Taking a Look at Different Bidding Styles

If you’re just getting started at DealDash you might be puzzled at all of the different ways that people use to bid on items. Be mystified no more, here is a handy guide to a few different bidding styles.

I know when I first got started with DealDash a few years ago I was seriously confused…When you think of bidding in an auction you might picture an auctioneer raising the price higher and higher as people commit to paying a certain amount of money. Well, online auctions are totally different. Not only do the customers dictate the price by raising the price of the item by 1 Penny every time they bid, bidding is not as straightforward as you might think. Here are a few different ways that people bid:

 

The Newbie: The Newbie tends to be overexcited about their first few times on DealDash, and they bid like crazy on every auction on the home page, without even opening up the item page or doing any research whatsoever. This bidding style very rarely wins anything, and just leaves the bidder frustrated.

The Stomper: Everyone hates The Stomper. The Stomper picks an auction, and rather than bidding politely and waiting for the timer to go down to 2 or 3 seconds they bid immediately after a person, therefore cheating the person out of their “clock time.” The Stomper is not the best way to bid, because it usually ends up making people angry and they will just keep bidding til the BIN (Buy It Now) price any possibly even beyond just to spite The Stomper. However, occasionally being The Stomper can win you an auction, especially if you are bidding against The Newbie, because as we talked about above The Newbie is easily frustrated and will move on pretty quickly.

The Bid it and Quit it: The person who uses “The Bid it and Quit it” style tends to spread out small amounts on bids on many different auctions in the hopes that they might get lucky and have one of the auctions that they picked to The Bid it and Quit it are one of those magical auctions that ends for just a few cents. This bidder tends to do some research on when is the best time to bid, as well as picking lower value auctions that might not be as popular. On first glance you might think that The Bid it and Quit it and The Newbie are the same, but they are really very different – The Newbie is surprised and frustrated when they don’t win, and The Bid it and Quit it doesn’t really expect to win, they just like the thrill of possibly winning something for pennies. The Bid it and Quit it treats DealDash as if it’s a virtual scratch ticket, tossing away $5-$10 in bids in hopes of a big payoff.

Those are just a few of the ways that people like to bid on DealDash. What’s your favorite way? Please stay tuned for future blogs where I will discuss more advanced ways to bid. For now, check out the auctions and see what you would really like to bid on, and try my tips to save bids. See you on DealDash everyone! Good luck and happy bidding.

More Suggestions on How To Conserve Your Bids

We’ve talked about conserving bids before, but here are some other ideas that can hopefully help you save bids and money.

Well, there are a few different ways to try and conserve your bids for another day, and I will try to teach you about some of the easiest ways to save your bids for later.

One of the best ways to conserve your bids is to use the BidBuddy! When I very first started using DealDash a few years ago I was so confused by the Bid Buddy. At first, I thought that the BidBuddy was some kind of trick or bid waster, but really, that thinking was all wrong. The Bid Buddy is the BEST way to save bids, because when you are putting in single bids it’s very easy to lose track of the order that people are bidding in, and therefore wasting a bid by bidding too early.

The BidBuddy is a wonderful tool that DealDash provides to every single bidder, free of charge, to help them win more auctions. We all know that the majority of auctions on DealDash are won by using the BidBuddy. The BidBuddy waits until the last second to bid. You can put in as few or as many bids as you like into the BidBuddy, and it will tirelessly bid for you until your bids have run out. The BidBuddy is an awesome tool to use to conserve bids, especially if you are bidding on an auction that seems like it’s going to last late into the night, long after you have gone to bed.

 

We’ve talked about this before, but I feel that being willing to BIN (Buy It Now) is such an important way to conserve bids that we need to talk about it again. If conserving bids is important to you and your family, then you should probably only bid on things that you need and can use in everyday life instead of “taking a chance” on something that’s completely out of your price range if you don’t win. If you want to conserve bids, practice your DealDash math so you know when to stop bidding to break even with your bids + final auction cost, then stop bidding! After you do your math calculations and realize that you have reached the BIN price, use the “Buy it Now” option and pay retail price for the item. DealDash will when refund all of the bids you used on that item, and you can try again another day.

