Testing, Testing

Sometimes coming up with a winning plan has a lot to do with testing, knowing what kind of tests to run and when.  That’s how we find out what works and what does not work.

This can also apply when shopping on DealDash.com.

Example

Let’s say you are bidding in an auction, the bidding gets down to the last two or three people and you are one of them. The bids you have invested are getting low and you are faced with a decision: should you add more bids or stop bidding. How about running a test?

To run a test, you will need to have at least two more active bidders. What you might want to know is whether or not any other bidder is just waiting in the background to jump back into the auction as soon as the bidding gets down to the last two bidders. If that’s the case, you can quickly find out. If another bidder is just waiting to jump in, you will usually find out within two or three turns of dropping out.  If no third player starts playing again, you might want to jump back in and stay in the auction by adding more bids. If another player does jump back in, however, you might have just saved yourself some otherwise wasted bids.

You may also want to check when the other serious players placed their first bid. Have they been bidding since the beginning of the auction? If the other one or two players have been bidding since the beginning of the auction, but you joined the auction much later, it could mean one of two things: 1) The other players are really committed to winning this auction or 2) The other players might run out of bids long before you do.

Another question you might want to ask yourself is: when did the other players join DealDash? If a player just recently started shopping on DealDash, they might not have as many “free bids” as someone who has been shopping on DealDash for several years.

We never know how many bids other shoppers have to play with, but by doing some testing, we will be able to make a better decision if we should add more bids or delete bids and save them for another time.

This sponsored blog post was submitted by: Barbara L. Sellers. Barbara was compensated by DealDash for this blog post. Blog posts are written by real DealDash customers. The opinions and advice here represent our customers’ views and not those of the company.

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