Early Christmas Shopping for Kids

Many parents might be worried because we heard on the news that cargo ships are stuck out at sea and cannot come to port. That might mean we will not be able to get a nice Christmas gift in time for our children and grandchildren.

Well we do not have to worry any longer because DealDash.com is coming to our rescue. That’s right. We can start doing our Christmas shopping right here and now. DealDash has many items already listed for auction and even more that will soon come up for auction. 

Riding Tractor & Trailer

Do you have a child or grandchild age 2 to 7 who has farm blood running through their veins? If so, DealDash.com has the perfect gift that will soon be coming up for auction.

No doubt, any child who enjoys the outdoors and loves to play farmer, would love riding a nifty tractor. It comes with its own working FM radio, adjustable seats and flip-up arm rests an accelerator pedal with automatic brakes and a full-size detachable trailer. It also has two speeds, plus reverse, but don’t worry because it will not go too fast for your young farmer to handle. It goes 2 ¼ to 4 ½ miles per hour and operates with a 12-volt rechargeable battery and the charger is included.

The best news of all is that this tractor is made in the USA and, even if you do not win, it has a very affordable BIN of only $326.

Piano

Do you have a child or grandchild age 5 and up who loves music and would enjoy learning how to play the piano. If so, you will not want to miss the auction that comes complete with a piano starter pack.

This will be a fun and easy way for any child to learn how to play. It comes with everything your child needs – an electronic keyboard that is sized for small fingers and a USB cable for connecting it to a computer. But the best thing of all is that it also comes with lesson software that brings the teacher and lessons directly to your child at no additional cost. Your child will be lead through 100 piano lessons featuring an experienced teacher who taught at the renowned Julliard School of Music.

Do yourself a favor and get your holiday shopping done on DealDash.com!

To learn more details of all of the songs, animations, piano games and videos this super piano package includes, go to the DealDash auction site listing where you will be able to see a video all about it.

Again, even if you do not win it, the BIN price of $150 is reasonable enough for most DealDash customers to take advantage of this option.

Any child who enjoys music would love to find this gift under their Christmas tree, so shop early and make their day!

Train Set

Some of my fondest Christmas memories were watching my brothers set up train tracks and see a toy train running around our Christmas tree. We especially enjoyed the thrill of getting one train set that could even blow some smoke from the locomotive. That was so awesome to watch!

Well, guess what! Times have changed and the train set DealDash has available for auction can do a whole lot more than that. In fact, this electric train set comes with a remote and blue tooth capability. Of course trains are not only for children because many adults enjoy playing with trains as a hobby.

This train set has everything needed to get started and includes the locomotive, cars, track, remote control and power supply. This locomotive can be controlled by remote, LionChief App, DCC or DC Transformer. The Bluetooth App allows you to control full operation and sounds directly from your Bluetooth-enabled smart phone or tablet and operate multiple locomotives from the same device. The track system has a unique look, is easy to use and features magnets in the roadbed for quick snap-together connections. This train is small enough to build a layout in less space than the older train sets, but large enough to retain great details.

With the many awesome auction products available on DealDash there is no reason our children and grandchildren would have to be disappointed on Christmas Eve.

Let’s shop now and save Christmas!

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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.

Wrap Your Hands Around a Boxing Auction

Did you see the combo boxing bag; gloves and hand wraps go up for auction on DealDash.com? If you missed it, don’t worry. It will be back up for auction again, soon.

Yeah, I know, you might be thinking what I used to say when I was young, “Boxing is only for guys and it doesn’t make any sense for two grown men to beat the living daylights out of each other for a living!”

Well, I have since learned boxing is not just for men and you don’t have to beat another person half to death to enjoy the sport. That’s right. When we have our own boxing bag to punch and kick we can relieve stress and get a really good workout without hurting anyone. I saw several women working out in the gym who punch and kick those heavy boxing bags.

The 100-pound bag kit includes boxing gloves and 108-inch hand wraps. It also comes with heavy-duty nylon straps. According to the DealDash description, they “provide security and safety when the bag is in use” and “the premium synthetic leather” on the bag “provides a vintage look.” The specially blended filler mix of sanitized synthetic and natural fibers “provide resilient shock absorbency for the utmost in safety while training.”

Boxing is a great way to burn calories while having fun!

I was surprised to see the entire package deal of the bag, gloves and hand wraps have an affordable BIN of only $114.00. Therefore, even if we do not win this auction we might want to take advantage of the BIN. The awesome thing about doing that is getting all of our bids back free so we can use them in another auction, and we still end up with an awesome Christmas gift at a bargain price.

Health Benefits of Boxing

According to my research, boxing is a great way to get into top notch physical condition but many experts say it might be wise for beginners to sign up for classes first. That’s a good way to learn the right way to go about getting the most out of it without injury.

