Is DealDash Really Fair and Honest?

Does DealDash work?DealDash claims to be fair and honest, and an alternative to all of those penny auctions sites that have become so popular in recent years. It even goes so far as to say that it is easy to win the auctions. But should you get involved with this site, or will you just end up losing money, and getting products that you don’t really want?

Overview
Since it claims to be a viable alternative to penny auctions, it’s important to explain what a penny auction site is. This is where you don’t actually place bids on an item like you would on eBay. You are able to place bids on an item but it costs you to bid. If you are the last bidder when the time runs out you get the item at whatever price it ends up at. That means that potentially you could get the item for a few cents if you only place bid at the right time.

The Claim
Here’s how DealDash claims it works: all of the auctions start off at zero dollars. Every time someone bids the price of the product goes up by one penny. It costs $.60 to place a bid, and every time someone bids the timer gets reset. If your bid is the one remaining when the timer goes out, you win the right to buy the product at the price it is currently at.

So the theory here is if you bid strategically, you could end up with a product for a drastically low price. The flipside is if you really want something you could end up racking up plenty of fees by bidding so much.

The Hype
Penny auctions thrive on hype. The thought of getting namebrand products, expensive electronics, and anything and everything you can think of for such low prices is enough to drive people into a frenzy of bidding.

The Cost
Signing up with DealDash is free, but in order to bid you will need to buy bids at $.60 each. After that it’s totally up to you how much you spend, because you choose how many times you bid on a certain product or how may different products you bid on.

The Commitment
You really have to resolve yourself to spending a lot of time on the site in order to learn how to bid properly and get good deals. Most people think that they can just get lucky by stumbling on the right product at the right time, and placing a bid and getting a product super cheap for just a 60 cent fee. However, there is a bit of savviness that is required in order to have a higher chance of getting the product you want without paying more for it then you should. The site even offers a page filled with tips and tactics that you can outmaneuver other bidders.

Evaluation
DealDash is kind of like gambling because nobody likes to talk about their losses, they only want to tell you about their wins. It might be exhilarating to get a product at a low price, but how many bids did it take to get the item, and does the overall transaction work out in your favor?

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The big flaw to every single Penny auctions scheme is all the times you bid on items and don’t actually get the item. This represents flushing your money down the drain $.60 at a time. Essentially that is the main reason to avoid these sort of sites, because there is no joy in spending money and receiving nothing in return. The vast majority of people end up burning through their bids, not getting the product they wanted, or getting it at a price that makes it so they could have just bought it outright directly from the manufacturer.

Case Study
Let’s say you buy 100 bids for $60. You find some products that you’re interested in, and start bidding on them. You place five bids on five different products, and so you’ve already spent three dollars. Of course, someone comes behind you and also bids on the items, rendering your bid useless. So you give it some time and let some other bids roll in and then you think that you have a chance at getting them, so you place five more bids on the five products. You’re now down six dollars and you’re hoping that no one else places bids so that you can get the items that you want.

But that rarely happens, and someone will come by and place a bid, forcing you to make a decision whether to choose a new product, or keep an eye on the ones that you were originally interested in. It all boils down to just a big hassle, and stressing every time somebody bids on top of yours. The only saving grace for DealDash is they have a By It Now option which returns your bids to you if you use it, but then you’re not really using the auction feature you’re just using the site to shop from.

Final DealDash Review

Although DealDash emphatically states that they are honest and fair, it doesn’t take away from the fact that their business model relies on people bidding on products and not receiving products. We recommend against signing up and using penny auctions because frankly they just don’t make any sense. It’s almost like a carnival game at the amusement park. You know it’s probably rigged against you, but you just can’t help going for that big pink bunny rabbit. Save your money and just buy what you want at reasonable prices from online retailers. This way you’ll always get what you want and won’t waste any money doing so.

What do you think? Does DealDash work or not?


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Kirio September 13, 2012 at 12:44 am

These penny auctions are really tempting every time I see their ads and there have been few occasions when I almost tried them. I guess some people could really make money in this thing, but I think they’re the minorities. Also, I think the major winner is the penny auction site itself and most of us are losers for even trying. Maybe I’m being too critical about it, but that’s probably how it really is.

