Reflections of my 2014 year on DealDash

As I look around and try to figure out where the last year has gone, I ponder what other bidders are thinking about when they choose to bid on DealDash.

A lot of people see different commercials (I personally have only seen one) that entice them to try online auctions and win great items like TV’s and iPads, etc. Many others, though, are looking for a form of recreation while sitting at their computers, laptops, and now even their phones. In a way we are all taking a chance at getting a deal. So, I wonder what the other bidders have as motivation to bid on auctions.

I have bid on many sites and found DealDash to be the most honest, and fair. I used to bid on other sites where the bidding goes on for hours and there are no block outs. So, if you set your bid count to 200 (by the way you can’t stop the bids on auto for these other sites) and others join in after the price is up high, you know you have lost the auction and will not be able to get your bids back with a buy-it-now option. This is why I choose to play on DealDash, which is different.

When I have won my six auctions for the week, I still look at the other sites to see if I might be tempted to buy bids with them and try again. However, what really stops me is the fact I know the shipping costs are really high and their buy-it-now option is horrible. Shipping is also much slower than what you’ll get with DealDash and the customer service on other sites cannot come close to what DealDash has going.

This Christmas season, which is always a very busy time for any site, it does not seem to have slowed any of my win or buy it now items from being delivered on time. Thanks DealDash for a great 2014, I am looking forward to an even greater 2015!

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Make Special Dinner Event Choices Easy

Figuring out what to eat for our Christmas Eve dinner or even a special New Years Eve dinner, my family has to take into consideration several children’s appetites and adult likes and dislikes too.

As my daughter was planning her menu for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, she decided Christmas Day was a lot easier to plan since there would only be a small group of five for dinner.  Christmas Eve, however, was a little more complicated. We have 5 children and 6 adults to feed with a lot of different tastes.  With a new daughter in law and three children, it is a little harder to know just what type of meal to serve.

My grandsons love the Olive Garden.  They will eat just about anything on the menu.  I have gone to the Olive Garden for years and I enjoy the soup, salad, and bread sticks.  My son-in-law, the real Italian, likes the lasagna and spaghetti with meat balls.  The Fetuccini Alfredo is a family favorite too.  Knowing I had won several Darden Restaurant cards on DealDash, I offered to buy the Christmas Eve meal for all 11 of us.

dinner on dealdash

The Olive Garden is offering a discount if you order your catering menu early.  So, armed with my won and bought gift cards to the Darden Restaurants we were able to order early, get a nice discount, and feed all 11 of us for a little more than $100!  The assistant manager was very helpful in making sure we got the best discount for our money.  The Olive Garden is known for its fast and friendly service and now we know if you order from the catering menu they are equally fast and friendly!

DealDash has saved me a lot of money this past year since I was able to win some nice Darden Restaurant cards or buy them if I didn’t win and get my bids back to try again.  The way I look at it, if I can win a $25.00 card and save some money or buy a $25.00 card and get my bids back to try again, I am ahead.  Thanks DealDash for having such a great selection of gift cards!

I have managed to save a lot of items and gift cards that I received from DealDash and which can used for myself or given as gifts to others.

9 Questions To Ask Before Bidding

I recently won a 2000 bid back. Shortly thereafter I won a 800 bid pack and right after that a Dual Zone Thermal Electric Wine Cooler. Wow! The Wine cooler I won for .53 cents! How does that happen? Here are 9 questions I learned to ask before bidding.

So here it was on Friday and I had already won 3 items over $200 and I had nearly reached my 6 win limit for items valued under $200. Over the weekend I ended up winning a frozen castle for my friend’s daughter birthday gift, which was really cool. My reset day was on Monday and I could hardly wait!!!

Monday came and I learned a very valuable lesson!

I discovered something happens when you win large bid packs. For a moment I felt like I could bid on anything and everything, and I did! My thought was, well I have over 2000 bids I’m sure to win something!! And really I won the bid pack for a decent price so I’m really not out anything if I don’t win.

My lesson to myself

Just because you may have a lot of bids (2000 is a lot for me) you should really pay attention to what and how many bids you are using. I was placing bids in bid buddy on so many random items I wasn’t able to keep up with it! I found myself bidding on bid packs to make up for the bids I lost. Spending way to many bids and just being plain out frivolous with them! On Friday I was on top of the world, seemed like I could win anything! What is happening now? This is what I learned.

  • DON’T place bids frivolously on many items at once, as it will use up your bids quickly.
  • DO have a focus on one or two items you really want.

Don’t get me wrong, I won a few items that were great but the amount of bids I used in many other auctions (things I didn’t need or want) was crazy! I surprised myself how I went through so many bids without paying attention.

Here are 9 questions I learned to ask before bidding.

So what I learned is regardless of how many bids you have you still need to do your research. These are the questions to ask yourself before you enter you bids into bid buddy.

1. Do I want the item?
2. How many bidders are there?
3. Who is bidding? Learn screen names and avoid the bidders who tend to go all the way to BIN.
4. Check the winners list. I also check the recent 2000 and 5000 bid pack winners.
5. Once again do I really want the item?
6. Is there another auction coming up soon of the same item? Can I wait?
7. Watch the auction closely.
8. Am I willing to BIN if I cannot win?
9. If it’s a one per user auction how much does the item typically go for?

If I asked myself these 8 questions I believe I would have made better choices in determining what auctions to bid on. I had fun, but I wish I would have done things a little bit different! This is my personal experience and I have done it a few times since. I am hoping that from my experience I could help a new person.

By hunnybee3983

Ask Questions

Great Deals on Great Brands

Deal Dash is great fun! The variety of items that you can bid on are countless and they are great quality brand named items as well.

I have won several items on DealDash, two of the items being an iPad and a Microsoft Surface tablet. They came directly from a well known store, not a private seller. They were brand new, not irregular, refurbished, or second hand! They were shipped to me within a couple of days too!

You also get the full warranties with items that actually need them. I had a problem with the Surface about 10 months after winning it. I contacted the retailer and then Microsoft about the issue and within 7 days I got a brand new Surface!  That being said it shows that the DealDash products are not only easy to win but are stood behind by their manufacturers which makes it even more fun to win!

The Surface was also won on a free auction day and the iPad was won during a 50% off auction!  Deal Dash is a fair, honest and trustworthy site. You do not have to worry about getting “taken” either. I have had bid problems a time or two, very minor, but when I contacted the staff at Deal Dash it was rectified immediately just with a simple email and explanation of the situation, them checking my account and it was done! The staff is there to help you so that you can continue to have fun with it.

It does take a little bit of time to figure out a strategy to get you bidding successfully, although It is not too hard to learn at all. If you do not have time “actively” watch the auction you can always set bids on your “bid buddy” which will bid for you while you are away and bid no more than what you want to bid; it just does it so you do not have to sit, wait and watch.  If you win it will tell you that you won when you return, which of course is a great surprise if upon your return you see that you won!

In closing, I think everyone should give DealDash a try, it is a great experience!

By sdaganhardt

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How About Them Apples

This past September my daughter told me that she was going apple picking but didn’t know how she was going to carry all the apples and her 3 year old son after walking and picking apples.  

I thought about it and then I saw a Mac Sports folding wagon in red of all colors (my grandson’s favorite color) come available on DealDash.com.  So I decided to bid on it and was able to win after spending 278 bids valued $36.14 and the final sales price was 1 cent due to a “free auction” day. Therefore I paid $36.15 which is about a 70% discount on a fantastic folding wagon that hold up to 200 pounds.  My daughter was thrilled and it rolled very easy over the grass and with all the apples and my grandson fit in the wagon.  Now my daughter uses the wagon to go food shopping and when the baby gets tired he can be towed in the wagon also.  Red Wagon on DealDash

My strategy when bidding on DealDash is to watch how people bid and see whether they are single bidders or if they are using their BidBuddy and in for the long haul.  I always use BidBuddy because it helps me keep in budget and doesn’t let me get carried away with emotional bidding. Also I believe that if you really want an item, you have to be willing to “buy it now” so that you get your bids back which you can use again later for something else.  I purchased a lot of items on DealDash using the Buy it Now to get my bids back and I have also won over 70 items. When shopping like this I feel it is a win-win situation.

If you’re going to play, DealDash is the best online place to bid, win and have fun shopping!

By Joinlives

Apples

 

Why I Will Play DealDash TO_THE_END

Hello my name is Fausto, also known as TO_THE_END on DealDash. I honestly think that DealDash is the BEST auction site I have ever used! You can save a lot of money on the items if you wait for the right time, and compete for the items you really like and want.

When you play DealDash, in the case you lose the deal, you can just buy it at regular price and receive your bids back. With this option, you will have nothing to lose in the end.

The other day I just won a $200 dollar ladder for 43 cents and an $80 Dolce and Gabbana bottle of perfume for $6. There are plenty more items you can get for the right price if you have the patience to play smart. Playing on DealDash has allowed me to receive items I never thought I was able going to afford, but DealDash is a Miracle worker!

I just think back on all of those times I came home and saw those packages waiting for me on my front door. I remember this one time I opened a package I was the most excited about, a brand new TV which only cost me $48! Now that’s a deal. I have also won a NOOK, a vacuum, laptops, iPads, and many kitchen utensils. In fact, everything I need for a kitchen, I got it on DealDash. Not to mention they have free shipping on every item you win! They also give you plenty of free bids with special offers.

