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Greetings from another noobie - Tampa, FL

Greetings from another noobie - Tampa, FL
« on: December 07, 2011, 12:13:14 PM »
Hello all, the name is Allan.  I've been watching all of Glendon Cameron's videos on youtube for awhile now, as well as personal storage auction videos from amateurs.  I also bought his ebook and have read it all.  I'm really interested in buying/selling storage lockers for multiple reasons. 

1.  Growing up, my dad and I used to be antique collectors, but old school antique collectors, like abandoned old houses, or landfills, digging them up with shovels and other tools and collecting bottles and coins.  We also used to collect all kinds of stamps.  We stopped doing that when we relocated from NY to FL though.  Now I'm looking to get into something new, for the thrill of the hunt, and to see what I find.  The saying goes : You gotta spend money to make money.  Unfortunately, my seed money is pretty low, so I'm not expecting to get anything, at first.  I also don't have enough resources to know where to find EVERY auction.  Have to build connections and network first.  This is the resource I'm using currently.  Can any of you Veterans tell me if it's pretty legit?  auctionstorage.com/NewBuyers.aspx  Tammie seems to be the Auctioneer who does all the auctions in my area.

2.  I want to get out of Customer Service.  I hate dealing with multitudes of people every day, when I'm barely making enough to survive.  I want a higher income, as well as want to be my own boss eventually and have the freedom to travel  and hunt lkrs with the best of them.

So, that's my introduction.  I've been lurking here without an account for 2 weeks now.  I plan on attending my first auctions on the 20th of this month, but only have about 500 in seed money.  So we shall see what happens.  I'm jumping in headfirst.  If the price is right, I'm no lookie-loo.  Look forward to talking with you all.

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Re: Greetings from another noobie - Tampa, FL
« Reply #1 on: December 07, 2011, 01:50:10 PM »
Welcome fellow Floridian.

The Auctioneer you are using is ok. Nyle Wells does most of ours. Don't care for him to much. Last Auction he spent 15 minutes advertising an Auction in Orlando. We had to stand there and listen before he got started with the auction. And he is usually late. Hopefully Tammie will be beter.

So you want to get out of customer service?  "I hate dealing with multitudes of people every day"[/b]
How do you plan on selling the goods out of your lockers?
And attending Auctions there are all kinds of people, The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly.

Good luck

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Re: Greetings from another noobie - Tampa, FL
« Reply #2 on: December 07, 2011, 08:13:46 PM »
Welcome to the forums!

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Re: Greetings from another noobie - Tampa, FL
« Reply #3 on: December 07, 2011, 10:23:04 PM »
Welcome fellow Floridian.

The Auctioneer you are using is ok. Nyle Wells does most of ours. Don't care for him to much. Last Auction he spent 15 minutes advertising an Auction in Orlando. We had to stand there and listen before he got started with the auction. And he is usually late. Hopefully Tammie will be beter.

So you want to get out of customer service?  "I hate dealing with multitudes of people every day"[/b]
How do you plan on selling the goods out of your lockers?
And attending Auctions there are all kinds of people, The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly.

Good luck


You forgot to read the rest of my sentence.  I said when I am making barely enough to survive.  If the money is good, then I'm all for it.  If I'm not being paid what I think I'm worth, then it's not worth doing.  It's going to be different with this, since I will be my own boss.  Heh.  I will definitely let you know how she is.  :)  Thanks for the welcome.

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Re: Greetings from another noobie - Tampa, FL
« Reply #4 on: December 08, 2011, 04:19:38 AM »
You forgot to read the rest of my sentence.  I said when I am making barely enough to survive.  If the money is good, then I'm all for it.  If I'm not being paid what I think I'm worth, then it's not worth doing.  It's going to be different with this, since I will be my own boss.  Heh.  I will definitely let you know how she is.  :)  Thanks for the welcome.

So what do you think you are worth???? ;D
My Dad and his brothers use to scrounge around the dump when they were young they found a 6' cabinet, Still in the family we think it is a doctors or surveyors, has a lot of cubbyholes in it, but really have no idea what it was used for. LOL
So are you hitting auctions on your days off?
Being nosey here we have talked about hitting the Tampa area for auctions.

