I was never a big fan of the unit bid. I posted years ago about bidding for NAs in revised. Also I wanted an option to play minor victory, which I think also helps the Axis. I used to like to play Classic with Restricted russia and Weapons Development Bonus. If this doesn’t eliminate a bid it should at least reduce it. I used to advocate for that option in the Axis & Allies Member’s Cluib (AAMC), but there wasn’t much interest.
Best of luck in your endeavors!
Alot of people played this way on the CD version (when those old gaming rooms were around).