**Remember** If you’re a beginner, please start with the smaller items then work your way up to the larger items after you have become a more experienced player. 

My daughters are extremely obsessed with the nook and iPads we’ve received. Also, thanks to DealDash my closet was filled with Christmas gifts this year. Not to mention that DealDash also has amazingly kind customer service. If you’re looking for a really fun way to shop, come join the thousands of us on DealDash!

By TO_THE_END

Rachael Ray Ramekins

 

The 12 Days of Christmas on DealDash

The 12 Days of DealDash

On the first day of Christmas
My DealDash gave to me
Hunger Games on DVD

On the second day of Christmas
My DealDash gave to me
Two Sony Earbuds and
Hunger Games on DVD

On the third day of Christmas
My DealDash gave to me
Three french presses
Two Sony Earbuds and
Hunger Games on DVD

On the fourth day of Christmas
My DealDash gave to me
Four Angry Birds
Three french presses
Two Sony Earbuds and
Hunger Games on DVD

On the fifth day of Christmas
My DealDash sent to me
Five Lego Sets
Four Angry Birds
Three french presses
Two Sony Earbuds and
Hunger Games on DVD

On the sixth day of Christmas,
My DealDash sent to me
Six Popcorn Poppers Popping
Five Lego Sets
Four Angry Birds
Three french presses
Two Sony Earbuds and
Hunger Games on DVD

On the seventh day of Christmas,
My DealDash gave to me
Seven coffee grinders grinding
Six Popcorn Poppers Popping
Five Lego Sets
Four Angry Birds
Three french presses
Two Sony Earbuds and
Hunger Games on DVD

On the eight day of Christmas,
My DealDash gave to me
Eight Dysons cleaning
Seven coffee grinders grinding
Six Popcorn Poppers Popping
Five Lego Sets
Four Angry Birds
Three french presses
Two Sony Earbuds and
Hunger Games on DVD

On the ninth day of Christmas,
My DealDash gave to me
Nine Greenworks mowing
Eight Dysons cleaning
Seven coffee grinders grinding
Six Popcorn Poppers Popping
Five Lego Sets
Four Angry Birds
Three french presses
Two Sony Earbuds and
Hunger Games on DVD

On the tenth day of Christmas,
My DealDash gave to me
Ten Tide Pods sudsing
Nine Greenworks mowing
Eight Dysons cleaning
Seven coffee grinders grinding
Six Popcorn Poppers Popping
Five Lego Sets
Four Angry Birds
Three french presses
Two Sony Earbuds and
Hunger Games on DVD

On the eleventh day of Christmas,
My DealDash gave to me
Eleven Nikons snapping
Ten Tide Pods sudsing
Nine Greenworks mowing
Eight Dysons cleaning
Seven coffee grinders grinding
Six Popcorn Poppers Popping
Five Lego Sets
Four Angry Birds
Three french presses
Two Sony Earbuds and
Hunger Games on DVD

On the Twelfth day of Christmas,
My DealDash gave to me
Twelve SodaStreams bubbling
Eleven Nikons snapping
Ten Tide Pods sudsing
Nine Greenworks mowing
Eight Dysons cleaning
Seven coffee grinders grinding
Six Popcorn Poppers Popping
Five Lego Sets
Four Angry Birds
Three french presses
Two Sony Earbuds
and Hunger Games on DVD

Merry Christmas

By Dawn Xu

My name is Dawn and I love DealDash! I have only been bidding for around 8 months, but I am very patient and I have already won more than 165 auctions. I am a Mom of 2 and I live in Massachusetts. If you would like to watch any of my DealDash “Unboxings” on YouTube, see here: 

 

Great Deal on Madden NFL 25 for PlayStation 3

I came on DealDash one day and I saw the video game Madden NFL 25 for PlayStation 3 and I told myself this game is mine.

When the auction finally started I bid on it and so did a few others. I kept bidding against the other bidders Jaybird2013 and Midwayjoel and I ended up winning the video game for $2.63. The regular price of the game was $60.00 new so this was a great deal!
I then saw a pair of Stompeez – Puppy Slippers which I wanted to bid on but knew were going to get lots of bidders. When the bidding was almost over I remember myself and anthonylee started to bid back and forth for the slippers and finally anthonylee gave up after reaching $1.66 so I bid at $1.67 and as the timer counted down 3.. 2.. 1..  I knew he was done and won the auction. I have never won a TV or a Laptop but I am happy with what I have won on DealDash.
If your new to DealDash my tip for you is “Be Patient”  and bid on small, inexpensive items such as video games, bluray movies, $10.00 gift card, etc. I find these items on DealDash are easy to win. It’s important to wait and watch how many people start bidding on it before you bid. There is a 10 second timer that counts down from 10 to 1 and it’s best to bid during the last second because If you wait someone else might bid before you do. Using the bid buddy will help with this.
I recommend going on Deal Dash at late hours Monday through Thursday (not Friday, Saturday, Sunday or Holidays). Also I don’t recommend going on during prime time hours after 5 or 6 pm on weekdays. There are many people online bidding but you never know, even during peak hours, you could win some good auctions. Main thing is you have to have patience!
By 49erFanForLife

Players Tips on How To Win on DealDash

Hello everybody. I would like to share my bidding experience at DealDash auction. I started to bid at this auction approximately one year ago. It was new for me that’s why I had to discover how to win and what tactic would help me do that.

During my first week I bid on everything and I won some cheap items without any problems. But what I really wanted was to win something expensive and useful for me.  I recognized that I needed to study the other people bidding on DealDash and learn how they act. I find this is really important to know to be successful in the auction.
I spent a lot of time to learn people’s auction behavior.  What I learned to understand that is that some people bid everything in the beginning and some people start bidding later.  I just tried to remember who these people were and how they typically played. Another thing which is important to know is that it helps to know exactly what item you want and to focus on that item only.
I chose to go for a $1000 Samsung TV. I knew that I had to have enough bidding power to win this expensive TV and when the time was right I decided to bid till the end. I really felt that I had I chance to win and had a bit of lady luck on my side because I finally WON IT!!  I was very happy and feel like if you really want something it’s possible.
My recommendations to people who want to bid at DealDash, but don’t know how to win, is to try to bid on cheap things in the beginning and try to keep track of your competition by learn their bidding behavior. When you decide to bid on something really serious and expensive, you need to first accumulate power and knowledge for that. Don’t be afraid to lose because the buy it now is a very good option if you don’t win, as this allows you to get your bids returned.
Good luck!
– JoraKvakin

My Best DealDash Win Story

My best DealDash win story was late this past spring when I won two kitchen chairs for under $9.00. I was very happy that I was able to get these exact matching chairs to replace the ones we had that were really past their safe use.

Another exciting detail about the win was that I was able to complete the entire process on my iPhone. The mobile site worked just fine and I could check in and see how the auction was going whenever I wanted and wherever I was. That day was graduation ceremony for my daughter’s boyfriend and I was able to keep up with the auction while still being part of the graduation ceremony.

DealDash has always been fair and honest. What you see is what you get. They don’t solicit you over the phone, there is no high pressure at any time. If you see something you want, just bid on it. If you run out of bids don’t fret, you can always get your bids back using the buy it now feature made available on every item.
DealDash has many exciting promotions, my favorite is the 2x 3x 4x and even 5x bid timers. You earn extra bids at a super fast rate when those are active. Spend a lot of money at Walmart? I sure do! Walmart cards are always a hot item here but don’t back out just because a lot of people bid on them. Use the auction as a way to boost your time towards the next free bid bonus and buy it now when your ready to checkout.
With all the ways to save on DealDash, I spend time each day there.
Good luck!
– Run199

Relax with DealDash in a Cabana Banana Chair

I first starting using DealDash 4 years ago.  In that time I have been able to win many items for just a fraction of the cost of retail, like a beautiful Cabana Banana Chair.

This Cabana Banana chair was one of my best wins and sits beautifully on my front porch. It is made of twisted banana leaves which gives it an elegant look while being strong and sturdy. If I remember correctly, retail for this item was around $326.00 and my winning bid was less than $50.00.

Cabana Banana Chair
Cabana Banana Chair I won on DealDash

Many times I have been able to win $100.00 gift cards to my favorite restaurants and stores during “free” days where I ended up paying only the $0.01 processing fee for my item plus any bids I used.  Since I have become disabled and I am house bound, I have done most of my shopping through the internet.  The Amazon gift cards I received from DealDash has allowed me to purchase so many different things from bulk groceries, music, movies, books, gifts for the holidays, medical care items, as well as some clothing items and accessories.  However, for most groceries, I make out my list for the person who helps me and give her a WalMart gift card. This takes care of my purchases without having to keep cash on hand. I have also given her Subway and other restaurant gift cards to pick up meals for me as a treat.

I would not be able to afford some of the things I have without shopping on Deal Dash!  Just be sure to use your bids wisely.  Learn the patterns of how Deal Dash works.  Stock up on bids when the price drops, which is usually a few days before a Free of 50% sale.  Use the Bid Buddy once you have determined how much you are willing to pay in bids for the item, plus the winning cost.  Also make use of the times when the free bid rewards for collecting time counts 3 to 5 times as usual.  Its amazing how quickly time will be used up and extra free bids will be earned.  Deal Dash has made so many things in my life better and easier to accomplish!

