Exceptions to the Rules

Anyone who is old enough to shop on DealDash.com probably already knows there are often exceptions that can apply to nearly any rule – including the rules and/or guidelines I write about in my blogs here.

So far, I have written hundreds of blogs about shopping on DealDash.com. Many of my blogs discuss various winning strategies and ways we can save bids. Basically, I have written many guidelines on what we should and/or should not do to increase the opportunity to win awesome bargains. I’m certain that many shoppers have found some of my ideas and suggestions to be very helpful. Some things I have not yet written about, however, are exceptions to some of those rules and guidelines.

When I was shopping on DealDash today I was reminded of some of those exceptions, so I decided to discuss a few of them in this blog.

Exception No. 1

I wrote about how to prevent shopping in an auction where you would only be wasting your bids. I wrote that one of the first things we should do is to check the “Winners” list and write down all the screen names of other shoppers who just won a large bid pack and bidding in any auction where that screen name is actively participating.

For example, I did that today and I found one screen name that not only won a bid pack of 400 bids but shortly before that the same shopper won a huge bid pack of 7,500 bids. I knew that was the last shopper I wanted to compete with because he or she would be able to out-bid me for sure. Therefore, I looked at all of the auctions I placed bets in to see if that screen name showed up. Sure enough, it did. To protect myself from wasting any more bids, I immediately canceled my bids and looked for other auctions where this screen name did not show up. Unfortunately, this same screen name was actively participating in many of the same auctions so I stopped competing in all of them – at least for the time being. Now what do I mean when I say, “at least for the time being?”

Here’s where the exception to this rule comes in. Just because a screen name that just won a huge bid pack starts bidding in an auction it does not mean that screen name will stay there. Why? That same screen name was bidding in two 400 bid pack auctions, but we are each allowed to win only one 400-bid pack every 30 days. As soon as that shopper won one of the 400-bid packs, that screen name was blocked from winning the second one. In other words, as soon as that shopper was forced to stop competing in the second 400-bid pack, I was then able to rejoin that auction and I went on to win it. In the meantime, I saved a lot of bids – knowing that as long as that player was in it I could not win it.

The same thing happens to wealthy shoppers who always appear to have an endless supply of bids. I keep a list of those screen names, too, and I also avoid competing with them. If they bid in duplicate auctions, however, and win one of them, they too will be forced to stop competing in the second one.

Another reason a screen name might disappear from an auction is that they will sometimes bid in so many auctions at the same time that they might quickly use or lose all the bids they won.

Shoppers with keen eyes can watch for all of these exceptions and rejoin auctions as soon as these power players get blocked or drop out.

Exception No. 2

I also wrote in previous blogs suggesting it is a good idea to avoid shopping in the same auctions as players from two particular states. I leave it up to you all to figure out which two states I’m talking about. All I’m willing to say is that the players from two states are either extra wealthy and can afford to purchase lots of bids or they are extra stubborn and never quit. However, there is an exception to this guideline, too.

This exception depends on the player’s level of experience. The only times I have been able to outbid and win anyone from these two particular states is when they have recently joined and have not yet had much experience bidding on DealDash.

If I’m bidding in an auction and see someone from one of these “power states” join the auction, I immediately look to see the date they first started shopping on DealDash. If they are a Newbie, I know I could still outbid them. If I see they have been shopping on the site for a year or more, I cancel my bids and don’t even try. I find another auction instead.

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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.