) items like sophisticated interlocking block sets, video game consoles, and other popular consoles.

This week marks the beginning of the biggest shopping week of the year!

In other words, this will be a week DealDash shoppers will not want to miss. I’m especially looking forward to the “No New Bidders” after $1 instead of the usual $5. That will greatly eliminate some of the competition.

Here’s just part of what we have to look forward to starting now:

  • Monday: No new bidders after $1 Flash Sale from 4:00 p.m.to 6:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday: No new bidders after $2 Flash Sale from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Thursday: No new bidders after $1 Flash Sale from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Then again from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday: No new bidders after $3 instead of the usual $5 for the whole day.

For more details of Black Friday Week events, scroll down to the bottom of the Home Page and read the DealDash article under the header of “Latest Blogs.”

Interlocking block sets

Perhaps you grew up playing with well-known interlocking block sets that keep getting better and more sophisticated all the time. You may want to shop for one of the many sets going up for auction during Black Friday Week. Since many adults still enjoy playing with the new building sets, as well as children, winning one of these auctions could become a family affair. How fun!

Some interlocking block sets listed for auction now or in the near future include four car building sets — A Ford Mustang; a Chevrolet Camaro race car; a Porsche race car and a Bugatti Chiron race car building kit. Anyone who has a strong interest in race car sets might want to conduct a search and click on the “Alert Me” button so you will not miss those auctions. Other interlocking block sets include:

  • An International Space Station building kit with 864 pieces has a BIN of $83. It has already gone up for auction at least six times and sold for as little as $17 counting the cost of bids.
  • A Millennium Falcon set has a BIN of $189. It has already gone up for auction many times before and has sold for as little as $6.14 counting the cost of bids.
  • A castle building set has a BIN of $474. It has already gone up for auction several times and sold for as little as $11.78 counting the cost of bids.
  • An Entertainment System Building set has a BIN of $272. It has already gone up for auction several times and sold for as little as $48.65 counting the cost of bids.
  • An Expert Assembly Square set has a BIN of $332. It has already gone up auction many times and sold for as little as $193.80 counting the cost of bids.
  • An Apollo II Lunar Lander Building kit has a BIN of $118. It has gone up for auction several times and sold for as little as $11.48 counting the cost of bids.

If you want to know more details, conduct a search in the space bar provided in the upper right of the DealDash Home Page and read the entire auction description.

Bottom line

This holiday season we could avoid the high cost of gas and shop from the comfort of home. We are sure to see some auctions we never before saw that we would like to put under someone’s Christmas tree. Why deal with parking hassles and crowds when we can have the DealDash shopper’s paradise right at our fingertips?

The best thing of all is that if we do not win, we can BIN (Buy It Now) and get all our bids back free. Sometimes we can even get double our bids back for free. What could be better than that?

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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.

Bundle Up and Shop for Bundles on DealDash!

Did you notice all the auction bundles available on DealDash.com?

What do I mean by auction bundles? These are auctions that usually include three or more products in a single auction. Therefore, if we win a bundle auction we win the entire package deal. Sounds like an awesome deal to me.

A DealDash bundle is a single auction for a group of similar products that are sold together.

Did you bid on an auction bundle yet? If not, perhaps it’s time to bundle up for the coming cold-weather months and start shopping from our cozy homes online for DealDash bundles.

Upcoming auction bundles

Some examples of upcoming auction bundles are:

  • The Snow Sports Holiday Bundle includes a 4K waterproof action camera, in-ear wireless Bluetooth Earphones and 10000mAh Wireless Power Bank and Charging Dock. This bundle, with a BIN of $664 will soon come up for auction for the first time.
  • The Elegant Feast Bundle includes a Taste of Elegance of some of the best steaks we’ve ever tasted, a high-end Knife Set, a high-end frying pan and a name brand Ceramic Collection – Plate Set. So far, this bundle with a BIN of $1,490.00 sold for as little as $43.51 counting the cost of bids.
  • The Brewmaster’s Bundle includes a Stainless Steel Easy-Dispensing Tap Beer Cooling System, two high-end highball glasses and a set of four marble coasters. So far, this bundle with a BIN of $631 sold for as little as $13.26 counting the cost of bids.
  • The Home Baker Bundle includes a Pro 600 Quart Bowl-Lift Stand Mixer, a set of four Tea Towels with a Hibiscus flower design and a set of three white marble bowls. So far, this bundle with a BIN of $1,090 sold for as little as $37.66 counting the cost of bids.
  • The Ice Cream Lovers Bundle includes a 100 Compressor Ice Cream Maker, a beautifully designed 7-inch serving bowl and four smaller 4-inch bowls made with mango wood. So far, this bundle with a BIN of $809 sold for as little as $20.33 counting the cost of bids.
  • Cook, Cut & Feast Bundle includes a sampler of  four bacon-wrapped Filet Mignons, four Top Sirloins, eight Steaks Burgers, eight Gourmet Jumbo Franks, four Salmon Fillets, four boneless Pork Chops, with special Seasoning, a high-end knife set and a 10 3/4 –inch by 20 inch Side Griddle/Grill. So far, this bundle with a BIN of $762 sold for as little as $85.61 counting the cost of bids.

