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!

POLL: Do you think DealDash needs a mascot? If so, what do you think it should be?

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!

Redo Your Ceilings for More Wins and Fewer Bins at DealDash.com

What we believe about ourselves and life — our self-talk — influences and in certain situations creates what happens to us. The negative thoughts we build our ceilings with include:  I don’t deserve love; don’t deserve success; I’ve never won anything and never will; I’m unlucky; I’ll never get a break; and I can’t — just can’tbe happy, be loved, or win something worth over $200 at DealDash

These invisible ceilings made from words, thoughts and beliefs can be sturdier than ones built with wood. The key wordS in that sentence are can be, because we can also tear ceilings down that don’t work and then redo them.

Only this time around we’ll construct ceilings high enough to allow us to experience happiness, success and wins.

Recently, I became embroiled playing an online video game designed to stimulate the mind, increase creativity and problem-solving abilities, and promoted as a tool to help prevent dementia. I did well at most games on this site until I started playing a certain level of a game. No matter how hard I tried, I could not win. And I tried. Every day I practiced obsessively, but no matter many games I played, I couldn’t win. 

I kept hitting the ceiling I had created, a ceiling I reinforced daily by saying “I can’t win.”

One day I remembered what a friend taught me when he noticed that I was immersed in negative self-talk. “Don’t say you can’t do it,” he said.  

But I can’t,” I said. 

 “Then say ‘Up until now, I have been unable to do it.’ That way you give yourself room to tear down that ceiling and succeed.”

His words helped. Eventually I did what I hadn’t been able to do.

What still astonishes me is that each time I finally break through a ceiling – such as when I finally won that video game for the first time — is that from that moment on, doing that thing becomes easier and easier. The belief that we can do it removes the ceiling and dissolves the impossibility.

Realistically, we won’t win every time we enter an auction. Most of us have low streaks, those times when things don’t come as easily. Then times change and we’re back on a roll. But usually after we do something once, something we previously believed was impossible for us to do, we find ourselves doing it over and over again. It’s not as difficult anymore.

We become believers in ourselves. 

When we break through a ceiling and do something for the first time, we change our self-talk. Now we base our beliefs on reality, not on wishing and hoping. We’re not the little train that could. We’re the train that did and does. 

I’m not a doctor. I don’t know how neurons and the pathways to the mind work, the ones that then connect to our skills and abilities. But breaking through that ceiling sure feels good. 

You deserve happiness, respect and success – however you define success. If you’ve created a ceiling that’s blocking you from winning at DealDash, here are some tips to help you redo the ceilings you create:

  • Act as if you’re already a winner — but act responsibly. Our body doesn’t know the difference between what really happens and what we picture or imagine happening in our mind.  Before you start bidding, take a moment. Picture yourself winning. Get into it on a sensory level including how you feel when that computer or mixer arrives at the door. See yourself telling a friend about what you won. Feel how pleased you are at saving money on that item. See your chart at the top of your home page at DD reflect that you have hit your limits: six wins under $200 and three wins over that amount each week or hitting your monthly cash limit of wins. Make being a winner real in your mind. 

  • Go for items you genuinely want for yourself or someone else. True desire makes it easier to win. We’re more focused on our goal.

  • Make a list of the beliefs you have about success in general and winning at DealDash in particular. What incidents from the past created the beliefs that create your ceiling? What feelings from right now are creating beliefs about not being able to win?

  • Make a list of goals. Be as specific as you can about what you want to win. Then put the list away somewhere private. Don’t discuss it. You can add to it if new goals arise but let it go. Don’t obsess about it. Move forward with life. 

  • One thing that can assist us in a ceiling redo is surrounding ourselves with people who believe in us. They don’t need to verbalize this belief. If it’s there, we see it reflected in their eyes. Ironically sometimes the opposite holds true. Someone not believing in us can create the spunk we need to break through our ceiling and win just to prove them wrong. 

  • Don’t give up unless you make a conscious choice that whatever you’re attempting to do is not what you want to do. Persistence is often what separates winners from the losers at anything in life. 

