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My heart was racing. I was so happy for you! That sucks!

Thanks!  I was a little suspicious right away when it took him three to four tries before I could even understand that he was saying "Publishers Clearing House"

Sometime last night, Eugene Johnson passed away.  He was a good friend and well known auction buyer in the Marysville/Everett/Lynnwood/Seattle area for about the past 8 years.  He was one of those rare guys that pretty much everyone liked.

He was friendly and would always offer to give a helping hand.  He didn't run people up just for the fun of it.  He didn't get caught up in all the gossip.  He was a genuinely nice man, and I'm happy to have known him as a friend.

He had a regular swap meet booth at the Monroe Fairgrounds.  He wasn't in it for the money.  It gave him something fun to do to get him out of the house and keep his wife from going crazy and he had many friends and it kept him active and social.

He will be missed by many........  :'(

So I am sitting here this morning eating breakfast and I get a phone call (876-846-0278....for those of you that know what to do with these things) and some guy with a bad accent tells me he is so and so from Publishers Clearing House and that I have won 10.5 Million Dollars and he had to deliver it.  I hung up.

A minute later, he calls back and asked why I hung up.  I told him, I have never, ever, EVER, entered any Publishers House sweepstakes, so I knew it was BS.   He called me an A**Hole and I told him to F'Off and hung up.  I was so close........

Stories about Storage Auctions / Re: Auction Scene #3....March, 2014
« on: March 15, 2014, 03:42:45 PM »
I bought a locker today!.  My plan is to take a picture of it and as I pull all the stuff out, document what I throw away, give away, and what good stuff is left and what I actually sell it for.  I don't think it will be a big dollar unit, but I only paid $100 for it.  I haven't even looked in it yet...I bought it and put a lock on it and paid and had to go meet someone on something else I had for sale.  I'll probably clean it out tomorrow, it's a 5x10.

Anyway, there were a total of 13 lockers there.  One lady bought six of them, including an awesome tool unit that went for $1300 before the 10% buyers premium.  I was good until about a thousand, but after that, it takes to long to get your money back.  I could see a good $800 from the door, and I'll gamble some, but It's one of those lockers that could be a killer profit or at that price she just struggles to break even.  I'm sure I'll hear about it! 

Mixed crowd today.....prices were still mostly up, with a few that actually sold for what I felt were good deals.  Still too many new people in the mix, and I heard a couple talking about "rolling the dice" and taking a chance on one...I thought $ sold for $450!  Overall, prices still averaging way too high for expectations of a decent profit.   

Oh, and I used to buy 5 or 6 in a day and many in a month........this is only my second locker this year! 

eBay / Re: Selling Limits..
« on: March 12, 2014, 12:46:40 AM »
I have never hit limits on my personal account, but one I set up for business we were having to constantly call and get the limits raised.  It was never a problem, they would go in and look at it and bump it any time I ever asked. 

But don't be greedy and try to keep it under a couple million a year huh?   ;)

The Lounge / Re: Wake up !
« on: March 10, 2014, 01:52:55 AM »
I thought the white stuff came from Southern California.    ;D

Wrong kind of snow Travis.......... ;D

Stories about Storage Auctions / Re: Auction Scene #3....March, 2014
« on: March 09, 2014, 09:13:19 PM »
Went to auction in Arlington yesterday (Washington State).  It was an auction that was done on a short notice and early on a Saturday, was hoping not too many people would show up.  Wrong!  Between 60-70 including 3-4 store owners I know.

First locker, had three cheap bicycles....not high end bikes, more like Walmart and Kmart bikes.  Also had what looked like a broken telescope and some other junk.  Sold for $450.00.   I was afraid that was a bad sign and it was.  Except for one $10 locker, they all went from $450-$800.......not a single one of them would have gone for more than $200.00 in the long ago wonderful world of the "pre show era"!

I don't know why, but the last four or so auctions I have been to up here has seen a resurgence in new buyers.  What is up with that?  Out of the 60 people, about 15 were regulars, and one of those is a guy that came around after the shows started but has kind of worked his way up to veteran status and gets to hang out with the cool kids  ;D at the auctions. 

My next storage auction will probably be next Saturday, so I guess we will see how that goes.  I have only purchased ONE locker this year so far.  For the most part, I am not missing the dump runs, but I do like to buy a locker once in a while just to dig through other peoples stuff for the entertainment.......and hopefully profit!

The Lounge / Re: Businesses cutting back outlets !
« on: March 06, 2014, 11:06:26 PM »
I just don't see Radio Shack being around in another five years.  It has been steadily declining for years and not that many people are out looking for a capacitor these days.  How many of those $1.99 parts do they have to sell to pay for that expensive mall space and employee wages?  I used to love going there, but even with their update they still seem outdated and they don't have the employees with the vast knowledge like they used my opinion it is a dying franchise.

The Treasure Chest / Re: Coins..Coins..Coins.....
« on: March 06, 2014, 10:58:33 PM »
He was pretty excited about your $72 silver coin......I probably shouldn't mention the one million dollar bill I found in one... ;D

Craigslist / Re: Craigslist Crazies...March, 2014 Edition
« on: March 05, 2014, 11:04:20 PM »
This reminds me of a guy that wanted to buy a trunk. It was a 20 mile drive for him (40 mile round trip) so he asked the measurements to make sure it was a good size for him. The measurements were in the ad but ok...told him the measurements. He comes to see it and says "oh, it's much bigger than I expected. I don't think it will fit". WTF we told you the measurements! Waste of time...

I have had a couple of those idiots!  It drives you nuts!  I gave you all the dimensions, how can it be bigger than you thought?!   :-[

eBay / Re: Ebay Non-Paying
« on: March 05, 2014, 10:46:18 AM »
When ebay quit letting the sellers (I'm pretty sure that is what you meant) leave bad feedback, it was all downhill from there.  I still sell hundreds of items on there a year, but I have an employee do it for me now....I can't stand all the crap that goes on there.......all the stupid people and gamers of the system.  I just had a guy buy a new holster.....all dimensions and the pistols it would fit were listed in the ad....he buys it for something else not listed because he "thought it might work" and then of course he doesn't so he returns it and I'm out shipping because it was a "buy it now" with free shipping.  Yes indeed.....Love/Hate for sure....but where else can you get that kind of exposure for the price?

WAY to many!  Funny up at one auction with 12 people....prices through the up at another auction with 70 people......prices still through the roof and the same people buying them...........I guess if you are looking for entertainment you can go stand around and look inside other peoples storage units and it's still cheaper than going to a movie!

eBay / Re: eBay scam email
« on: February 28, 2014, 10:05:46 AM »
Sounds legit!  :)

I would've asked him who was going to compensate you for the missing jewelry box full of gold and diamonds.

I agree with the guy took his "personal papers" and a vacuum cleaner and you are still pretty happy because you are making a lot of money on this purchase......but what if the guy also took the gun case full of rifles you could not see in the picture, or the jewelry box full of high end jewelry, or the duffle bag back in the corner with 30K in cash.....the thing is, you will never know. 

You got ripped off.....the vacuum is gone, and the guy admitted it.  Now you have to decide.....1. Is it worth pursuing, maybe get some of your money back or take legal action.......and 2. Since online storage auctions are one of the things you are kind of much of a stink do you really want to stir up over this?  I'd be pissed!

Ahhhh yes, that is going to bring an entire new meaning to enjoying the "golden years".......

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