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Rw March 13, 2015 at 10:13 am

It is like you say, you must spend alot of time, money and effort. I did try one of these penny auction sites a couple years ago and was so frustrated and disappointed because there were people who (I think) know the system well (or its rigged by the co.?). Either way they have the advantage. I spent a whole afternoon, about $100 and ended up with not one item. It was very disappointing and a waste of time to me.

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Dan July 9, 2016 at 8:00 am

It’s the same old comment that you hear time and time again, LAS VEGAS WASN’T BUILT ON WINNER’S! These penny sites are in bussiness to make money not give it away. So, yes it is just like playing the penny slots in Vegas, you see the jackpot on the top of the slot machine and you have to have it. Most people don’t know but, if a slot machine starts winning, it is removed from the casino floor because it is not working properly! I only know this because I was born in Las Vegas and have worked on the Strip my whole life. So, GOOD LUCK!!! They aren’t getting my $$$!

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lucylu November 7, 2012 at 1:58 am

Thanks for the review. I make it a point to find out about a site before I get in to it and this was very helpful.

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unique January 18, 2013 at 12:28 am

I used deal dash after i received an email promo for “free bids” I got 200 free bids and began bidding on a $50 gift card. After countless hours of bidding using the “bid buddy” automatic bid assistant the price for the item got to $35 for a $50 gift card! How is that a deal? The same 4 users kept bidding and bidding and I had already exhausted my 200 bids on this one item. I can only assume that these “users” had invested a similar number of bid and @ .60 cents a bid that would mean you would be paying $120 if you lost the auction. Who would risk losing that much for a cheap gift card. I think that they may use fake users to endlessly bid on items to make it impossible to win. dont use deal dash

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Anthony September 1, 2014 at 2:53 pm

Contact me: Re: Deal Dash.

alliedrecovery@live.com. I’d like to know more about your experience.

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Dan July 9, 2016 at 8:04 am

That makes perfect sense! If they are passing out free bids than they are paying someone to fake bid. Smells like a scam!

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lewis June 15, 2013 at 9:13 pm

deal dash is rigged by an autobot program there are no other bidders

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Missy September 15, 2015 at 7:26 pm

Please tell me how you know this, because I’ve always believed this to be true but your the first person to say so. Thank you

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Josh B August 5, 2013 at 4:28 am

Having a look at the website I have to say that it reads a scam or something extremely dubious. I never really trusted auction sites because you never seem you can win for popular items. But then again that’s pretty much the whole point of having an auction in the first place. But you can find nice things that people give away that are too ignorant to know what they sold was a priceless heirloom. Something you could sell for a high price but because they didn’t know or didn’t care. You can benefit from that. However, Kirio does make a good point so I might consider penny auctions in the future.

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mikah September 2, 2013 at 8:27 pm

I’ve found that DealDash uses fake usernames, even hysterically inconspicuous, to keep the bids going. Here are a few:

safe1bet
luckydave
gr8deal
grandmabell (who likes to bid on expensive TVs and speaker systems)
wickitdeal

This drives up the bid volume, at no expense to DealDash, because the bidders are their automated users, NOT paying the $0.60/bid. How can you compete with that?

In short, this is a fraud.

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Lanny April 7, 2014 at 2:00 pm

I have watched 100.00 walmart gift cards go for 185.00 on deal dash. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out something is amiss with this site

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christian October 30, 2014 at 1:31 am

I think that if indeed they use false user names to drive up bid prices then they should be brought up on criminal charges, the thought makes me sick.

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Alan June 4, 2016 at 1:30 am

I have watched those sick adds for about a year. I am so glad I have Google Fiber, so I can fast forward them. Every time I don’t have time saved up on my tv, I have to change the channel. It makes me smoking mad. I always see some poor old man or woman thinking they are going to get a cool toy for a grandchild…only to be ripped off. Sick, sick sick !!!! What has happen to mankind ? Freeze your tv sometimes and read the fine print on all these adds. We are rolling down hill like a snowball headed for hell. I can’t believe the government slows this sort of thing….oh ya, they are worse. What was I thinking ?

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Alan June 4, 2016 at 1:33 am

Sorry for the typo. I mean alows this sort of thing. I don’t normally post comments on forums, but that deal dash thing burns me up !

