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How DealDash is Helping my Weight Loss Goal

So after a very long year of winning for everyone else I decided to attempt to win something for myself. Not very often do I even try to win for myself but this was different, I have a weight loss goal.

During 2015 I’ve made a weight loss goal to drop 10 pounds. As this thought comes to mind I just so happened to see a awesome mountain bike coming up on DealDash and thought to my self….. what the heck!!! If it is meant to be, it will be!

This bike is awesome and a great push for both me and my family. I have been putting this weight loss goal off for way.. way.. way to long. I opened the auction and as I always do I put 10 bids on this ladies mountain bike to see just how many times I would get to bid before 20 cents. At 11 cents my first bid was placed witch is awesome, but now I have to wait to see how long it takes for my second bid to take place. Sure enough my auto bid was placed at 15 cents which means there can not be more than three other people on auto. But that was not even the case… People were just randomly bidding which means they are just pushing the BID NOW button. I find this just CRAZY that people do this because with me on auto they have no chance on winning. All it takes is for the clock to run down to ZERO one time and I win, so you are just wasting your bids for nothing.

I always watch the clock to see if it is running to zero and try to figure out who is using the BidBuddy and who is not. If you are not on auto I do not consider you a threat because you are bidding much more than I am so I will stick it out. In this case I was the only person using BidBuddy and won my brand new Titan Wildcat Ladies Mountain Bicycle in Lime Green and Black valued at $209 for a whopping 30 CENTS!!!! Oh my goodness I have not road a bike since I was a teenager – LOL! Wish me luck in my 2015 weight loss goal journey, I’m sure it is going to be quite interesting.
Ladies Mountain Bike

I used 5 bids to win this ladies mountain bike.

The lesson here is to always make sure you are using the BidBuddy. I find this is really the only way to win auctions DealDash. Also watch the clock, when it runs to zero and than a bid is placed more than likely they are on auto. Once a pattern is formed you will be able to tell how many folks are on auto (using BidBuddy) and decided if it is worth sticking out or not. Good luck 🙂
By loveablenicki
dealdash beauty skin care

Nurture Your Health and Beauty

I love so many things about DealDash, and one of my favorite things to browse for on DealDash is Health and Beauty products.

If you have a certain item in mind you can search for it, but my favorite way of seeing what new things DealDash has to offer beauty-wise to to browse the Fashion, Health and Beauty category, which can be found on the drop-down menu on the left side of the DealDash homepage.

Fashion, Health and Beauty

DealDash Fashion, Health and Beauty Catergory

I really like using the browse feature of DealDash, it helps me discover new items to bid on that I might not have thought to do a search for.

Health and Beauty products can be very expensive, but as a woman with long hair, I make very good use of the awesome products that DealDash has to offer. I am so happy that I can get things that I would normally buy at Target or Wal-Mart on DealDash, for a comparable price, and with the added excitement of bidding and WINning.

If you decide that you would like to buy a certain product that DealDash has to offer, you really can’t go wrong by setting your Bid Buddy to the amount of bids that it would take to reach the BIN (Buy It Now) price. If you don’t WIN the auction, you can buy the item for the BIN price, and DealDash will return all of your bids to you. As soon as you buy the item all of the bids are immediately returned back to your account and you can use them right away. I use this perk a lot, it’s really wonderful that DealDash offers this option on every single item, and even includes free shipping, too.

Some of the great beauty products that I have won for myself and friends are: Remington Pearl flat iron, Conair Hot Clips curlers, InfinityPro Spin Air rotating hot brush, Conair Ceramic flat iron, Laila Ali purple hair dryer, multiple SpaSonic Face and Body Polishers (they make awesome gifts!), Body Innovations neck massager, and a Revlon Moisture Stay paraffin spa.

There are many other great products that I have BINned and gotten all of my bids back, the ones that stand out most in my mind are the FitBit Flex Wireless Activity Tracker, and the Remington IPL6000USA i-LIGHT Pro Intense Pulsed Light Hair Removal System.

FitBit and Remington Hair Removal

 

These are both high dollar items that I did not WIN, but I gained free bids for every second that I was the highest bidder, and then when I BINned the items I got all of my bids back. So really, I came out ahead of the game bids-wise!

I love health and beauty products, but I love saving money even more! May you continue to be nurture your health and beauty into 2015.

health and beauty

My name is Dawn, and I love DealDash! I also love Youtube, and I make videos. If you follow the link below you can see a quick video that I made that explains the basics of getting started with DealDash:

Top Chef Santoku Paring Knives

Become a Top Chef with these Knives

Ok I will have to admit that I love bidding on kitchen items. I may not be a Top Chef everyday but when I do it is a must to have the proper equipment.

My friends used to laugh at me when they would come over and try to help in the kitchen and would have to “saw” through something with my knives. Think you might need to sharpen these? Or possibly buy new knives? Well that’s exactly what I did.

I bid on the Top Chef line of knives on DealDash. DealDash offers a few different Top Chef knife sets so why not replace the knives I have. I ended up winning the Top Chef Santoku paring knife set and the 9 1/2 utility knife set and what a world of difference! Top Chef quality knives do make your job easier in the kitchen. Not to mention that it is much safer to use sharp knives.

The word Santoku refers to the three cutting tasks which the knife performs well: slicing, dicing, and mincing. The Santoku’s blade and handle are designed to work in harmony by matching the blade’s width/weight to the weight of blade tang and handle, and the original Japanese Santoku is considered a well-balanced knife.

I have not only honed my chopping techniques with this Top Chef knife, I am also not missing any fingers!

Top Chef Santoku Paring Knives

This Top Chef Santoku and Paring Knife Set retails for $36, but the average selling price on DealDash auctions is $3.52 (90% OFF!)

 

When you see an item that you would like on DealDash go for it! Always keep in mind that if you do not win the first time you can try again when that item comes up again. One good strategy is to put in enough bids to go to BIN.  BIN is the Buy It Now option that Deal Dash offers.

If you really want this item you of course want to get it at a discount but if you have to pay full price just buy it on Deal Dash. The BIN option is available on every single item. So say the item you want is a retail value of $30.00. If you purchased your bids on sale say for 15 cents each the highest number of bids to put in that auction would be 200.  Also factor in the ending price. Many times Deal Dash will offer free ending price events so you are good to go. When you get to your total out of pocket equals what the BIn price is…STOP bidding and go to BIN.

Deal Dash will ship it free and there is no sales tax unless you live in Minnesota where the DealDash office is located and where they are BBB accredited. Only thing left to do is wait for it to arrive, which doesn’t take long.

So the moral of the story is have fun bidding on DealDash, save some money on very good quality name brand items, get fast free shipping, and you won’t lose any fingers!  Happy bidding all.

Newfden

DealDash.com Penny Auctions

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 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