Bid responsibly, according to your code. Watch your self-talk and work at a do-over on any ceiling you’ve created. One day, you’ll begin to see your invisible ceiling and the thoughts you used to build it. When that happens, you’re on your way to doing what you thought you’d never be able to do.

Remember seeing isn’t believing. Believing helps us see it in real life.

NOTE:  Here’s a correction to the tips in a previous blog about never under any circumstances paying more than the retail value of an item – a reminder that every rules has its exceptions.  Sometimes I’ll win a hundred dollar item for a purchase price of $.63 (sixty-three cents). Add to that the cost of my bids, say $3.00.  Rounded out, I spent under four dollars for an item that costs $100.00.  The savings there gives me some money-room to play with, which means I can pay more than the retail value on some items (but not by much) and still come out a winner.  

 It’s putting into play the same principle as when we strive for balance in our lives. We may not have perfectly balanced time every day and every week. Instead we may work extra hard for half the year and then take the other half-year off, using it for recreation. That’s balance too.  But when it comes to DealDash, don’t plan on having money in your fund that allows you to exceed an item’s value. The responsible thing is to only do that if you’ve already had a big-savings win.

By constantly paying more than the value of an item, we drive up prices for everyone, defeating DD’s purpose of being a place where we can all get good deals.

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 Theresa used the great bargain she got on this 3TB External Hard Drive to help her win big again on Facebook!

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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!

Bid Smart and Win with DealDash’s Promotions

One way bidders love to save money on DealDash is by taking advantage of the great promotions. Bids are often on sale for just a small fraction of their list price (60 cents), and cost only 13, 12, or sometimes even just 10 cents apiece! Many customers use these bid discounts as an opportunity to save a couple of dollars on their bid pack purchase, while others will use it as an opportunity to stock up and have enough bids to sustain them for an entire week of bidding, or sometimes even more! Stocking up on bids like this is a great idea, and it’s what makes DealDash’s promotions so important to customers’ winning strategies!

But the value of promotions doesn’t end there: there are often some kind of special “rule changes” designed to help bidders win auctions by using less bids, or offering some other benefit. There are lots of different ways this can happen, but below is a quick recap of some of the rule changes and how you can capitalize on these changes to help you win more auctions:

Huge Easter Sale – Lower No Jumper Limits

During the recent Huge Easter Sale, DealDash lowered the No Jumper™ limit to just $3! Bidders love these No Jumper™ auctions because they prevent competing bidders from joining the auction after it reaches the No Jumper™ limit, which means people who bid early on in the auction will have less competition and an easier time winning. Any way you can limit your competition in a particular auction is great and the value of the lower No Jumper™ limit shouldn’t be underestimated. If you find that auctions run for too long because they have too many people, regardless of the item you’re bidding on, this promotion will be a great resource for you to stay in the auction and outlast the other bidders.

Black Friday Sale(s) – Auction Blowouts

Black Friday Sales are a favorite among DealDashers. They’re available periodically, and typically feature a huge bid sale and an auction blowout, which entails a certain number of auctions (usually 200 or more) happening at the same time. Obviously having more auctions gives you a better chance to win, but the fact that they happen at the same time is really the icing on the cake! One way you can take advantage of these auction blowouts is to carefully research all of the items available and pick what you’re going to bid on carefully. Many times several similar items will be available (for example, different models of laptops or several gift cards to the same outlet). Be a little bit strategic in these situations and try to figure out which one will be the most popular and attract the most interest. It’s unlikely that everyone who wants the item will bid in several auctions for similar products, so if you figure out which one will attract the most bidders you can get snag one of the other ones quick, easy, and most of all CHEAP!

Easter Savings Sale – Free Auction Wins

The Easter Savings sale combined good bid prices with another great benefit: FREE auction wins! That means winners don’t have to pay the final sales price for their items: DealDash picks up the tab! Bidders love the opportunity to get their wins without having to pay that final sales price, so the best way to take full advantage of this is to go all in to auctions that might otherwise cost more than you’d like to spend on your bargain.

