Sometimes You Just Need to BIN

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DealDash loves its customers. You can tell by the amazing features that they offer such as Buy It Now (BIN).

Do you love the BIN feature on DealDash? You should, because Buying It Now is a really great option when you’ve invested way too many bids on an auction. Winning the auction is the point of playing on DealDash, but in many auctions, there will be a person who wants the item more than you do. This person will outbid you to get it.

What Does Buying It Now Mean?

BIN is a feature that DealDash offers to every bidder in every auction. This is also known as “Buying It Now.” With BIN, if you have bid to many times and are still not going to win the item you can purchase it at the retail price that is listed on each and every auction page, and have all of the bids that you spent on the auction returned to your account.

When Should I BIN?

Knowing when to BIN an item is an important skill to learn. You always want to do your “DealDash Math” before you enter an auction to see how many bids that you can spend before you reach the retail price.

Once you have hit the number of bids that you have previously calculated and you still haven’t won the auction, that’s when you know it’s time to throw in the towel and BIN the auction. Don’t think of it as a loss, though, because you will get every single bid that you spent returned to your account when you BIN the item. You will also get free shipping, no matter how large or small the item is. Free shipping is the other feature that DealDash offers that really puts them on a higher level than their competitors.

I hope that you found this new DealDash article on Buying It Now helpful. Another way to learn more DealDash information is to read the DealDash Reviews blog and our sister blog DealDash Tips daily. There is always a wealth of DealDash information to explore. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

This blog was written by Dawn E, a mother of 3 who loves DealDash. Read even more at DealDashReviewed.comDealDashTips.com, or on her own blog, DawnBlogtopus.

How Many Bids Do I Need to Win?

Many players ask this question. Of course, it is impossible to answer because there are so many different variables that determine the answer. It mostly depends on the value of the auction item, how many players are bidding in the same auction and the experience level of the players. It also partly depends on what special feature DealDash is running at the time.

No one can say exactly how many bids it might take to win an auction. However, there are mathematical calculations you can do to get a good idea how many bids it might take to win a particular auction.

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If you are determined to win a particular auction, you might want to base your mathematical calculations on the highest amount the auction closed at over the last several weeks. You could track it every day and record the closing cost every time it goes up for auction. You might also want to make note of the DealDash special feature when it goes high and the DealDash special feature when it goes low. By doing this, you should be able to calculate about how many bids it might take to win an auction.

Submitted by: Barbara L. Sellers

Sellers has been playing on DealDash since Feb. 8, 2012. So far, her best win is the Bolvaint- Eanes Classic Minute, Men’s Watch, black, which retails for $1,600.00. Sellers won it for only $17.65 plus 249 bids.

DealDash Tips: Using the Winners Tab

I’ve been active on DealDash for going on two years now and there has definitely been a learning curve to bidding and winning auctions.  While I always encourage fellow bidders to check out the Tips & Tricks tab on the site, today I’d like to talk about how to maximize the Winners tab in your bidding strategy.

The Winners tab is located on the site to the right of the Tips & Tricks tab and to the left of the Dashboard tab.

This tutorial will take you through the steps of using the Winners tab to your advantage while bidding and hopefully as a result you will waste less bids and win more auctions. Let’s get started!

 

  1. Locate the Winners tab and click on it to open.

 

  1. Click on the left or right hand side of the page in a section with no words and then use your End or scroll down button to go all the way to the end of the page. If you scroll to the end of the page, you will have anywhere from the last 19 to 21 hours of bidding history. Keep this tab open on your web browser for future use.

 

  1. With my computer, I am unable to refresh the page (which would update your page with more recent auction winners) so I sometimes open a second tab and click on the Winners tab when I want to view the most recent winners.

 

If using Internet Explorer, you will go to the top left of your screen and click on Edit and drop down to Find on this page to search.  In Google Chrome, I go to the top right and drop down to the Find button to search.

 

Take Note of Winners of Big-Ticket Items

The first thing I do before I start bidding is do a quick run through and look for big-ticket items like paintings and sculptures and take note of the names who have won these items in the last several hours. It’s important to note that some of the names you see may already be those experienced bidders who you already have made a mental note to avoid.

