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What's it Worth?? / Re: Taxidermy
« on: November 29, 2015, 02:30:26 PM »
Went to an estate sale and taxidermy items were flying out the door.  Everyone was saying how cheap they were priced.....

White deer (whole):  $1500
White coyote: $550
Large porcupine: $300
Vampire deer (small): $500
Cheeta: $3000
Moose head: $750
Hyena (sp?): $600
Grizzly: $3500
Deer head mounts: $275-$375
Water fowl, rabbits, small game: $75-$200

New to Storage Auctions? / Re: How much money do you bring?
« on: May 15, 2015, 01:08:52 PM »
I've thought about the robbery thing too.   There was a short stint here where guys were holding up estate sales late afternoon.  Knew there was a couple grand between estate company and peoples wallets.

Starting thinking auctions might be unsafe.   20-40 actual bidders.   Each has $500-$1000, some much more.

But then I thought it would be rough.   Indoors and the hall is packed.  Outside and the crowd is spread out.   There isn't any control. 

I started looking closely at the crowd too.   Hadn't been a single auction that I haven't been able to see at LEAST one guy with concealed firearm.

What's it Worth?? / Re: Taxidermy
« on: May 15, 2015, 12:54:09 PM »
I never understood it.   Unless you were decorating a lodge or cabin why would you want someone else's kill.  It's a trophy.   It's like buying someone's high school wrestling trophy and displaying it.

They are listed for big bucks (no pun intended).

I have an old work acquaintance that sold her business and delivery route to do taxidermy full time because she made more money (And her business did very well).   

Must be a big thing but I don't get it and have no clue on the resale of them.....

Picker's Paradise / Would you return contents....
« on: May 15, 2015, 12:44:55 PM »

I'm pretty honest and believe in the whole karma thing but I don't know about returning the unknown contents of an item I bought.

I do wonder how they didn't know it was there.   At some point the dresser had to be moved.  Wouldn't you hear it sliding around?

The Lounge / Re: So what's everyone been up to?
« on: May 11, 2015, 11:34:47 AM »
I'm not up to much auction wise. Full school load and volunteering in trauma at emergency department takes most of my time.

Hit some random auctions but it's been slow.  Crowds are pretty much back to just professionals but it's 20 people fighting over a few units.  But estate sale season is back so hopefully get some good picks.

Are they all the same videos?

Were there manuals and stuff in unit?

Those training videos go for hundreds of dollars a pop.  You could package several that fit a certain industry and stick on ebay.   Or contact companies HR departments. 

I don't think selling them by the lot is going to work.  I think they only person that would be interested is an end user and these are made for group showings or to be viewed from server across multiple desktops. No one but the distributer needs more than one and they make them for pennies.

Think first I'd contact the company like you're interested in product and get an information pack sent to you.  Price quotes, what comes either video's, product support......the more info you have the better you'll know how to market it....and charge for it.

I'm not that paranoid or worried about stuff so I could care less about my number but some people do take the added steps of using a voip or free app like easytext to get a throwaway number.

Another option:

Donations & Taxes / Re: Health Care Tax Penalties
« on: January 31, 2015, 02:36:09 PM »
It won't affect anyone's taxes at all. By not having insurance you pay a penalty, not additional taxes.

Sure looks like a tax and the Supreme Court found that penalties the law places on people who don't buy health insurance count as a tax protected by the Constitution.....thus defining it as a tax.

If you are not covered by health insurance during 2014, you will owe a tax fee that is known as the individual shared responsibility payment payable at the time you file your 2014 Tax Return.

For 2014, the payment will be either the Flat Fee OR the Percentage of Household Income, whichever method is higher -

1. The Flat Fee for 2014 is $95.00 per adult and $47.50 per child, but not over the maximum of $285 per family.

2. The Percentage of Household Income for 2014 is 1% of your taxable income over the minimum filing amount for your filing status, but not over the average cost for the bronze level health plan available through the Marketplace in 2014. Here are the 2014 average costs for bronze level coverage:

- $204 per month for an individual (or $2448 annual)

- $1020 per month for a family with 5 or more members (or $12,240 annual)

The Treasure Chest / Re: protection,masks and instruments
« on: September 27, 2014, 05:30:30 PM »
I agree. I personally don't like going to auctions in college towns. I've found that the quality of merchandise is typically low.