POLL: What’s your favorite kind of promotion on DealDash! And 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!

3 Tips to Help you Get 99% Off Your DealDash Wins

DealDash provides customers with a fun and social marketplace for deals. Every day hundreds of customers win fantastic bargains in DealDash’s auctions, and people save big bucks on items they love. Lots of people find winning auctions easy, but winning isn’t enough for some people. A lot of DealDash bidders spend their time honing their bidding strategies to make sure they don’t just win the auction, but they win them fast and cheap!

Here are a few pieces of advice to help new bidders learn how to get those big savings!

Bid at The Right Times

Many people are looking for the right time to bid, because they know that when other people are asleep or at work the site will be less busy. However, this isn’t actually the best way to go about determining the best time to bid. DealDash provides users with lots of information that you can use to figure out when the site is less busy, and when the most opportune time for you to bid is. For example, checking the “Winners List” gives you a chronological rundown of all the auctions that have closed. You can use this to look for times when auctions are closing for consistently low prices (for example, a series of auctions closing for less than $10 or another low price point). Using these times as guides when to bid is the best way to figure out when the site isn’t busy, and will give you a good idea about when you can win auctions for cheap!

Check out the Average Selling Prices of the Items

If you look at a particular auction page without logging in you can see the average selling price of a particular item. These average prices can give you a good idea about when you’re getting a good deal and when you’re getting a great one. If you really want a great bargain avoid bidding in auctions once the item price reaches its average, because bidding after that means you’re paying more than everyone else. Use the “Buy it now” option if you’re already heavily invested in the auction, because this way you’ll get your bids pack AND the product you’re after. If you log in and look at the auction page for an item with quantity limits, you’ll be able to see who’s won it in the past and for how much, which can also be useful for figuring out how much you want to pay for a win!

Bid on Items You Can Win for Cheap 

This doesn’t mean you should be bidding on things you don’t actually want or things that you think won’t be popular. What this means is try and guess when you’ll have the best chance to get a great bargain on your item, and one way to do this is look for similar products that are being auctioned off at the same time. For example, if there’s 10 bidders who all want to get a great deal on an iPad and there’s only one auction open, then all 10 bidders will probably bid in that auction. However, if you wait until there’s 2 or more auctions, the 10 bidders will spread themselves out, giving you less competition. Now that’s smart bidding!

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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Winning with the Facts on DealDash.com!

Winning on DealDash is easy. In fact, it’s so easy that most customers are able to win auctions using their first bid pack purchase. But just because DealDash makes winning auctions easy doesn’t mean that the work is done for you. Big winners will tell you that winning takes time, skill, and patience. Many bidders, both new and old, will read advice on how important it is to have good information to build good bidding strategies. But where can you go to find this information? What should you look for? How can it help?

Here are a couple of places you can check on DealDash to find useful information about the auctions!

#1: The Auction Page

When you find an auction you want to bid on, you should always investigate the product, and the best place to start is by visiting the auction page. You can bid from the main page where you see all the auctions happening, but it’s worth the extra time it takes to navigate to the auction page. You can find several important pieces of information by doing so:

  • If you’re logged out when you look at the auction page, you’ll see the average selling price listed at the top. You can use this to form expectations about long the auction could run for, and how difficult it will be to win. It’s also useful to use the average selling price to help you budget. Since many DealDash items will be auctioned off multiple times, an auction where the final sales price has surpassed the average selling price might be worth skipping in favor of an auction starting another time.

  • If you’re logged in and looking at an auction that has quantity limits, you’ll be able to see a list of all the people who have won the item in previous auctions. You can look through this list to see how much it has sold for recently and decide whether or not the auction is for you. Many experienced bidders have found this particularly useful. Sometimes items that have been becoming more and more expensive will discourage people from bidding, which presents a unique opportunity for savvy bidders to snag an unbelievably quick bargain.

  • It’s also important to pay attention to who’s bidding on the items, and when. You’ll be able to see how many people are actively bidding, and also with a little experience you’ll be able to determine who’s using their BidBuddy.

