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1 year bidding

Celebrating One Year Playing on DealDash

Celebrating One Year Playing on DealDash

I thought it would be appropriate to write something in celebration of my one year anniversary playing on DealDash. I’ve learned so much during this time while winning and/or losing several thousand auctions, and thought I would share some quick tips that might help the newbie-so here goes!

Everyone has their own ideas of what it takes to win, but have you given some thought to losing? I’d like to give you some common sense advise…only play with what you can afford to lose or purchase. I say this because I’ve seen so many newbies that really don’t understand how the auction site works and they just keep clicking the bid button, only to waste bids and lose the auction. Be patient…and if you wait I promise you DealDash will have the same auction again, and if not, I’m sure you will find a better item to bid on next time!

Here are a few tips, many you have read before and some that need to be restated again:

(1)  Play the game your way…I always do this no matter what others do.

(2) Set an amount within your budget and stick to it. This keeps you from overbidding. (Ok…that’s the finance major coming out of me!)

(3) When you play, play for items you really want or need and if you lose the auction, be prepared to purchase it.  This is a win win for you too.

(4) Since DealDash gives you free bids for posting pictures of your wins (somethings are not included so make sure you read and find out what to post) use those bids to play foolishly. This way, if you don’t win and can’t buy the item you haven’t used your own money.

(5) Let the clock run down so that you and everyone can earn those free bids.

(6) Purchase bids when you see them on sale so you always have some on hand when you find something you would like to bid on. This saves you money too!

(7) Enjoy the auctions, read the blogs to see what and how others play, and develop your own strategy!

Enough said for today, but I’ll keep you posted with any updates I have. Wishing each of you successful bidding in 2014.

10 Benefits of Shopping Online

1. It Saves You Time
Perhaps the first time you shop online it takes you a bit more time because you’ve never done it before. With a little practice and discovering how quick, easy and painless it is, you’ll be making that special purchase for that special someone in less time than it takes you to pull out of the driveway.

2. Relieve Yourself From The Effects Of Fighting Traffic
Avoid the high pollution days and stay home but still get your shopping done. Don’t let the stress of traffic and air pollution trigger your bodies emotional or physical balance.

3. More Variety 
Often times shopping online will lead to the discovery of new items you weren’t even aware existed. Maybe one that is even better suited for your needs.

4. Produces A Healthier You
Support yourself and stay strong with the extra time on your hands by eating a healthy home cooked meal instead of giving into the allure of fast food joints when you’re out and about shopping at the mall.

5. Helps Make Gift Giving Easy
Shopping online makes gift giving quick and easy without the hassle of packing and taking the extra trip to the post office. Take the extra time to relax and treat yourself during the holiday season.

6. Saves You Money.
Many times you will find special discounts for the same item somewhere else. Shopping online makes it easy to compare prices.

7. Super Easy To Do.
All you need is a computer or mobile device like a smart phone or tablet to visit your favorite online shopping sites like

8. Less Chance of Impulse Purchases
You’re likely in a more controlled environment at home with less distraction from all the people, noise, sales people, etc. which potentially may make your choices easier.

9. Convenience 
Online shopping is super convenient! Delivery to your door step, ability to quickly find the best prices available, and discover new and interesting items are just a few perks to shopping online.

10. Eco Friendly
With new technology we’ll begin to see even more efficient ways of delivering packages to your front door. See this video of Amazon Testing Drone Delivery.


Knowing “When” To Concede And Playing Fair On DealDash

As Christmas fast approaches, a lot of bidders are competing for the items you want to see UPS dropping off at YOUR doorstep this season. But, the simple truth is “You can’t win em all” as the saying goes. I recently was bidding on DealDash for a computer that I would have loved to win as a Christmas gift for my son. I had been bidding with three other bidders for hours and finally it was down to three of us. The other two had been in even longer than I had and were more invested. I then made the decision to drop out of the competition, conceding the auction to the other two….or so I had hoped since they had been there from the beginning and had a lot of bids invested.

In the morning, I checked my dashboard to see which of the two had won the auction and sadly, it was neither of them. A completely different bidder came in late and took it for 1/4 the bids that the others had bid for the item. I was very sad because that is what often happens when  no one wants to concede!


I have let my opponent take an auction when I realize how determined they are to win. I would rather a worthy bidder who invested the time, money and bids in the auction have the win than to let a late entry who comes in to “steal” it win. I realize it is perfectly legal and legitimate to come into an auction late and try to win the item. It is just not what I think of as “ethical” so I would rather concede the auction to someone who truly invested in it when I am at my limit for the bids I wanted to invest.

