Monthly Archives: March 2014

Deal Flash Dash

Deal Flash: A Picture’s Worth……$500.00

Deal Flash Dash

As soon as I discovered that DealDash rewards bidders for posting pictures, I did whatever I could to acquire free bids by posting pictures to the DealDash Facebook page, or to my Pinterest profile and tagging DealDash.

I was making sure I got a picture with every item I won.  I had also read that they pick one photo each week, that has been posted to the Facebook page, as their “Best Photo of the Week” and reward them with a $500.00 gift card, letting them chose from 4 or 5 retailers of choice. I signed onto Facebook one morning to see a notice that someone had commented on one of my posted photos. I clicked on it to see what comment was left. I was shocked to read…

DealDash Facebook

Click to see photo on Facebook

What? Was this real? I was elated! I then received an e-mail from DealDash customer service confirming that I had indeed won the weekly contest and ask me to chose a preferred retailer such as Walmart, Target, Kohl’s, Amazon, etc. Since I work at Target and could stretch my winnings even farther, I chose my prize to come from Target. The card literally arrived in 3 days.

What to buy, what to buy… I had tried many times to win the elusive Apple iPad so I used my $500.00 gift card to buy my very own iPad. I don’t know of any other Penny Auction website that rewards their bidders with gift cards or free bids. DealDash is leaps and bounds above the other auction sites and they have won me over!!

ALSO SEE: How I Get 300 Free DealDash Bids Every Week

DealDash Tips

What To Do When Many People Are Bidding

DealDash Tips

Here are a few DealDash bidding tips and strategies to keep in mind. Follow some of these basic steps when trying to win the more expensive items and when there are many people bidding in the auction.

1. Make sure you get a bid in before it gets to the $5.00 range.

Why? DealDash has No Jumper™ Auctions.

The big difference between No Jumper™ auctions and normal auctions is that new bidders can’t enter the auction after $5.00. This means you won’t have to compete with users that didn’t bid in the auction from the start, before the price reached $5.00.

2. Keep watching the item to see when the amount of bidders get less.

No sense in bidding while you can see several others are bidding; especially if you can tell they are on their BidBuddy.

3. Occasionally put in a few bids, but not many. Save your bids.

This helps you keep a pulse on the auction and how it’s developing.

4. Be aware that sometimes bidding can go on for more than a day.

With a high value item; be prepared to follow, watch and study the auction as it’s possible to go on for more than a day.

6. Once the bidding is between two and three people, starting your bidding.

Once you see the auction calm down to just a few bidders, make your move.

Hopefully the other bidders are almost depleted of bids and you have yourself a winning outcome. This process has worked for me on several occasions, but not all which is why it’s good to also be prepared to use DealDash’s Buy it Now option. If you don’t win the auction, you can buy it at normal price to get the bids you used in that auction back. The Buy it Now option is available for a full 7 days so you have a good amount of time to decide, even though it’s good to make this decision before entering the auction.

– dondra48

Focus on DealDash Auction

Tips On Staying Focused Like Indiana Jones To Help You Win Auctions

Focus on DealDash Auction

As I was bidding on a DealDash auction earlier today and again this evening, I noticed many people bid on many of the auctions at the same time.

It would appear to be counter productive to bid on too many auctions at once since you are limited to 6 auction wins in one week under $200 and 3 auction wins over $200. If a bidder is serious about “winning” an auction, I would recommend concentrating on one or two auctions at a time. Spreading yourself too thin causes several things to occur.

  1. There ends up being 40 bidders on the auction, however, there are only three or four serious bidders.
  2. You run out of bids and end up winning no auctions, because you were not focused on the prize.
  3. Other bidders see you not as a serious threat but as an auction jumper going from auction to auction with no real intent or plan to win.

Having won my share of auctions during the past year and a half I really believe the best advice is to study the auctions you want to bid on, know what your limit is and stay committed to that one or two really choice items you would like to win. Using the bid buddy is a must. This is the process most often over looked by new bidders who think if you stomp on other people they will go away. Most likely, however, the bidders have their bid buddies set, are in for a hundred bids or more and your slamming means nothing. Especially if the bidder sets the bid buddy and comes back later to check on the auction site. The slapping is never even seen. Free bids at the higher experience levels take many hours to accumulate, so rarely will I bid on auctions to get free bids. I am trying to win the auction and the item I have set my sights on, not get free bids. While the free bids are a great side light to the auctions, after a certain level, like 25 or more, it is just not that important. Slapping my bid does nothing but burn your bids faster and I win!

DealDash is the best penny auction site in my opinion because of the buy-it-now feature, no new bidders after $5.00 (usually) and the free shipping is huge. Other sites charge $2.99 or more to ship a $15+ gift card that you won. Really? Not such a good win there. Customer service is excellent as well, and I can honestly say I have never had a negative experience with anyone I have had contact with in all this time. My site of choice for sure!

By Joan Vith

ALSO SEE: One Customers Grand Shopping Experience On DealDash

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Three Potential Ways DealDash Bidders Could Get More Free Bids

DealDash

I love that DealDash is an open minded company, listens to their customers and welcomes new ideas from their Bidders.

Here I will briefly share some of the ideas I have on how to reward the Bidders with more free bids.

1. After purchasing a determined number of bids the bidder receives a specified amount of free bids. For example: for every 1,000 bids purchased, the bidder would get 10% or 100 Free bids!

2. Shorten the amount of time to receive free bids or make the Time As Highest Bidder Rewards more frequent and fun!

The Time As Highest Bidder reward is a really nice bonus DealDash offers its members. After the set amount of time spent as the highest bidder, you earn free bids. I am up to 200 free bids when my amount of time is met and I reach the next level.