#2: The Winner List

The Winner List is another great source of information. It shows you a list of all the auctions that have sold recently. You can scan through this to check for the bargains that really stand out, which gives you an idea about how great the savings can really be on DealDash! Make a note if you see a pattern, such as a group of auctions closing for really low prices one after another. A pattern like that would indicate a point of low activity on DealDash, and low activity means less competition, giving you a better chance of winning auctions easily!

Getting a great bargain on DealDash is easy, and everyone can do it! It takes some time and patience to learn how to get the most from the site, and arming yourself with the correct information is a great place to start. Don’t be afraid of investing some time researching and digging through some of this information. It’s cheaper than buying tons of bids, and it can pay off more than you could possible imagine!

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 Gary used the great bargain he got on this 64GB iPad with a Retina Display 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!

Plan to Win More on DealDash

Everyday people save big bucks on great brand name products by bidding on DealDash’s auctions, and every week hundreds of new users at DealDash win their first auctions. But bidding is just like any other skill, and it takes practice and patience to learn. While some people might come to DealDash with a wealth of experience, other might never have placed a bid in their lives! So where do you begin your training? What’s the first thing that you should look for?

A good place to start is knowing what you want to win. Users benefit from using DealDash because they are essentially able to decide how much a certain product is worth to them and then go out and get it, and BETTER BARGAINS come to those who are BETTER AT BARGAINING. Part of being good at bargaining is examining the situation, analyzing it, and figuring out how you can come out on top. So once you decide what you want to win, you can start figuring out WHEN you want to win it, and more importantly, HOW MUCH you want to pay.

When” can be an important determinant, and many DealDashers don’t use this factor quite as often as they should. This is because the perfect “when” isn’t necessarily at a particular time of the day (but this can also quite important), but at a time that people aren’t going to be focusing their bids in the same place as you. So a good tip, one known only by a few, is to look for a time when similar products will be up for auctions at once.

A good example would be tablets. People love bidding on tablets, and DealDash is a fantastic place to buy them. Like many products on the site, tablets often sell for only a small fraction of their retail value. And because there are so many different kinds of tablets available on DealDash, there’s lots of chances to win. Recently three tablets were featured in auctions that started within a couple of hours of one another, and these opportunities present an excellent time to snag one for cheap!

The first tablet was a Barnes & Noble – NOOK HD, which retails for $270. The second was a Samsung Galaxy Note (retail price $450), and the third was an Apple iPad with Retina Display (retail value $600). While these three tablets all have different retail values, they all belong the same general product category, which means they’ll interest a lot of the same people. Patterns like this can often spread out the interest of users and present them with several chances to bid on a product they like at the same time. In this scenario, the iPad drew the most interest from bidders, which therefore makes it the most expensive and most difficult of the three to win. And since many tablet shoppers were busy trying to win the iPad, the Nook and Note made great targets for the savvy bidders content with getting a lower valued tablet, but at a bigger discount!

Now this approach won’t work for everyone, and obviously if you’ve gotta have that Retina Display it’s pointless bidding on anything else. But studying the auctions and looking for opportunities like the one described above teachers bidders the value of planning ahead and thinking about what the other users are going to do on the site, which is an invaluable exercise (especially for people learning how to use the site). Many products (such as tablets, gift cards, and even bid packs) are auctioned off quite frequently, and so it’s always worth taking a few minutes to browse through upcoming auctions to look for your chance to get not just a bargain, but an outright steal!

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

Secret Strategies To Become A Pro DealDash Bidder

Many new bidders win one or two auctions soon after they register at DealDash only to find their confidence shattered a few weeks later when they lose auction after auction, unable to win even a $10.00 gift card. That’s when people start second-guessing. Some may even wonder, Are Online Auctions a scam? If you’re bidding at DealDash, the answer to that question is, “No.”

Old-timers will say that consistent winning is possible. But like any skill or sport, you have to invest time and effort to learn the secrets of success and then incorporate those strategies with tricks that work for you. But all successful bidders know that hard work – not Lady Luck – is what separates mostly winners from mostly binners at DealDash.com.

