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eBay / eBay Listing Service
« on: August 15, 2013, 10:12:20 AM »
Is anyone using an eBay Listing service (Program) that they would recommend?

eBay / Re: Finally an eBay promo I can use....
« on: August 14, 2013, 01:31:56 PM »
I just think eBay is trying to get some sellers back. They pissed off enough of us where some are listing elsewhere.
Where is a good "Elsewhere"?

eBay / eBay - FREE???
« on: August 14, 2013, 12:19:10 PM »
Hi All -

Just went to eBay and listed a few items. 
I have not done this in probably 4 years and was surprised by what I found --- Is it typical?

Everything I posted was FREE.
I paid NO Fees of any kind.

Is it possible I was lucky and I hit a special going on?

Picker's Paradise / Is Gettting Great Deals at Retail "Picking"
« on: August 09, 2013, 02:00:17 PM »

I often find Great Deals at Retail Outlets that I resell.  Does this count as Picking?

Mighty Dollar
2 days ago - I found "Aquarium Ornaments".
  About 10 different underwater Ornaments - Giant Oyster w/ moving Pearl, Fiber Optic  Treasure Chest, etc.
  Price:  $1 each - checked eBay -- $10-49 (same product)   Bought 60

Last Night at Auction:  6 styles of hats/caps (total around 70) purchased under $1 ea.  Retail in my store at $4.99

5 inches of OLD postcards - Old City Scapes, State Parks, etc. $7.  Ebay - $2.50 - $7.00 each

This may be my comfort zone vs. Storage Units. 
But not giving up yet.

I'll go to a 1 unit auction if it's close to home. If I have to drive more than 10 miles, forget it. I used to go to them all, my thinking was the lower the number of units available, the less the crowd will be. Not the case.. So now the less number of units, the closer it has to be to my home or business.
wish I had that option!
Out here in the country, I almost have to drive 10 miles to visit the bathroom!

30 miles is the closest facility that I have found that offers storage auctions.

General Storage Auction Talk / Re: First Trip Out Today
« on: August 07, 2013, 07:44:14 AM »
One of my biggest mistakes breaking into the business was that I was looking for things that were interesting to me. Granted, we all want to sell the unique items, or something that we're highly knowledgeable on, but the thing I focus on now is, how much money can I make off this stuff? I put a number on each unit. If I think I can make $400, my top number is $200.

I no longer look at the items and fall in love. It's all just a bunch of stuff with dollar signs.
Absolutely agree about - I don't have to like it to sell it.  We have a busy little Country Store - If it were stocked with just stuff I liked - we would be closed long ago!

I guess my comment would have made more sense, if I said, I didn't see anything I would be comfortable knowing would sell for more than a total of $200-$300 w/ a LOT of work to get there.

Not going to give it up - gonna see a few more.

General Storage Auction Talk / First Trip Out Today
« on: August 06, 2013, 04:20:54 PM »
My son and I made our first trip out today.  An area storage that had 4 units for sale.

I went with the intent of buying one if it interested me and could buy it.

1st one - 20 x 30 - Mgr said had been there since 2002.  Looked more like 1982 and not touched since.  Avocado Green Fridge and Stove.  Busted up furniture, wood panneling, NOTHING interesting to me.

Told my boy we weren't interested even at $20.

Auctioneer tried to open bid at $600.
$500, $400 .... Some guy yelled   "2"
Well, I thought the auctioneer was kidding when he said "OK, $200.00!"
I REALLY thought the guy meant $2.00.

Nope went for $360    :-\

#2 - a little tiny one, w/ OLD microwave, Small cheap kitchen table, etc. - $360

#3 - HUGE locker - but not much in it - Mgr said it was a "Repair Man's Locker"  very few tools, just the broken down, unfinished projects from the 'repair man' and an older water heater.  $450

#4   12x16 - they opened the doors - can't even remember what was in it - when they got a $200 bid, we and most everybody headed for their cars.  Heard it end at $360.

