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New to Storage Auctions? / Re: What items to look for?
« on: March 31, 2017, 08:36:21 AM »
You should look out for features that often attract buyers like the good condition of the items, furniture pieces, electronics, automobiles, and anything sellable. If the storage unit gets opened up and all that you get to see are boxes and newspapers, you probably should not go for that one. However, what lies underneath the surface could sometimes surprise you.

If the locker goes cheap enough, sometimes its worth the gamble. Paid $5 for a unit that had 3 boxes, scattered newspapers and a 20" CRT TV. What intrigued me was on the side of one box, "Grandma's Keepsakes" was written. Gamble paid off. It was filled with Asian pottery and dolls. The other box contained Noritake China with about a hundred pieces. 30 or so pieces were quite rare. I've still got the set, just haven't gotten around to piecing it out.

Paid $5 for another unit. Just 2 boxes labeled "clothes." Turned out to be full of brand new designer clothing with the tags still on them. Even found a pair of Louis Vuitton high tops. Don't think I made any money on that unit, the wife kept everything.

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Welcome Doc - there'll be no proctology jokes from me!!   :clap:

Me either... ;)   Think we scared the doc off? Wait a second. Wasn't Moe from SW Texas a doctor and a collector of the obscure?

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What's this season 10?

Looks like it. I was on A&E's website and I saw a blonde lady that resembles Jenny Grumbles from SW Texas. Did they move her to California for ratings?

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Well, if any of you Californians happen to see him at an auction, invite him to the forum to give his side of the story. Same for Brandy & Jarrod.

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The new season starts on April 12, 2017 at 8:00 EST, 9:00 central on A&E

Well, that's cool. Several years back we were all guessing how long we thought the shows would last. Never would have imagined we'd still be seeing new episodes in 2017.

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General Storage Auction Talk / Re: Glad to see the site back up!
« on: March 29, 2017, 12:09:37 PM »
Been my favorite read for the last couple of years even if I seldom post.  Too much to learn, too little to offer.  Hello out there!!!

I think everyone has something to offer, so don't be a stranger.  ;)

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A few years back I was selling a car on Craigs List. Nothing was happening for about a month, then suddenly I was getting calls on it. Turns out people were getting their tax refunds. Sold the car pretty quick once refunds were sent out.

I've sold a few cars around tax season, and your're right, they do sell well. Especially cars under 5K. I've had good luck getting rid of patio furniture this month, but it was spring break, relatively good weather and the items were priced to sell quickly.

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General Storage Auction Talk / Re: When do YOU cut your losses?
« on: March 29, 2017, 12:03:30 PM »
Ironically, the other beds ended up selling the day after I posted this. Made a $60 profit. I asked the guy who bought the beds what he was planning on doing with them (there were 4 identical king size headboards) and he replied "I don't know, something just told me to come buy them." :o

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General Storage Auction Talk / When do YOU cut your losses?
« on: March 21, 2017, 06:41:24 PM »
I used to believe that everything would eventually sell, given enough time, if it's priced correctly. I  came across a great deal about 4 months ago. It was four identical oak king size headboards with posts and two twin size oak kids beds. Paid $20 for the lot. Finally sold the kids beds for $30. I have the headboards priced ridiculously cheap. Had several calls, but no bites yet. These things take up a pretty good amount of space in my storage shed so I really want them gone. Even considered giving them away to free up space. Anyone else had hard to sell items? If so, when do you cut your losses?

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The Lounge / Re: How's everyone doing?
« on: March 21, 2017, 06:31:23 PM »
so brutal!

sorry bout your brain tumor travis.

Thanks Brother! I'm feeling a lot better now.

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Mike Braiotta's Blog / Re: Mike Braiotta From Storage Wars New York
« on: March 06, 2017, 08:43:40 AM »
Hey Mike, how's life? Got a question for you. After being on a storage auction reality show, how has your life changed? For the better or worse? If you could go back, would you have done anything differently?

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I've been out of the game for the past year or so and I cut the cable over a year ago, so I haven't been watching reality TV. Are there any new shows out? Are any of the original shows still producing new episodes? What shows are still airing re-runs?

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General Storage Auction Talk / Re: Where everyone go?
« on: March 03, 2017, 09:59:41 AM »
Let us know when that happens.  :72:

It happened.  ;)  Nice to see you back as well.

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Anyone sell more of certain items during income tax season? If so, let us know.

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eBay / Re: Ebay Valet - Total Waste of Time
« on: February 21, 2017, 10:00:42 AM »
This experience just wont seem to end. Had to call eBay valet because several items were not returned. After investigating the missing items, eBay informs me that 3 items were damaged when they received them. Two of the items were antique 18" pewter statues valued at about $700 +/-.

The other item was an Asian urn. I was never able to determine the value of the urn, but I do recall that the tenant asked the storage facility manager to call me to see if she could get this urn back. The woman wasn't Asian, the urn was filled with candy and there was over 2 grand in silver found in the unit, yet she only asked for the urn back? Didn't make sense to me either. Who knows, maybe it's worth something.

Back to the eBay Valet fiasco. During the phone call with customer service, they informed me that eBay valet would be determining the value of the items and issuing payment via PayPal this week. This is the first thing they've done right so far. Now, being an optimistic cynic (yes, that's possible) I assume I'm going to get a payment for $58 and spend months going back and forth with them trying to get a fair value for the items. We'll just wait and see.

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