This isn’t a blog on how to dominate the competition, crush other bidders or score a new iPad for thirty-eight cents. It’s not about what we can get.

It’s a story about giving.

One morning while I sat at my computer scanning upcoming DealDash auctions searching for the next treasure to bid on, I realized there wasn’t one single thing I needed. That awareness created a dilemma. Two of my most important bidding codes are: only bid on items I really want and only bid on items I can afford to BIN on (Buy It Now) if I don’t win the auction.

I’ve been at the online auction game for a while and in all humility, I’m good at it – from lessons learned the hard way. (Is there any other way to learn?) But on this particular day, aside from a gas card or more coffee for my Keurig coffee-maker (won at a 90 percent discount), I couldn’t find anything that met my criteria.

My home was beginning to resemble a retail store with TVs, tablets, coffee makers and other electronics piled next to the closet. Like I said, I’m good at online auctions. But I had accumulated enough good stuff to see me through all upcoming birthdays, two Christmases, and several other holidays.

Was it time to back off retail therapy? Where’s the thrill in winning a new television when I have nowhere to use the five new ones still packed in their boxes? Do I want to risk being forced to BIN on a two-thousand dollar item because some jumper snipes me in what’s meant to be a “No-Jump” Auction?

Frustrated, I shut down my computer, distracting myself with other tasks.

Later that day, a friend called and mentioned a local charity that helped her family – a privately-funded drug and alcohol program for people of all ages with one thing in common: addiction to alcohol or drugs has made their lives unmanageable. The more my friend talked, the more I liked this program.

In a time when other programs charge outrageous fees for an addicted loved one to stay at what’s supposed to be a treatment center but in reality can barely make time for therapy groups between scheduling massages, manicures and private jet trips to China. The place my friend described sounded both affordable and effective.

Instead of sending our addicted loved ones home labeled “cured” 28 days, four pedicures and $60,000 later and then watching him or her start drinking that night or even worse, discover she used drugs the entire time she was in treatment, this center offers long-term treatment (six months or more) for $2,000 a month. For those without any resources but strongly motivated to stay straight, the program also offers scholarships.

They’ll save lives for free.

My friend then mentioned that this program was now preparing for a silent auction to raise funds to continue offering scholarships and all the other quality services they’ve offered since the seventies. I looked at all my DealDash winnings, many still in boxes. Maybe the program could use some of these treasures, I thought.

A few days later, I called the organization and told the nice but obviously busy woman who answered the telephone exactly what I had to offer, how I obtained these items (try convincing someone in three sentences or less you have thousands of dollars of new merchandise and electronics you won online by bidding) and I explained why I wanted to give these items to them.

I’m sorry, but we don’t need any computers or TVs,” the woman politely replied.

These are brand new, still in their boxes. Under warranty –“

I’ll check with my manager and get back to you,” she said.


Dial tone.

A week later, I called the organization again and repeated my story. The nice lady who answers the phone repeated hers. After several rounds of calling and being rejected, I wore the nice lady down.

Okay, if these items are new, in the box and legally obtained, we can use them,” she said.

I loaded two televisions, a two thousand dollar computer, and boxes of pricey gizmos into my Jeep and headed to their office. When staff saw my DealDash treasure, they were thrilled. Some items found their way to the silent auction. Others will be used around the facility, either in the offices or where the clients live. All donations were genuinely appreciated.

But I wasn’t done yet. As the staff unloaded my Jeep, I pulled the program director aside. “Why was it so hard for me to give all this to you?” I asked her. “Why were you so hesitant to accept these things when I know you need them?”

She paused and then confessed. “You have no idea how much crap people try to pass off on us,” she said. “People re-do their houses and think that we’ll haul their junk away for free. They want us to come and pick up nasty fifteen-year-old sofas that the dogs peed on, broken chairs, stinky mattresses – and worse. Some people want to give us twenty-year-old DOS computers that don’t work at all, much less with any software programs and then use it as a tax deduction or to avoid paying toxic disposal fees,” she said. “We see everything in the name of donations now.

