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Came across this little shocker (for us at least) while looking at Estate sales. Was surprised when I saw that Armor Storage was going through Estate Sales, but even more when I saw who the auctioneer will now be. ..Wasn't sure where to post this  :-[

I recently had a yard sale and while talking with a young girl told her we do storage auctions. She yelped out, "Oh my friend does that too, he just bought 8 units out in Arboga!" (that's a small community outside Yuba City California. Anyway, I know for a fact the facility did not post and has never posted since we moved back a year ago in the local newspaper. I had a feeling some didn't bother with that anyway and probably sold to their good ol' boys around here but that confirmed it. I thought by law they were supposed to list the lien but I guess in California it's not that way? Any thoughts? We have quit the auctions for a while since we were at good money after bad products. We'll get into it a little later on but most likely not too soon. :-)

Did anyone in Central California (or elsewhere) go to the Rancho Cordova 72 Vault Auction on 4-27-2013 Saturday? If so, how was it and did you get anything good? Heard there will be another one in Roseville in a few weeks but not as many vaults.

Stories about Storage Auctions / Storage Auctions Rumor Mill...
« on: April 23, 2013, 08:35:34 AM »
I heard a story on the caravans this past week that someone that was pretty cool was let go from one of the auction companies. I noticed on the Storage Auction E.....s site that one of their employees is no longer in the picture they have posted. So, being inquisitive (nosy) as I am at times I started asking, and I heard that this one employee (I'll call him Bryan) had to basically quit because the management insisted he decide between doing to an out of town auction or being with his child in the hospital. Well, of course he told the owner he was going to be at the hospital with his child. He is now with another company already and seems to be very happy. I hated seeing him leave the company because it was nice seeing him in our area, but I don't blame him a bit for his decision. Seems the owner is getting a big head since he has been on TV a few times (rumor has it)  I guess auctioneers come and go as quickly as trainers at a gym. I for one will miss Bryan and his wife, they were really good people from what I've experienced. Yes, this is gossip I guess but hey, I am a woman and we know men would NEVER gossip.  ::)

PayPal / PayPal Glitch and eBay...
« on: April 10, 2013, 10:58:03 AM »
If you sell on eBay or maybe just use Paypal for your sells read this issue Paypal is having.. May explain why you might be getting more eChecks or less buyers lately..
<hoping the link works>

ecommercebytes (dot) com/C/blog/

Online Storage Auctions / More reason to not trust online auctions...
« on: April 03, 2013, 08:14:16 AM »
A few days ago RL Liquidators had an auction running for a location in northern California. It looked like the same name was high bidder on all if not most of the units. The last hour several people could not get into the site at all to bid. One person I know of, called them and raised holy he** with them, calling them scams, cheats etc. lol...All they kept telling her was they had system problems and it was out of their control. She accused them of having their acquaintances bidding and messing with the site themselves. (or something like that). She told them that IF there had been system problems, why didn't they auction them again. No comment from them. She had them on the phone for quite some time. This is just one of a few things that are odd about this companies auctions. A few months ago there was a unit that looked like it might be worth 700.00 at it's highest and was at that price. We watched the last few bids rolling along and then all of a sudden 2 people shot it up to over 5000.00!!! No way it was worth that from what we could see from their pictures and videos but there you go. I wonder if there's a way to turn them in for investigation...hmmm..."something to ponder" my dad would say. ;-)

Stories about Storage Auctions / Storage Lockers Break-Ins
« on: March 06, 2013, 07:47:08 PM »
Recently we have been to at least 4 facilities that informed us they had been broken into. These are happening a lot in the Central Sacramento area. One had been broken into just around the corner from ours in the same warehouse area. The manager said the thieves used a U-Haul, came into the facility around 3:00 PM broke into the locker, and were out by around 3:25 PM. The owner arrived back around 3:40 PM to find the damage. The Mgr. also told us three other units around the back of the facility had been cut and items stolen. We went to an auction in Sacramento that the auctioneer told us 9 had been cut into from the back side. Is this happening a lot more in other areas? We are double locking our unit with thick locks now. Hate a thief!

Found this on the TMZ website, didn't know if it has been posted. Couldn't find anything in the search.

