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Reality Shows about Storage Auctions / Re: Auction Hunters is FAKE!!!
« on: April 19, 2013, 07:25:54 AM »
I was wondering how they were going to get rid of the stupid 'pawn' shop at the end of the season.  This was as good of a way as any.  The bonus with this is that it leads right into an American Chopperesque 'Sr v Jr' season, because this show for some reason thinks that it needs a theme for each season.

Reality Shows about Storage Auctions / Re: Auction Hunters is FAKE!!!
« on: April 18, 2013, 02:17:50 PM »
This last show had the feel of reality:

The partners agree on a top price.
One partner blows waaaay through the cap.
They lose their butts on the purchase.
The partnership implodes and one of them takes his balls and goes home, leaving the other holding the bag.

That sounds about right.

Bonehead.  He should have either parked somewhere inconvenient, had someone along who could refead the meters, or drove a smaller vehicle to the auctions and returned later with the truck. 

Locally, expired meter tickets cost something like $15.  Assuming that they only reticket once per hour, he's be on the hook for eleven tickets (three for the fifth spot and two each for the other four) amounting to something like $165.  Of course, I'd be worried that tptb would simply tow the truck away...

Yeah, that's scandalous. The problem is that there is no law enforcement agency enforcing this kind of behavior. What can you really do? In my situation, I wanted to protest to the auctioneer but, bottom line, she services 7 of his facilities. She is not going to bite the hand that feeds her.
The real problem is that while what they are doing is unethical, it is probably not illegal.  In our state, an owner is legally allowed to enter a unit that has gone into default.  The law also allows him to bid on units if he wishes.

I've never been approached by former owners.  If I had, I would have no problem handing over any documents, personal photos, or anything else that I wouldn't be able to sell.  I think where it would be an issue is if they wanted me to just give them any 'sentimental items' that actually had resale value.

I completely agree that it's not fair for an owner to use information that he received poking around in a unit.  THat being said, our state law specifically states that owners are able to bid.

What's it Worth?? / Re: Need help, what is this?
« on: March 13, 2011, 02:40:46 PM »
My guess was some kind of outsert for a gas mask.  The shape of the lens is similar to the lenses for the M-17 mask, but that's not the kind of outsert that mask used.

The Lounge / Re: To refinish or not????
« on: March 11, 2011, 05:42:46 PM »
I agree with your logic.  Given that the item has not been sellable as is, refinishing seems like a smart move.

The Lounge / Re: online auction and internet
« on: March 11, 2011, 09:49:29 AM »
I agree.  

From what I understand of these auctions, you buy points that allow you to bid on an item.  These points cost between 50 and 75 cents each.  Each bid that you make costs you one point.  Therefore, while it's true that the auctions increment by one penny and may even result in a final value that's lower than retail, it's important to remember that you pay for each bid that you make, regardless of whether you win.

General Storage Auction Talk / Chorogrip
« on: March 11, 2011, 09:42:50 AM »
Like most others on this forum, we strive to sell off everything from purchased lockers super fast in order to maintain liquidity to keep buying lockers (and actually be able to spend some profit  :D).  However, sometimes things stick around for a while for various reasons.  Certain items sell best just before Christmas, for instance.  So you buy and hold those, getting a better return when you sell them in November and December.

On rare occasions, we end up holding onto certain items simply because we know it has value, but aren't able to find the right channel to get rid of it.  My albatross has been chorogrips.  Quite a while ago, we dragged three brand new cases of probably five hundred (or more) of these things out of a stuffed locker.  I really don't want to just throw them away because they have value, but until I find that right buyer, they've just been taking up real estate.

Stories about Storage Auctions / Re: Lookey Loos Part 3....March, 2011
« on: March 10, 2011, 02:13:34 PM »
I ditched today's caravan as there were far too many people there and the auctioneer was making no attempt to gain control.  Instead, he was starting the auctions while the first half dozen people crowded around the locker not allowing anyone else to take a gander.  That, and the fact that they lockers were selling for three times their worth made it not worth standing around in the cold wind and rain.  Instead, I went to a nice little 'off the beaten' path single auction.  Six units for sale and only about ten bidders.  Bids were still a bit on the high side, but nothing crazy.

What's it Worth?? / Re: 1921-1923 Buescher Saxophone
« on: March 10, 2011, 07:40:21 AM »
That's awesome.  I know that some people trash selling on ebay, but you've shown that it can be used to turn a sow's ear into a silk purse.


I wish you luck.  I wish I could have started out big.

Stories about Storage Auctions / Re: Post your pics
« on: March 09, 2011, 07:09:57 PM »
Well if you are so sure i don't have any grounds to go thru with a lawsuit, well then you should read this.

Might change your mind.
There's no new info in the posted link.  If you believe you have a case and you can find a lawyer that agrees with you, go crazy.  Otherwise, go pound sand.

Your keyboard to God's ear.

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