I'll admit it: at first, I was skeptical. There are two things I distrust: e-bay, and online auctions. The first was due to awful experiences with both the company and the third-party ripping me off with fake gear. The latter, was because I always, always lost money.
So when a friend told me to try DealDash, I scoffed and shook off the idea, and I automatically categorized the website (before even visiting it, mind you!) as phoney. That same friend, mind you, had won an $800 Amazon Gift Card off this website. She now is in possession of a Juicer (healthy living is important, people), endless amounts of books, and has a surplus of money on her card left. But envy was not enough to win me over. Well, maybe a little.
I kept giving excuses to my friend. I didn't have a credit card, I told her. She looked at me in disbelief, but re-assured me that they took Paypal. I must admit, that partly won me over. The fact that I bought 60 bids took a while for my mind to grasp.
Making life easy with PayPal
As someone in their late twenties, who endlessly struggles with trying not to (mis)use my credit card, I finally found my *right match*. Maybe it was the fact that I could sign up for DealDash using my PayPal Account (A post-grad students dream!), or maybe it was the fact that refunds were guaranteed if I were to lose and buy full price. I'm not sure. What I do know, is that at first, I was skeptical, and then, gradually, it became a source of entertainment, and profits. I was saving. And benefiting. Next thing I know, I developed a natural affinity to visiting DealDash on a daily basis. Over time, I developed a knack for finding a balance of knowing when and what to bid for - and for accepting my losses. Gone are the days of my skepticism for bargains, and now I can't look back on spending regular amounts of money on items I used to take for granted.
My first tip: amazing customer service
But I still felt the insecurity that was embedded from my experiences with e-bay. I didn't want to lose any more money. So I decided to research about their company. Then I realized, that me (and four million registered other users) get refunds every time we don't win a bid, if we choose to buy the product.
They've got your back; they don't want you to lose.
At first, I didn't notice that DealDash has an auction buddy system. It automatically bids for you when you input certain numbers and turns. So, if your internet crashes (like mine is prone to doing) or if your device dies (again, me, always) then you can bet even more money that this feature has your back. What company can you think of that does this?
How is this possible?
What gives? This seems to be too good to be true. I think that's another aspect that’s been seemingly brainwashed in to our minds: that if it's cheap, it's not real. However, I am walking proof that this statement can be and will be contradicted. Yes, I may be the type of person to wait until an item is pushed back 25% in stores, or the type of person to wait patiently on online bidding websites. I am even the type of person to be ripped off on e-bay (and have to battle for months with bureaucratic processes just to get my money back that a stranger I placed trust in took). But, the auctions on the main page aren't lies. The ipad-air won for $43 USD by user MinnieE is not a joke - you can watch it in real time for yourself. Once again, other's gains didn't win me over.
It was the fact that no one really loses. Again, why? Well, it's simple: they tell you what to do and what not to do.
In short, it wasn't easy, it still isn't easy, there is a stroke of luck attached, but it is well worth your time. And I think this is what makes this website unique, the fact that at the end of the day, I don't have to endlessly worry about losing my money. Because it's back in my possession. Or, I can choose to purchase the product for its actual value (if I want it that bad, which is usually the case, but not everyone is lucky enough to be able to afford everything!).
That's great; you don't lose money if you don't win the auction. But if you win, what about shipping? There must be a catch-22. Don't worry, I thought the same.
Free shipping for every one!
Just in case you haven't browsed the "about us" section, they outline it specifically. But I can attest to this, it's absolutely f-r-e-e.
Customer integrity is at the heart of this company, and as a result, it makes me compelled to continue to visit it.
After much doubt, many scoffs, and seemingly rational justifications why I wouldn't and couldn't dabble with whatever a "penny auction" website entailed, I finally did it.
I was at first overwhelmed with the rapid pace of the website, and the fact that everyone was winning but me. But then I realized- everyone must have started from somewhere. So instead of signing up, I read their "about us". And it made sense to me. It was like if real life auctions met game theory.
It is a win-win.
Because you can find deals daily for bids. Or you can test your patience to earn free bids. Or, you can study people’s strategies. Or, you could purchase the product yourself. The many options provided by this website prove that they care about the customer- and not just for profit. So, before you are overwhelmed with skepticism like I was when I first started, I hope this review lifts the shadow of doubt and welcomes you into a place where both good service and logic come together to bring a great (and entertaining!) experience for all participants.
Now, the most difficult part of this process: what to bid on first?
And the only thing I could tell you is: it will take time. But I promise, success will come. If not, you get your money back. Legit.