Video Challenge of the Week

How would you like to earn 200 free bids?  I love the many opportunities 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 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 for a while, you might be missing out on some new and different features.

New items added to the selection
New items added to the 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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How to be a Happy Shopper

Are you a happy shopper?

Excited couple reading news on line sitting on a couch in the living room at home

Happy shoppers become loyal customers, so what does it take to become happy DealDash shoppers? I thought about it and came up with a list.

Follow a Budget

Happy shoppers are responsible shoppers. It’s difficult to be a happy shopper if we over-spend our budget.

It’s easy for new customers to get caught up in the fun and excitement of shopping on DealDash. When I first discovered DealDash, I did. I had so much fun, I didn’t want to stop, and I quickly became an avid shopper. However, I decided to slow down, figure out a monthly budget and become a responsible shopper.  

After I planned ahead, always bought my bid packs when they went on sale and followed a budget, I was enjoying shopping on DealDash more than before.

Avoid Distractions

Happy shoppers avoid distractions.

It’s important to choose a quiet time to shop on DealDash when we will not be interrupted with phone calls, visitors or other distractions. Choosing the right time of day or night to shop can make a huge difference.

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Bid Pack Strategies

One thing I love about is that there are always plenty of bid packs available. I love winning bid packs because that gives me a lot more bidding power for my money.

With so many different bid packs available, however, it could be confusing to know where to begin. After winning more than 30 bid packs in the last few months, I’ve learned a few strategies that usually worked fairly well for me.

We each must develop our own strategies for winning any auction, but the following strategy for winning bid packs usually worked well for me:

Step 1

400 bid pack on
400 bid pack on

I check to see which bid packs I’m still free to bid on. Once we win a bid pack, we are not allowed to bid on that same bid pack for 30 days. Sometimes we might forget which bid packs we have already won, but DealDash makes it very easy for us to find out and make a list. If we open a bid pack, it will tell us if we have already won it and are still not qualified to bid on it again. Perhaps the easiest way to make a list of bid packs we cannot bid on is by going to our Dashboard, click on our “won auctions,” and write down all the bid packs we have recently won.

Step 2

Of the bid packs that are still left, I might place at least one bid in each of them so I do not get locked out.  The first ones I want to look at are the old ones because they often have less competition. I noticed the brand new bid packs are most popular and usually have the most competition. After the “No New Bidders” banner goes up that locks out all new bidders, I will look at the following:

  • The number of bidders who are qualified to participate in the auction. I prefer not to compete in auctions that have more than 30 other competitors.
  • The screen names of the competitors. I will run my mouse over each and every avatar to see if I recognize any names I have on my “never compete with list.” My list has the screen names of shoppers who have a habit of overbidding the value of auction and well-known power bidders.
  • The screen names of competitors who recently won a large bid pack. Most likely, I would not be able to outbid any competitor who won 1,000 to 8,000 bids.
  • The selling price of this auction for the last several winners. If the auction usually sells out for $7.00 I might want to wait and place the rest of my bids into BidBuddy at that point.
  • The number of bids previous winners used to win the auction. If 8 of 10 previous winners used 200 or fewer bids to win the auction, most likely I could win the auction by placing 200 bids, too.
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Choosing a New Avatar

Have you seen the new avatars now has available for us to use? If not, you can check them out by going to “My Dashboard” and clicking on “Public Profile.” That’s where we can see the 42 new avatars. We can also edit our bidder bio, see the photo or avatar we are now using, and/or select a new avatar. Perhaps now might be a good time for us to choose a new icon.

When we became a member on DealDash, we had the option of choosing one of our own photos or avatars or select one from a set of old avatars DealDash had at the time. We still have the option of using one of our own avatars or choosing one of the new ones, which have a whole new look to them. 

New avatars on DealDash

Why Change Our Avatar

Changing our avatar may or may not be a good idea, depending on what our objective might be. Other players on DealDash can immediately identify us by seeing our avatar and our screen names.

Our screen names never change, so that’s the main thing I always go by to identify various other shoppers. Sometimes I recognize other players from their avatars, too, especially if they have used the same one for several years. The avatars we use are not supposed to be selected with the intention of purposely attempting to intimidate other shoppers. However, there are a few avatars that slip through the cracks that do raise a red flag for me whenever I see them. The avatars are supposed to be more of a fun way to show off our individual personalities. Our bidder bios are also not supposed to be used to intimidate others.

