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eBay / Re: Selling jeans internationally
« on: April 04, 2013, 08:58:37 PM »
I wonder how the new (for me anyways) global shipping program would handle that.  Just saw / read about it on ebay and may sign up.

There is still a storage facility in my area up for sale.  No buyers since it would cost almost as much to renovate / update the place as it is to buy it.  In fact a new location was built just down from my house for cheaper I think then buying the other location would have been.

Storage Facilities / Re: staging units.
« on: April 03, 2013, 09:15:24 AM »
You will quickly learn who will combine units, stage units, or a combo of things.  The stage units imo is when they enter the unit (a no-no) and pull things they find out and up front.  Jewelry box in front and lid open, safe just under the table in front, etc. are all staged to me.  The combine unit is where they just take leftover items from other units and keep stacking it in till the next sale.  Most places are suppose to tell you, but in my area they don't.

I know at metro they combine units and don't tell you.  If not - my unit must of been shared by 3 people (white grandmother type, black family, and a chinese student).  It was one of the strangest units I had ever purchased.

If this was a week or two ago the "system problems" may have been legit.  There was some serious denial of service attacks going on between a group of hackers, and a so called "security" company.  Most of it was targeted in Europe but one of the companies HQ is California.

IMO - I don't like internet auctions for storage units, etc.  I will "preview" an auction if they post stuff on the internet but I always go in person to see/bid.  Other then some equipment auctions that do it live w/ internet bidders also we dont' have this in my area....yet.

PayPal / Re: I H8 PayPal
« on: April 03, 2013, 09:02:10 AM »
I loved paypal when they first came out.  Now, IMO they are just to big and no longer customer friendly.  Once ebay bought them out years ago it all started to go down hill.  That said - they are the only option you have really for ebay.

At least in the credit card sector you know have square or the paypal swipe to accept CCs at the flea.  I myself prefer square.

General Storage Auction Talk / Re: Setting up at a new "flea market"
« on: April 02, 2013, 02:57:29 PM »
Here is my concern from what you have described.

1) Are the buyers under a covered walkway?  IE is the market nice or more fly-by-night
2) The store - what does it sell, can you undercut them or have other items they don't have.
3) The lease as you already mentioned.
4) Traffic - was people buying or just looking.

We have 2 flea markets not 1 mile from each other.  One is clean for a flea market, with regular store stalls, etc.  The other market is covered also but has the pod type storeage buildings with a few stores.  It's dirtier then the first.  Cost is about $5 different for a table.  Not sure on the stalls.  More people will visit and buy at the first then the second.  IMO, when I've gone to the second I breeze by those that I look in the pod and see stuff just tossed in.

General Storage Auction Talk / Re: Box Truck or Enclosed Trailer?
« on: April 02, 2013, 02:49:19 PM »
I use my truck and utility trailer that I have now.  I'm working to put a brake controller on my truck and then I'll buy an enclosed trailer.  I want an enclosed trailer more for the selling side of things then buying.  My buddy who has a store has a enclosed truck.  Then we have used it only 4 times.  It's mostly used for storage.  In fact he is thinking of selling it and just getting a storage building to replace it.

Every unit that him or I have bought and cleaned out has been with a truck / utility trailer.  Except for those 4 times we used the box truck due to rain.

General Storage Auction Talk / Re: Today was a home run!
« on: April 02, 2013, 02:44:23 PM »
Dang that is a nice haul there man.  Don't you love when you can score like that.  I've only been to one auction in 2 years where we had a dozen units and only 5 people.  Even the out in the woods auctions have a dozen locals that bid for the "fun" of it.

I'm praying to the auction gods that a local sell on April 20th is a good number of units and few serious bidders.  I scored 6 units last time for less then $100 here last year.  Just very low quality stuff for the most part.  Only problem is I'm also selling that day at a large community flea/yard sale.  $45 for the spot but I normally make $200-$300 after expenses and move alot of older inventory.

Hope your luck continues.

General Storage Auction Talk / Re: I got suckered.
« on: April 01, 2013, 02:14:11 PM »
Not sure about your area parksleyman - but a 10x25 for $240 would worry the hell out of me if it was even 1/2 full.  Any large units in my area that are packed are $500+.  So that would worry me when bidding was so low from the regulars.  If you can't see the back - well it's a gamble for a reason.

