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Old 07-25-2018, 06:39 AM
 
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I asked the owner of our local facility about the whole auction deal. It's a pretty big place with at least 100 10x15 and bigger lockers, located in a rural, middle and working class area. She claimed that the whole TV reality version of the auction scene is a farce. They work hard at trying to get the renters to pay up, since getting at least some of the back rent, and a customer who is willing to haul their own junk back out of the unit, is always better than an auction. They have at least one auction a year, and rarely end up with big numbers on bids. For every $500-1000 bid, they have several that have no offers, and they end up hauling mostly trash to the dumpster, to get the unit cleaned up and ready to rent again. Her goal is to get the thing empty and ready to rent, at the least cost and headache. Most of the time, the answer is not an auction.
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Old 07-25-2018, 06:45 AM
 
Location: SW Florida
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When my husband died, we had two storage rooms filled with all kinds of stuff some of it valuable including a riding lawn mower, an outdoor fountain, outdoor benches, 200 beanie babies, etc. Whoever bid on those units got themselves some nice things. Unfortunately my wedding dress was in there along with a large collection of Creative Memories stuff I had.


Losing some of my sentimental items made me realize that things are just not that important and I don't concern myself much with saving much of anything if it doesn't have a practical use.
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Old 07-29-2018, 09:45 AM
 
Location: Sector 001
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There are plenty of articles about how storage wars is staged... in fact almost all of those supposed reality shows on all those science channels are faked in some way or another, which is why in many cases I find I can't stomach watching them. This is especially true of those ghost hunting shows.

With storage wars they plant valuable items in the lockers to make the show more interesting. In pawn stars, they just plain exaggerate the value of the items.
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Old 07-29-2018, 04:12 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, not Paris. #MAGA.
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I'd think that the odds of finding something good/worthwhile to me would be so slim that I wouldn't bother bidding. My thought process is that most people are going to find a way to get their crap out of storage if its really, objectively valuable and you can easily realize that value.
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Old 07-29-2018, 04:56 PM
 
Location: Brawndo-Thirst-Mutilator-Nation
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Auctions are meant to drive the selling-price UP. Couple that fact with the trendiness of auctions via TV shows, probably not that good of a way to buy stuff anymore.
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