Now, I don’t mean that you can’t enter an auction late. It is something we all have done when the competition thins out, but when I see two bidders going at it for a long time, and it is very late in the auction (close to retail for example) I will NOT go in there to try and steal it because I think it is unfair to the two who have invested so much in and it drives up prices as well because a determined bidder will keep going anyway as they already invested a lot of money in that item.

I believe in karma and when I am ethical, it comes back to me. You should try it. That is when every one ends up with a piece of the pie and gets bargains. Concede to a fellow bidder once in a while BEFORE someone comes in to steal it for a few bids. It feels good and keeps prices down. Would you not rather a worthy opponent win it who has a lot invested rather than that late jumper? I would.  And, people DO notice when you are fair and ethical!

Happy Holidays and Happy bidding on!

– april485

DealDash No Jumper Auctions – a very good thing

Deal Dash has a rule called “No Jumper” and what that means is that no one can enter a bid after the item reaches the $5.00 mark (or sometimes they run specials where it is $1.00 or $2.00 etc.) thus ensuring only those who were there in the beginning can bid on the item. This is a great rule as it would be a shame if people had invested hundreds of dollars in bids and then someone comes in at the last moment to win who may not have been even a registered bidder when the item came up for auction!  How to Win on DealDash

It is still a little bit tricky because you can place only one bid before the 5.00 mark and then come in late anyway, but at least it limits the number of bidders in the pool who can bid on the item to those who placed at least one bid during the first few minutes of auction.

Happy Bidding and remember, you have to place a bid early to get in on the action!

– april485

Earn Free Bids on DealDash

Did you know you can earn free bids on in several ways? Being a price conscious person who buys on sale, with coupons and any other discounts I can tack on, I always look for ways to maximize my out of pocket. That’s why I love DealDash’s options of getting free bids. The first way is to let the clock run while in an auction. The longer you are the top bidder, the more time you accumulate and that eventually gets you a predetermined amount of free bids added to your existing bids. No purchase necessary! That is why it’s important that you also allow your fellow bidders their high bidder time. Can’t beat that !

DealDash Free Bids

When you collect time as highest bidder, the meter bar fills up. When it is fully green, it activates a claim free bids button!

Next, you can post pictures of you with your won item on DealDash’s Facebook page.

If the item value is $199 or above you’ll get 200 Free Bids!

If the item value is $99 to $198 you’ll get 75 Free Bids!

If the item value is less than $99 you’ll get 10 Free Bids! 

And once every week, DealDash picks their Facebook photo of the week. The winning photo is awarded a $500.00 gift card at your choice of places !! Just for posting a picture ! Having been the lucky recipient of this gift card, I know what an awesome surprise it was. I chose a Target gift card, which came promptly ! I used it to buy that elusive iPad I had been trying to win.

The final way of earning free bids is to post a picture to your Pinterest profile of you with your winning item. You will get 50 bids added to your account ! Have you ever been on any other penny auction site that rewards you for being their customer? Don’t think so ! If you need help doing this, DealDash has all the instructions on their site to help you post your winning photos and get rewarded ! Good Luck DealDashers !!

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The Advantages of using your Bid Buddy on DealDash

When I started on DealDash over a year ago, I admit I was flying by the seat of my pants ! I see alot of that going on today, only this time , it’s not me. It never fails that I will get into an auction where I have set my bid buddy and in jumps a bidder who thinks they have to bid one second after your bid posts. Those bidders are usually “newbies” and haven’t learned the advantages of setting their bid buddy.

Just because you set your bid buddy, doesn’t mean you are not watching the bid progress. I set my buddy all the time then flip between my active auctions, adding bids when necessary to remain in the hunt for the item I am bidding on. Bid buddy allows everyone to retain their place in the auction, while allowing you and others to accumulate high bidder time to win Free Bids !!

I encourage EVERYONE to use your bid buddy. Some of my best wins have come while using my bid buddy. Trust me you will not be disappointed.  If you see there are multiple bidders in your auction, you can cancel your bid buddy and watch for a while till the bidding slows, then jump back in. Just know that using your bid buddy helps everyone and saves you in the long run.


DealDash Automatic Bidding Tool

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Simple Keys to Bidding Success on DealDash

DealDash is awesome!!! I have won lots of things through this site. Here are a few quick tips to successful bidding…

1. Use bid buddy – this is the number 1 key to bidding success on DealDash. Most auctions are won with the bid buddy.

2. Watch and learn who is bidding. If there are more than 2 people bidding on an auction, stop bidding, conserve your bids and wait until only 2 people are bidding before starting to bid again. This way you save your bids.