Thank you for reading my story.

-Beth

Keurig your Mornings with a Fresh Brew

One of my favorite wins from DealDash, which I use everyday, is the Keurig Coffee Maker I won!

I had previously tried a couple times to win the ever elusive Keurig, but never succeeded. One morning there was a Keurig coming up for auction and I thought to myself.. “why not?”.  So I started bidding on it and decided this time I would book some bids in my bid buddy and then not watch it. I of course had my fingers crossed in hopes that I would win! So around 9:00am I came to check and to my surprise I had won it!! I was surprised because I did not think I would win but I did! I really really did!!! OMG!!! I couldn’t believe how excited I was because after all it was just a Keurig, but to me me it was so much more than that! That feeling you get when you win something is awesome!

I told everyone that would listen, that I had won this on DealDash! Not only had I won but the Keurig was 50% off so I paid $10.58 and got free shipping too. It doesn’t get any better than that! I used a total of 157 bids so it was a really good deal!

As I waited for its arrival I had purchased some K-cups in advance so I was prepared when it arrived. After it was delivered a few days later I started trying all different types of K-cups! This Keurig was definitely worth it!!

Keurig Coffee Maker Deal
Keurig Coffee Maker Average Price on DealDash is currently $32.22

I had currently been using a great Cuisinart coffee maker that I had also won on DealDash. However, because I’m the only one in my family who drinks coffee, brewing a pot of coffee was more of a waste. Therefore, I put the Cuisinart in my travel trailer and kept the Keurig in the house. I have found that the K-cups are pretty expensive so I bought some of the reusable cups and buy my favorite coffee! Pretty inexpensive this way and an easy cup of coffee in a couple minutes is perfect especially when you are heading to work.

Thank you DealDash! Not only do I get to enjoy my coffee every morning I also have a great coffee maker that I use in my travel trailer!!! All thanks to you!!!

Bidding on dealdash = 1 happy customer!!!

Thanks again!!!
Hunnybee3983

GoPro with DealDash

DealDash is a wonderful deal shopping site where you can win all sorts of items like a GoPro camera at great prices.  They also have a great feature called buy it now, which allows you to purchase an item at cost if you do not win the auction.

The best part about the buy it now is DealDash will refund all of your bids from that auction which you can then use towards another item.

Last year my best win was on a GoPro Hero 3+ Black edition and it was a fantastic win!  The item brand new cost $400 and I won mine for just $108.43.  The other bonus to playing on DealDash is if you win an item, the final price is the price you pay plus there is always free shipping!  But if you do not win your item and you choose to buy it now, you do not pay tax* on the item so you generally still get a better deal than if you were buying in a store!

There are definitely some great tips you learn over time while playing on DealDash.  A couple of times a month they will have special offers with discounted bid prices which is a great time to stock up.  They also have times when auction wins are 50% off or even FREE, which are the best times to play.  You bid on an item and if you are the winning bidder at the end of the auction, you either pay 50% of the final bid or you get the item for FREE!  I have won several items on free auctions and it is very exciting.  You pay 1 penny at the end of the auction so there is a receipt of the transaction and they ship you the item for free as well which is a Win Win!

I absolutely love DealDash and have a lot of fun shopping on the site.  They also have a great customer service if you have any questions or problems along the way.  I hope everyone has fun out there and comes up with a big win soon!

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How to get a Deal on a Leather Ergonomic Desk Chair

Writing about my wins on DealDash.com has always been a source of pleasure for me.  I bid on items I want or need around my own home or gift cards that will be used for household purchases.  However, the wins I enjoy the most are for the cards or items I am planning to give away as gifts, like this Leather Ergonomic Desk Chair I recently won for my grandson.

While visiting one day at my daughter’s in late October, she told me to go look at the desk chair my youngest grandson had in his room.  He uses the chair not only to play video games, but also to do his homework.  The chair which I had purchased for him a few years ago was coming apart.  The stuffing was coming out of the seat cushion and pretty much was a disaster.  I decided a new desk chair would make a great Christmas gift for him this year.

It was only a week or so later I noticed DealDash had a lot of desk chairs available for a possible deal.  I decided if I wanted to get him a new chair maybe I could win one on DealDash, so when the auction came up for a Leather ergonomic desk chair with a retail value of $83, I thought this would be a good opportunity to try and win one.  I had never placed bids on a chair before so I was interested to see how the game would play out.  How many bidders were there?  How many bidders were slapping at each other?  And, who had their bid buddies set?  Once I determined there were only a few serious bidders on this chair I was able to set my bid buddy and watch to see the outcome.

Leather Ergonomic Desk Chair
Leather Ergonomic Desk Chair

Within a short period of time I won the deal. Plus, DealDash was having a half-off ending price sale.  So, a smart shopper is going to be watching for these kinds of deals to get an even better price on a special win.  I won the leather ergonomic desk chair with 141 bids using my bid buddy.  The final price I paid for the win was $2.11!  And, of course, on DealDash shipping is free.  What a great win for me, and my grandson is getting a new leather ergonomic desk chair for Christmas.

As a side note, my grandson comes to spend the night ever so often.  While I am on DealDash watching or bidding on auctions, he is usually playing one of his Wii games.  So a few weeks ago he looks over my shoulder to see what I am bidding on.  This particular night there just happened to be the exact same chair I have already won up for auction and he says “Look Grandma there’s something I could really use!”  Little does he know, Grandma already has it wrapped up just waiting for Christmas!

 

DealDash Supplies, My Secret Habit, Hello Kitty

 

My best friend and I were really happy when I started winning Hello Kitty items on DealDash. Looking at me, a woman in her 30’s with two children, including a young girl, you might say “Aww that’s cute, you and your daughter are best friends and you share her hobby.” No, I am talking about my best friend that I have known for years, another woman in her 30s!

We are both Hello Kitty fanatics, and between us we have at least 100 Hello Kitty items collected since childhood. I however, am quickly surpassing her in items for our collections because I am winning them like crazy on DealDash!

In the past few months I have gotten many wonderful and unique Hello Kitty items from DealDash including a popcorn popper, a laptop sleeve, a bluetooth keyboard for my iPad, a bluetooth speaker, a Mega Blocks cruise ship and camper, and a car charger for my iPhone, all Hello Kitty brand!

hello kitty

There have been many other Hello Kitty items up for bid that I haven’t even tried for yet, such as the Hello Kitty karaoke machine, clock radio, and baby stroller/baby carrier combo! And very early morning there was a new Hello Kitty item up for bid that I have never even seen in stores: a Hello Kitty bluetooth headset! Unfortunately I missed out on that one by putting too few bids in my Bid Buddy, thinking that I would wake up and jump back into the bidding when the price got a little higher. Imagine my surprise when I woke up to check my auction and someone had already won it for under $1!! One of the best DealDash tips I can share with you is to learn from my mistake and make sure that you have your Bid Buddy set up with as many bids as you are actually willing to pay for the item if you know that you won’t be around to watch the auction as it’s happening.

I am very excited that DealDash offers me a way to get more items for my collection without having to spend full price! I also love the fact that all of my items come to me with free shipping, it really saves a lot of money when you don’t have to pay for the cost of shipping. Thanks DealDash for making me smile every time I look around my house and see Hello Kitty everywhere.

About me: My name is Dawn and I love DealDash! I have only been bidding for around 8 months, but I am very patient and I have already won more than 165 auctions. I am a Mom of 2 and I live in Massachusetts. If you would like to watch any of my DealDash “Unboxings” on YouTube, see below.

 

DealDash Auction Blasts Amass Great Wins

When you see the count down begin for the DealDash Auction Blasts, get ready for some outstanding wins!

Last Friday the DealDash special was Black Friday in December and DealDash offered bids at only 14 cents! On top of this DealDash scheduled Auction Blasts where there were 200 auctions all starting at once! This is always a very cool night when DealDash does this, having the count down clock on display all day so you can prepare.
One thing that really helps me win during these Auction Blasts is to scroll through all of the auctions before they even start. On the bottom of the page there is always 10 pages of auctions that you can scroll through. This is awesome for when there are several auctions starting at once. At the start of my day I go through all of the auctions I’m interested in bidding on and bookmark them by clicking the little star in the top right hand corner of the item.
Once I have all of my auctions picked, I click on the item to bring up all of the details. Placing my bids on “Bid Buddy” before the auction starts helps ensure I won’t miss a beat.
I saw so many deals take place when the Auction Blasts for 200 auctions started.
A 600 Bid pack sold for 35 cents to username: BT1164 – congratulations on your big win!!! That is just awesome and will help you win more auctions. Username: chester823 also picked up a 1000 bid pack for a whopping 81 cents!!! How cool is that.
It’s not just bid packs that stole the night, I was blown away by a win for RAM1434 who picked up a George Foreman Grill valued at $111 for only 22 cents!! Now that is the kinda deal I’m talking about, way to go! I also picked up a few things my self and can now say Christmas shopping is complete. I won a Hasbro Nerf Nerfcam Blaster With SD Card 3 for just 85 cents – this is for my little guy, he loves making videos so this will add to his collection.
I also won a Dueling Stomp Rocket Kit valued at $20 for just $1.09. This will be given to my older boys, they are so competitive and will love playing with this together.
Thank you DealDash for making this Christmas the BEST one my kids have ever had! Make sure to watch for Auction Blasts with 200 auctions at once. Don’t forget to use your Bid Buddy, he is there for a reason!!!
~loveablenicki~

TJ MAXX – Great Place to Shop with Gift Cards from DealDash

DealDash.com is one of the best places to shop for deals whether you are looking for a particular item, like an iPad, iPhone, or TV; and, it is also a great place to shop for gift cards that can be used across the USA at your local shopping malls, such as TJ Maxx.

