I have written in the past about the use of DealDash’s Bid Buddy system. It is a great tool, to win auctions.
However it is also a great tool to learn how and when other players bid. Over the past few months I have really watched the patterns that some players have, and I started all of this with the Bid Buddy.
As you know the Bid Buddy books automatic bids, so if you want to step away from an auction and still participate in the auction, you are able to. However I have began to use it for more than just that. Each auction has a countdown timer, as to when it will begin. It is important to pay attention to this timer. When it hits 10 seconds the auction is now live.
My secret is to enter my automatic bids as close to 10 seconds as possible. This gives me a point of reference in the auction. If I manage to enter my bids at 11 or 12 seconds, I should be the last automatic bidder. When my name comes up in the auction, it is fairly simple to tell how many automatic bidders there are which can be really valuable information.
If my first automatic bid comes up early (15 to 20 cents) I know that there are only a few other bidders that I need to beat out. If it happens to be between myself and another automatic bidder, I will jump on that bidder so that they use their automatic bids, and hopefully no one else enters the auction, and I can win. These are just suggestions, however they can be useful. Hope they are helpful when you’re planning your next penny auction bidding strategy on DealDash.com.
In yesterdays blog post by Kim Finnegan, an experienced bidder who has been shopping on DealDash.com sinceSeptember 2012 with over 150 auction wins, questioned the highly used BidBuddy DealDash currently has as an option for bidding. The BidBuddy is your automated bidding tool which allows you to plug-in any number of bids you have available on your bid balance and let the auction ride in hopes others will not bid and you’ll have that sweet taste of victory and lovely explosion of fireworks!
The BidBuddy will place your bid at the very final second of the auction while you sit back and watch or go on with your daily activities of work, sleep, play, or whatever requires your attention. Having your bid placed at the final second of the auction is a viable strategy as it conserves your bids while others place single bids, perhaps unaware your BidBuddy is locked and loaded. Don’t take the word “locked” the wrong way, you can cancel your BidBuddy at anytime and all the unused bids will be deposited back to your bid balance and can be used again at anytime. One can also add more bids to the BidBuddy as well without having to cancel and re-book as shown in this lovely and colorful snippet of the BidBuddy Box.
So the BIG question Kim asked is… Should BidBuddy Be Required? These are only the results gathered so far since the question was asked yesterday, July 8th, however so far the results are split fairly evenly.
What do you think about the BidBuddy? Should it be required or does it take away from the bidding fun?
The poll will be open for another 6 days, answer here:
Watch and Learn – The first and most important bidding tip for having the best DealDash experience is to take the time to watch and learn how the auctions work. Be sure to read the FAQ and visit the how does it work page on DealDash.com before jumping into the auctions. Once you have a solid understanding of the bidding process and various DealDash features, it’s advised to take the time to participate in a few auctions as a bystander only. Watch the auctions and see how they play out. Some people even keep a notepad or excel sheet to track bidders and what type of bidding strategies they are using or what auctions they recently won. Visiting the winners page is useful to see what just sold and for how much it sold for. One secret tip is to view the auction in logged out mode. When you do this, you are able to see what the average selling price is for any particular item on DealDash.
Use the BidBuddy – Wait! What is the BidBuddy? You should know this by now if you have taken the time to read the FAQ and may even be able to spot bidders using their BidBuddy. The BidBuddy is your automated bidding tool. This comes in very handy because when you book bids in your BidBuddy, you don’t have to sit at your computer and press the Bid Button over and over again every time you want to place a bid. The BidBuddy also removes the risk of placing your bid too late and having the system not recognize the bid causing the auction to sell right in front of you to the other bidder. The BidBuddy will place your bids during the last few seconds of the auction clock automatically. Auctions can not end when more than one person has bids booked in their BidBuddy. If multiple bidders have bids on their BidBuddy, they will take turns placing bids until all but one run out of bids. This is why you may notice the same few people placing their bids in a rotating order. Example: BidderA, BidderB, BidderC, BidderA, BidderB, BidderC, BidderA, BidderB…. you get the idea. A secret tip: the high majority of all auctions sold are won with the BidBuddy!
