3 Tips for Earning Free Bids on DealDash.com

DealDash loves its bidders as much as bidders love winning fantastic deals in the auctions, which is one of the reasons why DealDash is always looking for ways to make shopping online cheaper and more fun. One of the things that bidders seem to love the most are the different ways DealDash gives them opportunities to earn free bids, which helps them save even more money. While more experienced bidders have learned to use these to save big bucks, some bidders don’t even know about them. So here’s a quick breakdown on the best ways to earn free bids to use on DealDash!

#1: The Time as Highest Bidder Meter

The “Time as Highest Bidder Meter” is a small bar sitting at the bottom of your screen when logged in to your account. As you bid in the auctions, it calculates how much time you spend as the highest bidder in a particular auction. Once it fills up, you can click on it to claim free bids. The amount of free bids you can earn starts small, but it increases as you move up to higher levels!

This basically rewards bidders for spending more time as the highest bidder in an auction, so it’s a great way to earn something just for participating in an auction.

#2: Facebook Promotions

Almost everyone has a Facebook account nowadays, so it’s really easy to get free bids just by participating in the DealDash community. If you post pictures of your wins on DealDash’s Facebook page, you’re given free bids to use in the auctions. Not only that, but once a week the person who posts the best picture wins a free $500 gift card (vendors include Amazon, Walmart, and more)! This is a great way to subsidize bidding, and you can earn as many as 200 (list price for 200 bids is $120) bids just for posting.

#3: Special Offers

DealDash runs regular promotions where bids are sold at an incredible discount, but they also run promotions for its community that aren’t featured on the website. If you’re a regular bidder and want to get the most bang for your bucks, it’s important that you keep an eye on DealDash‘s various community pages. In addition to our incredibly popular Facebook page, you should also keep on eye on our Pinterest site, Google+ page, and of course this blog.

As already mentioned, DealDash is always thinking up new ways to reward bidders, so keep your eyes and ears open and don’t hesitate to leave your own suggestions in the comments!

DealDash Reviews – Insights into a Great Online Buying Experience

Online shopping is a multi-billion dollar business, and the surge in online spending is expected to continue rising to over $360 billion in the US within the next 3 years. The savings offered by online retailers are opening up a whole new world for shoppers by bringing premium products at affordable prices right to their front doors.

Since the benefits of online shopping are catching on all over the nation, more companies are working to bring these great savings to customers. And while many companies might be offering similar products and services at similar price points, DealDash sets itself apart from these other websites by bringing back the fun and social aspect to shopping – something a lot of people are starting to miss about going to the mall with friends!

DealDash lists over 800 brand new items up for auction everyday and is a place where people come together to bid, win and save on some of the best brand name products. Here are a few ways that people all over the USA use DealDash to save money (and have fun while doing it)!

It’s Easy to Use and CHEAP!

Registering for DealDash is 100% free, and with the regular sales and promotions buying bids to use in the auctions is affordable for everyone. PLUS, shipping on DealDash is 100% free on all items, saving you money on the products you want to buy AND at the gas pumps!

Buy the Products You Want at the Price You Want to Pay

All of the items featured in the auctions at DealDash must go, and users come together to bid on the different items. All items start at $0.00, and the DealDash community bids to set the final sales price. This way you can get items you really want without having to pay the outrageous mark-ups charged by retailers.

Earn Free Bids Just by Participating

DealDash rewards customers for just participating on the site. The website has many unique game like features (such as the Time as Highest Bidder meter) that lets customers earn free bids! PLUS, DealDash has one of the largest and most vibrant communities on Facebook that gives bidders even more opportunities to win!

Check out the DealDash Reviews section of the blog to read feedback from satisfied DealDashers! And remember, with a 100% satisfaction guarantee on your first bid pack purchase, trying DealDash is a risk free proposition. Why not treat yourself to a great deal today?

