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General Storage Auction Talk / Trade Show Display
« on: June 03, 2014, 04:54:48 PM »
I just bought a unit online for $20 that contained a Trade Show Display from Skyline.  My initial research shows that these displays cost between $20K - $50K.  There are some amazing things in it.  I was able to contact a local contractor that sells and rents this brand.  I emailed him pics and a video.  Keeping my fingers crossed.  Worse case I can eBay some of this stuff. Here is a youtube link I took of the unit

General Storage Auction Talk / useless DVDs
« on: June 02, 2014, 07:03:39 AM »
I have found a locker with a couple cases of a trade dvd.  The cases are nice and I might be able to sell them in bulk.  I was wondering if anyone knows if DVDs can be scraped?

eBay / Re: How to efficiently sell products under $10
« on: May 31, 2014, 09:33:36 PM »
I agree with Alloro.  Take your time and sell them on eBay.  You are probably selling other stuff too and just schedule trips to the PO a couple of times a week.  Plus it will do wonders for eBay rating.  Or if you want I will buy it at double the price you paid depending on the size of the product.

lol I guess it always pays to actually read the story


Though my math shows that 300 boots worth a $1million would make each boot worth $3,333.  What kind boots are worth that much?

That's an amazing find and good for the buyer to recognize she found something truly valuable.  This is a case of everyone wins.  The family gets a piece of Buck back that they never knew existed and the buyer hopefully gets a good reward for the find.  The world gets a great novel. 

General Storage Auction Talk / Re: May - June
« on: May 30, 2014, 06:12:12 AM »
I just started back last week and it has not been good. Seen at least 60 lockers bid on 5 and only bought one.  It was a good one with a Cat Scan Machine and you can read all about that on another thread.
The big runs have been really tough with a ton of competition and not much merchandise.  I am going to try and stick to the independent storage facilities instead of the main ones like Public and Uncle Bobs.

General Storage Auction Talk / Re: Cat Scan Machine
« on: May 30, 2014, 06:08:40 AM »
I did some research and it was a Imatron machine built in 1999.  Unfortunately the company was bought out by GE and the technology was shelved.  After going through a couple of cat scan specialist around the country I decided to scrap.  I did dig through it and found some great parts that I can sell via ebay.  I found a Cryo-Torr high vacuum pump worth around $2k and Ambu Mark III resuscitator worth $100 just to name a couple of things. 
I called a company called DFW recyclers and they came out and picked up everything.  I only got 15 cents a pound but in was 9000 pounds so made $1350.  A clean $1000 profit for not a ton of work. Plus if I can sell the stuff on Ebay maybe clear another $1.5 - 2k.  Not a bad investment for $250. 

General Storage Auction Talk / Re: It's it worth buying?
« on: May 22, 2014, 09:55:04 PM »
It is really amazing what people pass on.  For instance a Cat Scan machine.  I barely missed an auction where someone paid $25 for a trailer that held one of those carnival games.  Heck it was already on wheels and no one wanted to mess with it.  Of course that attitude has bitten me on the ass on more than one occasion but I have never been afraid to take a chance.

General Storage Auction Talk / Cat Scan Machine
« on: May 22, 2014, 04:25:56 PM »
I am back from a short hiatus overseas for a job.  Today I bought the oddest unit ever for $200.  Actually it was 2 units.

Hopefully you guys can see it.  I will go back tomorrow to move some things so that we can see the equipment better and will post more pics.  I know I can make some decent money just from the scrap.  The is a huge piece of copper as well as tons of aluminum. 

The "Other" Job / Chef
« on: January 31, 2014, 01:20:53 PM »
I am a chef and run the food program at Catholic Church and school.  I am a glorified Lunch Lady but get to do some big events. 
Because of the success rate of restaurant there are always a lot of restaurant stuff in lockers.  I once found a nice set of knives, even.

Most of the regulars usually have around 2000 for what I have observed.  There are a couple of casual buyers that count as regulars and they usually carry around 500-800.

The Treasure Chest / Re: Some things are just priceless
« on: January 31, 2014, 09:48:09 AM »
The Atari 2600 brought back some great memories. 

Online Storage Auctions / Re: How many people buy online?
« on: January 31, 2014, 09:45:55 AM »
Yet they have succeded for three decades or more, and granted the tech world wasn't ready for them during 20 or so of those years, but the internet has been around since the late 90s in pretty good strength and yet no-one jumped on the idea.
The internet has been around since the 90s and Facebook started in 2004.  Last year Facebook mobile ads did more than all of Yahoo combined.  There is still plenty of room for growth. 
Every facility manager I have talked to love online auctions fees and all.  The buyers are not as happy and watching what the units sell for I understand. 
Here is the caveat, when there are a lot of units up for auction online the prices become more reasonable so as the industry grows it will balance out. 
I love online auctions bad pictures and all because deep down I am a capitalist.  It will get better.  Pictures will get better.  More units will go up and most of the kinks will work itself out. 
Online Auctions new pictures are great much better than SBs.  That will make SBs better if they want to compete.  Its how America works we keep getting better.
Live auctions will not go out of business but there will be more and more online auctions in the future.
But I bet Barnes and Nobles never thought they would be dinosaurs so soon. Best Buy is in danger of the same fate. The times they are a changing.

Other Forms of Selling / Re: New Way of Buying and Selling Online
« on: January 29, 2014, 03:00:56 PM »
Just checked it out and it is ok here in Dallas.  We have a good population so that helps.  It seems like a better version of the Facebook online garage sale groups.  I am going to give it a try. 

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