Buy it Now if you don’t win – DealDash is much more than just a penny auction site, it’s a retail shopping store and you will find some of the newest & coolest items on DealDash.com that you might find in other retail stores – with comparable and competitive prices! It’s one of the main reasons people come to DealDash to shop for their families and friends. Why? Because the Buy it Now prices are fair, DealDash makes shopping more fun, plus shopping here gives you the chance to get a really really good deal. There are over 1,000 auction winners everyday with thousands of examples of amazing deals. Remember the winners page..? Yes, just check that out and see what recently sold. Other penny auction sites are set up in a way that if you don’t win the auction, you’re out of luck and walk away empty handed with nothing to show for it. This is one aspect which makes DealDash different. It’s obvious that there is only one winner to each auction listed. So, what happens to all the people that did not win the auction? The Buy it Now happens! People that don’t win the auction have a full 7 days (not 1 or 2 hours like other sites – if they even have a Buy Now option) to decide if they want to buy the same item they were bidding on at regular retail price. In doing so, they’ll get back all the bids used in that auction. So what does this all really mean and what is the BIG takeaway? Bid on items you want and/or need. If you don’t win it, Buy it Now and get your bids back to try for something else. Remember… DealDash is a retail shopping site. Use these tips and take away the gamble but keep the thrill!
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This blog entry is for those of you who don’t know how bidders are able to stay by their computer or why bidders seem to place their bids in turn. They answer to both of those questions is by using the BidBuddy!
The BidBuddy is an automated bidding tool available to bidders, and is by far the most important tool bidders have for winning auctions. Here’s a few different ways that the BidBuddy can help users win auctions:
The BidBuddy Keeps you in the Auctions
You preset the BidBuddy to use a set number of bids in each auction. Once you do that, the BidBuddy will automatically place your bids before the bid clock counts down to 0. By doing this you’re guaranteed to get your bids in before the auction closes, and you’re also free to leave the computer and do other things while participating in the auction. You can go to the bathroom, or you can go to a movie: the BidBuddy makes sure you can stay in it to win it!
Experienced Bidders Know not to Bid Against the Bidbuddy
Once you set a BidBuddy it will place the bids for you, even while you’re away from the computer. If more than one bidder has a BidBuddy active then the BidBuddies will take turns placing the bids. Experienced bidders know this and so they look for these patterns, and if they see it they’ll know that they won’t win until the BidBuddies have run out of bids. One way you can take advantage of this is by placing a small number of bids in your BidBuddy at a time and then watching the auction. This can chase people who are watching the auction away as they won’t be able to tell how many bids your BidBuddy is going to place, but it can also tell you whether other bidders have their BidBuddies set up.
The BidBuddy Makes it Easier to Bid on Multiple Auctions
Many bidders like to multitask and bid on several auctions at the same time. This can be challenging and can be an easy way to sink bids into an auction only to get distracted and then lose out. The BidBuddy provides a sort of safety net by placing the bids for you. It’s always worth putting 5 or 10 bids into your BidBuddy to make sure that you don’t miss out on a big win because you’re looking at more auctions or checking the winners list.
Most auctions on DealDash are won using the BidBuddy, so try using these tips to help YOU win more auctions. Check out this video below to learn how to set up your BidBuddy.
This blog post is to help bidders learn a few of the basic building blocks to a winning strategy. If you’re an experienced bidder, it might be useful to revisit some of these ideas and think about whether or not there’s room to refine your strategy.
If this is your first experience with DealDash, congratulations! DealDash is the longest running pay-to-bid site of its kind in the United States, and currently provides service to over 1.5 million registered users. Everyday people visit the site, have a great time bidding and looking through the thousands of available items, and many customers (even the new ones) win great deals on products they love.
But winning isn’t a matter of luck on DealDash: bidders who win do so because they’ve taken the time to learn how the auctions and the website work. By keeping these few pieces of advice in mind you can save yourself both time and money and learn what the best bidders already know!
Watching Auctions Pays Off More Than You Might Think
Watching auctions on DealDash might not be as much fun as watching your favorite TV show, but it pays off for bidders. The MOST IMPORTANT thing to do to create a winning strategy is to learn how bidders behave in the auctions (this is advice from some of the most experienced bidders on DealDash)! Spend a little bit of time watching how bidders react, who bids when, and what kind of products attract more bidders. Watch and learn…then win!