One of my favorite places to shop is TJ Maxx.  If I get lost for a few hours my family or friends know I must have gone in to TJ Maxx for a shopping excursion!

I have been fortunate to purchase and win many TJ Maxx cards on DealDash.  I once won, not too long ago, a $50 TJ Maxx gift card on DealDash for only $1.35!  I was really happy to win the card to add my collection since I knew I was going to be doing gift shopping for the holidays.  DealDash offers TJ Maxx cards up for auction in denominations of $10, $25, $50 and $100.  While I have tried many times to win a $100 card, the win still remains elusive.  When I do my shopping on DealDash I always use the buy it now option to purchase the cards I don’t win during the auction because I know I am going to be able to use it on some really good bargains in the TJ Maxx store.  I also get all of my DealDash bids back so I can try again.

One holiday tradition I started when my grandsons were very small is to buy them matching shirts for their Christmas photograph.  I have done this for more years than I can remember.  Knowing it is getting harder to find matching shirts for the boys as their sizes have gone into the small men’s sizes, I still felt the journey was worth it to try TJ Maxx for what is probably the last season of matching shirts for them.  I was delighted to find matching shirts in just the right size for both of them.  While the Ralph Lauren brand is not something I can usually afford, using my gift cards at TJ Maxx I was able to purchase the shirts.  If you are not a TJ Maxx shopper you may not realize the bargains they offer.  The shirts retailed for $59 each and I got them for $25.  As you can see in the photo the shirts fit great, the boys are my sunshine and I am one proud grandma to say they belong to me!  Thanks DealDash for having such great gift card brands available for us to bid on and win or purchase too.

It sure makes this Grandma’s day!

TJ Maxx and Ralph Lauren

 

Discover Great Brands on DealDash

DealDash.com has been my choice of penny auction sites nearly exclusively for the past two years and remains that way today. The variety of great brands they carry and opportunities to win and save is wonderful.

I once had been a customer of a different site which started acting a little suspiciously with their late mailing of my auction wins. As they began arriving later and later, I wondered if I needed to look elsewhere to spend my entertainment dollars. That’s when I found DealDash. Since I was having occasional luck and great fun, I decided to turn to DealDash and become more informed about how to win auctions and discovered how great the buy-it-now feature can be. I find shopping with DealDash to be a lot of fun and it make it easier for me to control my entertainment spending. Plus I’m able to get deals for the great brands I love.

This year I had an amazing summer where I was able to use many of the gift cards I won on DealDash while travelling around the Midwest with my family. Not only did I have a great summer, but this Christmas is going to be one of the best ever. I have been able to win and purchase with the buy-it-now option gift cards to great brands like Home Depot, Kmart, Lands’End, Mobil Oil, WalMart, etc. This accumulation of gift cards has allowed me to purchase gifts for my family near and far this holiday season.

Did I mention Amazon? Oh yes, by far one of the best things I can win or buy on DealDash is an Amazon gift card. One of my first wins was for a $50 Amazon gift card! I won it so quickly I sat and looked at my computer screen in awe! With an Amazon account you can purchase nearly every item imaginable. This past winter I bought a 12-pack of Vicks inhalers. Doesn’t sound like much I know, but for only $10 and free shipping, I saved my entire family from their horrible nasal congestion all winter and sinus headaches of my co-workers too! I was passing them out like life savers! Which in a way they were, since we all breathed a lot easier.

I am grateful to DealDash for all of the opportunities I have had to win, some being items I would never have gone out and bought. I am also happy to share these items from great brands with my family and friends. The HP laser printer I won for less than $13 is an excellent printer and allows me to print out the letters I write, receipts for purchases I make and coupons for grocery items. So, thank you to DealDash for a really great year and I look forward to an even better 2015! Happy bidding everyone, it’s a wonderful life!

By Joan Vith

It's a Wonderful Life

Bidding On DealDash Using Your Mobile Phone

Well, just when you think DealDash can’t get any better they make an update to their mobile phone application making it easier then ever to enjoy a really great auction and bidding experience while on the go!

If you have an android phone, it’s very simple to go to the Google Play store, search for DealDash, and click Download/ Install – once it’s done installing open the app and enjoy a better shopping experience with DealDash on the go! If you have an iPhone, check out this blog about how to access DealDash easier and faster while on the go!
Having a mobile device has created a way to make shopping and winning much easier with DealDash. Now you can check your auctions and bid from anywhere. It has everything the normal site has with a few changes and includes all of the important things you need to have success with bidding. I find the screen to be much easier to read when your searching for auctions because you can now see more auctions at one time.
I personally really enjoy using the DealDash BidBuddy whenever I bid. This is something I always recommend using as it will place your bids for you. All you have to do is put the amount of bids you would like to bid on the item in the bid buddy area and tap “Book BidBuddy“.
Using DealDash and BidBuddy on your mobile device will make sure, even when you’re out and about, you won’t miss out on the items you want to win. This is really nice if there is a need to be away from your normal computer. I have won gift cards, unique brand items, and gas cards all through using the DealDash phone app. I can quickly and easily check my auctions no matter where I am like work, the doctors office or anywhere else I can access 3G/4G or WiFi. Having this means I’ll never have to miss a beat or a bid which is awesome!
As I always say, no matter where you’re at – be it at home or on your phone – you have to use the BidBuddy!! This is the only way to have the most success when bidding on any DealDash auction. It will help keep your bids to a minimum and keep money in your pocket. Double check the auction first and if there are more than 3 people bidding on a auction,  save your bids and wait for someone to quit bidding before jumping in. You will have more success with bidding when you are careful with your bids this way.
Good luck and happy bidding!

O Christmas Tree O Christmas Tree

Did you know you can buy a Christmas tree from Target? For many years, I have not been a regular shopper of Target stores. That was before I  started winning and using the buy-it-now option on DealDash.com.

As a frequent bidder on DealDash, I learned I could win Target cards and save them to purchase larger items. Not only could I use the cards for music, movies, sweat pants, or socks, but the local Target also sells a variety of items groceries and even Christmas trees. I found I could purchase many household items at Target as well and when they were offering special incentives I could also get a free $5 or $10 Target card as a rebate for the items I purchased. This is a win/win for the customer of DealDash.com. Not only are you getting the items you use every day, but Target is giving you another incentive to buy those items too. Also, the grocery items I purchase there are not available in other grocery stores in town. My grandson says, “Go to Target, Grandma finds all kind of cool things there.”

Last Christmas I wanted to replace my Christmas tree, but never had found the right tree for the right price. Even the after-Christmas sales left me with no new tree. Prices were still relatively high and even when the half-off sales occurred the tree I wanted was not available. This November while I was grocery shopping in Target, I decided to browse the Christmas decoration aisles to see what was new this year. Lo and behold the Christmas trees were all half-off and the tree I wanted was plentiful. Not knowing I would need my stash of Target cards, I did not have enough with me to make a purchase that day. Working all day and having after-work commitments too just before Thanksgiving, I decided to ask for help in getting the new tree for Christmas this year. I gave my Target cards to my daughter and she was able to make the purchase for me.

Not only did she bring it to my home, but she brought it in and set it up all within just a few minutes. I am attaching a photo of the decorated tree, it’s a beauty! Thanks DealDash for offering gift cards to well-known retailers that we can win or buy on a regular basis. I am thrilled with the new tree!

Merry Christmas!

Christmas Tree
Purchased with Target gift cards received from DealDash.com

 

Holiday Shopping Season On DealDash

The holiday shopping season on DealDash is in full force and it’s a great time to get a deal!

Have you seen all the DealDash deals in the past month? I can not believe how cheap the bids have been, not to mention how many special days they have had. Just like most retailers, the holiday shopping season is always a busy time of the year and the same goes for DealDash. If you are not playing on DealDash this holiday shopping season, you are missing out BIG TIME!!

One of my favorite days and shopping specials DealDash offers is the FREE Auction Day. This is where every item you win on DealDash, you will not be charged the final cost of the auction. All you pay is a 1 penny transaction fee to process the order no matter what the final selling price of the item is! Of course like every item on DealDash, you still get FREE shipping too!
The holiday shopping season is a great time to play on DealDash for many reasons. Think about it, all you have to do is place the last bid. I know what you thinking, you could be bidding forever, LOL, this is true but everyone else is thinking the same thing. There are times during the Free Auction Day when $100 gift cards may run a little over $100, this is a great time to jump in because the folks bidding don’t want to go over the price of the item so they quit. If you just jumped in and it sells, you only pay a PENNY!!! This is a great way to grab a win.
DealDash also has had 50% off specials, this is another way to keep your money in your pocket. I find that winning is easy when the 50% off special is going on because folks are more concerned with the high ticket items. The smaller things that you would get for Christmas, like Lego’s or small amount gift cards will usually sell very cheap.
OH! Lets not forget my favorite!!! 150, 250 and 300 auctions that start at the same time!!! Oh my goodness, this is just crazy! So many things to bid on all at once. Not only the deals you get with this one but the adrenalin rush is amazing. My recommendation during this is to be on your home computer so you can have many pages open at once. There are times I have had 25 auctions open at the same time so I can watch my bids better. If you are on a phone, you may be limited to 1 auction at a time and this could really cost you during these auction blasts.
As the holiday shopping season moves forward and Christmas gets closer, watch for more great specials on DealDash as they are never ending during this time of the year!! Good luck and don’t forget to use your bid buddy 🙂
By Nicole Kososki ~loveablenicki~

If You Are New to DealDash, This Is For You

New to Dealdash – Welcome! This site will change your way of shopping forever!