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jim July 15, 2016 at 1:55 am

Christian,

I have been using the site for 3 days and I saw a $50 walmart card win at $89 and a $10 CVS card win for $31….but I am also a mathematics professor and I believe I know one possible explanation for these occurrences. I believe it could several real users (so not robot users) that work in tandem to do this and here is how I believe the scam works: the participants pick something like a walmart card to bid on since the retail value is accurate….meaning the card has the right dollar value as the price….and if you regularly shop at walmart like I do for groceries lets say, then a $50 walmart card is just $50 you were going to spend anyway….Also note that if you lose an auction regardless of the number of bids you use you are given the option to buy the item you lost in the auction at the list price AND get back all the bids you used in the auction…..So here is the motive….you gain free bids based on the time you spend as the highest bidder…So you will see a regular pattern in bidding develop where each member of the cheating group takes regular turns allowing each member of the group to spend the full 10 seconds as highest bidder before moving to the next bidder….the bid price only raises one penny for each bid and the free bid counter for time as highest bidder is often set for 3x or even 4x speed…Also the amount of free bids you can earn as highest bidder is a function of how many prior bids you have made….so the more bids you make the faster you can earn free bids….so the catch is to continue sharing time as highest bidder driving the bid price up a penny at a time….but to maximize the effect they continue this bidding method until the bid price actually well exceeds the actual sales price to get as much time as possible as highest bidder for each member in the group….sometimes driving the bid price to even 3 times the sales price with the intent that all of these members participating in the scam have been able to earn huge amounts of free bids each and then they all lose the auction and get all the bids spent in the auction back and they just all purchase the walmart gift card at price and take away all their free bids….BUT HERE”S THE REAL CATCH….someone has to win the auction for it to stop right….So you may ask how and why would anyone even try to win an auction win the winner both gets stuck losing all of their bids used in this very long auction and is stuck having to pay the winning bid price which is way more than the actual price of the gift card?? How does that even make sense right….WELL HERE”S THE REAL BEAUTY behind the scam….if you only place one early bid you then have the option to wait until the very end of the auction to place the final winning bid (so the winner in the scam is a designated bidder who only expires maybe one or two early bids and then after hours of bidding comes in to make the final winning bid…so the winner of tha auction only uses a few bids to win)….but you may ask the question: what about the over-inflated bid price the winner is stuck with right?….well everytime you win you are given the option of either paying the winning bid price for the item that was being bid on OR you can opt to not pay the winning bid price for the item and take a bid pack of free bids instead….So now the true nature of the scam is revealed…..all the losers working together walk away with a ton of free bids and they buy a gift card for walmart that they were going to eventually spend anyway at walmart with or without he gift card and one designated member expires a very small number of bids to be the designated winner who then opts to not pay the over inflated bid price but instead picks up a modest free bid pack instead….I imagine the members of such a cheating bid group probably take turns as being either the losing bidders raking up the free bids and one takes their turn as the winning bidder as I described.

Finally the reason I think my explanation is more probable than the explanation that the bidders are planted bidder bots by dealdash is that when I was involved in the early bidding rounds of one of these that went well beyond the listed price I noticed that the bidders were all systematically taking turns as highest bidder each one taking the full 10 seconds each…but when either myself or some other bidder entered the bid, one or two of the cheating members would immediately break the pattern to start “jumping” my bids…I.e. only allowing me one or two seconds as highest bidder…I was also planning on buying the card too so I was out to simply raise my free bid count just like them…only difference was I bailed on the auction as soon as the sum total of my bids plus the current bid price reached the same total as he sales price…so I was using a similar strategy but mine was an honest strategy in which I either win at a point where the costs of my auction bids plus the bid price is lower than the listed giftcard price or I bail and pay the list price for the giftcard and get all my auction bids back ..AND gain all the free bids I earned as highest bidder…So I figured I had nothing to lose…..Interestingly though when I challenged the members of the cheating group that were “jumping” my bids by then jumping their bids I noticed a somewhat extended jumping war would go on between myself and one or two members of the group…but I refused to back down and I would go back and forth vigorously for up to a minute at a time jacking the bid price up rapidly while at the same time “hijacking” the auction from the other members of the cheating group …so eventually the jumping challengers backed off and I agreed to take a place in their rotation where I patiently waited my turn to take the highest bidder spot and they let me have my full 10 seconds as highest bidder each time my turn came around…At first I thought they were all just doing the same thing as me and they were also going to bail on the auction long before the bid price came close to the actual sales price…but instead I bailed early when the price of my bids (which I was calculating as 10 cents a bid) plus the bid price reached the sales price….but then they all continued taking turns bidding for hours and hours after I had bailed until the bid price had already gone way over the sales price….So these were not bidding robots…there is no way bidding robots would have reacted to my presence in the way they did…this was a group of real people that figured out the scam I described above and all the losers probably were able to each generate hundreds of free bids each until the designated winner finally came in and made the winning bid and collected his or her modest free bid pack for winning while only expending two or three actual bids in the entire auction.