Read Through the Website and Some of the Blog Entries
DealDash regularly posts information to help people learn how to win, both in this blog and on the website. While the blog provides summaries of key strategies and provides some context on how they can be used to your advantage, the website contains raw data that you can use to make decisions. Pages like the Winners page lets you see who’s winning what, when they’re winning it, and for how much – all of them important pieces of information. Information like that can tell you who might be a power bidder, or highlight a couple of hours when the items sold for unusually cheap prices. The blog, on the other hand, highlights some of the particulars of bidding and helps illustrate how certain features, concepts, and ideas can be your key to winning auctions.
Familiarize Yourself with the Tools of Your Trade
DealDash has several unique features to help bidders in their quest for bigger and better wins. Many of the tools are easy to use and understand, but surprisingly some people don’t take the time to learn about them before bidding. Here’s a few example of things you can use to help you learn to win auctions:
Bookmarks – You can bookmark auctions that you’re interested in and then view them all on the same page
The BidBuddy – The BidBuddy is an automated bidding tool that places bids for you even while you’re away from the computer.
No Jumper Limits – One of the most frustrating experiences for bidders is when they’re reaching the end of the auction.
It’s down to you and one other bidder (who may or may not be your arch nemesis)…and you’re bidding back and forth trying to outlast each other. It’s been a long, hard-fought battle, but now you can see the light at the of the tunnel…and then another bidder joins the auction.
Nothing is worse for bidders than the above situation, which is why DealDash has implemented “No Jumper” auctions. These No Jumper auctions prevent new bidders from joining after the item price reaches $5 (sometime less if there’s a sale), thereby limiting the number of bidders who can join that particular auction. There’s less competition in these auctions, and so they’re easier to win!
The “Buy it Now” Helps you Save Money
People come to DealDash to win great deals in the auctions, but nobody wins all the time. That’s why there’s the “Buy it now” (BIN) option. This lets you buy the item from the auction at a regular price. You read that last sentence and though “Where’s the deal in that?”. Well, when you BIN an item, you get all your bids back from that auction for FREE, and so you can use them in another auction. Many new bidders don’t realize this at first, but this can actually help you save a lot of money on bids, and you still get the product you want. It really minimizes the risk of using your bids and then walking away with nothing. That’s why bidding DealDash is a risk-free proposition!
Winning auctions isn’t something you learn to do overnight, so using them to save money can seem tricky at first. You might see and read about people winning more great bargains than they know what to do with, but what you might not hear so much about is that winning auctions is not about luck: it’s all skill! Many of the really smart bidders weren’t born winners, they learned through hard work, patience, and by thinking about what they’re doing. DealDash works hard to provide bidders with a fair and honest auction experience, and is currently the longest running auction site of its kind in the United States! But winning auctions is up to the individual bidders, and every bidder can take his or her own approach to winning the great bargains available with DealDash!
One feature on DealDash’s website that a lot of new bidders aren’t familiar with is the BidBuddy. The BidBuddy is an automated bidding tool, and a skilled bidder can use it to save time and money, and also as a great resource to help them WIN AUCTIONS! Here are three ways to incorporate the BidBuddy into your own winning strategy!
1. The BidBuddy is Key to Winning with Last Second Bidding
One strategy a lot of bidders use is to try to place their bids just before an auction closes. Every bidder is pressed to bid before the clock hits zero. And of course, nobody wants to place their bids if someone else intends to do the same thing, as this just means they’re placing a bid instead of your opponents. The BidBuddy is a great way to avoid this dilemma: the BidBuddy is programmed to automatically place your bids just before the auction closes. Try setting up your BidBuddy even if you’re planning on bidding manually for the entire auction. This tactic will make sure that your bids are only placed when absolutely necessary, thereby letting you CONSERVE your bids for when you need them to win!
2. The BidBuddy Makes a Great Safety Net
DealDash auctions don’t end according to a set schedule: they stop when the bidding stops (just like live auctions). While this makes them more exciting and offers bidders better bargains, it does demand more attention and focus. The deals are better, but it take more skill and determination to win! The BidBuddy is a great tool to set up as a safety net, especially for bidders who like to pay attention to more than one auction at a time. When you set up your BidBuddy, it is programmed to place your bids just before an auction closes, making it a great way to make sure a momentary distraction doesn’t cause you to lose a long, hard-fought auction. Instead of panicking and switching between multiple auction windows in an effort to place your bids before the auction closes, why not set up your BidBuddy to participate for you? It won’t waste your bids by placing them earlier than necessary, and it leaves you free to check out additional auctions, do research on the products, or just popping in on Facebook to see what’s happening. You can even turn off your computer and take a walk or watch some television: the BidBuddy will keep on ticking to make sure you stay in the fight!