We didn’t think you were for real,” she said.

Back at home that night, I logged into my Deal Dash account and scanned upcoming auctions through new eyes. I bet local charities could use a new coffee machine, a microwave for their lunch room, or maybe a new computer for the office.

There are limits to what I want for myself but what others need? Limitless.

It’s easy to find others who truly need something that will make a difference in their lives if we look for them with have the vigor we bid to win. An elderly person confined to home can get so much joy from a new television. Or an aging parent can feel not so alone when he or she can Skype with – talk to and see — a grown child or grandchild every week on a new iPad.

The next time you have a great win but you don’t need that terrific item, consider giving it to someone who does need it – sometimes desperately. While there’s a shortage of affordable long-term treatment centers, there are many good organizations and genuinely needy people in our communities and sometimes in our family.

Is there an organization near you that could use office supplies? Maybe they could use a gift card to reward a hard-working volunteer or a gas card to keep their company van fueled. Many local charities struggle with daily operating expenses and even the smallest donation means a lot.

My perspective changed. More than an online site where I can get more stuff for me, Deal Dash multiplies my charitable giving. I still follow my rules: bid only on items that are needed and only on that which I can afford to BIN if I don’t win. But my definition of “what’s needed” expanded from what I need to what others need too.

Years ago I learned I could move mountains if I had a valid reason. People can endure unbelievable pain if there’s a valid purpose for their suffering. People need motivation to do what they do and to do it well. While greed has become enormously popular, charitable giving makes a much stronger motivation and it’s a technique for winning too.

Now I don’t mean you should write in your bio that you’re trying to win a wine rack to help poor children in Third World Countries; that your sister is destitute and must have a new iPhone 5; or that you have no limbs, one year to live, and therefore need the latest Mac Power Book or you might die today. In some cases, the stories we read in bidder’s bios are true. Even if they are, telling sob stories to help us win doesn’t work. It annoys other bidders and demeans us.

One bidder ‘s bio said it best (I’m paraphrasing): I’m sorry your spouse died, you lost your job, your home was demolished and you’re now living in a tent, suffering from an incurable disease and trying to care for fifteen homeless kittens and puppies. And as soon as I’m done bidding in this auction, I’ll start praying for you.

Somewhere I read that a loving person doesn’t let the left hand know what the right hand is doing – which is how I believe we should give. Quietly. Anonymously. No fanfare. Writing in our bio that we need a new iPad for starving children in Africa doesn’t make a good winning tactic. But using our motivation to help others and keeping that to ourselves can be one of the most powerful strategies for success that exist.

But don’t give to get; that’s trying to control the outcome. Give to give because that’s how we want to live. It’s important to be good to ourselves. But if we want to keep it, we need to give it away is more than a cliché. It’s a way of life that works no matter what situation we face.

Play fair. Bid hard. Enjoy your wins. And at the end (or beginning) of the day, remember to share your treasures.


Note to Readers: An old adage suggests keeping our good deeds private which is why I’m not using the treatment center’s or my name here. But if you need a referral to affordable and reliable treatment for a loved one, ask customer service and I’ll supply it through them.

DealDash.com – A Bidder that Turned One Win into Another

Customers love the great bargains they get in DealDash auctions! You can see photos and read testimonials from auction winners on DealDash’s new Pinterest page, and of course the official DealDash Facebook page. Every week customers post pictures of the great products they get from DealDash, and the best photo of the week wins a 500 dollar gift card! Last week Reynaldo won with this picture of the iPad Mini he purchased for just $80.39 (and as always, the shipping was free)!

With a 100% satisfaction guarantee on your initial bid pack purchase, trying DealDash is a risk free proposition. DealDash customers regularly save between 60-90 percent on the products featured in DealDash auctions, so get in on these great bargains and sign up now!