With big ticket items, it’s possible that the winner has actually purchased the item to ship to their home but there are some who can’t resist the exchange to bids option and stack their bids in the bank. When you see someone who wins a big-ticket item several times a day, it’s safe to assume they might be exchanging to bids. After all, there are only so many paintings you can hang on a wall.

It is also important to note that if you see someone win a painting, it doesn’t necessarily mean you need to avoid them forever. After all, their bids run out at some point too. Just take note and make an educated decision based on how long ago they won the big-ticket item as compared to when they are bidding on a current item.

 

Noting the Experienced Bidder

So now you’re in an auction and an experienced bidder—you know, the ones to seem to be in every auction you are in and seem to win a whole lot—pops in. Search your list to see how many times they have won in the past several hours. Maybe they are having an off day and only winning a few small items, possibly indicating you’ve got a shot at this one and can stay in a little longer and try your luck.

I have on more than a few occasions witnessed an experienced bidder pop in only to pop back out after a few bids, opening the auction up to others in the process. I have learned not to be immediately intimidated by all experienced bidders, but there are still a few who I will avoid at all costs.

 

Bidders Who Bid on Similar Items

 Using the search function under the Winners tab, I have noticed the noteworthy trend of bidders who bid on similar items. I have taken note of bidders who tend to bid on a particular type of item (jewelry, backpacks, perfume) consistently and this type of bidder has usually seen some success in winning a particular type of time and stays with what they feel works.

For example, I’ll say user biddingtowin (not a real user), is often seen bidding on all Adamant backpacks. If I am in an auction such as this and this bidder enters the auction, it’s usually safe to say they’re going to try their luck for a good number of bids or until they win because they have had success with this item previously. Again, use your best judgment as to whether to go toe-to-toe with these types of bidders on familiar items.

In another example, using your search function, you find that a particular bidder recently won a Kamikoto knife set and you are now bidding against them for a Kamikoto knife block. Chances are they want to score this item to accompany their knife set and will bid higher than normal in order to win it. In these instances, I’ll back off, wish my fellow bidder good luck and try the next one.

 

Winning with the Winners Tab 

While the guidelines above do not guarantee a win, they can save you bids in the long run and allow you to make a strategic decision to place your bids on the item you’re currently bidding on or wait for the next auction to bid.

With time and practice, you can learn to utilize not only the Tips & Tricks tab, but also the Winners tab to win big at DealDash!

 

Happy bidding!

Loving Your DealDash Experience

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DealDash’s goal is to have everyone love their experience on the site. Here are some ideas to get the most out of it.

If you’re a newbie and you haven’t been having a great experience on DealDash, you might not be using the site to the fullest extent. It’s hard to consistently win auctions if you don’t know what you are doing, and that’s where the DealDash Blog comes in to help. We want you to love DealDash and have a great experience every time, even if you don’t win, and the way to do that is to learn everything about DealDash that you can!

Being an Excellent Bidder

How can you learn to be an excellent bidder if you’re new to the site? There is an easy answer to that, and it is to watch the more experienced bidders in the big auctions. Even if you’re not planning on bidding on a larger auction such as a TV or video game system you should still watch some of those auctions as they are happening.

By watching the more experienced bidders in the bigger auctions you will get a much better idea of how to develop your own bidding style. When you’ve decided on a bidding style that you would like to use, then it’s time to start bidding in auctions yourself.

Choosing the Correct Auctions to Bid On

Before you start bidding you’ll need to purchase a bid pack. The bid packs range from around 50 to 2,000! After buying the bid pack you can figure out exactly which auction that you would like to enter. You can start with an auction that is currently in progress, as long as the final auction price hasn’t reached the $5 “No Jumper Limit.”

You can start with an auction that is currently in progress, as long as the final auction price hasn’t reached the $5 “No Jumper Limit.” You may also choose to enter an auction that is happening in the near future by loading up your BidBuddy with the appropriate number of bids to reach the BIN (Buy It Now) price.

Choosing an auction to bid in is one of the most fun parts about DealDash! Personally, I would suggest starting off with a gift card auction. That way if you have reached the BIN (Buy It Now) price you can simply buy the gift card for the regular face-value, receive all of your bids back, and also get free shipping. It’s a no-risk auction when you bid on a gift card that you would have purchased anyway such as a gas gift card.

