7 Tips For Staying Focused on Your Auctions

FocusedIt’s easy to lose an auction. That is, if you’re not paying attention. Keep your eyes on the prize and don’t lose focus.

  • Don’t bid and multitask
  • Don’t bid and drive
  • Don’t bid and talk on the phone
  • Don’t bid while cooking dinner – or washing dishes – yeah, if you do that you may need to bid on a new smartphone or laptop ūüėČ
  • Don’t bid then walk away from the computer for a minute, or even 7 seconds.
  • Don’t bid when your computer is about to do an automatic update
  • Don’t bid when you’re not paying attention

Okay, so it may seem pretty simple to stay focused on the auction you’re bidding on, but sometimes it really can be a challenge, especially if the auction has been going on for awhile.
It’s easy to get bored while bidding and even easily to open up a new tab and start browsing, playing a game or bidding in another auction even, so, with that said here are 7 tips to stay focused.
#1 Minimize Distractions
Before you start bidding make sure you are able to focus on the auction for as long as you decide you are going to watch and bid on the auction. ¬†Set aside time to bid where you won’t get distracted.¬†Find a quiet place to bid. Put headphones on maybe. If you have a hard time focusing on more than one thing. Turn your phone ringer off – set it to silent until the auction is over, or until you win. You’ll save yourself frustration and the other person on the line won’t be wondering why you keep freaking out.
#2 Set up BidBuddy – BidBuddy is DealDash’s automatic bidding tool that will let you set a predetermined number of bids, as many that you’d like to spend to try and win the item. It will only use your bids during the last few seconds of the timer. Others may be on BidBuddy too, and you won’t know it, but they also won’t know that you’re on bidbuddy. So set it and forget it, but really don’t forget it… Still watch and see where you’re at and how the auction is doing.
#3 Don’t multitask. Don’t open up new browsers and start surfing the Internet. Really, it’s easy to open up a new page and check something else out Online only to find when you switch back the auction ended and you lost your bids. Or – opening new browsers could freeze up your computer and not even let you get back on DealDash.
#4¬†Update & Clean Your Computer¬†Make sure your computer’s software is up to date before you start bidding. A scheduled automatic update could suddenly force your computer to restart mid-auction. Also, make sure your computer is virus, spyware and adware free before you start bidding. Pop-ups and browser hijacking due to viruses and trojans will only wreck havoc, you’ll be unable to focus on an auction if you can’t get back in it. Some good, free software to use to clean your computer: AdAware, SpyBot Search & Destroy, Malwarebytes, Avast and AVG AntiVirus.

#5 Finish your chores first

Make sure dinner is already done. Laundry & dishes already started. Your homework or work obligations done. Your kids occupied or in bed. If you put off your obligations until the last minute and decide to take a break from them to bid, you are more likely to get distracted and lose an auction. So make sure that everything you need to do for the day is already taken care of before you start bidding.
#6 Train your mind to focus
Really, it seems easier than it is. It’s easy to get distracted while bidding, or while doing anything. Stop yourself if you’re beginning to lose focus. Apply this to all areas of your life, not just bidding, and you may just find more success when you manage your time and focus on the task at hand. ¬†Start small with maybe just a few minutes a day and work up to larger amounts of time. If you find your mind wandering, just go back to bidding or whatever it is you’re working on.
#7 Set Goals and Time
Before you go into bidding write down how much money you want to spend at max to try to win an auction. Set how much time you want to spend bidding. Keep within this timeframe or budget and you will be less likely to lose focus on bidding.
What do you do to keep your eye on the prize and focus on the auction or task at hand? Tell us in the comments section!
Now is the best time to stay focused and try DealDash. Right now bids are only $0.15 each!
If you bid on DealDash share your tips with us!

10 Ways to Bid Smarter On DealDash

1.  Only bid on the items on DealDash that you need or want

Especially if you’re new to DealDash – it’s a good idea to start out just bidding on items you need or want, that way if you end up spending more money on bids to win the items, you will get an item you already were planning on purchasing. Use the buy it now – you will get all of your bids back, the items will be shipped free of charge to you and come brand new in sealed packaging.
 2. Pay close attention
Do not allow yourself to get bored or distracted when you’re in the midst of bidding on an item. It only takes a second for you to switch screens on your computer, look away or answer the phone, etc. and you could very well end up letting the auction end. Set auto bid if you need a few minutes to do something else, just be sure to keep track of where that’s at.
3. Make Time for Bidding
Since it’s really not a good idea to spend money on bids when you have other things you should be doing, set aside time to bid and make sure you are free from distractions.
4. Keep Track of Your Bids and What You’re Spending
Set a budget. Write down how much money per month you are able to spend, and want to comfortably spend bidding on items at DealDash. Set a goal for how much money you can spend on bidding if you don’t win. Set amounts you will go up to before you elect to buy it now Stay within your set budget.
5. Use the autobidding feature on DealDash
Save bids, money and don’t leave your reaction time to chance (you really could miss out and let another bidder win if you didn’t click bid fast enough and the timer hits 1-0- ended.

7. Take Notes

Watch active auctions. Check out the ended auctions. Write down names, prices, items, time of day. Know your competitions.
8. Bid Later/ Bid Earlier
Try bidding early in the morning or late at night — the competition may not be as fierce.
9. Keep track of your opponents
Since all bidders are limited to winning 9 items a week, 6 items under $200 value, 3 over $200, keep track of who is at their win limit.
From your account dashboard click on “Who’s on their limit” – for just one bid, ($0.60) or if you buy bids now ($0.15) you can see a list of all of the bidders who have reached their win limits.
10. Keep track of winners
See a pattern of consistent winners? Watch what items they bid on, when and how many bids they spend to win.
These are just a few tips to become a smarter bidder in DealDash’s entertainment penny auctions. Do you have tips that you win by? We want to hear ¬†them! We’re also looking for DealDash bidders to interview to feature here each week. Bid wisely, bid often, bid smart, but most of all have fun bidding!¬†
 

Give Thanks – Plus, So Many More Items to Bid On At DealDash!

thanksgivingHappy Thanksgiving DealDash Bidders!
What are you thankful for?
 