What do you all think? I think I uncovered their scam…..I can not say whether or not dealdash is scamming us in other ways though….but in this particular situation where you see a group of bidders systematically taking turns as highest bidder and each highest bidder is granted the full 10 seconds ..And the bid price is driven up way past the actual price of the item being bid on (which is usually a walmart card or a gas card or something that people regularly spend money on anyway)…I believe you are witnessing the group bidding scam I described.

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Charlie July 29, 2016 at 8:37 pm

The waiting till the end of the 10 seconds is not because it is a scam. It is called BidBuddy. It allows you to place bids without having to be there. You tell DealDash how many bids you are willing to place, and it will automatically place the bids. If multiple people have a BidBuddy going, then they take turns bidding. Meanwhile others users not using BidBuddy can wait for the other people’s BidBuddy’s to run out. The Better Business Bureau gives DealDash an A+ and it has a rating of 4.91/5 on BBB.com. I’m a DealDash user, and I’ve won a flatscreen TV by placing 2 bids. I’m a strategic bidder. Please stop saying it’s fake without proof guys. Wait, why did I say that, say it’s fake so less users come on so I can win more.

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Mr CT December 31, 2014 at 11:57 pm

Just about to sign up and found this site. Thanks for the feed back. Not joining the site.

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Nat b. January 25, 2015 at 4:15 am

I was a push away from buying bids with my PayPal acct! lol. but I just kept going back trying to learn more about the site and I started to view older items sold and noticed that a $800 gift card sold for $1068.00!!!! DID I MISS SOMETHING??? HOW IS THAT A DEAL? WTF

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jim July 15, 2016 at 1:53 am

NAT B.,

Please read my reply to Christian’s post just a post or two above yours….I think I have figured out how and why that is happening, Please read the explanation for this that I came up with and all the reasons I gave for why I think I am right and let me know your feedback b/c I” think I may have uncovered a very well thought out group bidding scam that is being perpetrated by actual people not bidding robots… And if I am right about this, it is definitely a very clever massive bidding scam and someone needs to notify dealdash about it because it severely hinders (i.e. makes it impossible) everyone’s chances of winning an auction where this scam is being employed.

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Sean August 6, 2016 at 4:37 am

Well your theory is wrong because you actually lose your bids if you do not win, and the amount of free bids you earn are not enough to make up for the losses. I tried it out today just to see for myself and yes, their are groups that work together however you do not get your bids back if you lose unless you choose to purchase the product at the buy it now price which is generally more than the product is even worth at walmart for instance.

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Caryn April 1, 2015 at 10:07 am

The only way you “win” on these penny auction sites is to be a newbie. They practically GIVE you the cheap $10 giftcard and a few other nothing prizes. It’s just enough to get you hooked. Then you think, “wow, this is so easy”. That’s when they have you. You pour endless hours and money into the site with nothing to show for it. If it’s something you really want, just save yourself the aggravation and go buy it.