Secrets, Tactics and Tips about Stomp Bidding on DealDash.com

There’s not a lot of controversial aspects about the bidding on DealDash.com…most of the decisions successful bidders make are informed more by things like trying to make their bidding fit their individual budgets, lifestyles, and shopping habits. But there is one practice that nearly all experienced bidders love to hate, and hate to love – stomp bidding! If you check out our glossary, stomp bidding (also known as overbidding or double bidding) is defined as “an aggressive bidding technique where one bidder will place bids immediately after another user”. Aggressive behavior in general tends to irritate DealDashers (and DealDash actively monitors such behavior to and steps in when it is deemed inappropriate), but nothing seems to bother people more than stomp bidding. Many a bidder has written in with complaints about stomp bidding, and here’s a couple of points to consider about why people do it!

Stomp Bidding Prevents Other Users from Getting Free Bids

A unique feature on DealDash is the “Time as Highest Bidder” (TAHB) clock, which lets users claim free bids for spending more time as the highest bidder in each auction. It’s a great way to subsidize your bid costs, and many successful bidders actively use it to help them save money. In fact, some bidders will participate early in the auctions specifically to take advantage of this feature!

Stomp bidders, whether they know it or not, are robbing people of the free TAHB bids. Sometimes newer bidders won’t realize what they’re doing when they stomp bid, but others are more malicious and actually intend to prevent people from getting free bids! To these bidders, preventing you from getting free bids increases their chance of winning the auction!

Stomp Bidding Scares Bidders Away

The more experienced bidders become, the more they start to realize winning auctions is about playing against other users, and so strategies to beat them are important. One way to do that is by making them doubt whether or not they have what it takes to win…whether that be the time, the bids, or the dedication!

Besides being a general irritant, a lot of people stomp bidding want to give other bidders the impression that he/she has so many bids to use that it’s pointless to bid against him/her in an auction! After all, who can afford to throw bids away like that other than someone who just bought three 5000 count bid packs?

Whether or not the bidder actually has that many bids (few of them do) is beside the point: by making others think that they have thousands of bids to use, they’re able to make themselves look like the big bad bidding wolf, and chase other bidders away!

What To Do About Stomp Bidders

While bid stomping can certainly be an annoyance, it’s not against the rules, and when bidders can make it work for them it encourages them to keep doing it. So to beat Stomp Bidders, it’s imperative to let them know that you’re not going to be intimidated into throwing in the towel. Here are a few easy suggestions to help you troubleshoot Stomp Bidders:

Don’t Let Stomp Bidding Throw you off your Budget

Before entering an auction, every bidder should decide how many bids they’re willing to use to win. Different factors should influence the way you formulate this budget (for example, how much time/money you have to spend, whether or not you’re willing to BIN the item, etc), but no matter what happens you shouldn’t let Stomp Bidders throw you of your plan. Don’t get angry and determined to beat them no matter what, but at the same time don’t immediately assume that the Stomp Bidder is willing to apply this tactic till the end. If you have a strategy that works, stick to your guns!

Don’t be Afraid to do it Back

An eye for an eye as they say. If someone is stomping all over your bids, doing it back to them is a great way to give them the impression that you’re just as willing to waste bids as they are. Once they click in to the fact that a group of people stomp bidding all over each other is wasting everyone’s bids and driving the item price up they’ll quickly understand that maybe their approach isn’t really conducive to saving money.

Let your BidBuddy Handle Them

The BidBuddy is your automated bidding tool, and experienced bidders will be able to tell when you’re using your BidBuddy. Also, the BidBuddy will never stomp bid, so you already KNOW that Stomp Bidders aren’t using theirs. You can turn on your BidBuddy and focus your attention somewhere else. If the Stomp Bidder catches onto the fact that you’re using the BidBuddy, it might be enough to chase him/her away from the auction. After all, your BidBuddy is guaranteed to place bids at the optimal time, and for all this person knows your BidBuddy can be stacked with thousands of bids – making the prospect of stomp bidding his/her way to a win seem long, time-consuming, and expensive.

So while users are more than welcome to try their hand at stomp bidding (and some people can make it work for them), it’s not as big a problem as it might seem. Try out some of these strategies the next time you’re in an auction to see if you can make them work for you, and remember that everyone is here to have a good time and get a great deal!

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!

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A POWER BIDDER’S SECRET TO WINNING AT DEALDASH.COM – By An Anonymous Satisfied Bidder

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.

Click.

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.

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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.