And I like the units close to colleges around here.  Dorms and studios don't have room for mountain bikes, snowboards, band/dj equipment....
Lotta kids list school addy for bill then comes summer, moves home for three months.......or they toss it in for summer so they don't have to haul it home and forget about it.

Picker's Paradise / Re: How do you find estate sales?
« on: September 27, 2014, 05:19:58 PM »
I find estate sales by putting the address listed into my GPS.......

PayPal / Notice of Policy Update: Nov2014
« on: September 27, 2014, 05:07:29 PM »
"And last but not least, you'll see some updates to our User Agreement that go into effect November 18, 2014. If you're interested in all the details, take a look at our Policy Updates Page. Here are the highlights:

We're increasing the time for buyers to file merchandise disputes (Item Not Received and Significantly Not as Described) from 45 days to 180 days.
We're extending buyer protection to include item not received claims for custom made products.
Because PayPal Seller Protection and Buyer Protection policies may vary from country to country, we're adding language to clarify which country's policy applies when a seller makes a sale to a buyer outside of the U.S."
Six months to file a dispute?

Now, I haven't actually gone in to read the updates so maybe they have conditions, maybe not.   But six months is a long time. 

Stories about Storage Auctions / Re: Okay... I got busy with LIFE
« on: July 24, 2014, 12:14:20 PM »
I've seen a guy at many an auction that always rents units after.   He buys everything.  If there is a unit with a trash bag he'll buy it.   At one he bought seven units. 3-4 were huge, like warehouse, 20x30 maybe bigger.  Rent had to be a couple grand on top of the $6000-$7000 he paid for them.  And this was just one stop.

I've tried to talk to him but he is a total loner.  Doesn't even talk to auctioneer or staff unless he has to.

Always wondered what his business plan is, where he sells, because the rent alone would kill me.

I stick to units that I know I can pack away.  I know that if I rent it I'll procrastinate and pretty soon I'll have spent more on rent than its worth.   Maybe once I'm out of school but right now it's fast flip or walk away........I just don't have the time.

eBay / Re: List-Sell, get $20 Promotion: Sucks.
« on: July 24, 2014, 12:04:47 PM »
I finally found an item that was $20.  Refilled ink for printer.
So with the $3-$4 they made off me, $3-4 they made off of seller.....they lost money. 

Won the battle!......tho, still losing the war.   

eBay / List-Sell, get $20 Promotion: Sucks.
« on: July 14, 2014, 12:32:34 PM »
I got an email promotion: List in next ten days get $10, if it sells get another $10.

I listed an item I've had problems selling for way low. Immediately sold.
Break down is it sold for $22.  $2.20 went to ebay > $0.98 to paypal > $13.20 to ship > paid $6 for it = a loss of $0.38.  But got $20 gift certificate which would bring profit up to where others are selling for...eventually.

Well, it's not a gift certificate.  Its a code that has to be used in the next seven days.  Now I have to go search around ebay for something that costs $20.  Figure I'll get printer ink or razors or something I'll eventually need.

The promotion did say the "certificate" had an expiration date but I didn't figure on 7 days.  That's BS.

General Storage Auction Talk / Re: Eating on the go
« on: July 12, 2014, 06:12:21 PM »
packed lunch or 711 stop

Not a fan of 7/11 food but have to admit I like AM/PM burgers.....2-for-$1. I don't think its even meat.....or real bread.....but for some reason I love those things.  And I don't even eat fast food (except in-n-out burger...and watchaburger but we don't have those hear so it's not often)

I keep food in my car. Almonds. Tuna. Hardtack style crackers. Even have a little cooler that's wired in and has a little battery pack and solar panel for when car is off.  It's only big enough for a six pack but good for fruit or sandwich.  Downside is I go thru times when I don't drive for far ....doesn't recharge....even with solar and battery it only lasts like 24hrs a charge.  Solar will give enough juice to keep drinks cool but not preserve food.  BUT you need actual sun....I have tinted windows and a car port.   I sometimes have science projects instead of food in cooler. 

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