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dealdashwinner July 24, 2015 at 2:30 am

you can definitely take advantage of dealdash. for one the bids are always on sale. they average about 15 cents each. now here’s how you win. you need to see what type of auction you are. some you pay the final auction price, some you pay half, and some you don’t pay for. i realize this makes no sense but if you go on the site you will understand. now say a month from now you have a birthday party to go to. you’re going to give 100 toys are us gift card as a present. you can go on deal dash and try to win one. you have to figure what your total cost is per bid and what final cost is. so if you buy bids for 15 cents every hundred would cost you 15.00. so 500 costs 90.00. if its a free auction you could bid all those and still save 10 bucks. not great i know. but there is a chance you could get it for almost nothing. why it works is this, if you lose the auction and purchase the card for 10000, which you were going to do anyway, you get all the bids you used back for free.if you bid on nothing but gift cards you were going to use anyway as long as you win one time for less you can easily come out ahead or even. win 2 or 3 and it’s all worth it. if you want advice or me to explain more respond and we can figure it out how to get in touch.

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Missy September 15, 2015 at 7:39 pm

Are you that company that is paid to put positive stuff on these sites. I’ve run into you guys before on other information sites. You don’t say the whole truth but you keep pushing the lie and tying to bring people back to the site with renewed hope.
If you have to put any money down ( your own money). Then it’s just not a free anything.

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Kevin November 6, 2015 at 7:31 pm

“so if you buy bids for 15 cents every hundred would
cost you 15.00. so 500 costs 90.00. if its a free auction
you could bid all those and still save 10 bucks. ”

And you could also spend all of those bids and still not win the gift card… So now you’ve spent $90 and have zero to show for it other than the shame of knowing you’ve been ripped off? I caught the TV add and in fine print the lady that won a $300/$400 Kitchenaid for something like $30 and bid 761 times. That means she paid >$450 in bids + $30something at the end… wow, what a deal…? But hey there’s free shipping! I should hope so. Let not forget that if SHE bid 761 times that means there had to be AT LEAST 760 OTHER BIDS. Which means this website just got paid ~$1000 for a 3 or 4 hundred dollar mixer. That number would also mean that the lady who won made every other bid without fail. What’s much more likely is she made something more like every 4th or 5th bid meaning the site would have made ~$2000 profit on the thing even if they paid full retail…

If that doesn’t scream scam I don’t know what would.

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Amy November 9, 2015 at 2:44 am

Wow, thank you all for the great information. I keep seeing the commercial for dealdash.com and was thinking of giving it a try but something just didn’t seem right with me. So I decided to just type in the search engine dealdash and this site came up. I belive what you all had to say and I will NOT be buying bids. If I want or need something I will wait for it to go on sale or if need be will just pay retail price for it. Seems like I will be making out a whole lot better then paying $100.00 + extra for an item. Thank you for posting and sharing your experience or advice on this. It was much appreciated.

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pike November 16, 2015 at 2:58 am

Hope every employee at deal dash , dies a slow and painful death, steal from good honest people, f&#king scum rat sacks. Hhhmm luckily I didn’t fall into this little trap , was stoked seeing all the commercials about it and then I happened to come across this tidbit of info, and like everything else in the world, to good to be fucking true. I might just have to call http://sacramento.cbslocal.com/contact-kurtis/. Anybody else who agrees needs to call as well, we want results!!! Sincerely : honest-pike

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Dan November 28, 2015 at 3:11 pm

I used Dealdash for the first time yesterday. I won 4 items. $10.00 Dunkin Donuts gift card for $.02 and 3 bids. $10.00 Burger king Gift card for $.01 and 1 bid. $10.00 Walmart gift card for $.03 and 2 bids. A Magisso cake server (retail $35.00) for $.01 and 1 bid. I bought bids at $.11 packages on sale. So all that being said, if I receive these items then they made a believer out of me and I will work on a strategy for higher priced items. This weekend, I am seeing items go for outrageous prices. The site is going crazy..probably the Black Friday fever pitch…but I’ll be patient and wait for the action to die down before bidding anymore. Maybe I caught it just right? Won all the items within 30 mins. Like anything else, be smart and I think you can do well there. We’ll see.

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Brad December 17, 2015 at 5:22 pm

Bullchit^^^^^^^^

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Don August 21, 2016 at 5:55 am

Well Dan, you just proved to me that Deal Dash is a HUGE SCAM! Two days ago I won the exact same $10 gift cards from the same Retailers. Since then I have not won a damn thing and the bidding definitely is suspicious. I am wondering if you ever got your gift cards? It is also odd that since that very first day I have not seen any $10 cards, only ones much higher in value.