The BidBuddy vs. Manual Bidding: Which one is your winning approach on DealDash.com?

Experienced DealDash bidders know how invaluable the BidBuddy can be to formulating a winning strategy, and it’s been written about here before to make sure bidders new to DealDash understand the importance of learning about the BidBuddy. To put it simply, most auctions are won using it, and bidders who use the BidBuddy tend to win more auctions using less bids.

However, some people don’t like the BidBuddy. There are a number of reasons why some people don’t like using it: some people feel like they don’t control their bidding, some people find it makes it easy to overbid, and others simply find setting it up too difficult to bother with. Whatever the reason may be, single bidders are left to watching the auction and clicking away whenever they want to place their bids. And even though the BidBuddy is an invaluable bidding tool, using it or not using it doesn’t make a winner: the difference between winning and losing auctions is a matter of strategy. With the right approach to the auctions, there’s no reason why manual bidders cannot win an auction against users who rely entirely on their BidBuddy.

Here are a couple of advantages to placing bids manually, and how you can capitalize on them to win more auctions:

Manual Bidding Makes you Focus on Using your Bids

One of the most important advantages to the BidBuddy is that it allows bidders to automate their bidding, thereby freeing up their time to do other things while still participating in the auction. There’s no doubt that this really helps them stay in more competitive auctions, but this isn’t without drawbacks. Loading up a BidBuddy and then leaving the computer means bidders aren’t paying attention to what happens, and if one or more other users loads up their BidBuddy to bid against you, everyone will end up placing bids needlessly (see the next point for more details). The value of watching the auctions and being critical about what other users are doing cannot be understated, and the best way to do this is by staying at the computer and clicking each time you want to place a bid. By doing so, you’ll be putting thought into each bid you place, and this is a great way for new bidders to learn about how to bid to win on DealDash!

Nobody Wins when Everyone Uses the BidBuddy

When two or more users have active BidBuddies in an auction, the BidBuddies will place their bids in sequence until they’re either turned off or they run out of bids. Anyone watching the auction will see this “tell” and understand that putting a BidBuddy in the auction, or even placing a bid if there’s more than two BidBuddies running, is a waste of bids. Since people using the BidBuddy aren’t necessarily paying this much attention, they’re more likely to waste their bids than their manual bidding counterparts, who will enjoy the advantage of waiting, watching, and conserving their bids to get the most out of them. If you’re a manual bidder use this to your advantage by saving your bids until you start to see the BidBuddies drop out of the auction. This might take a bit of time, but you’ll be saving bids and can ultimately win more for less!

Manual Bidding Makes your Strategy Less Transparent

Because BidBuddies place their bids at regular intervals, experienced DealDashers can usually tell when they’re being placed from a BidBuddy (but not necessarily how many bids they’ve allotted to their BidBuddy). By not relying as much on your BidBuddy you’re free to make your behavior a lot less predictable to other bidders, which is a huge advantage. Winning an auction means you have to outsmart your competition, and so denying them information gives you a leg up on them.

While all of these advantages are good things to keep in mind, they aren’t guaranteed to make you win more auctions. The best approach is to mix and match your bidding and make use of the advantages to both single bidding and the BidBuddy. Rather than load up your BidBuddy and walk away OR sitting by the computer and clicking each time you want to place a bid, try switching up your strategy as the auctions progress to make the most out of both approaches. This will help you maximize the benefits of the BidBuddy and manual bidding, and make sure you’re prepared to beat out everyone to get the best deals available on DealDash!

Customers love the great bargains they get in DealDash auctions! You can see photos and read testimonials from auction winners on DealDash’s new Pinterest page, and of course the official DealDash Facebook page. Every week customers post pictures of the great products they get from DealDash, and the best photo of the week wins a 500 dollar gift card! Last week Mike won with this picture of a bike he purchased for just $0.68!