I started playing on DealDash.com over 2 years ago and things have never been the same. My kids ask, “Mommy, can we go to the store to buy a video game? “I have to say “lets check DealDash first!”
It is very easy to win on DealDash, but there are a few things you need to know before you get started. I’m going to walk you through how to be successful on DealDash and highlight some of the do’s and don’ts when it comes to bidding here. Being new to DealDash is a lot of fun! Once your account is created and your bids are bought, let the fun begin!!
You will see a page of auctions that are live and you can bid on them now. You will see a whole lot of BID NOW buttons, this is very tempting to just start clicking. Yes there is a chance you will click that button and you could win but if you click on the auction item you can see a lot more information about the auction. Once you click on the auction item it will bring up a different page, this page will show you more about the item as well as who is bidding on the auction. This is very important so you can see who you are bidding with as well as how many people are involved in the auction.
Once you enter the page that shows more information about the auction, you will see a section that says BidBuddy – Your Automatic Bidding Tool. You need to use this Bid Buddy to be successful and save money. This BidBuddy will do the bidding for you, and always place your bid at the last second when others are not placing single bids. Using this is also a way to see how many people are bidding in the same auction as you and if there is too many people you can cancel your bids and wait until there is less people bidding and start again.
Watch for a bidding pattern to form, you will see your name appear over and over again as well as the other people in the auction. If there is 3 or more people bidding you may want to wait until less people are bidding so you don’t waist your bids. I have watched people burn through 200 bids in 1 auction and never win because they did not use their BidBuddy.
If you get carried away and don’t win the auction you can always buy the item you were bidding on and get all of your bids back. This way you can try again to win a different item.
For more info on how to win you can check out this page, it is very helpful and I highly recommend this page >>>>>

It’s beginning to look a lot like a DealDash Christmas

I’m so excited about putting up my DealDash Christmas decorations this year. I have won a few new things to put up in my front yard that have made my house look so festive.

Each item I won I used a different method of bidding to win the items I won and in this article i’m going to share some secretes on how I’ve been successful in winning. Consider this my DealDash Christmas gift/tip to you.

 So lets start here with this Gemmy Christmas Airblown Santa Sitting on Polar Bear Scene which I won for $25.41.

I know what you thinking, that’s a lot of bidding but I actually used less than 50 bids on this win!!! I bid a few times before $5.00 and that allowed me to join back later. I waited until that moment I thought I would be able to win before coming back in. Once the auction hit $24 there were only 2 people bidding and they had been going back and forth for quite a while. Soon after I started bidding, they both quit and I got to see the fireworks!!! I was very excited about my savings on this item 🙂

Buy it Now price: $93

santa and polar bear

I also won my very cute Trimming Traditions 50-inch/150 Clear Light Icy Snowman for $3.33 (Buy it Now price: $80). This one took some determination as I bid for the whole thing but there was very few people bidding on this auction so I thought I would have a great chance to win and sure enough everyone quit and the win was mine. When there is few people interested in the item you’re bidding on, GO FOR IT and DON”T QUIT!!! The difference in this auction and the Polar bear is there were alot of people bidding on the Polar bear and Santa so that’s why I decided to come back later. With the snow man there was just a few people so I made the choice to stick it out and I saved lots of money on this one.

Last and but not least, the surprise win!!! These are my favorite! The National Tree Company Pre-Lit Gold Sisal Gift Box Assortment, Buy it Now price: $78 I won this for ONLY 71 CENTS!!!

Once this auction started I new it was mine, only me and 1 other person using auto BidBuddy and a whole lot of crazy bidders!!! They bid and bid, once I saw I was the last one using BidBuddy, I started jumping their bids and sure thing it only took the clock to run to zero and the item was mine!!! I was so excited to have won all of my DealDash Christmas stuff for my front yard!!

Good luck when bidding on Dealdash and be sure to use your Bid Buddy as it’s there to help you win!!!

By Nicole Kososki ~loveablenicki~

How One DealDasher’s Humble Beginnings Changed How They Shop

How starting to play DealDash became a great way to shop and save.

Strangely enough, my love for the TV show Law and Order: Special Victims Unit started my obsession with our beloved DealDash. I use TiVo every day to record the TV programs that I like to watch, and then I usually fast forward right through the commercials. Sometimes instead of fast forwarding I will get up to get a drink, and on one of those occasions I sat back down on my couch, and on TV was the DealDash commercial. I very briefly said “Hunh, that’s interesting, I’ll check that out later.” then I was back into the world of Law and Order, and by the time it was over I had forgotten about the DealDash commercial.

This same thing happened again and again over the next week – there was a Law and Order marathon on, and I had TiVo set to record them all. I fast forwarded through that DealDash commercial more times than I can remember, but at some point the stars aligned again, and I was just sitting down with a fresh Diet Coke set to get back to my show, and when the DealDash commercial came on again I actually paused TiVo and took my phone out and looked up DealDash online. I was intrigued, so I sent myself a quick email to check it out later when I was on my computer. I didn’t know then, but there is actually a DealDash app for your phone! You can find auctions, bid, buy bids, and just about everything you can do on the regular website. Here is where you can download the app for your Android phone: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.dealdash&hl=en

And check it out I did. I didn’t buy any bids at that point, I just watched the auctions, fascinated. I didn’t see anyone getting huge wins that the people on the commercial got, but I saw people winning smaller items like DVDs and gift cards for just a few dollars. I scrolled through all of the upcoming auctions, and looked at the “average selling prices” on them – here’s a hint for those of you that don’t know – to see the average selling price of an item, all you have to do is log out of your account, navigate to the auction, and when you are on the auction but not signed into the site is when you can see that next to the item it will show the average selling price.

I was skeptical at first, just like half of new DealDashers are. The other half of new DealDashers, of course, are over eager, buy a 200 bid pack, find an iPad auction, stomp all over everyone’s bids using up their 200 bids, and are angry and confused when they don’t win, then write a nasty review online calling DealDash a scam. I wish that all of those people who write negative reviews would give DealDash a second chance. I think the key to understanding how the auctions really work is by doing more watching than bidding. Check out the other bidders, see if they are the kind of person who will usually go til the end or just throw a few bids in and walk away.

I am a person who loves to do research, so instead of signing up right away, I read everything that I could on the DealDash site itself, then I started searching the internet for articles about penny auctions. Most of them, sadly, were negative. I read through hundreds of bad reviews about penny auction sites including DealDash, and the common theme seemed to be that people just didn’t understand how they worked before they got started, and wasted their initial bid pack before they figured out how the site worked. I however remembered reading on DealDash that if you were unsatisfied you could get your money back from your first bid pack. Here is the exact statement, taken from the DealDash help files:

No Questions Asked 100% Money Back Guarantee

Bidders on DealDash are entitled to a No Questions Asked 100% Money Back Guarantee on their first Bid Pack purchase. Should a bidder be unsatisfied with the service for any reason, they are entitled to get their entire first Bid Pack purchase fully refunded. Simply email refunds@dealdash.com within 90 days and request for the refund. The refund will be credited back to you in 7 days. The refund will be granted regardless of if you have won or lost auctions, or whether you have bids left on your account or not. Only 1 refund per person.

You can read more here: http://www.dealdash.com/terms-of-use

I still wasn’t quite convinced, so I watched a few of the videos available on YouTube that related to DealDash. There aren’t as many available as you might think – DealDash has more than TWO MILLION registered users, according to Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DealDash) so you would think that there would be more videos available! I have decided to correct that situation, myself, but more on that later.

After all of my research I hemmed and hawed for a few more weeks, occasionally coming back to the site to check out what auctions were available, and checking out the “Winners” tab to see what kind of deals people were getting. The Winners tab is still one of my favorite things to look at, you can check it at any time right here: http://www.dealdash.com/winners Eventually I took the plunge and bought a small bid pack and jumped right into the bidding.

I had a victory almost immediately on the beginner $10 Wal*Mart gift card for only 5 bids! I was thinking “Wow, this is so easy! I’m going for something big!” And as much as I hate to admit this, it went horribly! As prepared as I was, I still didn’t fully understand the Bid Buddy, so I didn’t use it. I completely messed things up- I was bidding after every single bidder, I didn’t realize that the other people were using Bid Buddy so I was truly wasting my bids.

Please take my advice, and read up on the Bid Buddy here: http://www.dealdash.com/tactics-and-tips

It will save you a lot of bids when you learn how to properly set your Bid Buddy. I spent 140 bids and lost. I think that I might have actually won, except my internet had a minor “blip” and as I was pressing the bid button it didn’t register, and I lost to the other bidder. If I had been using the Bid Buddy and had loaded up my bids beforehand that wouldn’t have happened. I literally cried. That 140 bids was part of the first bid pack that I had bought, at the full price of 60 per bid, so that 140 bids represented…well…more than I want to think about right now. After that experience I thought “Well, I won’t be doing that again, I am going to use up the rest of these bids that I bought and chalk this up to a bad experience that I won’t repeat.”