All in all, not impressed.  Will try again.


New to Storage Auctions? / Re: Selling at Auction Barn
« on: August 06, 2013, 05:58:27 AM »
Yes! In fact I think most of my competition do this. Personally, I think this is the lazy way to do it

Yup --- I run a Country Store/Convenience Store, 11 yr old boy on 4 baseball teams (3 Travel Teams), 2 basketball teams, Farm w/ cattle, alpacas, and Mini-Donkeys, Wife works 100+ hours as RN (at 3 jobs) - so I do all House and Kid work. 
We are busy - but I wanted something to do in my spare time!

On my way today to a 4 unit sale.  At store at 4:30a, home in a bit to Pressure wash the Cattle trailer in case I need it and off the son and I will go.  We both enjoy Auctions and Selling - he brought in over $800 this weekend at a yard sale in front of our store.  Great bonding time and memories. 

(NOW, if I can just keep my wife from finding out I am buying a locker full of junk!)

New to Storage Auctions? / Re: Selling at Auction Barn
« on: August 06, 2013, 05:13:44 AM »
You know, I think Ricky & Bubba from Storage Wares Texas have the best set up. Their Lampasas Warehouse is located in a very small town and they have virtually no competition. They travel around Texas buying storage units and they bring everything back to the warehouse. They have a huge sale once a month and blow everything out. Since they're only open a few days per month, the people in Lampasas consider their sales somewhat of an event and they draw in big crowds.
Do you know - do they do a Monthly Auction or have a big Blow out sale each month???

Storage Facilities / Re: "In House Buyer"
« on: August 05, 2013, 02:46:49 PM »
You are right - many of these are probably smaller facilities in Small Communities.

I believe most of the folks I spoke to were the actual owners - a few of the calls went to Their home or Personal Cell phones.

I will be at my first tomorrow Morning.

Storage Facilities / Re: "In House Buyer"
« on: August 05, 2013, 02:44:02 PM »
Travis - Apparently NOT!

I don't really know - but in last few hours, I have called 26 facilities.

2     are having Auctions this week
3     are putting me on their List
2     signed ME up as their "GUY" that buys their units


The rest:  "We don't do that."  or "We have a GUY."

Anyone else see this in their area?

I intend to call every few months to see

Storage Facilities / "In House Buyer"
« on: August 05, 2013, 01:24:10 PM »

I have been calling several different area Storage Facilities in my county and several surrounding counties.
Been finding that most all of them "Already have someone that does this."

Meaning when I ask a few questions, they have someone that buys EVERY locker at around $100 and is the only person they deal with.  I asked if they would be interested in another person, I was told no each time.

Anyone else run into this?

New to Storage Auctions? / Re: Selling at Auction Barn
« on: August 04, 2013, 08:44:04 AM »
I have been to both auctions several times - I am pretty sure that storage units are where most of the consigners are getting their 'stuff'.

Mostly low end furniture, knick knacks, low end glassware, purses, etc.  Doesn't sell for bunch - but it sells every week!
I actually pick up quite a few bargains to resell or keep.

Nearby is a higher level - haven't been in 4 or 5 years - but son (11) and I have been trying to get to for a few weeks.  Thier vacation and our baseball, baseball, baseball, basketball seems to get in the way of theirs

New to Storage Auctions? / Re: Selling at Auction Barn
« on: August 04, 2013, 06:05:59 AM »
Hey Thanks - That is a great Idea!
I am in KY and didn't see any lots there - but may give that a try if/when I get a locker or more.

New to Storage Auctions? / Re: Selling at Auction Barn
« on: August 04, 2013, 12:07:48 AM »
In our LITTLE community we have 2 very low end weekly sales.
One a little better than the other.
Just thought it would be a way to pick thru the good - dump the other quickly do not have time or locations to do the flea mkt
Think they take 25% commission -=
Been buying pieces at both for our Country Store.
Just now looking at Storage.
Been Auction buying for years.
Bought farm and business/Store at auction.

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