In 2012, I created a profile to check out DealDash, but it wasn’t until this past year that I really put any money into it to give it a good try. I must admit that there have been times where I swore off DealDash, but the allure of the fireworks seemed to keep calling me back. I’m glad I stuck with DealDash and continued my quest for figuring out what I was doing wrong and how I could do things better to be more successful in the auctions.
I love that DealDash really does feel like a community in ways. Through other people’s snippets, I get a sense there are people from all walks of life and interests on the site and we all want the same thing–a great bargain and the fireworks display when we win! I am 50-year-old mother and (young) grandmother and work full-time at a day job and do freelance work from time to time as well. I have many interests, which include writing and watching mixed martial arts, drinking good wine and the company of good friends.
Over the past six months, I have had more success on DealDash. I was able to get a Verdict watch for my dad and a Barrel Shack wine rack for my mom for Christmas and they absolutely loved them! I haven’t told my dad yet that I didn’t really pay $349 for the watch. He did want to know, however, if I had hit the Lotto. I then went on to win a Wilson & Miller mini charcoal grill for my son for his birthday. He is so thrilled and can’t wait to cook on it the next time he goes ice fishing.
I keep getting a little better at DealDash and that comes with practice and above all, patience. This usually means I lose more bids than win, but I am now getting wins more often. I have had plenty of frustrating days when I couldn’t win a thing and came “so close” to winning a big ticket item before running plum out of bids. You always know there’s a good chance you’re not going to win but you’re willing to take the chance for the entertainment factor and the chance of a great win. If you lose, you can always use the “Buy it Now” option to buy the item for its normal price and get your bids back.
So here’s my advice if you’re just getting into DealDash: Give it some time, bid only on the items you really want (I must admit this is the hardest one for me but I am getting better at it), read the Tips & Tricks section, study the bidders to determine who to stay away from (power bidders) and use BidBuddy! Have confidence and good bidding!