For a more in-depth description of any of the items listed in the above auction bundles all we have to do is conduct a search from the home page. Many of the items included in the auction bundles can also be found separately in other auction listings.

Imagine this

Imagine the excitement on your significant other’s face if you win and gift one of the above bundles to him or her for Christmas. As you can see some DealDash customers won great bargains. Perhaps the next great bargain could be won by me or you.

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Happy shopping and I may see you in a bundle auction. 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

Missing Socks No More

Did you ever have a “missing sock” problem?

Finding a pair of matching socks can be a common frustration. I don’t know if socks get separated in the laundry or what happens to them, but most people I know have had some “missing sock” experiences.

Well, if you shop for socks on DealDash.com, you might never have to look for a matching sock again – not if you win 96 pair of socks in one auction. No joke!

No wardrobe is complete without a pair of socks for any occasion, and in every color!

As of this writing, DealDash has one active auction in which the winner will actually receive a whopping 96 pair of men’s basketball socks. Now what could we do with that many pair of socks? We could give them to an entire basketball team, or donate them to homeless people to help keep their feet warm this winter, or we could keep them ourselves and never run out of socks again. This package of 96 pair of socks BIN for $624.00.

Upcoming sock auctions

If we do not want to shop for men’s socks DealDash has many more sock auctions coming up for women and children, too. Upcoming sock auctions will include:

  • 60 pair of black, gray and pink double-layer cozy crew socks for women with a BIN of  $360.00
  • 120 pair of cushioned crew socks for women with a BIN of $899.00
  • 72 pair of red, green and blue ankle socks for boys with a BIN of $240.00
  • 180 pair of crew socks in various designs and colors for youth (boys or girls) with a BIN of $539.00
  • 120 pair of memory foam liner socks in size S/M with a BIN of $240.00
  • 48 pair of knee socks for women with a BIN of $311.00

Just think how many Christmas gifts we could take care of if we win just one of these sock auctions.

Honestly, I learned the hard way that new socks might be one of the last things some children want to see under their Christmas tree. When my sons were young they entered a Santa letter-writing contest. They were to write a “thank you” letter to Santa for what they received the previous Christmas. The prize was a free season pass to a local water park. My son Ryan wrote, “Dear Santa, Thank you for the stupid socks you gave me last year. Please do not make the same mistake again this year.” To our surprise, he won!

As adults, however, I think we can truly appreciate some nice warm socks. In fact, the more socks I get the better and merrier I’ll be.

The bottom line

If all of these sock auctions on DealDash do not put shoppers in sock heaven, nothing will!  Happy shopping and I will see you in the sock 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.

Why You Should Shop for New Showerheads

Did you see all the new showerheads going up for auction on DealDash.com?

Now DealDash has a variety of new showerheads that frequently go up for auction and some of the closing prices show that customers have been able to win some awesome bargains on the sales price, too. For example, one showerhead that has a BIN of $252.00 sold several times for less than $5.00. However, according to my research, winning a great bargain is not the only reason we should shop for a new showerhead.

Most people might not know it, but showerheads should be replaced every 6 to 8 months or about twice a year, especially if we live in a hard-water area. This is because they often get overly covered with sediment. One sign we might need to replace our showerhead is when we notice a change in water pressure or the water starts shooting out in all directions. That could mean the holes in our showerhead are clogged with minerals. Although we could clean an old showerhead by detaching it and soaking it in vinegar, it might be better to simply replace it with a new one.

Treat yourself by upgrading your showerhead ASAP!

Some additional reasons to shop for replacement showerheads are:

  • Showerheads can have a build-up of black mold and become a breeding ground for bacteria that can cause respiratory illnesses.
  • Upgrading our showerhead could save us money on our energy and water bills.
  • A laboratory-tested showerhead could relieve our body from stresses so getting a new shower head could relieve backaches, headaches or taut shoulders.
  • Some modern showerheads have technological features that enable them to maximize water pressure and minimize the amount of water use.
  • It could save us the embarrassment of having guests over and see our shower look outdated.
  • We might want to change our fixed showerheads with a more flexible handheld one, and we may even need shower seats to go with it.