3. Don’t bid immediately after every person. Most are sitting on bid buddy and you will never out bid them this way.

4. Stay away from bid packs! They will get you in trouble and the buy it now price 60¢ per bid. You’re better off buying bids when DealDash has them on sale at 18¢, 17¢, 16¢ or 15¢!

5. Have fun and good luck 🙂

DealDash Bidding Success


Written by Nicole Kososki

DealDash Tips For The Beginner

I’m sort of new to but I’m not new to penny auctions. I first joined back in April of 2013 and I have been dedicated to DealDash only ever sense. Ive tried many other penny auctions and found Deal Dash to be the BEST. The customer support team is amazing and will promptly respond to any issues you might have and resolve them for you and all auction wins come with free shipping. I have over 137 auction wins and my favorite is the Apple Ipad I won for 1 penny during a win it now and let DealDash pay the final sale price auction.

To anyone new or about to try for the first time here is some good free advice. Go ahead and create an account and get your self some bids. Log in and just watch some auctions that are taking place at the time. Get to know your fellow deal dashers and try to learn their bidding habits and actions. Don’t let any bidder bios scare you away from any auction because its just a scare tactic to get you to leave and in most cases the one trying to scare you will get scared and quit. Power bidding works from time to time but can get very expensive quickly.

The key here is to get a deal not to get broke so don’t try to be a bid bully because your only gonna hurt yourself. When I’m involved and invested in an auction and someone jumps in and starts stomping my bids I will go outta my way to be certain that user does not win the auction and if they do they certainly did not get a deal at all. So don’t be a fool because you letting that clock count down is saving you and others money and getting you and others free bids as well.

I hope my experience will help you have a great experience on

Happy Bidding and Good Luck

DealDash Winning Strategies

I began bidding on DealDash over a year ago. I came to the site from another penny auction site that was not providing the customer service I had expected. But, on the site I had been on for over a year the best winning tips were bid fast, bid often and others would give up. I lost my first 300 bids bidding fast and often on DealDash. I really expected to win a $100 card the first few times I bid on auctions. Needless to say I learned the hard way. After losing the first 300 bids I decided to slow down and see what others were doing. Once I watched the auctions a while I figured out fast and often was not the way to win.

On DealDash you have to set a limit on yourself and you must be patient. If the $25 card you want to bid on has new bidders slapping and stomping on everyone chances are the auction will sell for alot of money. It also will not be won by the slapper. It is almost guaranteed. The slapping bidder will run out of bids before the other serious bidders who have their bid buddies set. If you isolate the auction and see who has their bid buddies set (there is a 9 second difference between bids), you can see how many serious bidders are actually bidding on the auction. With all of the new bidders on DealDash only the student who has watched auctions and learned to be patient will be successful.

The buy it now function is one of the nicest features DealDash offers. DealDash is the only penny auction site that gives you back your bids if you buy it now. Other sites will give you a discount on the auction item, but they never return your bids. How nice is that? Get your bids back on the auction you did not win and you can try again.

Fast and Furious Word of wisdom is “patience”. One of the more successful bidders has that as his bio. Patience. Take your time, know what you want to win, watch the auction and judge the right time to get in. Fast and furious was a movie, not the way to bid on DealDash. Rest in Peace Paul Walker .

Delivery and shipping of your items is quick and accurate. You never have to wait for your items. The most expensive auction I won was for an HP printer. I received it in two days! Wow, who would expect that?

Enjoy your experience on DealDash, remember there is only one winner per auction, bid wisely and it can be you!

DealDash is Great For Holiday Gifts

I love DealDash and would recommend it to anyone for holiday shopping. Why? Because it is a fun and secure way to get gift cards and gifts for everyone on your list! I have won a lot of items on this site and have always been pleased with the quality. The items they offer are not look a likes but instead are the same brands we all trust like KitchenAid (Made in the USA), Sony, Bose, Apple, Microsoft, Walmart, Target, Canon, Samsung, Nikon, LG, Toshiba, Amazon, Exxon, HP, etc. Be sure to bid on the items you know you want as they offer buy it now options on the auctions that help make each option a win win experience.

What is the Buy it Now option? 

The “Buy it now” option lets bidders purchase the items featured in DealDash auctions at a regular price. Using this option lets bidders get back all of the bids that they use in a particular auction, which is why nobody has to walk away from DealDash empty handed!

There’s a variety of different items for everyone auctioned off on DealDash. Here’s a small sampling of  the up-coming auctions for sale.

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My View of DealDash

DealDash Buy it Now

Don’t walk away empty handed. Buy it Now on DealDash and get your Bids back!

I really have enjoyed bidding on DealDash. The trick to winning is using your Bid Buddy.

The BidBuddy allows you to bid on auctions even when you can’t be on the computer yourself. It will automatically place bids for you within last seconds of the auction clock. 