On the washer/dryer - that sucks, but will not be the last sob story you hear.

Glad you didn't loose a bunch of money.  You can read some of my old threads when I first started.  I loss more then that on a large unit that looked good from the door.  Keep your head up, learn from the mistake, and keep on trucking.

The Treasure Chest / Re: Not Really A Treasure But...
« on: March 29, 2013, 12:56:53 PM »
It's the right time of the year for furniture.  Feb - April is when I can sell just about anything I can get my hands on.  People have income tax money and are looking to buy.  The rest of the year it still sells but not as fast.  Is also why units go up in price about this time.  You have the stores needing inventory bad, plus the newbies with tax money to burn.

Gratz and keep at it.

The Treasure Chest / Re: call it beginners luck
« on: March 29, 2013, 12:54:28 PM »
Gratz to you adam.  One of the reasons I got into storage auctions was the chance to find old coins.  Don't matter if they are US, Mexico, Canada, or world.  I collect them all.  If you have not listed the coins, silver certs on ebay yet please drop me a IM when you do and the #.  May want to bid if they will fill some holes.

Donations & Taxes / Re: Goodwill Prices
« on: March 29, 2013, 07:58:55 AM »
I use to hit Goodwill up years ago for picking electronics.  Not done that for a good year or two now.  Last time I went into the store, except for cloths, the prices were HIGH.  In fact some of the same items we have in my buddies store was a good 10-25% less then what Goodwill wanted.  I swear who ever was pricing the stuff must be pulling things out of thin air.  Wood chairs that I buy at yardsale 5-10, sale for 20-25, they want $40 each on.  I've gotten to the point that once I hit my limit on donations I start to give my old inventory, cloths, etc. to chruch groups, fund raiser yard sales, etc. instead of Goodwill.

Stories about Storage Auctions / Re: Auction Scene #3...March, 2013
« on: March 29, 2013, 07:47:45 AM »
I've found live mice many times in a unit.  We normally scare the crap out of each other when I do find them.

Hit a 2-unit auction yesterday close to home.  First time this facility has had any auctions in 4 years.  I was first excited as NONE of the regulars where there.  Was all local people.  Two that I've seen on/off at the other auctions but not big hitters or old-timers.

Anyways - first locker opens and it's bare.  A can of freon, broken tv stand, new camo bag, snow board w/ ski suit in tote (we in south...NO SNOW).  I figured $50 or so - went for $90.  Other unit had 3 totes, one showing a number of PS2 games, twin matress/boxspring, some broken furniture item, and a washer.  I ran it up to $110 and stopped.  Guy that bought the 1st unit got that one also.  Not sure who he is but hope he has a store or good local for yard sales.  If that washer don't work IMO he is out of some money.  PS2 games if in the cases only go for $2 or so.  If there was a complete system in there with cords that would be another $30.  Washer working since was older model $125.  So I may have given him $30-$50 in profit or he will have a  loss.  Just not in the "pushy" mood since still have inventory and full sheds.  Plan to do spring cleaning the week of April 8th.  Then may get hungry again.

I've not seen it happen in my area.  Of course 90% of the units are won by regulars who have plenty of money to pay.  Only thing close was when one of the regulars bid just about all of his cash on the 3rd of 7 locations.  Auction guy said it was ok for him to pay with his CC so he could bid on other units.  Company normally don't take credit cards at auction.

All I can say is "good luck".  As Movieman said it's very title and/or artist driven.  Then the condition comes into play, etc.  I have a bunch of LPs I got for free for cleaning out a unit.  Now the CD collection I sold for $100.  The recrods are all still sitting on/under my kitchen table.  I see where a few specific records sell on ebay.  I'm trying them in lots.  However, for what I see sales at when include fees, shipping, etc. I don't see where these people are even making $.25 a record.  I'm going to try ebay a few more times and then to the trash they go.  Just to heavy, bluky, and worth pennies to mess with much.

Now - if you have that one special record in good+ conditon you can be talking 10, 20, even $50 for that one.  But they are rare.

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