 

 

I hope that these simple tricks help you to save your bids and get the most out of your bid pack purchases. Pay attention to what you’re doing, check out the auctions and see what you would really like to bid on, and try my tips to save bids. See you on DealDash everyone! Good luck and happy bidding.

How To Conserve Your Bids

The next best thing to buying cheap bids on sale is conserving the ones you already have!

You might ask “How am I supposed to win if I am being thrifty with my bids?” Well, there are a few different ways to try and conserve your bids for another day, and I will try to teach you about some of the easiest ways to save your bids for later.

The first way is pretty obvious – only bid on items that you are willing to “go all the way” on, do your math so you know when to stop bidding to break even with your bids + final auction cost, then stop bidding! Remember, if you do your math calculations and you have reached the BIN price, use the “Buy it Now” option and pay retail price for the item. DealDash will when refund all of the bids you used on that item, and you can try again another day.

 

The next way to conserve bids is to enter the auction late. On most days at DealDash you have to get at least 1 bid in before the auction price has hit $5. These are called “No Jumper” auctions, and it basically means that DealDash doesn’t want someone who has no bids invested in an item to get to win it with just a few when other bidders have been trying hard (for hours sometimes) to win the item. However, DealDash has decided that $5 is the magic price, and as long as you get your first bid in before then you are good to sit back and wait until the competition is less fierce, say when there are only 3 or 4 people left in the auction. Some days the No Jumper auctions start at $3 instead of $5, but it’s always marked very clearly at the top of the homepage, so there’s no confusion.

The last way to conserve bids that I would like to talk about today is a little bit on the risky side – Going Mobile!! Sometimes there’s a particular auction that I am interested in that I won’t be at home to catch, so normally I would just load up my BidBuddy with the appropriate number of bids to break even if I win, and hope for the best. However, now that DealDash has made a great mobile site it’s easy to bid “on the go.” This way I can monitor the auction from my phone and step in at just the right moment instead of bidding from the beginning and probably losing to someone who started at the $3 or $4 mark. I say that this is a “risky” way to try and conserve bids because there have been MANY times that I have planned on monitoring an auction from my phone, but by the time that I remember to check it’s already passed the $5 No Jumper limit. So if it’s something that you are extremely interested in I would suggest setting an alarm on your phone to remind you to check the auction.

That’s it! Those are just a few simple ways to save your bids and get the most out of your bid pack purchases. Pay attention to what you’re doing, check out the auctions and see what you would really like to bid on, and try my tips to save bids. See you on DealDash everyone! Good luck and happy bidding.

Oster

Oster – Affordable and Quality Kitchenware

Oster makes high-quality kitchenware that won’t leave your wallet burning like your Mother-in-Law’s cooking.

Thinking about last night’s dinner, how about we imagine what Oster kitchenware you might have used to prepare it. Did you use your 22-piece Oster Baldwyn knife set to chop your veggies? This is really a beautiful stainless steel knife set that would look great in any modern kitchen. Here’s what’s included:

  • 6-1/2″ santoku knife, 8″ chef knife, 6″ chef knife, 8″ carving knife, 3″ bird’s beak paring knife, 3-1/2″ paring knife, 6″ utility knife, 6″ boning knife, 6″ cleaver
  • Eight 4-1/2″ steak knives
  • 6″ fork, scissors
  • Sharpening steel, rubberwood block

 

After chopping your veggies you might have realized that you just couldn’t get your herbs chopped up fine enough so you brought out your Oster 12-Speed Metallic Gray Blender with 3-Cup Food Processor. That was a wise move on your part, because you can chop and grind with the sharp, resilient stainless steel blade, and it even has 450 watts of power! It also has a an all-metal drive system, instead of plastic, to make the Oster blender more durable and long lasting. The BPA-free food processor accessory features a large-capacity, 3-cup bowl, perfect for chopping, mixing and mincing vegetables, nuts and more.

