I was once a DealDash newbie too and made all the common mistakes that newbies tend to make. While I do believe there is a learning curve to getting your groove on DealDash, learning these top 3 dos and don’ts of DealDash bidding may very well be critical to your bidding success.
Do #1: Do Educate Yourself
There are several places on DealDash where you can get the inside scoop on how to increase your chances of winning. In fact, you’re in such a place right now if you are reading this—our blogs! The DealDash blogs are a great place to get exclusive tips written and shared by actual DealDash bidders. Another great place to gain insider knowledge is by clicking on Tips & tricks on the main page. Don’t forget to connect with others on the official DealDash Facebook and Twitter pages too!
Do #2: Do Use Tools for Success
DealDash wants you to win! It’s true! Some of the tools you can use to your bidding advantage include:
The Winners tab which allows you to see who has won over the past 24 hours and what ending auction prices were on those auctions. This can be valuable information if you’re keeping track of trends on particular items, bidders or the best days and times to bid.
Bookmark auctions by clicking on the star at the top right hand side of any individual auction. The star will turn a yellow-orange color and will be moved to the top of your page for easy viewing.
Email alerts can be activated by going into any individual auction and clicking on the blue Alert Me button in the lower left hand corner. Once activated, it will turn red (changing to Remove Alert, allowing you to deactivate the email alert at any time) and you will be sent an email alerting you that auction within 8 hours of the auction start time.
Do #3: Do Use Bid Buddy
Bid Buddy does the work for you. All you do is set the number of bids you want to place in any particular auction and once the auction starts, Bid Buddy will apply one bid each 10 seconds until you win or your pre-set number of bids run out. You can set just one bid or thousands. You’ll never have to worry about getting distracted and forgetting to keep up with the bidding. Bid Buddy really is a bidder’s best friend.
Don’t #1 – Don’t Jump or Stomp
Jumping is when you “jump” in on an auction after many others have placed their bids. While it’s often thought of as strategic and sometimes works, in many cases the most wins are attained by those who bid early and stick with it over time using Bid Buddy. Stomping, however, is considered just plain rude. Stomping is when you bid after each bidder without letting the timer run its course, which helps everyone earn time toward free bids. There’s really no good reason to stomp other than to annoy bidders and any experienced bidder will tell you that stompers rarely change their course for staying focused on the auction and the only thing that happens is the stomper uses many, many times more bids than the person who sticks with the auction using Bid Buddy.
Don’t #2 – Don’t Spread Your Bids too Thin
One thing I learned after making the mistake several times is that I get far better results if I put several bids into a few auctions rather than putting a handful of bids in several. It’s also important when starting out, to choose smaller auctions to gain practice and success rather than going for big-ticket items right out of the gate.
Don’t #3 – Don’t Pay Too Much
Set limits and know that one of the greatest pieces of advice I’ve ever received regarding DealDash is that “there is always another one of the items you want up for bid just around the corner.” You are rarely, if ever, going to be bidding on an item you will never see again. If you’re over your limit and still want to win the item, bookmark the next one and try again.
Every day DealDash gives you the tools to the trade so to speak. With time, patience, practice and success, you can learn to be a winning DealDash bidder too! Good luck and happy bidding!
This sponsored blog post was written by Theresa B., proud American, MMA fan, grandmother and ardent practitioner of sarcastic wit. Theresa was compensated by DealDash for this blog post.