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Craigslist / Re: Are CL buyers really nuts or what?
« on: December 14, 2011, 09:58:17 PM »
I had a funny one this Sunday. Listed some speakers cheap $100 for a quick sale. Sold within a few hours. Right after the sale, a guy calls and I tell him they are sold. He proceeds to flip out since he says I told him $150 the day before.  I should have hung up, but I let him finish and mentioned I listed the items only 3 hours prior, & then hung up.

Stories about Storage Auctions / Re: Worst Unit?
« on: May 27, 2011, 10:23:06 PM »
You can never get enough totes/bins.

I have over the years gotten close to 300 totes/bins of different kinds and sizes. Kept about half of it my self, and sold the rest of them.

But now i am need of more, so every time i get totes i keep them.

You should have told me today... I'd sell you as many as you want... for a good price of course  ;D

I've had a couple really bad units. Picked up one for $300 or so that had a lot of boxes, misc appliances, suitcases, etc. Well, apparently this tenant was storing his/her Y2K survival goods. Every box and bucket was filled with canned food, sugar, beans, etc. All of it was dated 1999.

Stories about Storage Auctions / Re: Got one today
« on: May 27, 2011, 10:21:20 PM »
If you keep that compressor, that is money saved.
Money saved is just as good as money earned. So calculate your savings into the total math. That will bring you way a head on this unit.

Good work!

Agreed... With our interests and hobbies, not to mention general household items, we find a few things in most units we keep. I just keep track separately of the items kept or given to family/friends so I have a good idea of the profit or loss from units.

Agreed.... I like this show and catch it whenever I can. Usually entertaining and realistic.

Got a 1951 Winchester .22 long rifle several months ago... now in my collection...

Uncovered 3 guns this week. A 1900ish Belgium SxS shotgun, a Savage Model 110 .243 rifle with scope, and a Haskell .45 pistol. Good week after lots of high prices and mediocre lockers lately.

Not a CPA, but I use my vehicle for my landscaping business. I write off my gas and mileage. I would think the same would apply to anyone that is claiming their income from lockers. Just have to keep up with your receipts and keep a mileage log. Then it is a write-off regardless of the tax that would be applied. I actually write off ALL expenses w/my vehicle. I would think that if you keep your proof of attending an auction even if you don't buy they would count. Even if you live in New York and drive to Florida. As long as you attend an auction during that visit, theoretically it's a write-off. Again, not a CPA but it def. applies to my business.

Yes, it's a write off for your federal income tax, however these taxes and expenses are still costing you money. Spending $1 to save less than 35 cents does not help you!

General Storage Auction Talk / Re: What is the hardest item to sell ?
« on: April 27, 2011, 10:26:10 PM »
Personally I've had luck with selling books, I made over $400 on Dungeons and Dragons books in one week.  I'd say the hardest thing to sell, for me, is microwaves.

I had 4 average microwaves at my first sale this year and sold them very quickly.  I just had another sale and only sold 1 of the 3 I had. Hit or miss I guess.

My enemy is picture frames.They do sell, but I accumulate them faster than I sell them.  I'd like to see a poll of storage auction buyer's inventory of those...

General Storage Auction Talk / Re: Roadtrip this week
« on: April 26, 2011, 10:01:26 AM »
good luck... certainly looks quiet in our immediate area this week. I will probably see you on Thursday.

Stories about Storage Auctions / Re: Lookey Loos Part 3....March, 2011
« on: March 30, 2011, 09:09:38 PM »
Hmm... Here are my guesses...

The BOMB - $650
The DUMP - $180

eBay / Re: Anyone else got a phone call from Ebay recently?
« on: March 24, 2011, 05:37:08 PM »
I received the same call a day after I received an e-mail with the same advertising, so I'd say it was a legit call.  They are pushing the store subscription pretty hard it seems and jacking up fees on everyone (final value fee now applied to shipping charge). Ebay just went another notch lower in my book. Sooner or later they will only have the big retailers left which is apparently what they want.

I sort of met a locker owner last weekend at our garage sale - the locker owners showed randomly for the sale and realized some items were from their unit....they bought back some items from the unit including a couple picture frames with pictures still in it. We had returned 5 boxes of photos and personal effects to the facility, but missed a couple pictures in frames (we had 4+ boxes of picture frames - honest mistake). I'm sure that felt very strange to see your personal photo for sale. They never said a word to us.

My favorite was the 3 yr old running up & down outdoor locker aisles in 3-4" deep water in snowing 10 degree weather. I'm sure they spent the next few days tending to a sick kid.

I've talked to one of the piece replacement companies online as well. I was trying to sell a beautiful set of Lenox china, pattern made around 1980. They offered less than 10% of their listed selling price and no offer for some pieces they had enough stock.

Tried craigslist and no takers there for any reasonable price. Only one e-mail that said "That set is beautiful." OK - So buy it!!

Stories about Storage Auctions / Re: Worse locker ever
« on: March 02, 2011, 07:41:13 PM »
haha... no, a bit east of Memphis. My real job is keeping me from memphis auctions at the moment.

General Storage Auction Talk / Re: Post Storage Locker Gun Stories Here
« on: February 27, 2011, 10:25:54 PM »
I picked up a nice 1951 Winchester .22 rifle a month ago... It'll stay in my collection. Found a cool western leather gun belt and holster this weekend.

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