Any awesome new wins that you can’t wait to open?
If you haven’t won anything yet, it’s about time you tried¬†DealDash‘s entertainment auctions… because right now it’s Thanksgiving and what better thing to be thankful for than the ability to bid and win more items for less money? DealDash just listed 500 items all started at the same time just now, yes, that’s right. Right now.
Go on over and check it out. Buy bids and try it out www.dealdash.com.
If you don’t know where to begin be sure to read DealDash Demystified to get started.
PLUS, That’s not all…
Right now, if you win bids, you will be getting TWICE 2x as many bids!
That’s 2x as many chances to win that new iPad Air, MacBook pro, a bouncy castle, Canon DSLR digital camera, Kitchen tools from Rachael Ray & Paula Deen, TIDE detergent, a KitchenAid mixer, laminator, handwarmer (it‚Äôs cold!) jerky fresh cuts of amazing meat, a smokehouse grill, ¬†MORE bids, an HP Pavilion laptop, more laptops, $25 gift cards… .
I’m thankful for DealDash bidders and always love reading your comments. I’m over here silently cheering you on as I watch you bid away over there!
There’s even more totally useful items on DealDash to bid on:
More detergent,
Microsoft Office software,
Just watched a $10 Burger King gift card sell for $0- no bids!
OXO Good Grips food storage containers, knives, a pink toolbox and so much more! Not only should we be grateful for the chance to win and have fun on DealDash… Here are ¬†just a few more things to be grateful for:
1. Your parents – without them you wouldn’t be here
2. Money – your job/income, without it you wouldn’t bid on DealDash
3. $0.15 Bids on DealDash – it’s always good to be thankful for savings
4. Your friends & family
5. Sense of sight/touch/hearing/smell/taste
6. Internet connection + devices to bid with
7. Your heart, lungs, immune system
8. Losing & Disappointment – without it you wouldn’t know how good winning and happiness is
9. Your hands, so you can type. Eyes so you can watch auctions!
10. Food Рdid you eat anything delicious for Turkey Day? 
11. Blogs -like this one!
12. Your enemies – well, without them DealDash would just be giving items away and well what fun would that be? Ok – it’d be fun but bidding against yourself wouldn’t be.
13. Stores who supply the Buy it now products on DealDash
14. Credit cards – to buy bids with
15. Your house/ place to sleep and bid in!
There really are SO many things we should be thankful for. What are you thankful for?
We’re thankful for you!
 
 

Thanksgiving & Black Friday Are Fast Approaching, That Means It's Black Friday Week on DealDash!

dealdash_black_fridayDealDash is celebrating “Black Friday Week” – the entire week leading up to Black Friday, by offering bids at the lowest price they will be this year ($0.15/each).

Black Friday is fast approaching and shoppers are already camping out outside of big box stores eagerly awaiting deals. If skipping work, your family life, school, etc. to camp outside of a store for a week isn’t your style get on DealDash this week. If ¬†you like winning auctions, you may be happy to see that during Deal Dash’s Black Friday Week bids are the cheapest they will be this year at $0.15/bid (the regular bid price is $0.60 each).
 

DEalDash Black FRiday

¬†Take a look at what’s on DealDash right now – this week you will see more auctions up for bid than you ever have before. Just right now there are over 120 items ending..

There’s a MacBook Pro, Disney Classics, iPad Air, Beats by Dr. Dre Headphones, Samsung 50-inch TV, American Touristed suitcase set, iRobot Roomba vacuum, gift cards, flash driver, beef jerky, vacuum, bid packs, tool storage box, Elmo, solar string lights, HPlaptop, Canon Lens, Yamaha Soundbar with subwoofer, Nikon D3100 dSLR, gaming chair, freezer, metal detector, electric meat grinder, goPro camera, Razor Scooter, Smokehouse, iMac, surveillance system, more Beats headphones, more bid packs, Omaha Steaks, many of which are already over the $5.00 (NO Jumper bid point), gift cards to Cracker Barrel, Home Depot, Red Robin, Walgreens and more.

DealDash Bidding Tip:  if you have time to watch auctions, would be to keep track of everyone who has placed a bid from the beginning of an item until it hits the 5.00 (no jumper) threshold. Then watch each user and see how many bids they place, watch and see who is left bidding and when they might be at the point where they drop out and use buy it now.

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Back to Black Friday- This Friday will be the craziest shopping day of the year… but this year, the deals are being posted even earlier and some stores will open on Thanksgiving Day.¬†
 
What will you be bidding on at DealDash? We’d love to hear about the Christmas gifts you have bought for your friends and family on DealDash. Tell us about them here in the comments section or send us an e-mail dealdashtips(at)gmail.com and we’ll feature your winnings here in the blog!
Do you have a favorite Black Friday shopping routine? What about a favorite Thanksgiving recipe? Tell us all about it here!
Looking for some great recipes for Thanksgiving? Check out these delicious recipes http://www.marthastewart.com/950778/twenty-minute-thanksgiving-side-dishes/@center/276949/everything-thanksgiving!
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I love making this Pumpkin Praline Layer cake on Thanksgiving… See, now if you win items on DealDash you won’t have to fight the crowds, sit out in the cold, + you can spend more time eating delicious foods… What do you think? DealDash needs more fitness geared items ūüėČ