I hope this article has encouraged you to learn more about DealDash. You should definitely check out DealDash’s “Tips & Tricks” section on the site. It’s full of great information that you will find helpful when bidding on DealDash. Just click this link right here and you can check it out. Good Luck and Happy Bidding, everyone!

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This blog was written by Dawn E, a mother of 3 who loves DealDash. Read even more at DealDashReviewed.comDealDashTips.com, or on her own blog, DawnBlogtopus.

Best Times to Bid

If you want less competition and have a better chance to win auctions on DealDash.com, it is important to choose the best times to bid.

Here are four things to consider when choosing the best times to bid:

1. Avoid weekends. Why would I choose to avoid playing on weekends? Customers who have jobs Monday through Friday are more likely to do more online shopping during their time off on weekends. Watch for a while and keep track of the numbers to see if there are more bidders on weekends than there are during the week days.

2. Consider Time Zones. If you want to bid in auctions while the majority of other shoppers are sleeping, remember to take time zones into consideration. Retirees might decide to shop at night and sleep in the morning, or they might shop early in the morning, while other people are busy getting ready for work. Remember, however, that if you are on Pacific Standard Time, while other shoppers are on Eastern Standard Time, they are three hours ahead of you. While it is still night time for you, it is already morning for them.

3. Shop when other customers are less likely to be online. For example, during the Super Bowl, many other shoppers might be busy watching the game instead.

4. Avoid shopping during the most popular specials. For example, we all love the “free to the winner” specials, but that might not be the best time to shop if we want less competition. Why? Everybody and their grandparents love the “free to the winner” specials, so a lot more customers tend to get online. Winning an auction for free is great, but not necessarily if it takes four or five times more bids to win. Remember bids cost money, too, so you might have less competition and win a better deal if you shop during a special that is less popular.

 

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Submitted by: Barbara L. Sellers

Barbara has been a happy DealDash customer Feb. 8, 2012. Since then, she won 695 auctions and will soon be on Level 58.

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Using Mind Games to Win on DealDash

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Using mind games on DealDash might not be the nicest way to play, but it is smart.

Do you ever use mind games on DealDash to beat your competition? What sorts of mind games do you play? Even though it might not be the nicest way to play on DealDash it is allowed as long as you are following all of the House Rules. If you would like to see a list of the House Rules just click on this link right here. Read the rest of this article to see how other people might be playing mind games with you.

Bidder Avatars

There are some rules about what sorts of pictures that you may upload on DealDash, the official rule on avatars is the following…

Please don’t try to intimidate others or post misleading content, bid count, links, emails, etc. Thank you!”

It says very clearly that you are not allowed to post “intimidating” pictures, however, it doesn’t say that you aren’t allowed to have an avatar of your favorite items to bid on.

For example, if Legos are your favorite item to bid on you might want to have a picture of a Lego as your avatar. Or perhaps you are a musician, you might want to have a picture of a music note as an avatar. Trust me, if I entered into an auction for Legos or a guitar with either of the above avatars I would probably back out pretty quickly. If someone likes something enough to make it their avatar, well, they probably want it more than I do.

Stompers Play With Your Mind

No one likes Stompers. Stompers are someone who bids immediately after you cheating you out of your clock time. This can be done accidentally, of course, but if it happens over and over again you know that they are doing it on purpose.

When someone stomps on your bid it probably frustrates you. If you’re frustrated enough and you haven’t put in very many bids you just may back out of the auction. Stompers might be annoying and make you feel unhappy, but it’s 100% allowed. That’s one of the great things about DealDash – you can play however you like as long as you follow the House Rules.

I hope this helped you think about playing DealDash using some strategic mind games! If you’re interested in reading more tips, tactics, and tricks check out the “Tactics & Tips” section on DealDash.

Don’t forget to check out our other DealDash-related blogs, DealDash Reviews and DealDash Tips. Be sure to read these blogs every day, they will give you a lot of great information about DealDash. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

 

This blog was written by Dawn E, a mother of 3 who loves DealDash. Read even more at DealDashBlog.comDealDashTips.com, or on her own blog, DawnBlogtopus.