Re: Greetings from another noobie - Tampa, FL
« Reply #5 on: December 08, 2011, 08:33:10 AM »

So, that's my introduction.  I've been lurking here without an account for 2 weeks now.  I plan on attending my first auctions on the 20th of this month, but only have about 500 in seed money.  So we shall see what happens.  I'm jumping in headfirst.  If the price is right, I'm no lookie-loo.  Look forward to talking with you all.


i started with 300. 

I thought i can get away with the smaller lockers because they usually ends at 2-300 , sometimes 100. 

I ended up paying 700 for a big locker and i broke even. 

2nd locker, i lost on the 2nd locker but went back and bought 3 bmx bikes from that guy.  I made 1100. 

now im turning that 1100 to go full fledge in a big locker and hopefully i ll make some bigger money.  sometimes that is not the case.  You win some and some days your gonna lose money.  Be careful and selective on what you pick.  always look in the locker and see if you can make your money back at least and bid half and stop there.  dont get desperate, that is what gets you. 


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Re: Greetings from another noobie - Tampa, FL
« Reply #6 on: December 08, 2011, 09:02:09 AM »


2nd locker, i lost on the 2nd locker but went back and bought 3 bmx bikes from that guy.  I made 1100. 



Thanks for your honest detailing of your two lkr buys. It's also telling that you made your money by "picking" the bmx bikes which is something you really know about.

The rest of your assesment was right on too.

Fortunately for those of us (probably including you) who are going to be around for a few more years, the MAJORITY of new buyers aren't as smart and will make enough mistakes that they will give up on this "profession".

At a sale I went to (with 25 lkrs available) one new guy (none of us had ever seen) bought 5 of the 25. I got one, my friend got 2, other regulars got one or two each. Waiting to see if the new guy is around my area the next few months.

Re: Greetings from another noobie - Tampa, FL
« Reply #7 on: December 08, 2011, 02:01:24 PM »
oh no worries, i ll be a regular..


speaking of regular,  i have an issue with this one guy. 

every auction, he goes in and runs it up by 10 dollar increments.  I have never seen him win any lockers.  WTF!  why is he doing that?  Makes me wanna get in his face and tell him to quit that sh**.

last auction, i got into his face (almost but it ended up with a staring contest) and he finally backed off till another guy outbid me.  I was like oh F it. 

how do i get rid of this man?  I tried dropping a locker on him but other people cant keep their mouth shut.


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Re: Greetings from another noobie - Tampa, FL
« Reply #8 on: December 08, 2011, 02:21:05 PM »
oh no worries, i ll be a regular..


speaking of regular,  i have an issue with this one guy. 

every auction, he goes in and runs it up by 10 dollar increments.  I have never seen him win any lockers.  WTF!  why is he doing that?  Makes me wanna get in his face and tell him to quit that sh**.

last auction, i got into his face (almost but it ended up with a staring contest) and he finally backed off till another guy outbid me.  I was like oh F it. 

how do i get rid of this man?  I tried dropping a locker on him but other people cant keep their mouth shut.



I think you need to cultivate a more professional attitude. You got in his face because he was bidding against you? You want to end up in the back of a patrol car? So YOU tried to drop a locker on HIM? But other people kept bidding?

Here is some cold hard facts> When you know how to properly profile a unit, know what kind of return you will get on your investment, and know exactly what you are willing to pay, then NOBODY can successfully run you up.

Don't be under some illusion that in this day and age you can still win units full of merchandise for pennies on the dollar.

So you have a guy who wont stop bidding but can't win a unit because You and OTHERS keep bidding the units up? Sounds like a gun fight in a round room.  Actually sounds like what all of us are dealing with across the country.

I think sometimes we get attitudes like we are the REAL auction bidders and everybody else is a phony with no business at the auctions. Remember, everyone at the auction has just as much right to be there and spend as much money as they desire. Sometimes you just have to roll with the punches.

Ask some of the guys who have been doing this for 10-20 years, making a living under the table, how they feel about seeing YOU at the auction.