Here are some strategies to help you get past your slump, master the art of the hunt and start winning big.

Watch before you play: Winning at the beginner level feels easy compared to landing that 55” 3D flat screen TV or a MacBook Pro laptop, especially if there’s a sale on computers that weekend. Loading up your automated bidder Saturday morning hoping to win the same computer that 500 other bidders have their eyes on is a strategy – one doomed for disaster. When you’re going for items with a retail value of $1,000 or more, you’re playing in a new league. Some people have been winning big-ticket items for months or years. They can predict with accuracy how new bidders will behave before the auction value of any item reaches one dollar. Taking your bidding skills to the next level can be a challenge but if you take the time to watch how the pros do it, you’ll soon beat them at their game. DealDash offers a wealth of tools that smart bidders use to track everything from the days that certain items go for the lowest price to how close to their limits any given bidder is at any time. Smart bidders will do more than realize that information is available; they’ll use it to find the best and worst days and times to bid; when that hidden gem will come up for auction; and when they should fold and walk away from an auction that likely they won’t win. Smart bidders are patient. They know to save their bids for a better auction on a better day. If you’re serious about becoming a consistent DealDash winner, you’ll begin tracking everything that takes place and then bid only when your chances of winning are good to excellent. Whether you create a sophisticated spreadsheet to manage your data or jot the information in a notebook using a pencil or pen, keep track of trends, probabilities and bidders. Make note of which bidders don’t stop bidding until they’ve won (even if they’ve lost money); who’s a known jumper; and who’s all talk and no action. Also keep track of the value of any items you’re bidding on, how much you paid for your bids, which items you’re interested in winning; and which auctions you feel most likely to win based on intellectual information and what your gut says.

Know your competition: Keep your friends close and your competition closer. Other bidders are the only barrier standing between you and your dream wins. How easy it would be to win that auction if only those other bidders went away! Likely that won’t happen unless you’re bidding when everyone else has to show up for Christmas dinner or fireworks on the Fourth of July. So how can you tell the difference between someone who uses their bio to present himself as a win-no-matter-what-the-cost tough guy but in reality drops out after spending a few bids and the bidder who’s serious about being in it to bin or win it? Sometimes it’s not the retired Army colonel to watch out for; it’s Granny knitting those scarves and mittens who’s walking away with the television sets, computers and anything else she wants. The key to knowing your competition is tracking. Instead of closing your eyes and jumping into any big auction just to prove you can win big too, take your time – a few days or even weeks. Profile other bidders. You can become the one who understands and accurately predicts bidders’ behaviors if you’re willing to do the work and invest the time by watching two weeks of auctions. People (for the most part) are creatures of habit. If someone behaves one way in one or two auctions, you can predict that they’ll behave that way most of the time so keep written records that you can easily access. Do bidders place one bid in each of twenty auctions, spreading their energy and money around? Or do they get in one auction and stay in it until they win it? Are they timid, placing three or four bids and then scramming when they don’t win? Learn who’s committed to jumping as a strategy and the bidders who jump into auctions late in the game (when the game should be over) hoping for an easy win but watch long enough to know how long they’ll bid after they jump. Learn who the pro bidders are while you’re on your way to becoming one. Keep in mind that just because someone has 0 of 3 wins in the over $200 category doesn’t mean they’re not pros. Check the date they joined DealDash. That bidder may be so good that he or she reaches the monthly dollar-value limit two days into the month and from then on can win only one high-buck item every week. The only way to know your competition is by studying them and making detailed notes. Then when you’re ready to get in the game, use your tracking information to your advantage. Know when it makes sense to stay in an auction, when it’s best to walk away and when it’s better to run.

