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!
- Locate the Winners tab and click on it to open.
- 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.
- 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!