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Auctioneers or Storage Facility ?

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Auctioneers or Storage Facility ?
« on: November 13, 2011, 05:26:18 AM »
So far we have been lucky with the Auctioneer's we have been too. But here is what we have seen and my question. We have one Auction company that does the biggest chain of storage facilities in our area 14 locations in our county. Our first caravan run being real nob's we did notice at two of the facilities same manager that some of it looked a little staged. Just made a note.
This month another facility all of the units but one, very little in the units looked like they had been rummaged. The one that was not, to much work. Several people were complaining about the Auction company and they were doing something bad. What we saw was the facility managers looked like they would do something shady. Lets say the manager knows the owner is not going to come save it. Then he/she could go rummage it or stage it before the auctioneer comes and does their thing with the locks and tags. My point here is the Auction company does not know what units to be auctioned except threw the manager of the facility.

A guy came to one of the auction's and asked who is doing this one. We told him, and he said Oh I don't like them. That he bought a staged unit and was upset he said he got his money back. From his story it sounded like it was the facility manager that got him not the Auctioneer. 
 Could be wrong but feel like the facility and the managers have all the power the Auctioneer is just their to do the job.  I am sure there are some shady Auctioneers out there but this is what we have seen.

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Re: Auctioneers or Storage Facility ?
« Reply #1 on: November 13, 2011, 08:47:27 AM »
In my opinion if fraud is going on then 90% of the time it is the managers who are perpetrating this.

Yes, some reader here will say (and has said) "if the lkr owner shows up and stuff is missing there would be hell to pay" and that would be true, but sometimes the managers just plain KNOW that the lkr stuff owner isn't going to show; the stuff owner might be in jail, might have moved out of state or out of country, might have died, etc.

The property mgr is in the best position to know this info.

I won't go to two separate facilities (each done by two separate auctioneers) for this reason.

Also, time manipulation is in the hands of the prop mgr.  They can cut locks (see good stuff) list the sales in the legal notice and when lkr owner doesn't pay up, they can just NOT sell the lkr. Now it is THEIRS  to do with what they want.

They can go in and get the good stuff, sell it or give it away, whatever. THEN when the goodies are gone and they have already settled the legal notice aspect first time out, they can  sell the lkr the next time out. If asked why it wasn't on the NEWEST legal notice, they can just say "It was listed before" which is of course true.  As I said, they can manipulate TIME to their advantage...they are there 24 hours a day.

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On the other hand, auctioneers are sometimes in colusion with prop mgrs. The auctioneer might KNOW that a lkr has just plain been SETUP for sale; or that prop mgr has gone through and pulled the good stuff, etc etc.  The auctioneers are only doing their job, but they aren't going to share with us any SPECIAL KNOWLEDGE they have of the site or units in question.

This is just my opinion (based on my experience) your opinions may vary and you (dear readers) are entitled to them as I am to mine.

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Re: Auctioneers or Storage Facility ?
« Reply #2 on: November 13, 2011, 12:31:59 PM »
Thanks Movieman

That is what we have been observing. Being a Nob just want someone else's opinion.

Re: Auctioneers or Storage Facility ?
« Reply #3 on: November 16, 2011, 05:52:10 PM »
Most auctioneers are very professional.


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