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Craigslist / Re: Help with possible scam reply
« on: August 14, 2012, 08:13:31 PM »
They will also send fake us postal service money orders...always pay more and ask you to wire it.  You will still get screwed if you deposit and hold money for 45 days.  They come back fake...take 45 days...and cost 15 a piece to process when they come back.  I got scammed on the second half of that.  Got to pay 45 dollars to find out they were fake even when I told bank I thought they were and told them to verify first...back when cl was younger...8-9 years ago.  Always take money orders to issuer and have them check the numbers...NEVER wire anyone money.

General Storage Auction Talk / Re: The "Safe" factor...
« on: August 14, 2012, 07:57:45 PM »
I have been watching the onlines because the postal auction here has started using govdeals and the prices went thru the roof (main job).  Thanks for the info cobia.  I could sell the dog crates much quicker than Bombay stuff.  Yard sale and cl...those crates would put that unit at break even for me...just our local market.  I might be able to get to 500 on the other...don't do the flea...just sell smalls to a guy in our warehouse who takes to fleas...can't give up Saturday's kids and auctions...Sunday's are moving days.

General Storage Auction Talk / Re: The "Safe" factor...
« on: August 14, 2012, 10:49:49 AM »
First one has a small suitcase safe in it ...going for $2000k+ but in Arizona.

Second one has a fair amount of sellable stuff ...going for $300 I think but in North Carolina.

 :) you don't have to look at the link. 

General Storage Auction Talk / The "Safe" factor...
« on: August 14, 2012, 08:38:56 AM »
A safe...
No safe...

...or does someone disagree and think that this is due to geography?

South East / Re: North Georgia
« on: August 13, 2012, 09:46:45 PM »
Thx for the advice listing on cl over next few days.  Will list half high half low and see how it goes.

General Storage Auction Talk / Re: PODS vs UHAUL vs Other Facilities
« on: August 13, 2012, 09:45:09 PM »
PODS have higher prices and seem to pull in people I don't usually see at sus.  In this area seem to go about 3x-4x higher...true before tv shows started.  I have only been to a couple and that was a several years ago.  People got nasty so I didn't go back.  No patience for it.  Pawnshop types not flea market types.  I apologize to any nice pawn owners on here.

South East / Re: North Georgia
« on: August 13, 2012, 09:49:23 AM »
2 "good/interesting" lockers but too far from home to bid on.  Went between 700-900.  3 guys in BMWs that paid too much for 4 lockers of crap to so-so.  Old timers took them to school.  The most vicious I have seen in a while.  They bought 4 kept telling everyone he wanted to go drink beer.  Spent about $500 total and all of it went for "schooling".

I bought a locker that had a Sunn CL 190L in it with matching cabinet for $250.  Had a Peavey Special 130 (working) and a Fender 35 (working).  The Sunn will be a cold days project.  But will be really fun to work on and I will probably just keep it.  Trying to educate myself on better music equipment.  Half of a Peavey pa system...and a HUGE cabinet with a JBL 140K on the bottom...and a "no label" on the top.  No clean out necessary.  Looks like a quick break even with some Sunn 60's gear left over for me.  Daughter was a lot miffed because she knew there wouldn't be any profit in it for us (well minimal) and she wants to keep my nose to the grindstone :).

...units were better quality than I was expecting though.  None of the furniture was in the 500+ range but the knick knacks were interesting.  Saw a unit with an early 70's Sears bike in beautiful shape.  All original parts.  Couple of guns and an original (not slimline) PS3 covered in dust.  The guys running the units seemed honest and I talked to a lady who had been doing that run fro 17+ years.  Generally honest no hanky panky SU owners.

eBay / Re: Free fixed price listings~now through the 18th
« on: August 13, 2012, 09:37:07 AM »
Thx in advance.