At that point I didn’t blame DealDash at all, I knew that it was my own fault that I had wasted so much money and I didn’t want to do it again. I was so disappointed with myself, I just hadn’t done enough research to really understand how everything worked. It was at that point that I took a closer look at the Bid Buddy, and I figured since I just wanted to get rid of the rest of my bids and didn’t really care if I won or lost, I would just put some bids into the Bid Buddy on a few different auctions and if I won Great! And if I lost, well, I didn’t really expect to win anyway, after the disappointing experience that I just had.

Well, I won 🙂 On that very same day I won a gift card to Dunkin Donuts and a gift card to Amazon.com using the Bid Buddy. I have used the Bid Buddy almost exclusively ever since. The only time I bid manually is to throw in a bid here and there, and to stomp people back after they have stomped me. I very much advise everyone to use the Bid Buddy. You have so much of a better chance if winning if you do.

After I figured out Bid Buddy, and figured out that if I was in over my head that I could Buy It Now and get all of my bids back I started bidding on things that I could afford, and things that I would find useful if I needed to use Buy It now. A lot of people say in their bios that they are “In in to win it, will BIN” or “Don’t bother bidding if you don’t want to BIN.” I don’t have anything in my bio like that, but it’s the truth for me.

If I throw out more than 25-50 bids on something less than $100 I am definitely going to BIN, It only makes good financial sense to me, since I only bid on lower value items. If you were look into my bid history, WINs, and BINs, you would see that I have bid almost exclusively on items under $100. $100 is my comfort level of BINning. I have thrown in some bids on some of the bid packs once in a while, but even then the biggest bid pack that I have ever won was 150. Honestly, the only reason I can imagine myself bidding on one of the $200+ auctions is if something expensive in my house needed replacing, like my laptop, iPad, Wii, etc.

DealDash is only fun for me when I know that I am not going to be losing any money, or spending any money that I wouldn’t already be spending normally, like on clothes washing detergent. One of my favorite things to bid on is Bed, Bath, and Beyond gift cards. Unfortunately they are another bidder’s favorite, also, so I have to make sure that she has hit her limit of 6 before I even bother to throw a single bid onto an auction that features  Bed, Bath, and Beyond gift cards of any denomination. If you are interested in knowing how to find out that information, there are two ways to do it.

The easy way is to go here: http://www.dealdash.com/dashboard-users-on-limit and pay 1 bid to see the list of “Who’s on their Limit.” The other way is more time consuming but it can be done quite easily if you are familiar with a particular bidder’s favorite genre of auction.

For example, in the case above, I would go to the current auction for a Bed, Bath, and Beyond gift card, and then wait to see if this particular lady bids. When she bids you can see how many of her 6 spots she has filled, and if she only has 1 spot left I would go ahead and find the next Bed, Bath, and Beyond gift card and load up my Bid Buddy, since I know that she is going to win the current one, and won’t be able to bid on the next one. And of course, if she doesn’t show up to a Bed, Bath, and Beyond gift card auction in the beginning, I assume that she has already filled up her 6 spots and won’t be bidding today. Of course, she may prove me wrong one day and show up in the middle of an auction, but so far this technique has worked for me.

Of course, if the person you are interested in bids on many different genres of auctions, this technique won’t work, and you are better off just paying the 1 bid to see who’s on their limit. It’s a small price to pay for some valuable information. It can save you bids if you are familiar with some of the names that just DON’T quit. There are some DealDashers that seem to bid way over and above the retail price of an item, and I still haven’t figured out why someone would do that. I understand a small math miscalculation of a few dollars, but there have been a few auctions that I have seen for gift cards that go significantly over the face value of the card, and if you add in the fact that some people have been bidding for hours just doesn’t make sense to me.

I have won many wonderful things on DealDash, some of my favorites include my Spa Sonic face brushes. I have actually won 3 of them, 2 purple and 1 pink. I am a registered esthetician so I go through a lot of facial products. It’s so nice to be able to get them at a huge discount. Some of my other favorites include a $100 Children’s Place gift card that I won for only 74 bids and $5.90!!! That’s about a total of $16 for $100! I was amazed at that WIN. Another great WIN for me was my Shark Pet Perfect dustbuster. I won that for just 10 bids and $.95! It’s always a great feeling to win something you need for less than $1.

One of my favorite times on DealDash is when they do an “Auction Blast,” where they put up 200 or 300 items at a time. It’s really a great time to get the best deals- There is WAY less competition because usually there are multiples of the same items up for bid at the same time, especially bid packs. I have seen 40 and even 60 bids won for 1 bid! I have never been that lucky, but I have won some great things for 1 bid, like a The Jungle Book DVD and a Speck iGuy case for my iPad. I find auction blast time to be really fun and exciting. The only time that auction blast makes me sad is if I have already filled my 6 slots for the week!

So that is the story of how I got started with DealDash. I mentioned earlier that I was disappointed that DealDash had so few videos on YouTube, so I have started a mission to change that. From now on, anytime I get a good DealDash haul from UPS (as in more than 1 item!) I am making a point of making a video showing the product and how many bids that I used on it. I have made it my own personal mission to show how an average DealDasher who plays every week can get a lot of really nice items for not that much money. Thanks for listening to my story. If you are interested in seeing my newest DealDash YouTube video you can find it here:

Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

By Dawn Xu

Discovery of Penny Auctions and How DealDash Reigns

I did not know penny auctions sites existed until I filled out an online survey that asked questions about one. To answer the questions, I became a customer on another site, but there were many things I did not like about it. That’s until I discovered DealDash.com.

I became a member on DealDash.com Feb. 8, 2012, and I have been a happy customer ever since.  So far, I won over 565 auctions.  The majority of my winning auctions had a retail value of $100 or less, but I won some high-valued auctions, too, including a 55-inch TV (worth $1,399) for less than $30 and a digital camera (worth $999) for a little more than $18.

At that time, I needed to give a speech in my Toastmasters International home club. My advanced speech objective was to talk about a technical product or service. I decided penny auctions would make a good speech topic if I could compare one with another, so I did a Google search. That’s how I found DealDash.com.

When I finished doing some hands-on research for my speech, I was hooked and I wanted to learn more. That is when I got the idea to do a review of penny auctions, narrow it down to four, write my own in-depth survey report and sell my report directly to the CEOs of the companies.  I believed the perspective I could provide as a brand new customer would be very valuable to them. After all, I was also a retired newspaper reporter with investigative journalism experience and, therefore, I already had a trained eye for details.

My report included:

  • What I liked about the penny auction site that would make me want to come back
  • What I did not like about the site that would prevent me from coming back
  • What I liked and did not like about the automated bidder
  • What I thought of each penny auction site’s customer service
  • What I liked or did not like about the ease and speed of the payment system
  • What I thought of the variety of products offered and number of auctions available
  • What I thought of the postage/shipping, transaction fees and speed of delivery
  • What I thought of the number and cost of bid packages offered and
  • My suggestions of what I thought each penny auction site could do to improve and get more customers.

When I finished writing my report, I sent out the same letter to each of the CEOs of all four penny auction sites included in my report. I offered a copy of my report in exchange for a bid package. Only one of them responded—DealDash.com.  That impressed me.  Because the DealDash team had an interest in my perspective as a brand new customer, I started playing exclusively on the DealDash.com site, and I continued to share more ideas with them. I knew that any company that listened to its customers was definitely on the right track and they would only get better and grow bigger because of it.

Four of the best features already in place on DealDash.com when I first became a customer included: The Buy-It-Now option, free shipping and handling, the user-friendly automated bidder—Bid Buddy and credit received for time on the clock to earn free bids.

The BIN option is perhaps the most creative feature that made DealDash.com stand out from the others. This feature gives customers who do not win an auction the option to buy the auction item at retail to get all their bids back free.  Therefore, as long as I only place bids on products I would purchase, anyway, I have nothing to lose. I know I am going to always buy gas so, win or lose, it is a sure bet to place bids on gift cards for gas stations in my area. Therefore, customers who understand how DealDash.com works and are disciplined enough to play smart can win more than they lose.

I was so excited to learn that DealDash.com offered free postage/shipping and handling.  Other sites charged such high postage/shipping and transaction fees that by the time winners paid for bids, the closing price and cost of shipping, they could buy the product in a department store for less money.  In an obvious attempt to compete with DealDash.com, more penny auctions are just now offering free postage/shipping and handling, but DealDash.com did it first.

Another feature I absolutely love about DealDash.com is that it has by far the most user-friendly automated bidder—BidBuddy. When I was a Newbie (new customer), I started placing single bids from the home page—big mistake!  I quickly learned that double-clicking on the auction item makes a new window open, and that’s where the automated bidder is located. BidBuddy allows customers to easily and quickly add or delete as many bids as they want.

Having a user-friendly automated bidding system is very important because we live in a fast-paced, busy world, and that means I do not have to be stuck at my computer. I can place my bids in BidBuddy and let it place my bids for me while I go shopping, attend a meeting, mow the lawn, cook, clean house or work on writing my book. Of course, if I want to save as many bids as possible, it is important for me to monitor the bidding process so I can add or delete bids at the right times. With the use of today’s iPhones and other mobile devices DealDash.com customers can easily monitor an auction status at the same time we are busy performing other tasks or on the move throughout the United States.