3. People Know Not to Bid Against the BidBuddy
A lot of experienced users know how to spot BidBuddies in the auctions. When several bidders have BidBuddies in the same auction, they bid in a regular sequence, so they’re not so difficult to see. But even though bidders can tell when you’re using a BidBuddy, they can’t tell how many bids you’ve set it up with, or if you’re there watching. This makes using the BidBuddy a bit of a game changer. Bidding against a BidBuddy loaded up with thousands of bids will just mean everyone bidding against it is wasting their bids, but if a BidBuddy only has 10 bids or so then sticking with the auction can result in an easy, potentially very big win! Keep this in mind when you’re loading up a BidBuddy in the auction. When you think an auction is nearing its close try adding a few dozen bids to see if you can get some other bidders to give up the fight. You should also remember that other bidders will try the same thing against you, so don’t be too hasty pulling out of a fight with another BidBuddy! Take a moment to consider the item price, whether or not you’re familiar with your opponents and their bidding, and how much further you’re willing to go to win!
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 Martha used the great bargain she got on her Lenovo 15.6 in. Laptop Computer to help her 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!
Your BidBuddy’s DealDash Tip Guide – A Pro’s Secrets
I’m DealDash’s automated bidding tool, and I help bidders win auctions by placing their bids for them. DealDash veterans know me better as the BidBuddy, and I’m sure they’ve used me to win some great bargains in DealDash’s auctions. DealDash is the Internet’s premier alternative to penny auction sites, and every day more and more people are learning that it’s the best, most legitimate way to get great deals on the Internet. I wanted to write this to introduce myself to new users, and remind everyone how they can use me to win one of the thousands of auctions DealDash offers everyday!
DealDash is a fair and honest alternative to penny auction sites, and is a bit different from regular auctions in that DealDash auctions don’t end at a specific time. Instead, there’s a bid clock that counts down to zero, and every time a new bid is placed the clock resets and the item price goes up by just $0.01. Whoever places the last bid wins the auction! By capping the bid increases at one penny, DealDash is able to sell off fantastic items at an unbelievable discount! And you never have to worry about the items being used or getting cheap knock-offs like you do with other auctions!
Since DealDash offers users a safe, reliable way to get these incredible deals, the auctions can get pretty competitive, and that’s where I come in. In fact, if you ask around, most people use me to help them win those really popular items, like this $75.00 Chevron gas gift card which sold for $0.14 – yep, won using me, your BidBuddy! So I want to explain to everyone exactly how I help the big winners land their great savings!
BidBuddy’s DealDash Tip #1: – Remember to bid early!
Most of the auctions on DealDash are called “No Jumper™ auctions. This means that after the item price hits a certain amount ($5 dollars) people can’t join in the auction. This means that if you want to participate, and if you want me to help, you have to place a bid before this happens. Remember, you can’t get a great deal if you can’t bid! Read more about No Jumper™ auctions here.
BidBuddy’s DealDash Tip#2: – You Can Stop Whenever You’d Like because I Never Quit!
DealDash auctions don’t end at a specific time, and so a lot of new users think they have to spend the whole time in front of their computer. This makes winning that Digital SLR Pro Camera seem impossible! Unlike most users, I don’t need to eat, sleep, or take a break. I’m there to bid, and letting me do my job frees up your time to grab a bite to eat or get a little exercise without having to miss out on the great bargains!
BidBuddy’s DealDash Tip#3: – Last Minute Bidding is My Job!
You win DealDash auctions by being the last person to place a bid. A lot of people like to save their bids for the last possible second. But if they wait too long, that clock hits zero, and then they’re too late to win that GPS Roadmap. But that’s where I come in. I’m programmed to bid just before an auction closes, so you’re guaranteed to get that last minute bid in before the auction closes. The pros know to leave the last minute bidding to me, and anyone will tell you, they win more auctions by letting me do the tough work for them!
There’s lots more great tips on how to win the auctions in the “Tactics and Tips” section of website, and I think both new and old users should have a look at it. This blog is also an excellent source for tips and advice on how to get great bargains in DealDash’s auctions. If you’re new to the site and need some help getting me set up to win for you, just send a quick message to DealDash’s awesome Customer Support Team, or just check out this quick video tutorial!
Hope to see everyone soon at DealDash, the Internet’s #1 source of legitimate bargains!