West / Prices of Units in Small Towns
« on: November 13, 2012, 07:31:13 AM »
We are from a small town in Central Cal. We usually travel 2 hours at the most just to get to some auctions. That's fine for us been doing it for years this way and it works. Yesterday we went to an auction in our area and we couldn't believe the prices these simple nothing units went for. Couldn't figure out why at first and then realized most of the people that were there were locals and they don't travel out of the area to get to auctions so they bid outrageously just to get anything! One unit went for 725.00 and honestly was not worth (to us anyway) more than 300.00 max. Just a lot of bulk crammed in and not in a good way (some broken chairs etc) into a 5x10. I'm not saying they shouldn't heck if they spend that much and see they get junk maybe they will stop going. ;-) But, question is, does anyone else see this type of thing going to small towns?

West / Thought Prices Were Getting Back to Normal but...
« on: October 05, 2012, 06:53:16 AM »
Went to an auction yesterday and units that should have gone for 300.00 - 600.00 max, went for 650 and 1000+ and this was with regulars! Granted I think maybe the prices were so ridiculous might be caused by the fact there were 75 + people there and it was crowd mentality of "Gotta get this no matter what!!!!" I had noticed in general, the prices were calming down a bit and then all of a sudden it's bad again. The units were pretty crappy on a whole and when something decent came up it was stupid bidding.

General Storage Auction Talk / Storage retrieval auctions?
« on: August 06, 2012, 08:32:44 AM »
Could someone please explain what a retrieval auction is? They may call it something else but this is what I was told it's called. I heard it is when a person rents a storage truck for moving and fails to return it but leaves some of their items (things they decided they didn't want to move with them) so the storage company auctions them off. Do you know if it is worth a person's while to even go to one of these type of auctions? I kinda understand that most of the items would be larger household things and anything that would have been real good would have already been taken out by the owners. I have only heard of this type of auction recently so I would like to know if the info I am receiving is correct. Thanks for any info you can provide.

West / Where in Central California...
« on: February 02, 2012, 04:29:49 PM »
Can anyone tell me where I can find the Newspapers for legal notices on the storage auctions around Sacramento or Yuba City areas? Thanks!

South West / Do you notice people seem bi-polar in 2012 at the auctions?
« on: January 23, 2012, 01:19:58 PM »
I am being quite serious and not trying to offend. I have come across regulars that the past few years have either kept to their little groups and barely spoke to anyone out of it or regulars that have been very friendly with all around. This month already I have been witness to regulars that were friendly, all of a sudden being very brash and sarcastic to people they have always been nice to.  I was surprised and asked one person if they had done something to offend and they laughed and said no, they didn't know why the other was being rude.  I have also noticed some that have been in their little groups (nothing wrong with it by no means) all of a sudden being nice and talking to "outsiders" at one auction and then snubbing people the next.  I was wondering if it's the pressures of the lack of goodies in the units that make it tough to stock their thrift stores or are they seriously bi-polar? Anyone notice a change in their area or are you maybe one experiencing mood swings? What gives?? I am a people watcher and this month has been more than interesting.  ??? ??? ???

General Storage Auction Talk / Not ALL Bidders are Rude...
« on: November 10, 2011, 06:24:26 AM »
We did auctions in Central California, moved a few years ago to Texas and started doing them in the Dallas/Ft Worth areas the past year again. We know a lot of people do not want to give info out as far as finding auctions. We all also know that a newbie is treated pretty rude and gets all kinds of comments (said on the side and most of the time not to their faces), glaring looks etc. from SOME regulars. Well, we met one gentleman that surprisingly enough was very nice. At first we thought he was a BS'r because he was actually telling us a few places to look for local auctions but sure enough he was giving us good info. (We were doing a lot of searching on the internet and printing locations but still missing some.)  We saw him yesterday at a small auction and he told us again about a site that helps with finding auctions. We signed on and it has helped us a lot. We are not competitors with him since he buys for 3 stores and we buy mostly for smaller units.  But, I feel that's not why he helped us, I feel it's because he is a nice guy PERIOD! There are a few out there I guess.  :-\ That's my comment for the day, just wanted to share a good thing.  :D

New to Storage Auctions? / How Do I Find Schedules for Auctions??
« on: September 19, 2011, 09:16:51 PM »
I understand they have to post, by law, two weeks in advance for storage customers that they are in default of contracts before they can do Dallas Forth Worth area does anyone know what resource I can use to find these postings? Is it just newspapers or is there sites online? Thanks for any help.  ???

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