See DealDash Glossary for various terms and what they mean.

Those who are new and keep jumping every bid that pops up stand to lose a lot of money. Also they upset other bidders that are on a tight budget.

Letting the Clock Run Down” and “Don’t Jump my Time” are expressions for letting the bid clock run down so that the top bidder gets more time for their “Time as Highest Bidder Clock”. Sometimes people will leave messages like these in their Bidder Bios as a way to encourage each other to cooperate to get more free bids!

This site is to bid on items you need and it’s purpose is not to bid, just for the sake of bidding. Some people are so focused on winning they will spend way more than the item is worth. That to me makes no sense. I always try to bid on items I am willing to pay full price for if the bidding gets out of control. BIN means buy it now and get the bids you spent back. You really can’t lose that way unless you are bidding on items you could never afford to pay for.

The “Buy it now” option lets bidders purchase the items featured in DealDash auctions at a regular price. Using this option lets bidders get back all of the bids that they use in a particular auction, which is why nobody has to walk away from DealDash empty handed!

Lets keep Dealdash fun and enjoyable. It has been for me, although I too have used the BIN often.

Quick Tips and Tricks to win your way to Fun on DealDash!!

I have been on for a little over a year now and have won over 100 auctions. But this does not include all the many other auctions where I have used the “Buy it now” option (not nearly as much fun), but very worth it to get invested bids back. Remember “Bids are Money”. Shipping is ALWAYS free AND fast.

Ok, so on to the tips and tricks:
First tip and one of THE most important (as said by many) NO ONE likes a bid-jumper. These are the people who think that pulsing their bid now button will get them a win THIS WILL NOT. This tactic is used on other penny auction sites and may work there, but does not work on Finger pulsing leads to higher prices and less bids/money in your bank.

Second tip: Use your bid buddy button. The bid buddy is an automatic bidding tool where you can place as many bids as you are willing to use on an item. You can add to it at any time or you can cancel your bids. Unused bids come back to you. However used bids will not unless you buy the item. ALL auctions I have won is BECAUSE I used bid buddy.

Third and last tip: Come looking to have fun. Bio section on your profile can be a place where many people go wrong. They use this area to intimidate or try to play the sympathy card. These types of bios often backfire for the deal-dasher and often fuels a desire to win by competitors.

As always, remember “Bids are Money”. So be aware of how much you have spent in bids, plus what the item is currently going for, and what the List price of the item is. “A Win is only a Win, if you have spent less than list”.

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DealDash Bidding Tip: Just Take It Slow

Hi New/Future Bidders,

I would like to share a little bit of information about some of the behavior I’ve noticed of new bidders that could prevent successful bidding and possibly discourage you from returning to DealDash after your first bidding experience.

First it appears they buy some bids and just start bidding. Bids have a value and it is not beneficial to spend a hundred dollars worth of bids on a fifty dollar item. I suggest slowing down and taking the time to read all the very beneficial information DealDash has available to support success.

Second, rather than using the BidBuddy they will manually place a bid between each of the other bidders. This behavior will use two, three, four or more the number of bids and the odds of winning an item are extremely low. It will look like your on top but each time you get to zero a BidBuddy bidder will take top position.

That said, I suggest slowing down and taking the time to read about the use of the BidBuddy as it truly is a buddy and this will give you the best opportunity for success. dealdash biddersPlus, double click on the item you are bidding on so you will only see that item and a list of the other bidders in the auction. If you don’t see the other bidders avatar, on the left, try looking up in the address bar just to the left of the refresh button for what looks like a square broken in half. If you see it there right click on it and this should bring the other bidders avatar into view.

A couple of personal tips I use before bidding on an item are; first I check the price on the internet so I will feel comfortable using the Buy I Now (BIN) option if I don’t win the auction. If the item seems to be over priced (rarely happens) I choose not to bid on it. Next; I keep my calculator minimized at the bottom of the page so I know how many bids I will need and my limit of how many bids I will use on an item.

Example, I take the price of item and divide it by the price of the bids that day. If the item is valued at $57.00 and the bids are $.17 I divide 57 by 17 and I will purchase at least 335 bids for that item. Of course, each auction starts with the item at a price of zero and continues up in price one penny at a time. Therefore, it’s worth starts at 335 bids but as the cost of the item continues up in price from zero to lets say $20.00, for the winning price of the item, I will consider reducing the number of bids to 217 to win the auction because paying $20.00 for the item reduces its bid value to $37.00 or 37 divided by 17 or 217 bids to equal the $57.00 value of the item.

I hope this has been beneficial because my experience on DealDash has been very good and I would like yours to be too.

Happy bidding!