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this is interesting news. It'll be interesting to see how the precedents here are going to stream down to other online storage auctions or physical storage auction events in other places across the world. It sounds like it's going to be quite a fair amount of reading to do to catch up with what's going to change though so here's hoping there'll be some summary of the changes coming up in the next few weeks for us to get acquainted...

There is no doubt that Online Storage Auctions will eventually be global. Australia, the UK, China and a handful of others will be some of the first to come aboard.

General Storage Auction Talk / Re: Old laptops/computers
« on: May 12, 2017, 09:14:00 AM »
I got a unit this last weekend and there are about 6 laptops, a pc, and an ipad. (Don't worry, that isn't all I got.) It looks like they have been tinkered with and nothing works. I'm not sure if there is any way to make any money off of these.... help?

Or post them as a lot on Craigslist. There are a lot of people out there who buy/fix PC's. Anything Apple, especially iPads sell quickly. Post some pictures/model numbers and I can give you a pretty good idea of what its all worth as parts.

Just came across this press release. Jim Grant, former owner of Storage Battles and Storage Treasures sent it over. After selling out, and waiting for his non compete agreement to expire, he's back in the business with SelfStorageAuction .com. Wish him the best of luck.

Before I go any further, I appreciate the donations Jim has made to the self-storage associations which have helped reform laws which make online auctions legal. I did have an issue with some of the statements in the press release (text in red) and my comments are in blue text.

PHOENIX, AZ--(Marketwired - May 4, 2017) - SelfStorageAuction .com recently made a significant financial donation to the California Self Storage Association (CSSA) in support of its lobbying efforts on two state legislation reform bills that deal with the advertisement of lien laws and requirements under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Contributing to the successful passage of legislation that helps self storage operators and managers is a priority for SelfStorageAuction .com, an online auction platform that provides bidders with a centralized place to bid online for self storage auctions.

The first reform bill is AB1108, which is a lien law that would alter parts of the original California Self-Service Storage Facility Act to allow self storage facilities to use email as well as regular mail to contact renters who cannot pay their bills. This bill also would require the advertisement of lien auctions to be published either in newspapers or in any other media that is responsibility calculated to provide notice to potential buyers and the general public or both.

"When I first came up with the concept of combining Storage Auctions with an Ebay platform online in 2011, most people discounted the idea," said SelfStorageAuction .com Founder Jim Grant. "  That's probably because the other online self-storage auction website that was established in March of 2007 had failed miserably due to our lien laws being antiquated. The first online self-storage auction website to gain ground was Sealed Online Bids. The founder was Kevin Gorzney. That site became profitable in 2010/2011 and Jim Grant purchased it shortly thereafter. also owns which was the domain used on the site that was established in 2007 (see attached screenshot), but we don't claim to have come up with the concept of online self-storage auctions. I'll try to dig up the historical WhoIs records from 2007 and provide the name of person who developed the first online self-storage auction website, just for history's sake.

The CSSA was always very supportive in my efforts by giving me suggestions and advice. SelfStorageAuction .com offers free automated online advertising for facilities to post their lien sales, and I know that this will be embraced by the California storage industry. We are honored and very fortunate to be a member of the CSSA and be able to help continue their future efforts for the self storage industry."

The second legislation reform bill is AB1148, which is called the ADA Commercial Code 1938 Cleanup. This bill redefines commercial property "for the purposes of that provision as property that is offered for sale or lease to persons operating, or intending to operate, a place of public accommodation or facility to which the general public is invited at those premises." Basically, this bill would allow self storage to be excluded from some of the obligations it currently falls under, relieving facilities of a significant burden.

"The CSSA is very grateful for the support from SelfStorageAuction .com," said Erin King, CSSA's executive director. "We are very proud of our legislative efforts as we believe they truly benefit the facility owners and the tenants."
The CSSA estimates that the proposed changes to the law will help self storage operators save approximately $1,500 minimum each year.

Grant, who is the original conceptualizer and founder of online storage auctions, And this is how history gets distorted.

created the former online auction site Storage Battles in 2012 and merged it with the web site Storage Treasures in 2015. Grant recently launched SelfStorageAuction .com, a state-of-the-art platform that promotes online and live onsite auctions of delinquent storage units across the country. The mobile-friendly website combines the simplicity, reliability and exceptional customer service of the original platform with new features that ensure stability and are more user friendly.

New to Storage Auctions? / Re: What items to look for?
« on: May 05, 2017, 05:26:16 PM »
If the wife is keeping the clothes and not otherwise clothes shopping, then you made money! ;)

Ain't that the truth. I think there's an important point here. Profits don't just come from a big score. If I only sell enough items to make my money back on a unit, but I keep a few hundred dollars worth of items that I would have buy anyway, I call that a win. eg. paper towels, household chemicals, new sponges, cookware, utensils, markers, laundry detergent, sandwich bags.

Now, most of these things are fairly inexpensive, but the money really adds up fast. Have you ever heard the old saying "it's not how much you make, it's how much you spend"? Think that came from the book "The Millionaire Next Door."

The Lounge / Happy Easter 2017
« on: April 17, 2017, 05:09:59 PM »
Hope everyone had a happy Easter. We hid unpainted eggs in the snow for fun. Kept the kids busy for hours. Just kidding, it wasn't snowing in Texas, but I would totally do that If I lived up North. We just went to church and then hit the local deli, not very exciting. How did you guys spend your Easter?

General Storage Auction Talk / Re: Portable Storage Auctions
« on: April 10, 2017, 09:02:26 AM »
You're probably just as likely to get good stuff out of one of these as one of the traditional units!

For the most part I agree. I wonder if these companies have a problem with the pods being filled with trash. After all, they are a lot cheaper than having dumpster brought out and picked up.

Ugh, that's not the one that paints all of that nicely stained furniture, is it?

Yep, shabby chic. Paint it, distress it, overprice it. Seems to work for her.

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.

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?

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?

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.

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.

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.  ;)

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.

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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