Hope you enjoy the bike this summer Mike!

With a 100% satisfaction guarantee on your initial bid pack purchase, trying DealDash is a risk free proposition. DealDash customers regularly save between 60-90 percent on the products featured in DealDash auctions, so get in on these great bargains and sign up now!

How to Win a Great Deal Before Mother’s Day at DealDash.com

Being a mother is no easy job. It involves working long hours for no money, and often involves doing thankless work: if I were to offer you a job with these benefits I’d expect to be laughed right out of the room. But despite the lack of benefits, mothers across the US do their best day in and day out to improve the lives of those around them. And not just their children and families, but their communities too!

But now Mother’s Day is right around the corner, so it’s everyone’s chance to finally go to their Mom, their friends’ mothers, their daughters, and anyone else who proudly calls themselves “Mom” and tell them what a great job they’re doing.

Well what does all this have to do with DealDash? Besides having our own mothers, we know that lots of people are looking to do something extra special this year for Mother’s Day. Whether that means getting some nice gifts or going out for a nice meal with the Moms in your life, DealDash is making itself the go-to place for your Mother’s Day shopping. You can save big on some gift cards to spend on fun things to do during the weekend, or get a new laptop for only a few dollars! However you choose to recognize the Moms in your life, DealDash wants to help you make this Mother’s Day a great one. Here are three easy to follow tips to help you budget your Mother’s Day shopping on DealDash, and save big bucks while giving all the Moms in your life a nice thank you!

#1: – Create a budget and stick to it!

If you want to save money on DealDash, it’s important to know how much you feel comfortable spending, and then bid on auctions you know you can win within that budget. This starts with you. Take a look at the current promotion and decide how many bids you can buy, then find auctions you can win within that range. Don’t bid on bigger items unless you know that you can afford to see the auction all the way through. While you can never be 100% sure on what the final sales price of an item will be, you can do some research and learn how much the average sales price is and how much the item has sold for recently. You can use these as benchmarks and plan your bidding strategy accordingly, but don’t automatically assume that things will work out as you plan. Know your limits, and be prepared to stick with them!

#2: – Bid on items that you know you’ll get great value from!

Another way you can be sure to get a great Mother’s Day gift is by bidding on items you know you can get the best value from. Don’t just bid on something that you think someone will like, but bid on things that you know you’d buy anyway. This makes the “Buy it now” option much more valuable. For example, gift cards are almost as good as cash, they make great gifts, and they’re available in denominations that suit all budgets. Bidding on gift cards is a great way to do Mother’s Day shopping on DealDash. If you don’t win you can just buy the card and then you get all your bids back to use in another auction. Now that’s smart shopping!

#3: – Think About the People You’re Buying For First

There are certain things that almost everyone’s mother will love, but you’re not buying for almost everyone. Think about what the person you’re shopping for would really love, and try to find something a little unique to buy for them. Holidays like Mother’s Day tend to convince people to buy stereotypical gifts, and so traditional retailers will have sales on things that most people want. DealDash deals work a bit differently: if more people want an item then the auction will be more difficult to win. Try to keep this in mind when doing your shopping. If everyone wants to get someone special in their life an iPad, it might be a good time for you to bid on a Kindle. Smart DealDashers know that the best deals are the ones that other bidders are missing out on, and this gives you the perfect opportunity to win a fantastic gift for CHEAP!

These are just a couple of suggestions on how you can get a great Mother’s Day gift for someone, but there are tons of pieces of advice contained on old blog posts that you should check out. And don’t forget that pieces of advice like these are no substitute for experience and innovation, so don’t be afraid to experiment and apply some out of the box thinking!

Customers love the great bargains they get in DealDash auctions! You can see photos and read testimonials from auction winners on DealDash’s new Pinterest page, and of course the official DealDash Facebook page. Every week customers post pictures of the great products they get from DealDash, and the best photo of the week wins a 500 dollar gift card! Last week Barbara won with this picture of the iPad she purchased for just $14.86!