Timing is everything: Successful bidders know that what you bid on can be less important than when you bid. Studying auctions and information provided by DealDash requires a substantial investment of time but it will pay off in winnings. Track the auctions and keep a record of how many people bid on certain days or at certain times of the day (remember bidders live in different time zones). Are there days when everything seems to go for a few dollars and other days when nobody gets a deal on any items – or at least it looks that way? Use the site’s log of tracked wins to locate the specific products you want. Are some days better for bidding on a home theater or DSLR than others? Enter that information in your spreadsheet or notebook. Also, studies have shown that Friday through Monday are typically days when people begin things: projects, creations or bidding on an item. Tuesday through Thursday are days when people tend to wrap up what they’re doing. The interpretation of that study means, don’t start bidding Friday through Monday; Tuesday through early Thursday are better days to begin bidding in auctions. But that doesn’t mean never bid on a Saturday. The smart bidder knows that few rules, strategies or suggestions work all the time. One more timing tip: I learned the hard way that big-ticket auctions can take up to ten days from the opening bid to closing price. Unless you’ve got a week or more to devote to an auction, don’t start bidding on a $2,000 item. It will annoy you and bidding is meant to be fun. Desperation and trying to rush an auction will only cost you money. By now, you should be catching on to the most important behavior that winners have in common: old-fashioned patience. If an item comes around once, likely it will come up for auction twenty more times. Waiting for right timing can make the difference between winning and binning.

Go where the action isn’t: This simple strategy should go without saying but common sense usually isn’t common. People tend to follow crowds instead of avoiding them. If there’s a magic strategy to winning for a few bids or at a 95% discount at DealDash, it’s finding auctions with either three or two people bidding and preferably just one person: you. But before you jump into an auction and invest $300, check your records to see if that one other person is a long-term big-ticket winner. If not, that’s the time to load up the automated bidder and watch as your competition dissolves. Also keep an eye on auctions that haven’t begun yet but are about to open their doors. Once in a great while you can sneak in and walk away with that item for only one bid because nobody else saw this auction. They were all staring at IPads or computers. This doesn’t happen often so if before long people are flooding into the room it means it’s not happening now. Don’t let your hopes override reality. If it’s going to be one of those rare one-person auctions, it either happens right away or not at all. Be ready to enter an auction but be just as ready and able to leave. And don’t forget those great item sales that DealDash offers when tons of IPads and Computers are up for grab. But remember that for every IPad on sale, two to five hundred people may be planning to win it. Sale days can be the best days to win if you aren’t bidding on the sale item. While everyone is scrambling to the mini IPads, you can find me loading up on kitchen appliances, gift cards and hard drives. Sometimes I’ll go for odd items, things I don’t want but that make great gifts for others who do want a remote control helicopter or electric wine opener. One of my top ten favorite strategies about not following the crowd is this: Instead of listing your losses and tragedies in your bio hoping that other bidders will take pity on you and let you win (they won’t, by the way), keep information about yourself to yourself. Don’t let your competition know you. My family (the majority of them, including my son) has died, some tragically. That means that while I’m grieving for my lost loved ones, I’m also spending major holidays swooping auctions at DealDash. While other bidders are obligated to show at Grandma’s house to stuff themselves with turkey, ham and pie, I’m stuffing my home with computers, spas, IPhones and just about anything else I want from DealDash. Winning can be easy if you remember to find out what the crowd wants and where they’re bidding and then do the opposite. But keep an eye on the clock because soon your competition will begin hugging Grandma goodbye and heading for their computers and the auctions at DealDash. By then if you’re diligent and stick to your strategies, you’ll have hit your limits so you can wish them luck and go watch your new 3D TV.