3. On your yearly DealDash anniversary date from signing up, you get some type of anniversary bid reward. Perhaps this could be tiered rewards. For example: 1 year = 100 free bids | 2 years = 200 free bids | 3 years = 300 free bids, etc. DealDash recently had their 5 years in business anniversary last month so the DealDash members who signed up with them back in 2009 would be receiving a 500 free bid reward for their loyalty.

These were just a few thoughts I had about how DealDash could possibly improve their service and reward their customers with free bids. I love how DealDash really listens to customer suggestions and takes them into serious consideration. Can’t help but like a company with such willingness to accept new ideas and talk with their customers.

As for sharing some bidding tips and advice, I wish and would like to recommend to bidders to use your Bid Buddy. By using the BidBuddy your bid is placed at the last second of the auction. Plus, by using the BidBuddy you’re not only conserving your bids when someone places a single bid but you’re also allowing others to collect their Time As Highest Bidder rewards. It can get frustrating when people out bid you after every 2 seconds. That makes it so mush longer to collect enough time to reach your next bid reward level. Please be fair, and let the other bidders get their time on the clock.

– suvgal

Beginner Auctions on DealDash

Navigate Past Beginner Auctions

Beginner Auctions on DealDash

70+ auctions won and still saving!

Looking back, I remember the first day I played DealDash. It was June 28th 2013. I was at home that afternoon. I’m a teacher, but I hold a summer job each year. Kind of have to. Supporting a family of four off of a single income from a teachers pay is no easy task. I’m not complaining though…we make it. My summer job is evening shift, Sunday through Thursday.

But, this was a Friday. I had the day off. I just finished mowing the lawn and came into the house. The TV was on with a commercial…about DealDash. I had never heard of Deal Dash before. It was certainly intriguing, the commercial had a great number of personal stories about how customers purchased amazing products at unbelievable prices.

I was skeptical, but intrigued, so I visited the website. When I learned that you had to pay in advance for bids, I almost exited the website. But, those personal success stories from the commercial echoed in my mind. Money was tight, but what the heck…I bought one bid pack.

Not sure what I was doing, I first targeted a $15 Amazon Gift Card. I bid twice…AND WON!!! An energy and excitement ran through me. This DealDash thing is real! Part of me new this may be beginners luck, but I tried again.

I spotted a baseball in a case. $32 retail value. This would be real cool for my son. I placed two bids on it…AND WON AGAIN!!! You can probably imagine the adrenaline I felt. I never win, but to win these items felt so rewarding. Especially when you are bogged down by the stress of finances so much. I got nervous and hesitated though. This was beginners luck, didn’t want to waste my bids. Maybe I should watch for a while. The next few minutes blew my mind. A $10 Duncan Donuts card sold for a penny. A $10 Burger King card received no bids at all. A $10 Walmart Card sold for 3 cents. Wow!!!

I bid again. This time on a pair of binoculars. Another cool item for my son. I WON…WITH ONE PENNY! I bid again, on a 3 piece grilling set and easily WON AGAIN!!!

ALSO SEE: Earn Free Bids on DealDash

 

Feelings of excitement and thrill pumped through my veins. This Deal Dash thing was the answer. It was the answer to providing my family with things I just couldn’t give them. I went wild. I bid on all kinds of things. But I didn’t win again…at least not with that first bid pack.

So I bought another bid pack. But I didn’t win. I couldn’t shake it off though. I knew I could recreate what I had started.

The problem was, with each bid pack I purchased I was losing money. I wanted to win so bad. To get things affordably for my kids, and to gain back the money I had lost trying to repeat these early wins. I bought more and more bids packs. Over the next several days I began to slow down, but damage had been done to my budget. Fortunately, I had my summer job.

Although I slowed down on buying bid packs, I could not quite shake off those early wins. Those FOUR wins could not have been a fluke. There must be something I am missing. Over the next few weeks I slept less, did less around the house. Turned to the computer every break at work. I watched Deal Dash..,always watching Deal Dash.

Those early 4 wins had left a feeling in me. A feeling I couldn’t shake off. I needed to recreate the feeling. Next paycheck, I bought more bids. I tried different strategies and times of day. I knew there was something I was missing…I had to find what conditions led to my early wins…maybe it was time of day. Or time of month. Or something.

It took me a while to realize I would never recreate that same set of wins. I didn’t truly give it up until I recruited family to join DealDash. That’s when I realized what happened.

When a new user first signs up he/she has some auctions meant only for new the users. They are the lower valued items like a $10 Walmart card, $10 Burger King card, $10 Duncan Donuts card, etc. It’s designed so that a new users only compete with each other making the auctions easier to win. I admit, I felt scammed. I didn’t know those items were only part of special auctions for new users. I betrayed my family when I became blinded by cheap wins and spent a great deal of important funds. At least it was a lot to us. Even more, I had betrayed time to my family as I tried to figure out what I was doing wrong and studying how to recreate the conditions that gave me those early wins.

I’m still with Deal Dash though. I’ve moved past those early losses and time spent studying Deal Dash…wondering why I couldn’t recreate those first wins. Now I know how to bid, I know how to play it right, and I now know how to save on Deal Dash winning and saving on over 70 auctions. Am I still bitter that not knowing this led to me spending important money and invaluable time focusing on Deal Dash? Absolutely – if only I knew those were beginner auctions…it would have changed a lot for me last summer.

Would I, and do I recommend Deal Dash? Absolutely.

But, if you are a rookie, heed my warning. If you win a string of low value items early, like I did, you need to know, those easy wins may have come from auctions with only rookies which often only have 2 or 3 people in them…if anybody.

Deal Dash is great. But learn from my mistake. DO NOT let yourself get caught up emotionally in those first wins…the feeling is addictive. Fight it, and play intelligently.