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Is DealDash Legit?

I saw an article on Consumer Press by Chris Andrews, where he asks the question: Is Legit or is it a scam?

To make his point, Andrews used as an example the TV that I won. Yes, I was the lady in the first TV commercial I’ve been bidding on the DealDash shopping site since Feb. 8, 2012.

Young excited couple sitting at home on comfortable sofa watching soccer play live broadcast online on their laptop cheering for their favourite team happy with the score results.

There’s a lot wrong with that article. Let me count the ways.

In the Early Days

When the company was just getting started and they were still fairly small, it was a lot easier to win bargains because there was not much competition. However, now that DealDash has grown into a much larger company, you have to know what you’re doing, and many shoppers do not have the foggiest idea how to shop on this site to win.

Andrews said if bids cost 60 cents each and I used 414 bids to win the 55-inch TV, plus the $29.95 closing cost, that TV actually cost me $248.40 instead of less than $30.00 and that’s simply not true. Few shoppers pay a full 60 cents per bid. I usually wait until the bid packs go on sale for 10 or 11 cents per bid. Also, DealDash customers often bid on and win bid packs, which I did. When we win bid packs, we might only pay a few pennies per bid instead of the full cost of 60 cents per bid.

I won two bid packs before bidding on the TV set, which was worth $1,300, not the $1,700 mentioned here, and I did not have to pay the sale price of $29.95 because I won the TV several years ago when DealDash had a “free to the winner” feature. They do not have that feature anymore but they were trying it out for the first time on the night I won the TV. Shipping and handling is also free. So when I do the math, I did win the TV for less than $30.00. Is that typical? No. But does it really happen? Yes.

So is DealDash legit? Yes. Can people actually win great bargains? Yes. If we look at the winner’s list, we can see fantastic deals that some DealDash customers win every single day. What’s the catch? I’ll be honest with you. The catch is that DealDash customers who want to win a bargain have to learn how to play smart. We cannot just click on bid now or put bids into BidBuddy and expect to win.  If you do not know how to play smart, you can lose more than you win. After all, DealDash is a business and it has to make money just like any other business.

Earning Free Bids

There are a couple other factors I did not mention. DealDash gives us all kinds of opportunities to win free bids.

Customers get 10 seconds on the clock every time we place a bid.  Once our green line gets all the way to the right, we win free bids. I’m on Level 74 and just won 1,140 free bids. Every day we sign in, if we use 30 bids the day before, and then sign in the next day, we get 30 free bids back. Every day DealDash also offers a “daily challenge” where we can earn more free bids than we use to meet the challenge. Since we only need to place one bid in each of the 10 bid packs, we can get 5 bids ahead every day by meeting the daily challenge.

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Analyzing Data – Three kinds of online shoppers

From my observations, I see three kinds of shoppers on

  • Those who enjoy playing on this shopping site because they find it fun and entertaining, but they don’t really care if they win or not;
  • Those who shop on DealDash to win great bargains, but they don’t want to put in any effort to become better players; and
  • Those who want to win as many auctions as possible. They continually read, research and study how to become the best and most successful shoppers on DealDash.

Shoppers who fall into the last group I mentioned above are most likely the ones reading this blog now to see if they can learn any new tips or tricks.

Since I started shopping on DealDash on Feb. 8, 2012, I’ve never stopped learning new things or getting new ideas on how to become a better player. In the early days of DealDash, shoppers did not have as much data to look at when making decisions on “to bid or not to bid.” Now DealDash provides plenty of data that shoppers can analyze to make wise shopping choices.

Data Available

When we double click on an auction a window will open up. There we can see the dates that same auction was last won, the screen names of the winners, what the sale price was when it closed, how many bids the winners used and what the estimated total cost was to the winners (the final sale price, plus the cost of the bids that were used to win it).

The total cost to each winner might not be very accurate because we do not know if the winners bought their bids on sale or if they won a huge pack of bids for only a few bids. That makes a difference to the overall cost for each winner, which is good to keep in mind.

There’s data available also on how real bidders have enjoyed DealDash. You can find the legit reviews online and make your own decisions based on that.

We can also see how many DealDash customers qualified to compete in the auction before it as closed to “No New Bidders.”

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