My personal opinion is that...
1) They can't add.  I can't tell you how many peoples' "rent-to-own" furniture statements and HUGE cable tv bills I have found in storage lockers.
2) People that come from 3rd world countries or a poorer culture store stuff when moving...their lockers are usually 2% sellable.  Most of them you still find the yard sale tape with prices on the items.  These people can generally add.  Most of the time you find where they were denied permanent residence or something to that effect and then have to go back.
3) Garage overflow.  Too much stuff in the garage and they have to have someplace to put it.  Again...these people can't add.  The stuff is generally broken.  To me its valuable because it is generally high quality, I fix it up, and resell it.  Takes a ton of work though.
4) Someone died.  These are very interesting units...some profitable some not.  But they are a snapshot of history.  You find some amazing things in them...mostly all personal.
5) Shame material.  Advanced collections of p0rn.

...I would be interested in the profile of people who don't default on storage units.

South East / North Georgia
« on: August 10, 2012, 09:46:18 AM »
Going to hit a small run in North Georgia this weekend.  Last two weeks have been slow on the auction side and I am getting restless.  Looking for a "horse unit"...have never found one though.  Saddles, tack, etc.  Will see how it goes and let you know.

Btw CL is picking up again this week.  Sold a tube tv/boat anchor and have a couple of apts set for this weekend.

The Lounge / Re: looking for a low priced laptop
« on: August 10, 2012, 08:30:16 AM »  ...yes the company is out of business but bought the url and uses it for its closeouts.  I am currently typing on a Sony Vaio i7 processor 6GB RAM from there that cost $700.  You can get decent laptops there for 300-400.  Sorry just my preference.

The Treasure Chest / Re: The reality...
« on: August 08, 2012, 05:47:12 PM »
Haven't ever been there for the auction.  Always the clean up.  If you see a blonde woman with a dragon tattoo on her upper arm say "hi" to my wife for me.  You may see her more during the week than me. :)

Other Forms of Selling / Re: Selling books and cds.
« on: August 08, 2012, 05:44:42 PM »
You basically have to have all of your seller accounts set up.  I think we have 17 different markets although some are combined through Alibris (specifically for books).  If it sells on one market it will delist on the others automatically. 

Listings are automatic...i.e. scan the book, cd, etc. and it gets listed.  You can set up several pricing rules like average of lowest 3, lowest by a penny, etc.  They do take a cut though so if you aren't clearing 100-200 items sold per week its not worth your while.  My wife and I never have enough books or cds at one time to stay continuous.  She usually only lists the 4 or 5 out of 20-100 books you get in a locker because only 4 or 5 are worth anything.  For us the minimum is over $3 and a rank of 350k or less.  The rest I just take to work to recycle.

If your buying pattern nets you a lot of books or cds (we usually find empty cases with the exception of the last run) or you have a good source of books like picking, auctions, libraries, etc. it is definitely worth it.  The repricing alone is worth it.  You don't always have to manually reprice.

One word of caution...they do charge a percentage of sales.  I don't know what that rate is ...ours has been negotiated because of the large volume (my day-to-day job...not from wife's job).  I am not endorsing Monsoon.  I am suggesting that if you have a lot of cds and books it makes things a lot easier and you can increase margin pretty significantly.  It is a good option.  They have competition with which used to be a mass of php scripts but it is probably much more mature software now.  Haven't looked at it for 6 or 7 years though.

...that is what I know in a nutshell.

Other Forms of Selling / Re: Selling books and cds.
« on: August 08, 2012, 08:25:40 AM »
...and yes if you private message me I will tell you as much as you want to know.

The Treasure Chest / Re: The reality...
« on: August 08, 2012, 08:23:37 AM »
Okay I'm confused. By all accounts this is a success story and should inspire people. Why is it considered an example of why people would quit?

alloro it is a success story for us...good mix of stuff which should show profit over time.  ...a couple of cool things.  One big learning experience (MJ autograph) that was probably lost...and a lot of work.  For us fun...for most people I see walking up and down the street.  Not so much.

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