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Its 50 / 50...  With an pro there is no problems with unit managers that don't know their stuff.  I like things to be clean and legal, no messy business. 

The downside to the pro's is that they all know who the heavy hitters are and the little guy doesn't have a chance.  I've often found myself standing around at a site for an extra hour because so and so hasn't arrived yet, or a unit that should have been auctioned gets pulled and saved for next month...

General Storage Auction Talk / Re: Personal items
« on: March 04, 2014, 04:19:22 PM »
I honestly felt bad for the poor fool who lost the first unit I ever bought.  With every unit I buy I feel less and less that way.  The last unit I bought was (at my best guess) a hoarder who'd run out of space and moved on to keeping it in storage units...  I do return personals, but that feeling bad for the poor guy has all but gone away.  Since this guy was such a bad hoarder I went out of my to NOT return too much.  He probably would have said everything was personal.  What I left at the facility was one small box with photos / birth and death certificates. 

I don't think his dead mothers utility bills from the 60's are really all that personal anyway...

I suppose I'm right with the rest of you as far as business practicality goes.  If I can pull it all out in one box that's marked it stays at the unit as I load.  If its harder to figure out what is and isn't worth leaving I sort it as I go through the unit, and it goes back when I'm in the area.

Online Storage Auctions / Re: How many people buy online?
« on: February 17, 2014, 08:27:05 PM »
As for shill bidding, that happens at in person auctions as well.

Very true, in fact I've seen a lot of bad behavior at live auctions.  The difference is that at a live auction I can see it happen and adjust my bidding strategy or not bid at all accordingly.  Online that ain't the case.  As I said though, I'm not against online bidding.  I just want to see some things fixed before I get out my wallet. 

Its probably fine for most people just like it is.  Lots of people go to the casino knowing the odds are stacked against them.  I'm just not one of them.

Online Storage Auctions / Re: How many people buy online?
« on: February 17, 2014, 02:13:45 AM »
I've bought several units online, mostly when I first started buying storage auctions.  I don't bid online anymore. 

There's a fair number of problems that keep me from it.  First is transparency.  I payed 4350 for one good unit online.  It was worth the price, but it has me questioning who was my competition.  There's no clear bid history and no way to know I'm not being cheated / shill bid.  I have a strong feeling, but no proof that they may have either intentionally (or by a glitch) let me win at my max bid. 

Another problem is dishonesty by the facility.  I've won a unit that was infested with cockroaches.  You can bet things like mice, insect infestation, illegal items, toxic chemicals will be missed when photographing units.  All of these can be costly to deal with.

I don't see a problem with the industry moving to online auctions overall, except that the law needs to catch up if its going that way.   Specific rules for how units are photographed.  Required resolution of photos.  Specific rules that auction sites must follow.  Clear display of bid history.  Some kind of oversight.  (Dept of weights and measures review?) The attraction to storage auctions for me is that its a gamble with odds that I can see.  When the rules get shady its no longer worth playing.  You won't catch me in Vegas, I don't like the odds.

Online Storage Auctions / Re: Storage Battles is now Storage Treasures
« on: February 17, 2014, 01:51:12 AM »
There's an auction coming up that ends 3 a.m. local time because the facility put 12 a.m. rather than 12 p.m.

Round here that wouldn't be legal.  The storage lien law in Utah says the auction has to be held in line with industry normal standards to be legal.  Typical lean auctions would not be held before 8am or after 6pm, so holding one outside those hours would open the facility (and possibly the buyer) up to potential lawsuits.

I've determined that any unit is staged / fake if it doesn't have a hot glue gun and a box of vhs tapes.

Have you ever opened the fridge and got a whiff of something that went bad?  Why on earth would you spend money on groceries you're never going to eat?  Bet you have though.  I'm sure it has something to do with the same principle.  Long after you've forgotten what you stored there, you still think it was worth the cost because you haven't revisited the issue.

I disconnected my DirecTv service a little over a year ago.  Had it for at least 10 years before that.  Had gotten to the point where I only turned the tv on for 15 minutes in the morning while I'm getting ready for work.  The only video I was actually using was netflix / youtube.  Kept paying that cable bill for probably 3 years past when I should have stopped.  Probably never would have quit had money not gotten tight enough I really had to rethink it.

General Storage Auction Talk / Re: Hardest things to find in storage units
« on: February 17, 2014, 01:09:57 AM »
Funny about the Xbox / PS3...  I bid on one unit that had a PS3 showing and a flat panel about 40" showing (facing the wall)  Paid $425.   I ended up finding no less than 3 ps3's and 7 360's as well as a host of other video game systems.  The real kicker.  The previous owner was a tweaker.  EVERY SINGLE ONE had been taken apart messed up inside and pretty well broken beyond repair.  Made more money off the clothing in the unit than all the electronics combined. Couple pair of alligator skin boots kept it from being a total loss.

General Storage Auction Talk / Re: Shipping Insurance
« on: February 17, 2014, 12:53:57 AM »
If you want it insured use a private carrier.  Even if they should cover it, you'll be fighting with USPS for months before they do anything about it. 

General Storage Auction Talk / Re: Hardest things to find in storage units
« on: February 06, 2014, 07:31:25 PM »
I'm sure I used to see deep fryers all the time.  Recently I decided I wanted one for cheap so I could expiriment melting plastic in it.  I'm not willing to pay much since I am going to use it once and probably destroy it.  Haven't seen one since.

What's it Worth?? / Re: Military Surplus
« on: February 06, 2014, 07:25:53 PM »
If was the torpedo body itself I'd already have it either at the flea market or on ebay.  Thats something odd and someone would recognize and buy.  The fuel compartment rebuild kit is a box full of gaskets and o-rings.  not very sexy...  I do great on ebay with new in package car parts, but I just don't see it on this.  I'll probably list it anyway just to see. 

Normally I list items that I don't "know" the value auction style and let the market determine it for me.  If I know what something will sell for I list it buy it now and just wait for the right person.  Problem with something like this is there won't be enough competition to let the market decide and I have no idea what to ask for it.

What's it Worth?? / Military Surplus
« on: February 03, 2014, 09:41:07 PM »
So here's a strange one.  I've got setting in front of me a Fuel compartment rebuild kit for an MK46 torpedo.  (the big missile thing they fire out the side of submarines...)  My first instinct is to pitch it in the trash.  Likely hood of ever finding a buyer I'm guessing is near zero.  How do you all deal with strange military surplus stuff?

I've also got a bunch of aircraft stuff, more than half of which I can't identify.   Some of it is sealed in dessicant packs with military type numbers stencil painted on the packages.

I find that I'm a lot less restrictive than the people I deal with. (for the most part)   I'm usually available to meet up until midnight, but I rarely get someone who wants to meet after 6 or 7 pm.

General Storage Auction Talk / Re: Efficient Use of Packing Materials
« on: January 23, 2014, 02:58:37 AM »
Perhaps I'm sick... I like to use packing peanuts just because I know most people don't like them...  My inner child is a mean little brat.

General Storage Auction Talk / Re: Saving money on shipping
« on: January 21, 2014, 01:06:08 PM »
Appliance boxes are a good source of sheet cardboard if you need to make up a custom box.  I get them from my "real" job, but most places that sell appliances will save you a few if you ask nicely.  Its not worth the time for the regular stuff, but every once in a while I find that making up a custom box really pays off.

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