I’ve been bidding for two years now and admit I’m happy that I have won a great deal of auctions over that time. There has been a learning curve in getting the hang of bidding with confidence and ultimately winning. I’m taking all the tips and information DealDash has to offer and developing a plan to win a big-ticket item. And the best part is I will share it with you!
Step 1: Identify my item
The first step to developing a plan to win a big-ticket item is to set your sights on exactly which item you want to win. There are many big-ticket items from which to choose. Will it be a computer, a TV, a painting perhaps? Write it down. Get a screen shot of it and tack it on your wall. Remind yourself of your goal.
Step 2: Keep track of who’s winning
Keep a list of who has been winning the item. I’m going to track the item at least a week, possibly longer. I’m going to write down the usernames of the people who have won the item over that time. Perhaps they bid on the item weekly (you can win items once a week after all) and they are someone to avoid bidding against. Time will tell.
Step 3: Average bids used to win
Along with the winners, keep track of the number of bids people use to win. Over a week’s time, you can see the minimum and maximum number of bids used to win the item you want to score. Are you willing to match or go over the maximum bids used to win? If not, Step 4 may help.
Step 4: Setting Alerts
If you want to do a little further research (and I will), you can set alerts every time that item comes up for auction. Because you are alerted by email and have a link to that auction, you will be able to click on it to determine the winner. Be aware you will have to set alerts for each new similar item after that item has ended to keep up with all the wins for that item. By doing this, you will have not only the winner’s username to add to your list, but also the runner-up, which is good to know in case you come up against that bidder in your auction. You know they possibly are one to stay the course.
Step 5: Day and time
Keep track of the day and time when auctions begin if you can. This will give you an idea of if a trend develops with what day and time tends to yield less bids for a win.
Step 6: Other great tips
Technically, there is no other way to win but to stay the course. Be prepared with bids, use BidBuddy and keep checking on the auction when you can to see where you are in the bidding lineup.
I will report back in a few weeks to let you know if my strategies worked with a big-ticket item! Good luck and happy bidding on DealDash!
This sponsored blog post was written by Theresa B., proud American, MMA fan, grandmother and ardent practitioner of sarcastic wit. Theresa was compensated by DealDash for this blog post.