 

After everything was chopped and ready to go you tossed it all into the 12″ x 12″ Oster DuraCeramic electric skillet and let Oster help you finish up dinner. You love how the DuraCeramic coating resists flaking and peeling to ensure lasting use, facilitates food removal, and is even PFOA- and PTFE-free to keep your family safe.

 

Dinner is served! Delicious!

Whatever dinner you might have been craving Oster has the tool to help you create it.

If you’re interested in learning a little history about the Oster company, you might be interested to know that Oster started out as The John Oster Manufacturing Company, they were a  maker of small appliances. The Oster brand is continued today as a trademark of Sunbeam Products.

The company was started in 1924 by John Oster, manufacturing manually powered hair clippers designed to cut men’s hair. John Oster Manufacturing Company was established in the garage of John Oster in Racine, WI.

In 1946, in order to diversify, the John Oster Manufacturing Company bought the Stevens Electric Company, which had received a patent on the liquefying blender in 1922. After the acquisition, the brand “Osterizer” was adopted for these blenders. In 1960, Oster Manufacturing was acquired by Sunbeam.

I hope you and your family enjoy Oster products as much as my family does. Head on over to DealDash and check out what Oster products are coming up soon. And remember, if you don’t end up winning the product you want you can always BIN (Buy it Now) and get all of your bids back. Good luck everyone!

 

 

 

Who Wants to go to Hamilton Beach?

Go check out your small appliances in your kitchen. No really, get up and go look. I bet you have at least one Hamilton Beach small appliance, maybe even more.

Okay, now that we have had a little field trip to the kitchen, did you grab yourself a snack while you were there? Maybe some popcorn from your Hamilton Beach Hot Oil Popcorn Popper, a smoothie with the Hamilton Beach Personal Blender, or did you go all out and make yourself a delicious Belgian waffle with your The Hamilton Beach Flip Belgian Waffle Maker? If you made yourself a waffle, I hope you also made a yummy cup of coffee with your Hamilton Beach 12-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker, too. Whatever snack you might have been craving Hamilton Beach has the tool to help you make it.

 

The Hamilton Beach name actually has a really interesting story behind it — You might think that Hamilton Beach is named after either the founder of the company, or maybe their favorite vacation spot, right? Well, you would be wrong on both counts! Hamilton Beach was actually founded by inventor Frederick J. Osius in Racine, Wisconsin in April 1910. The Hamilton Beach Manufacturing Company took its name from two men Osius hired, Louis Hamilton and Chester Beach. Osius did not care for his own name, so he paid Hamilton and Beach $1000 each for the right to use their names instead. Isn’t that an interesting little tidbit of information on one of our favorite small appliance companies?

Up until now we have only talked about the kitchen gadgets that Hamilton Beach makes, but they actually make a variety of other products for the home that you might be familiar with as well – a full-size garment steamer, a True Air Odor Eliminator,  irons, and many more.

Personally, my favorite Hamilton Beach product is the Hamilton Beach Programmable 5-Quart Slow Cooker. Now that we are in spring headed towards summer I won’t use it as much, but in the fall and winter months my family lives off of soups and stews that I make with the Programmable 5-Quart Slow Cooker. It’s such an easy task to chop up some meat and veggies and throw them into the slow cooker in the morning and have a delicious soup or stew ready at dinnertime.

I don’t usually make huge meals, but this slow cooker is the ideal size for a 5-lb chicken or 3-lb roast. You can choose from anywhere between 2 to 10 hours of cooking time. Once your desired cook time is complete, the slow cooker will automatically switch itself to the warming setting., which is really handy if you end up working late that night! The Hamilton Beach Programmable 5-Quart Slow Cooker stoneware vessel and lid are dishwasher safe, which makes clean-up extra easy.

 

I hope you and your family enjoy Hamilton Beach products as much as my family does. Head on over to DealDash and check out what Hamilton Beach products are coming up soon. And remember, if you don’t end up winning the product you want you can always BIN (Buy it Now) and get all of your bids back. Good luck everyone!