Way to go Barbara! Hope you enjoy the iPad!

With a 100% satisfaction guarantee on your initial bid pack purchase, trying DealDash is a risk free proposition. DealDash customers regularly save between 60-90 percent on the products featured in DealDash auctions, so get in on these great bargains and sign up now!

Tips and Tactics to Help New Bidders Win on DealDash.com

Bidding and winning on DealDash is easy, and many bidders are able to win auctions with their first bid pack purchase. But some new bidders have more trouble, and there can be many reasons for this. Some people aren’t familiar with pay-to-bid auctions and don’t understand how to conserve their bids, others don’t know how to navigate the site and find themselves lost amongst the hundreds of products available to bid on each day. Here are a few pieces of wisdom that many veteran DealDashers have found to be vital tools in their quest to win those big ticket items that everyone loves!

Tip #1: – Do Your Research Before Bidding

The temptation to immediately jump into an auction as soon as you visit the site for your first time can be overwhelming. There are so many great products, and they often sell for just a fraction of their retail value. But the key to getting those big discounts is knowing how to win the auction while conserving your bids. Anyone can win an auction if they’re willing to use unlimited bids, but nobody who approaches the auctions with this mentality saves money. Big savings means getting the most out of the bids you use, so you need to use your head. Before you bid on an item, visit the auction page while logged out of your account. You’ll be able to see the average selling price of the item in the auctions at the top of the screen, and so you can get an idea about how long auctions will run for and how much competition you can expect in the auction. Information like this can help you make a budget and plan out how you want to use your bids in the auction.

Tip #2: – Higher Value Items Need More Skill

Some auctions attract more interest from bidders, which makes them more competitive. And while this isn’t always something determined by the value of the items, it is a good rule of thumb that more expensive items will attract more interest. If you’re new to pay to bid auctions and want to get the most out of the site, try sticking to some lower value items. There are lots of lower value items that are just as great to win than the more expensive ones (winning 4 $50 Amazon gift cards is the same as winning one $200 Amazon gift card). It’s a great way to learn the ropes and get some experience and wins under your belt. Once you start to get a feel for winning, it’s easier to apply what you’ve learned to the more competitive auctions.

Tip #3: – Concentrating Bids is Smarter than Spreading Them Out

Some bidders don’t keep track of where their bids go, and overtime this turns into a bit of drain. There might be a few reasons why bidders do this: some people do to much “browse bidding” and will just place a couple of bids while they’re looking through the open auctions. Other people might be bidding in auction, take a break and do something else, and then come back and bid on a similar product in a different auction. Whatever the reason might be, the result is the same: bids being wasted in auctions that the bidder won’t stick with. When you choose to bid in auctions, you should ask yourself whether you want to be in it to win it! If the answer is yes you should really focus on it: watch the auction, remember to bookmark it, research the product AND the other bidders. Not only does concentrating your bids in fewer auctions give you more bids to win the stuff you really want; it also means that if you lose you can use the “Buy it now” option and get all the bids you used in the auction credited back to your account.

Customers love the great bargains they get in DealDash auctions! You can see photos and read testimonials from auction winners on DealDash’s new Pinterest page, and of course the official DealDash Facebook page. Every week customers post pictures of the great products they get from DealDash, and the best photo of the week wins a 500 dollar gift card! Last week Robbie used the great bargain he got on this 32 Inch Panasonic TV to help him win big again on Facebook!


With a 100% satisfaction guarantee on your initial bid pack purchase, trying DealDash is a risk free proposition. DealDash customers regularly save between 60-90 percent on the products featured in DealDash auctions, so get in on these great bargains and sign up now!