Replacing Old Showerheads

We might be able to replace old showerheads ourselves with a little help. If we go online we can find a YouTube video on “How to Change a Shower Arm and Showerhead.” Otherwise, we could hire a handyman or professional plumber to do the job for us.

Some of the showerheads being auctioned off on DealDash might require a new shower arm that is not included. Before shopping for a new showerhead, it could be a good idea to contact a DealDash customer service representative who will be able to answer the questions we may have about the product and what it does or does not include. If the showerhead does not come with a shower arm that goes with it, we might have to go out to buy one before we can install the showerhead we win on DealDash.

According to my online research, “almost any shower head manufactured in the United States will fit on the shower arm installed in your bathroom” but we might need to purchase a new shower arm that extends out from the bathroom wall more than the old one did.  We might also want to buy some plumber’s tape from our local hardware store. It’s usually not necessary to turn off the water to the house when we replace our old showerhead, but we should definitely keep the shower faucet off while we do this.

A quick and easy way to see all of the showerheads coming up for auction on DealDash is to do a search. Then you can choose one you like best and click on the “Alert Me” button so you don’t miss it the next time it goes up for auction.

I hope you win a new showerhead on DealDash that gives you a new lease on life like a warm gentle rain.

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.

Shopping for Women’s Bags

Are you looking for the perfect bag (purse)? If so, you are shopping in the right place because DealDash.com usually offers a wide variety of bags to meet any need. I’m not sure if bag, purse and tote are interchangeable terms but to me they all mean about the same thing – the bag women take with them to hold their “go everywhere” items like money, keys, makeup and other essentials whenever they leave home.

A new bag always makes a nice gift because many women change purses as often as they change shoes. Perhaps you are shopping for a birthday or Christmas gift for your daughter, daughter-in-law, granddaughter or a friend. I won a bag that I gave to a friend for her birthday about five years ago and she still uses it as her main “go to” bag. Fortunately, I knew what kind of bag my friend would like. She said it’s the most practical and durable purse she has ever had.

A sleek handbag is always in style.

One thing I know nearly every woman looks for when shopping for a bag is a shoulder strap that either comes already attached to the bag or one that can be attached (hooked on) to the bag. Why? When we can throw our bag over our shoulder it leaves both of our hands free to shop with more vigor so we can spend more money. Isn’t that a good thing?  All kidding aside, most women, especially those who have young children with them, often need to have both hands free. Having a bag with a shoulder strap makes that possible, and many bags on DealDash do come with that option.

Other things women look for when shopping for bags are:

  • Style: Many women want their bag to have the right design, look and feel.  
  • Color: Most of us women want to have a variety of purses in different colors so we can match the color of our purse with whatever we are wearing. However, not all women can afford to have several bags, especially expensive bags. Women who can only afford one bag usually shop for a basic black purse because that works well with nearly anything we are wearing.
  • Durability: Most women want to find a bag that is well made and will not easily fall apart, so the materials it’s made out of might be very important to us.
  • Size: Most of us want our purse to be a specific size – not too small to hold certain items and not too large or too heavy if we have to carry our bag around for a long time.
  • Organization: Many of us want plenty of pockets inside and outside of our purse to make it easy to organize and quickly locate our cell phone, wallet, house keys, ID cards, airline tickets, sunglasses, comb and makeup.

Bags on DealDash

We can find a popular bag on DealDash now that frequently goes up for auction and fits all of the needs I listed above. This soft genuine leather purse comes in two shapes (a medium-sized oval shape and a slightly larger rectangle shape) and five colors (black, brown, navy, red and gray). Sometimes one color is easier to win than another more popular color. Based on the last 10 sales (as of this writing) I did the math for each color of the bags and was very surprised to learn the red, brown and gray bags sold for the most (about $10 each) the Navy was next (about $7 per bag) and the overall average of the black bag sold for the least (about $5 each). I would have guessed that the black bag would be the most in demand instead of the red.

These purses come with a shoulder strap that can be clipped on or off. The other straps are adjustable so we can choose to use these bags as a hand-held purse or fanny pack instead. All hardware comes in gold finish only and these bags have a BIN of $395.00.

If we need a bigger bag or a different style, all we have to do is check into DealDash on a daily basis because they frequently put a wide variety of other bags up for auction as well.

Have a great day and I’ll see you at 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.