Besides enhancing our mood and increasing our alertness, other health benefits we can get from boxing is improved balance, better posture, better endurance and improved hand-eye coordination. Boxing will also burn fat while we strengthen our upper-body and core. It is highly recommended that to get the best results we do a 30-minute workout about three times a week.

In other words, boxing can give us a total body workout because it directly stimulates all of our muscles and will most likely result in a leaner and fitter physique. When compared to weight lifting, boxing wins. According to a health website NutriStrategy, a 155-pound person will burn between 200 and 500 calories per hour of weight lifting, depending mostly on how vigorous the weight-lifter works out. By this standard, boxing training is better from a fat loss standpoint and we can expect to see results in as little as 4 weeks. In fact, many experts say boxing is an excellent way to lose belly fat because it is “very good at burning visceral fat, or the fat commonly found around the waist.”

You might want to shop for this boxing package for yourself, your spouse or even your child. A good age to start is from age 10 to 12. The great boxing champion Muhammad Ali, who set a record of winning 32 boxing matches before losing his first fight in 1971, started boxing at age 12 so that’s not too young to start. Regardless if you win or BIN, this boxing combo is sure to be a bargain.

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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.

Legendary Customer Service

Congratulations to James Rodgers, the Head of Customer Support at DealDash.com, and his outstanding Team of customer support agents.

James and his team were recently recognized by Pasi Lohi, CEO of DealDash, for providing “legendary” customer service. To honor the DealDash Customer Support team I decided to interview James to find out what it takes to provide such awesome support. Let’s find out.

“Listening is definitely a prerequisite to do any customer service,” said James, who joined the DealDash team in 2015. “Customer Service is a skill for life. Don’t be tricked into thinking it is temporary or you will ever somehow be above it, because you simply will not. Never stop putting customers first and striving to make your level of support even stronger!”

If you see James at work, he is usually smiling. He loves his Team and getting to know the DealDash community.

Based on many amazing DealDash Support Team reviews on social media, James and his team not only “talk the talk”, but they also “walk the walk.” As a long-time DealDash customer myself, I can personally attest to the fact that James and his team do, in fact, go above and beyond to put customers first.

For example, I once won a high-dollar, high-end ladies bag (purse) that was made out of the highest grade leather. I had never owned such an expensive bag in my life and I was very happy with it except for one thing — It did not come with a long shoulder strap. I did not file a formal complaint because it was my fault. All I did was mention my disappointment to James and let him know why a shoulder strap for such a large bag is so important. I tried to find a shoulder strap myself  but I was not able to find one with a wide enough band to work with such a large bag. Some weeks later James notified me that he managed to find a shoulder strap for my bag and he shipped it to me. I thought he had probably forgotten all about it so I was super surprised and happy. I was jumping with joy!  

“We can always find new ways to delight and inspire our customers,” James said. “Somewhere along the way I may have become addicted to providing experiences to people that I could only dream of having myself. People will always remember how we’ve made them feel and we can’t afford to miss an opportunity.”

James certainly did not miss the opportunity to help me in an unexpected way.

Rewarding Work

I asked James what he likes most about his job at DealDash as the head of customer service.

“I have been so lucky to create meaningful relationships with our customers, and my favorite part is learning about them on a personal level,” he said. “It’s so nice to know where people come from, about their families and who they are as people. They make our job so fun.”

I also asked James to name one characteristic that is most important to providing high-quality customer service and he guessed that universally most people would simply say, “Empathy.”  

“I believe this is true but overly simplistic,” James said. “I will take it a step further and reframe it as ‘empathetic grit’ to encapsulate three things in one –empathy, grit and resilience. We need to have empathy and always be on the same side as our customer no matter what. We love getting ‘slam-dunks’ with our customers. We are on the same team.

“But it doesn’t stop there,” James continued. “We need courage and mental strength to dig deep and question the obvious. Not all solutions will be easy so we need to be strong, self-sacrificing and even creative in how we approach things to make sure we are able to satisfy a customer’s unique set of needs. We also need grit to stay focused on being fast. Last, but not least, we need resilience. We need to put the reps in over and over and stay committed to the mission.”

Amazingly, the average first reply time for James and his Customer Support team is only 10 minutes. I doubt other businesses could beat that.

“Customer Service is an equalizer and extremely important in any company,” James said. “At the highest level it is much nuanced and brings practitioners humility. I’ve smiled, laughed and even cried with customers.

“We have such a wonderful, high-performing team here at DealDash Customer Support,” James said. “Things might not always work out perfectly … but we must never give up. The pursuit of legendary support is continuous!”

I can honestly say the customer service I have received since 2012 is the best I have ever experienced anywhere else, so please help me thank James and his “Legendary” Customer Support team by saying a few kind words to them or letting them know what you think about DealDash’s customer support the next time you talk with them!

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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.

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.