Tips on How to Use your BidBuddy to Win More Auctions on DealDash.com

Winning auctions is a matter of skill, just like playing other games that involve competition against other people. Your goal when you’re trying to win an auction might be getting a great bargain on that iPad or laptop, but you’ve got to get through the other bidders first. This is a common mistake people make when they’re learning how the auctions work: they’re so focused on winning that they ignore the fact that other bidders are trying to do the exact same thing! What this means is that bidders who win do it with focus, concentration, and strategy.

I know what a lot of you are thinking: easier said than done right? Maybe so, but DealDash has lots of tools and features to help bidders develop their strategies – and learning to use these tools and features to your advantage is what having a winning strategy is all about. Once you get your bidding strategy down, winning auctions will almost seem like second nature!

One of the most invaluable tools you have on DealDash is the BidBuddy. If you don’t already know, the BidBuddy is an automated bidding tool that places bids for you, even while you’re away from the computer! The BidBuddy is one of the best assets at each bidder’s disposal (if not the best). Here are a few basic ways that the BidBuddy helps bidders win!

#1: – Other Bidder’s Can “Tell” When You’re Using a BidBuddy

Have you ever played poker? Experienced poker players will talk about something called a “tell”, which is a change in a particular player’s behavior that suggests something about what he/she will do in the game. BidBuddies place their bids in a particular sequence, and as a result, many experienced bidders can infer when others are using their BidBuddy. This makes using the BidBuddy a kind of tell, and that can be used to your advantage. For example, if you notice a pattern where several users are participating in an auction with their BidBuddies, you may want to sit it out until some of them stop bidding. That way, you’ll conserve your bids while the other bidders fight it out.

But bidders can’t tell how you’re using a BidBuddy. They won’t know if you have 3000 bids booked in your BidBuddy or 30. A good way to get rid of competing bidders is to place 30 bids in your BidBuddy and watch how they react. Some bidders will think that you’re in the auction for the long haul (regardless of what it takes to win), and decide to bid in a different auction.

#2: – Places Your Bids for You at the Last Second

Most bidders try to conserve their bids and place them at the last possible second. This makes sense, as it prevents you from placing bids that one of your competitors is planning to place anyway. The caveat with this strategy is that its easy to get distracted, click on the wrong spot, or have your browser freeze on you when the auctions closing! Having your BidBuddy waiting in the wings is a great way to avoid such a frustrating situation. Putting some bids in your BidBuddy as a safety net lets you check your e-mail, chat with a friend, or just explore other auctions without having to miss out on that great deal!

#3: – Keeps You in the Game

Probably the #1 benefit to using the BidBuddy is that it lets you leave your computer without having to worry about the auction. Since the BidBuddy runs automatically, you’re free to leave your computer and spend time with friends or family without missing the auction. This is a great way to save time while you’re saving money, and makes bidding less stressful and more fun!

This time saver can be especially useful early on in the auctions. Since the BidBuddy is designed to place bids just before an auction closes, you can keep your BidBuddy on to make sure you stay in the auction without worrying about it wasting all of your bids. If several other bidders have their BidBuddies on as well, they’ll place their bids in a sequence until they either run out of bids or their users cancel them.

These are just a few suggestions on the different ways you can incorporate BidBuddies into your own bidding strategy, but you should keep in mind that bidding in the auctions is still about beating the other bidders. Other bidders can use these same tricks on you, or figure out what you’re up to and alter their own approach accordingly. It’s always worth spending some time checking out the other bidders and the items you’re bidding on to consider how you should go about winning. It’s not always easy to beat the other bidders, but the more you practice the easier it gets, so don’t be afraid to change things up if you’re having problems and create a winning strategy that works for you!

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Don’t forget to check out big DealDash winners on our official Facebook and Pinterest pages! You can post pictures of your wins there to get free DealDash bids! With a 100% satisfaction guarantee on your initial bid pack purchase, trying DealDash is a risk free proposition. DealDash customers regularly save between 60-90 percent on the products featured in DealDash auctions, so get in on these great bargains and sign up now!