Many other penny auction sites limit the number of bids that can be placed into its automated bidder to a maximum of 25 at a time. That barely allows customers enough time to go to the bathroom or grab a bite to eat. Another thing I do not like about other automated bidders is that it is often impossible or difficult to cancel bids because the location where they could be cancelled was hidden. By the time I found the place to cancel my bids, they were already gone.  That never happens on DealDash.com because the “add” and “delete” buttons are located together in plain sight.

I also like how DealDash.com rewards its customers with an opportunity to win or earn free bids.  I will not write about the many ways customers can win free bids, but only the free bids we earn whenever we are the highest bidder. The term highest bidder, however, might be a little confusing to Newbies. Perhaps it might be less confusing to say current bidder or latest bidder.  Regardless, after placing a bid, all customers are entitled to 10 seconds on the clock. That is how we earn free bids, and that is why experienced customers get irritated when Newbies cut the clock and treat DealDash.com like a speed-bidding site. By cutting the clock and placing back-to-back bids, Newbies not only cheat other customers out of earning more free bids, but they foolishly waste their own bids as well.  I guarantee that is not the way to win—by accident, maybe, but not with any consistency.

Experienced bidders double click on the auction item, open a new window and place our bids into BidBuddy, the automated bidder. Bids are safe there because they do not get used until they are needed. Sadly, when Newbies cast single bids from the home page and never let the clock run down, they do not even know other bidders are there—until they run out of bids. Then what happens?  Surprise! That is when the real competition begins between the bidders who know what they are doing.

Here’s how it works:  Let’s say three shoppers placed bids into BidBuddy. One placed 25 bids, one placed 99 bids and one placed 150 bids. BidBuddy will take turns placing one bid for each player until they run out.  Customers with the fewest number of bids placed in BidBuddy will be eliminated first. The customer with 151 bids will have the last bid and win the auction—unless one of the other players adds more bids or other inactive bidders reenter the auction again. The only customers allowed to reenter the auction, however, are those who placed at least one bid before the auction price reached $5. That feature eliminates some of the competition and makes it easier for more customers to win.

Throughout the bidding process, whenever your user name appears, the green line on the bottom right of your screen will move to the right. As soon as that green line moves all the way to the other end of the line, click on it, collect your free bids and then you will move up to the next level. The higher the level, the longer it takes for the green line to get full, but when it does, the more bids the customer gets to collect.  Now that I am on Level 46, the next time the green line moves all the way to the right, I will collect 680 free bids.

The ideal goal of any successful DealDash.com customer, of course, is to purchase bids for the lowest price possible and win as many auctions as possible for as little as possible. Because the best sale price for bids is 14 cents each, that is when I will usually buy all my bids.

Another way to lower the cost of bids is to win bid packages. Sometimes, I get lucky and win, but more often than not, I lose more bids than I win. That is probably the biggest mistake I make, but if I see bid packages going for an extra low amount of money, I might risk it.  If you are a Newbie, however, you would probably be better off using all of your bids to put on actual merchandise instead.

Over the last few years, DealDash.com has continued to add even more features. One feature customers really like is locking out new bidders after the auction price reaches $5. This feature limits the competition and makes it easier to win at a lower closing cost. The site also offers some super-fantastic specials, like “free to the winner” and “50 percent off to the winner” auctions.

The more you study the DealDash.com site and learn how to use all of the tools available, the more auctions you will win.  If I am on my “A Game” (serious about winning an auction), some things I do to improve my chances of winning are:

  • First, I place least one bid before the auction price reaches $5 so I do not get locked out. If that auction never closes for less than $5 I usually wait until it gets close to the $5 before I place any bids. If most of the bidders are Newbies placing single bids from the home page, however, I sometimes place more than one bid into BidBuddy at the early part of the auction. Why? If Newbies are randomly placing single bids and experienced bidders are only placing one bid near the beginning of the auction (saving the bulk of their bids for later), I could be the only one with more than one bid in the automated bidder. If so, a break between single bids could occur. If that happens, it would improve my chances of winning before the auction reaches its usual closing price. I love it when that happens!
  • I check to see who else placed bids in the auction. It is very important to know who the other players are and how they bid. I have a list of about 71 bidders I try to avoid because I know from watching them that they are rich or crazy or both. Therefore, I would be wasting my bids by competing in the same auctions with them. If I see one of those screen names in the same auction, I cancel my bids and wait until I see that auction again.
  • I check to see who has already reached their weekly limit or is getting close to their win limit for the week. Customers who already won six auctions worth less than $200 or three auctions worth $200 or more can no longer win any more auctions for the week. It only costs one bid to get the list of everyone who has already reached their maximum. If a power bidder only has one more auction to win, I might let that bidder win one auction to eliminate them from competing in another one.
  • I check to see if the auction item I want is limited to one-per-household. If so, I look at the list of bidders who have already won the auction. I also look at the average winning cost and look for winning patterns. Some auctions that closed for an extra high cost the last time it was won will sometimes go for less money the next time, vice versa. That does not always happen, but I often see patterns that are predictable.

Most questions about how DealDash.com works are answered at the bottom of the home page, where the support team posts a variety of helpful hints. The DealDash.com blog at www.DealDashBlog.com is also a wonderful resource. Here you’ll find successful bidders share information, bidding tips and winning strategies on the site to help new customers become winners, too. DealDash.com has excellent customer service, and team members are always happy to answer questions and help new customers learn how the site works.

The DealDash.com Community Service team does an exceptionally good job of continually providing new information and the latest bidding strategies to anyone who wants to learn how to play smart and improve their chances of winning. Even experienced and highly successful customers can and do make bidding mistakes.  No one can ever know too much because the customers are constantly changing, technology is changing and this penny auction site is changing right along with it. Chances are, however, the more you learn how to play smart, the more auctions you will win.

The DealDash.com team has never been afraid to try new innovative ideas that no penny auctions have ever tried before. DealDash.com set itself apart from other penny auction sites from the start by building a new and different foundation that other sites are now beginning to copy.  That’s why I was happy to participate in the first DealDash.com TV commercial, and that is also why DealDash.com is the only penny auction site I recommend to my family members and friends.

I truly believe DealDash.com is the best penny auction site online and I believe they will continue to be a leader in the industry for a long time to come.

Written by Barbara Sellers

DealDash.com Penny Auctions

DEAL DASHING THROUGH THE AUCTIONS

DEAL DASHING AUCTIONS

Dashing through the auctions

With a bushel full of bids

O’er the hills we go

Laughing as we get the win!

 

Bids on sleds, and dolls

Bids on cards and bikes

Oh what fun it is to watch

Your favorite bidding site!

 

DealDash, DealDash

Bidding all the way

Oh what fun it is to bid

On a dark and snowy day!

 

DealDash, DealDash

Bidding all the way

Oh what fun it is to win

The auction I’ve been on today!

Deal Dashing Auctions

Sing or hum this to the Jingle Bells tune. Sometimes we can use a little song to keep our spirits bright. During a dark and snowy night we bid and bid some more. It feels like we are battling more bidders every day. The truth is though the bidders change, but almost all auctions have the same amount of bidders card for card or item for item. Knowing when to get into the auction can only be guesstimated from what you know about all of the bidders you are in the auction with. That is why it is so important to do your home work. Know who your competition is and know what you are willing to bid to win the auction.

If you do your homework, you can take the guess work out of the bidding process. You are informed, ready to win, and know the bid buddy is your best friend. My bidding advice is to let your bids catch the win for you by conserving your bids using the automatic Bid Buddy which will always place your bid at the last second.

DealDash is the most fair and honest penny auction site. They have great customer service that can’t be beat, and their fast and free shipping is always guaranteed. Earning free bids while you are top bidder is another benefit that DealDash offers. I hope you enjoy this holiday season and get that one special auction win that will brighten your spirit too!

By Joan Vith

Gift Cards are Versatile and Make Great Gifts

 

I have won so many nice auctions and especially gift cards on DealDash that now when I have something new my friends automatically say “Let me guess, DealDash?” And you know what? They are usually right!

A lot of times the object in question is not directly from DealDash, but from gift cards that I have won or BINned (BIN or Buy it Now, meaning I buy the item at full price and get all my bids back free to try again).

For example, just the other day, my neighbour was asking me about my bike that I got this past summer. She had seen that I had gotten a new one and wondered where it had come from, she had noticed it since it was such a pretty purple color. The bike was not won directly on DealDash, but was purchased with a few Target gift cards that I had either won or BINned on DealDash.

Another example would be how one of my friends asked me… “Where did Kat’s (my daughter) sweater come from? It’s so cute!” The quick answer would be The Children’s Place, but a more accurate answer would be that it was purchased at The Children’s Place with gift cards that I had won on DealDash.

Gift Cards on DealDash

DealDash has such an amazing selection of gift cards you are sure to be able to find one that you are interested in for yourself or for a gift with the holidays coming up. Just a few of the many options they have are: Wal*Mart, Dunkin’ Donuts, Auto Zone, Footlocker, Amazon, GNC and so many more. The values range from $10 all the way up to $800, depending on which card you are bidding on. And remember, when you are bidding on those high dollar gift cards be sure to set your Bid Buddies, because you will rack up a lot of free bids with your bid meter at the bottom.