Realize that not all bidders behave and believe like you do except for one thing: If someone is bidding at DealDash, they’re bidding to win. While many bidders (including me) don’t believe in jumping, many consider it a viable strategy for winning. No, it’s not nice and it violates the Golden Rule. But if you’re expecting people to not jump you in No Jump auctions, you’re naïve and not bidding smart. I don’t jump but I will smoke out potential jumpers by bidding and then stopping when the price gets within range of a decent deal – but I only do this if there are at least two other jumpers still bidding and then I stay on top of what’s taking place. If someone’s been lurking just waiting to jump, they’ll jump in then. In any auction there may be four to six lurking jumpers waiting for the price to reach BIN time and then they’ll jump in, knowing that a smart bidder will get out and BIN. Hate it? Yes, I do. It drives prices up and decreases the number of good deals available. In a perfect world, other bidders would never jump. But it’s not a perfect world yet and jumping is still a reality. Get around it by bidding a healthy and respectable amount of bids without completely reaching your limit or budget. You can do this if you only buy your bids on sale because you’ll have four to six bids for everyone else’s one bid, or at least those who didn’t take advantage of the bid sale. Then while there are still two or more bidders, get out and wait a while. But meanwhile – and this is the key to making it work – count bids from the auction’s beginning. Counting cards? Illegal in Las Vegas. Counting bids? A legitimate strategy at DealDash. Most people buy bids in small or moderate packages. You should have a list of all the packages that bids sell for, whether they’re on sale or sold at full price or auctioned as prizes. Then keep track of how many bids each of your competitors spend. If they continue bidding past the 300, 500 and 600 mark, you may be up against a bidder with a healthy reserve of bids. Can you match them? Only you can answer that question. A perk to binning is that while you have to dig into your bank account and buy the item for full price, you get all your bids back. If you stick to the BIN when you don’t win policy religiously, you’ll have a healthy account of bids at DealDash. While many boast about how many bids they have (not allowed and also not a smart strategy), you’ll secretly have a healthy stash that would intimidate the most courageous bidder. By keeping track of how many bids your competitors have used, you’ll soon learn the art of accurately predicting who will fold and if that person should be you. And if you’ve already invested a respectable number of bids in an auction, you can get back into that auction after getting out for a while — and it’s not jumping. It’s taking turns. Time your re-entry into the auction for when your competition has used his or her package of bids you’ll find yourself winning what you knew was yours from the auction’s beginning.

Hone your gut reaction or intuition and learn to trust it: But the pro-bidder learns to combine gut instinct with intellect. Whether you call it intuition or gut reaction, your instinctive response to when you should bid, what you should bid on and which auction to join can be your most valuable resource. Three things can override intuition: Greed, desperation and ego/anger can be our downfall and greatest enemies in auctions – much more formidable foes than our competition. When we bid from a place of peacefulness and calm, we’re bidding from our strength not our weakness. When we’ve gone over budget, when we’re furious at Mr. Jumper and have determined to show him no matter the cost or when we’re reaching pro-level with our bidding skills and fall into the greed trap thinking we need everything (even though we don’t), we become our greatest enemy. There’s a no-win feeling that comes when we’re in an auction we’re not going to win. Learn to recognize it. I once read a true story about a Las Vegas gambler who played the slots. He could predict accurately each time he pushed the button if that push would result in a win. There’s a positive and peaceful feeling that comes with winning. There’s a twisted and uncomfortable feeling that comes when we’re not listening to ourselves and instead are acting out of resistance to our better judgment. Most of us can identify when greed or anger control our behavior and bidding from greed or revenge rarely result in a win. Then there’s a neutral semi-deflated feeling that comes when what we do won’t hurt us much but probably won’t benefit us that much either. Practice learning to listen to your gut. Then combine that skill with intellect and tracking facts and you’re on the fast track to pro status. Live and bid by your code; don’t let other people – jumpers or otherwise – control how you behave. But do let your standards, budget, observations and profiling coupled with your instincts to help you decide how and when to bid.

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Bidding at online auctions is easy. Anyone can load up an automated bidder, go take a nap and hope that luck smiles on him or her. Winning auctions is an entirely different issue. Savvy bidders know that preparation trumps blind luck every time. By taking the time to know your competition and learning when to bid and when to sit out an auction, you take luck out of the equation. It won’t be long until you’re hitting your limits within 24 to 48 hours of them being lifted every Sunday, winning so many big-ticket items that when your limits are lifted you can win only one item under $200 and one over $200 each week. Take your hobby of recreational shopping to the next level. Get a notebook or open a spreadsheet or computer file. Start tracking. Begin profiling. Study peak bidding times. To win like a pro, think and act like one.

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