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Re: Greetings from another noobie - Tampa, FL
« Reply #9 on: December 08, 2011, 02:37:58 PM »
Well said Cobia

Re: Greetings from another noobie - Tampa, FL
« Reply #10 on: December 08, 2011, 02:41:56 PM »
I'm with Cobia on this one.

It seems like your only issue with this guy is the increment at which he ups the bid. It may be annoying, but is hardly worth losing your head over.

Re: Greetings from another noobie - Tampa, FL
« Reply #11 on: December 08, 2011, 03:26:38 PM »
Hmm.. 

I just have to watch him then.

Re: Greetings from another noobie - Tampa, FL
« Reply #12 on: December 08, 2011, 10:48:21 PM »
So what do you think you are worth???? ;D
More than just above minimum wage with no room for advancement, that's for sure.  I'm a true young gun.  Working on my degree in Information System Security, Bachelor level, and working part-time at a dead-end job while I work through school.  I mean...if I'm working through school, may as well try and make enough money to make it worth my time and effort.  Heh. I'm only 24 years old.

Yeah, like I said, I saw the auctionstorage site, and saw Tammie does all the auctions in my area.  So I'll probably just be going out that one day a month for now, but hitting every single auction she goes to.  She's got about 15-20 different places listed for the whole day, from Brandon to Ruskin is the one sector, it would appear.  Then she has another one with Tampa, Lutz, Land o Lakes, and Wesley Chapel, which is a bit farther than what I want to drive for right now, till I scope things out and see how she is as an auctioneer.  I'm also a member or storagetreasures, but I have no idea who the auctioneer is for them, that does the Tampa area auctions, so I may attend a few of those as well.  I'll let you know my progress after the date of.  :)

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Re: Greetings from another noobie - Tampa, FL
« Reply #13 on: December 09, 2011, 04:23:37 AM »
Well the minimum wage is defiantly not worth it. Don't think I have made minimum wage sense I was 15. We want discuss how long ago that was.  :)  Worth a shot while you finish school. I cleaned houses 4 days a week and went to school 3. I was much older than you when I went to school but making more money on a part time basis is the way to go. (Grammar was not my strong subject, To the regulars on here  :o)

storagetreasures is good. They offer a list of auctions for different places, not just one auction company. they do list some without auctioneers. Good place to start. But also look in the legal notices, you will get more information there. We have done our best with the auctions without auctioneers. Sometimes you don't know which ones they are until you show up. But go to as many as you can you learn a lot by just being there. (if you pay attention in class)  :D

If I were you I would plan your buying a locker around your school schedule. Buy one on a Friday so you have the weekend to get all the work done. It is part time but when you buy one non stop work until you get it loaded sorted and then selling. We spent 2.5 days on the last two we bought. Just a thought and good luck.

Re: Greetings from another noobie - Tampa, FL
« Reply #14 on: December 09, 2011, 10:21:38 AM »
Well the minimum wage is defiantly not worth it. Don't think I have made minimum wage sense I was 15. We want discuss how long ago that was.  :)  Worth a shot while you finish school. I cleaned houses 4 days a week and went to school 3. I was much older than you when I went to school but making more money on a part time basis is the way to go. (Grammar was not my strong subject, To the regulars on here  :o)

storagetreasures is good. They offer a list of auctions for different places, not just one auction company. they do list some without auctioneers. Good place to start. But also look in the legal notices, you will get more information there. We have done our best with the auctions without auctioneers. Sometimes you don't know which ones they are until you show up. But go to as many as you can you learn a lot by just being there. (if you pay attention in class)  :D

If I were you I would plan your buying a locker around your school schedule. Buy one on a Friday so you have the weekend to get all the work done. It is part time but when you buy one non stop work until you get it loaded sorted and then selling. We spent 2.5 days on the last two we bought. Just a thought and good luck.

Well I'm attending class online right now.  I switched from campus since I did an internship with Disney World last year.  I haven't reapplied for my campus since all my online classes are going really well, and I like the flexibility.  Therefore I can pretty much do auctions/loading/unloading/selling whenever since I have no set schedule, just deadlines to when my schoolwork has to be done.  :)


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