The only tip I have regarding bidding on gift cards is be prepared to BIN (Buy It Now), because you will only pay the face value of the card, there is FREE shipping, and you will get every single one of your bids back to use on another auction. I have used this option many, many times. The main trick here is just to bid on gift cards that you know you will absolutely definitely going to use in your daily life. For me that means Subway and Dunkin’ Donuts, for another person it might mean Amazon.com or Auto Zone. That’s why DealDash is so great — there are plenty of options for everyone!

By Dawn Xu

About me: My name is Dawn and I love DealDash! I have only been bidding for around 8 months, but I am very patient and I have already won more than 165 auctions. I am a Mom of 2 and I live in Massachusetts. If you would like to watch any of my DealDash “Unboxings” on YouTube, see below.

Challenges of Winning Penny Auctions

While the challenges of winning penny auctions has always been one of the reasons we bid, I find it’s the uneducated bidders who make the auction winning the most challenging.

Meeting the challenges requires bidders to be more informed than ever to win. How do we meet these challenges of winning penny auctions while still maintaining our bidding budget? This is the dilemma. While the Buy it Now option which DealDash offers is the best of any other penny auction site, no one really wants to buy it now 10 times more often than winning.

My best advice to keep the Buy it Nows and wins more in alignment is to know who your bidders are in an auction. You can read more about that in this article titled Knowing Your Competition and Why it’s Important.

Determine which bidders is in for the quick win and who is in for the long term. You can tell who has their Bid Buddy set and who is merely bidding one bid at a time and hoping to get lucky. The technique of putting one bid in an auction then resting for a countless number of bids rarely works to score a win. The Bid Buddy really is your best friend, learn how and when to use BidBuddy. Determine before ever entering the auction how many bids you are willing to place and then stick to it. I know it is difficult to not put all of your bids on one auction, but the law of averages is against your actually winning on a long-lasting auction.

challenges of winning penny auctions

Related: New To Bidding? Stop Single Bidding And Use BidBuddy

For several weeks I have watched the auctions on a well-known brand of mixer. Several of these auctions I observed were not won by the person who bid more than 1000 bids but rather by a patient bidder who watched and waited for the right time to enter the auction for a win. While the challenges to winning penny auctions will always exist, help yourself by investing time to understand when it’s the right time to bid.

Read the bidding tips and strategies you’ll find in this blog and put them into practice. Patience and knowledge really do make for a winning combination on DealDash. I encourage everyone to read up on all the tips DealDash has to offer and remember, with free, fast shipping DealDash is the #1 site to be on. Good luck fellow bidders!

You may also like: Ways To Help You Bid Better

By Joan Vith

How to Get Free Bids on DealDash

Do you like FREE BIDS??? Did you know DealDash gives out THOUSANDS of free bids each and every week!!!

All you have to do is win a auction to be able to collect free bids and in this article i’m going to tell you how to do that. I believe in making the most out of every item I win and this makes me very successful when playing DealDash. My wins are sweeter and my losses don’t sting as bad because of all of the money I’m saving when I play.

First things first, you have to snag the win. When bidding on a auction, Bid Buddy is really the best option for a cheaper win. Bid Buddy will only bid for you when there is no one else bidding, this way you use less bids and save lots of money. I always make sure I’m not bidding against more than two other people, if there is more than two people bidding I will watch until there is only two left before I jump in. This has been the most successful way of bidding for me and it really works!!!

Once you get that win DealDash will give you the option of buying the item you won or trading it in for more bids.

Example: You won a $100 Gift card for $2.00. You can either pay the $2.00 or trade it in for 100 bids. This is very tricky because if you win a $200 item for 5 cents you may be tempted to trade in that win for a extra 200 bids but if you pay the 5 cents you can get the item and many more bids. I say BUY THE ITEM!!! BUY, BUY, BUY!!! You get free shipping so at this point if it is a $200 item and you win it for 5 cents you are getting quite a deal. I won this projector screen below for 37 cents!!! So yes this can happen!!!

Elite Screens Spectrum Series 100-inch Motorized Projector Screen

Buy it Now price: $207
 Elite Screens Spectrum Series 100-inch Motorized Projector Screen
After the winning item has been shipped to your home you must take a picture of you win and post it to Facebook.
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!
Follow these easy steps: 1. Select an item you have won on DealDash to feature in the photo.
2. Take a high quality photo clearly showing yourself and the item you won.
3. Post photo to DealDash’s Facebook page and add a description which should include the following information: the item name, retail price, how much you paid for the item and a personal comment about the win as well. For example: “I got this $688 Garmin GPS on @DealDash. I paid just $6.08 and used 62 bids! Thanks DealDash, I will never get lost again!”
4. In the end of the caption, please include the following sentence and the link (See the picture below):
See how much you can save at: www.dealdash.com/join.php?utm_source=customer%20testimonials&utm_medium=pictures&utm_campaign=facebook

So I know what you thinking this is not a thousand bids. Just reticently the competition has changed, its called the best photo of the week and if you win it is worth 1000 FREE BIDS!!!!!!!!!! I got mine, have you got yours??? If not, you are missing out!!! Get some pictures and post them, the worst thing is your family will want you to win for them too, LOL. But it is well worth all of the money you will be saving with your free bids you can get each week. For more information of other offers that DealDash has for free bids go here >>>>>> DealDash | Notes
Written by Nicole Kososki – Good luck and happy bidding ~loveablenicki~
DealDash Best Photo of the Week
DealDash Best Photo of the Week Contest Will Earn You 1000 Free Bids

Easiest Auctions to Win

DealDash.com customers usually want to bid in the easiest auctions to win, right?  Actually, that is the best place for Newbies to start. So how can you find the easiest auctions to win?

I’ll review a few simple steps to help you identify the easiest auctions to win when playing on the longest operating and most trusted pay to play auction website DealDash.com.

  • Go to the home page and click on the winner’s list. Look for auctions that are closing for the least amount of money.  That frequently changes—sometimes day-to-day and sometimes hour-to-hour.
  • Try to find an auction that does not have many bidders. Look at about five or six low-value auctions that you would like to win by double-clicking your mouse on each one. When the new window opens, you can count the number of bidders who are interested in winning that auction.  Choose one or two that have the fewest number of competitors.

auctions easiest to win

  • Place at least one bid before the auction reaches $5 so you do not get locked out. Learn more about No Jumper Auctions.
  • Count the number of bidders who have placed bids in the BidBuddy, the automated bidder. Those are the serious competitors you most need to be concerned about.
  • Read what the bidders say in their bidder bio. Some of them will try to intimidate you but if you pay close attention you will soon know if they mean what they say.
  • Place the bulk of your bids after the bidding gets down to only two or three bidders.

Have other tips and insights on how to choose the easiest auctions to win on DealDash? Help others by posting and sharing comments below.

Written by Barbara Sellers is a retired newspaper journalist and grandmother who resides in Tacoma, Wash. She has been shopping on DealDash.com since Feb. 8, 2012.  Barbara is on Level 48 and has won over 560 auctions.

 

 

DealDasher Reindeers Rock

Can you identify a DealDasher on DealDash.com by thinking about the reindeers named in a few Christmas stories and songs?

Just think about the different reindeers Santa had to hook up to his sleigh and how DealDash.com has them all!

First, there’s Dasher! This is the DealDasher who comes in right away, bids quickly then never appears again!

The next DealDasher is Dancer. He is the bidder who comes in and bids a little, bids a little again, bids a lot for a while, then disappears.

Prancer, is quite proud of himself and comes in to many auctions at the same time, makes sure his DealDasher name is on the screen, but does not focus on one auction at a time therefore reducing his chances at winning.

Vixen, is the DealDasher (reindeer) whose bio is a photo or gorgeous graphic, a real cutie.

Comet is the DealDasher who comes in and bids a string of bids like a streak of lightning, let’s his name be seen for a long time then disappears from santa’s radar.

Cupid, awww. This DealDasher wants to win, really is focusing on auctions, but comes in at the wrong time to bid, bids with 5-6 other bidders, uses his heart and not his head; and just does not succeed.

Donner, a steady pace bidder who is content to win a few here or there a little at a time, and is not aggressive. Waits through the bid buddy process and wins some and uses the buy-it-now option too.

BLITZEN – LOOK OUT BIDDERS!!! You are going to get blitzed. It seems a lot of auctions have one of these bidders, she has the BidBuddy set for lots of bids, does not care how many bids it costs, maybe she won a 2000 bid pack and is really trying to knock everyone out of the way. (Remember she can only win 6 auctions that are under $200.)

That leaves us with Rudolph. You know he is not one of the original 8, but Gene Autry made him really famous a long time ago. With his red shiny nose, and radar to all the houses of good little boys and girls, this bidder is not a bully, tries hard to get in on auctions to win, but paces himself so he does not run out of bids or tire too soon to be successful. He loves to see “Congratulations”, and fireworks when he wins. This DealDasher is content to win some and buy it now if necessary.

I hope you can relate to these reindeers, and see how DealDash.com can be quite magical when you are going for your wins. Happy Holidays Everyone, may we all be Rudolphs!

By Joan Vith

Santa's DealDasher Reindeer