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azoreseuropa December 27, 2015 at 1:51 pm

I dont trust anything like this on TV. TV ads is full of lying and evil. I go to store only. For bids, use EBAY but with caution, thats all.

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John March 1, 2016 at 3:45 am

“Deal dash the fair and honest bidding site.” B to the S. No fair no honest period. If this were even half true they would put in the TV ad that the iPads, computers, and cameras they sold for $30 made them more than a thousand dollars and they would be honest and tell everyone watching the commercial that you will have to spend a few hundred dollars on bids that you buy in order to win that item. Don’t sit here and tell me someone just bought an iPad for $10 because that tells me I should be able to go to your website and spend no more than $10 on that iPad but if I’m spending $300 on bids then I didn’t really get an iPad for $10 I got it for $310! It’s all part of their deception game they lie to everyone but oh I forget if they told the truth and said in the commercials you’ll spend $310 on that iPad not the $10 we lied to you about people wouldn’t go to their site and waste money on bids and they would be broke and they can’t have that because it doesn’t fit their agenda to help fill their pockets with money. That’s life for you.

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Annie May 16, 2016 at 1:15 pm

My daughter and I have participated in Deal Dash. The Pros are: It’s fun and we never go overboard. Do not waste money you don’t have. We have won several good items and were able to sell them at a profit.
Cons: Can get carried away. Hard to sell items. Packages never arrived even though both Deal Dash and Fed Ex claim they left them on front porch. We are generally home. DD never return calls. It’s always a message that they’re looking into it. Also claim they had a “glitch” in their computer and we would get our money back in a certain amount of time. It never comes. When they offer FREE bids, it’s not so. Always find money taken out of account. So no I don’t believe they’re really honest. As usual, it is Buyer Beware.

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Elont July 10, 2016 at 4:02 pm

I am an honest user of deal dash and there are catches to the site. But if done right and responsibly you can really make out with great deals and presents. There’s obvious trends to some auctions and obvious automatic bid trends which is why you watch the item for 5 minutes before you even bid. You can see how many people are consistently bidding and you can tell whose automatic and whose not. My first purchase on deal dash was a Microsoft surface pro 4 and I got it for 17 dollars and I paid 75 for 600 bids. With those 600 bids I bought 4 different 10$ gift cards, got a Microsoft for 17, a necklace for my girlfriend with Swarovski crystals for 12 cents so I got my money’s worth. In the wrong hands this can be addictive and without doing your homework first you can lose a lot of money. So my suggestion is, watch the trends, bid on things you want or need only not something just because you think it’ll be easy to get. There are noticeable red flags just be careful and smart and you can definitely get something nice. But as well I do believe gift cards go higher then the retail price is because of the automatic bids. Seems like they’re just set on automatic until bids run out. But watch the trends and stay far away from those. Not a hard concept

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Elont July 10, 2016 at 4:06 pm

Lastly I’m not an employee of this site but I also do think it is fair even if you have to buy bids, how else would these people be able to sell these? They’re salesman and need to make money too. Say if you pay 75 for bids and 17 for the laptop at the end of the day you still only paid about 100$ a laptop. So the honesty in explaining they’re business model may not be honest but let’s be serious name one business in any field that is honest. You just can’t. But I do think it’s fair. And if you’re responsible you’ll be fine

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gdavisloop August 22, 2016 at 4:10 am

The real question is, why are companies like this allowed to exist at all?
Why are they allowed to advertise on television?

I guess we don’t have ENOUGH government regulations!

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Randydude September 16, 2016 at 4:14 pm

Its basically set up like a lottery,slot machine or raffle. Many people buying a chance to get something for nothing. It’s a 1000 people bidding 1 dollar to win 100 dollars. 999 people will have lost a dollar but what will be advertised is the 1 winner ” I won 100 dollars for ONLY 1 DOLLAR!”. If the only expenses were the cost incurred for the winning bid then these tales of winning items at bargain prices would be relevant. Unfortunately nobody is cost factoring in all their losing bids and the odds of winning. I believe that’s why the lottery lines get so long, everyone wants to feel like a winner no matter how much it really costs in the long run. The math isn’t as complicated as the workings of the human mind and ability to be delusional. Now combine that with poor math skills and greed then someone gets the goldmine and everyone else gets the shaft.

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