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Garage Sales / Re: do you tag items at your garage sale?
« on: August 23, 2011, 02:29:58 PM »
Just a different point of view from a buyer's side. Unless it is something I REALLY want, I never ask the price and I will just just go on to the next flea market booth or the next garage sale. HOWEVER, if it has a price on it, and I think it is a bargain, I may buy it whether I really want or need the item. It's just the way I am wired.
It clearly isn't worth the time to individually mark hundreds of small items but if you group items together on one table or in one area and put a sign up with the price of those items (everythings $1 or $2 or whatever) you will save the time and hassle yet still get people like me to look at your stuff.
Just a suggestion.

South East / Re: Atlanta Pods Auction
« on: August 22, 2011, 07:58:44 AM »
Went to the PODS auction in Powder Springs on Saturday. About 40 people there which was about 1/2 as many as the last time I was there.
6 PODS, one of which the facility owner had taken from the ownee in exchange for the contents (it was a laser etcher and he wanted $1000 minimum bid--he got no bid).

Of the other 5, only one had any potential. It ws packed and a flat screen, some tool boxes and some nice brief cases where showing from the door. A couple big pieces of furniture where also in the fron and you couldn't tell what was past about the first 2 feet.
A regular started the bid at $800 and dropped out at $1200. The bidding went to $2000 between a kid who looked like he might have been 20 (dressed in shorts and flip flops) and a woman (early 20s and also dressed in shorts and flip flops). THe kid eventually won. The way he was bidding made me suspicious that he knew what was in there (there was nothing showing to justify a 2K bid).
The woman was obviously a TV show fan. I saw here in the office before the auction and she was asking what it would cost to have the PODs delivered to her house. SHe said she wanted to know the cost as she had to decide how many PODs she wanted to buy that day. I thought I was going to fall out of my chair laughing.

I wish she had won the unit. I would have liked to have seen her face when they told her the price of moving the POD. I don't know what the cost would have been for sure but I believe it would have been around $4 or $500 based on what they told someone at the last auction who only wanted it moved 7 miles (she was 40 miles away at least).
Anyway, that's the report from the PODs sale.
Positive sign was that there were fewer bidders. Negative sign was that the bids were all at least double what they should have been on every unit.

When (if) you put bulk lots of flea market/garage sale type items on Craigslist be prepared for dozens of requests for you to donate the items to whatever (alleged) charity might be responding. I tried that once and it was more hassle than it was worth. Never got a response from anyone interested in buying the stuff.
I did, however, find a buyer for my small items when a family came and looked at some other things I had for sale. I have sold them about 5 loads so far. I try to figure what I would sell the stuff for at a yard sale and then ask about 1/5 of that for the load.
I figure as long as I sell it to them low enough that they make money, they will keep buying it.
Hope some of that helps.

Stories about Storage Auctions / Re: Lookey Loos Part 8.....August, 2011
« on: August 10, 2011, 02:37:10 PM »
I was going to go to that Legacy auction. Glad I didn't waste my time. Last time I went there was way over a hundred people and the prices were ridiculous. I was hoping things had slowed down some, but I guess they haven't.

South East / Re: Atlanta Pods Auction
« on: August 09, 2011, 10:59:26 AM »
I have been to two. Prices are higher than most auctions. I think people expect better quality of merchandise. I did well with the first but lost my mind (and so far have not recouped my money) on the second one. Not only did I bid higher than I should have (completely my fault) but after going through the unit, I am almost certain it was staged. I am not saying that they combined units or anything like that but I am almost positve the went through the unit and pulled every high dollar item to the front (carefully placing them where it was not obvious but someone really searching would see them but not every one would see them). A rifle, sporting goods, jewelry box baseball cards (about $400.00 worth of stuff) peeking out in the first two to four feet of the pod. THe back 10 feet (hidden behind the furniture (which was carfully stacked to obscure the view) was nothing but clothes. 50 garbage bags of clothes. Nice clothes but clothes nontheless clothes. You just have to be really carful with these guys.

General Storage Auction Talk / Re: Children at Auctions
« on: August 05, 2011, 09:47:21 PM »
A completed auction forms a binding contract. There is an offer, acceptance and consideration. A minor can rescind a contract until they are an adult (with certain limitations not relevant here).
Whether someone could duck out of paying has no bearing on whether a contract exists; if the storage company had a way to locate the party who ducked out, they could sue for breach of contract. (Obviously that would probably never happen as it wouldn't be cost effective but that doesn't make it any less true).

"Under the Uniform Commercial Code's provision on sale by auction, a bid is an offer and a contract is formed when accepted by the auctioneer upon the "fall of the hammer"."DAVID DALL, Plaintiff, v. CERTIFIED SALES, INC., Defendant, v. NORTHERN INS. CO., Third-Party Defendant. CASE NO. 3:08CV19(DFM). UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF CONNECTICUT

Anyway, I am not trying to start an argument my first day on the boards. I was just trying to help.

General Storage Auction Talk / Re: Children at Auctions
« on: August 05, 2011, 09:17:09 AM »
It is not illegal for a minor to bid at an auction. However, it is not the same as sending a child to the store to buy something. An auction is a contract where the bidder agrees to buy the auctioned item and the seller agrees to sell the auctioned item to the highest bidder (subject to any previously disclosed terms of the auction). A minor cannot enter into a contract that is legally enforceable against that minor. Therefore, even though it is legal for the seller to allow a minor to bid, it is not advisable for them to do so as the minor could go through the unit, decide that it wasn’t worth what he/she bid and then legally be able to demand his/her money back. Storage companies that handle their own auctions may not know that fact but you can be sure those that use auction companies do and would never allow a minor to bid.

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