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Stories about Storage Auctions / Re: Storage Lockers and Big Dump Fees
« on: January 18, 2013, 01:13:25 PM »
My best summation of storage locker buying is,
Cardboard crap shoot combined with volunteer trash hauling.

I think they will still call them checking accounts even if there are no checks, because the bank will be checking to see if they can charge another fee.

Reality Shows about Storage Auctions / Re: Storage Wars shooting update
« on: January 18, 2013, 12:55:59 PM »
I don't know why nobody else bid. They were all standing right there. Must have stunned them with the dice roll. ;D
I figure I will get $2000 for the furniture, $2000 more for the books, records and video, $500 more for the 250 s/f of upholstery leather. The speakers are apparently valuable as well. Two pair of semi-vintage Tannoys and one pair of B & W's. I think I will thank Balelo for not bidding. Incidentally he was wearing a black leather motorcycle jacket and trying to act like some sort of tough guy.

Reality Shows about Storage Auctions / Storage Wars shooting update
« on: January 13, 2013, 01:00:33 PM »
I ran into the Storage Wars crew Jan 11. They were at that same facility in Montebello California, where I saw them last year. About half the lockers had already been sold when I arrived.

No Dave Hester, but they brought Mark Balelo back. Tweedle-dee-dee, tweedle-dee-dum. Barry was hanging out with a Chinese guy, who was dressed in red with a matching cowboy hat and very long (approx 20 inches) pointy shoes flecked with small mirrors. Five of the lockers were from some furniture store that had closed. Barry bought the one with paintings and mirrors. Brandi and Jarrod got the other four. I bid to $3500 on one of them, but didn't get it.

The last locker they shot probably won't appear on the show, because I bought it. There was good quality used furniture visible, what appeared to be auditorium speakers and quite a stack of white file folder boxes. When Dan started the bidding, I rolled a pair of 10 inch white cardboard dice on the pavement.  Box cars came up, so I shouted, "You have $1200". Dan asked, "Is that your bid?" I replied, "Yes, thats my bid". Dan tried for $1300, then $1250 and finally $1225. No one else bid.

The Treasure Chest / Re: Cheapest unit of the day.
« on: January 02, 2013, 02:15:13 AM »
The Southern California storage auction scene can be very competitive. A few of the bidders appear to have more money than sense. If they really want to out-bid me, they can. I'll just go to another sale. There are so many storage auctions around here you could attend every week day all year.

There simply is no prize or contest being offered to the public on Storage Wars.

Perhaps Dave Hesters lawyers should have filed suit citing the federal whistleblower law.

One key phrase is in the definition of contest. It is, "to members of the public". The auctions the show is shot at are open to the public. The show itself is not open to the public. A&E can and does edit out anyone of their choosing. They re-shoot scenes without the public, as needed.

Also what "prize" is being offered? The contents of the locker? Nope you are buying that. Dave's $25,000 pay? ::) Well that would certainly drive uo the bidding.

Reality Shows about Storage Auctions / Re: Dave Hester Sues Storage Wars
« on: December 31, 2012, 05:10:59 PM »
The Storage Wars characters seem to value their finds on the high side of retail. Their "experts" value items at specialty shop or fine gallery prices up to :-\ dream on or something like it.

One episode's appraisal made me laugh so hard I almost sneezed my beverage. That was the one where they took a couple of items to a tribal arts expert. One item he correctly identified, the other stumped him. He thought it was Indonesian but added that it seemed to have elements from different tribes. He gave it a value of $500.

I happen to have imported containers of furniture and handicrafts from Indonesia. I know exactly where that novelty item is made. I can buy as many as I want for $11 each. I sold mine for $67.50 each.

There was artwork visible, but you couldn't see it clearly enough to gauge the quality. Some of the other stuff made me think its former owner might be Latino. Some boxes labled in Spanish. Wish I got that locker instead of the crud I outbid Barry for.

No you can't see me in that episode. I am certain they re-shot the bidding. On the actual auction day it was hot. We were inside a 3 story facility that is not well ventilated, much less climate controlled. There were about 100 people there including the TV crew. We were jam packed. They were having trouble getting there shots.

At one point, Barry told Laura Dotson, "I will be in my air conditioned car phoning in my bids".

The Treasure Chest / Re: Cheapest unit of the day.
« on: December 31, 2012, 04:39:56 PM »
The $4350 unit was a 10x25. It had a Husky and a Craftsman tool drawer cabinets visible near the front right. A few doors and some other construction materials were on the left. There were gardening tools visible, some hardware and camping gear. What appeared to be a power washer was partly visible. The stack was low in the first 10 feet. After that there was a 7 to 8 ft high wall of boxes. No clue as to how deep or what was behind there. It appeared to be some sort of contracter unit. The city was Camarillo CA.

I ran out of cash at $4000. Nabila, who appeared on some Storage Wars episodes, bid it to $4300. The winning bidder I have seen at a few sales, but not spoken with. It was not a Dan Datson (American Auctioneers) sale, but one of the other not as busy auctioneers. There were about 30 people at the sale.

The Treasure Chest / Cheapest unit of the day.
« on: December 31, 2012, 03:44:55 AM »
Went on a multi-city caravan the other day. Got outbid on the units I was interested in (from $900 to $4350) at the first 3 facilitys. At the last facility a 5x5 with an ugly nightstand, a tube tv, some bland looking clothes hanging up and a few indifferent looking boxes on the floor went for $5. I bought it.

There were two brand new Swiss Army watches (got $45 each), The hanging clothes were like new Steeler and Notre Dame jackets and sweats turned inside out. (got $120). Nice books about aircraft, racecars and other fast stuff (got $90) plus another $100 in other stuff. The kicker was the exactly $4.99 in change in the nightstand drawer. ;D

Not my best buy of the year, but pretty good for $5.

Didn't Hester voluntarily close his store when he opened his (failed) auction house?

At the Montebello auction where Sheets found the valuable paintings, I also bought a locker. I broke away from the auction to take a look at my then unpaid for unit. A unit that I had outbid Barry on. Apparently the usual auction protocol is not followed when they are shooting.

I was at the auction in Montebello when Sheets bought that locker. The one I saw on the show looked just like the one I saw in person.

Reality Shows about Storage Auctions / Re: Dave Hester Sues Storage Wars
« on: December 31, 2012, 02:43:31 AM »
I have been where storage wars was being shot, three times in 2012. I saw the show characters buy about 20-24 lockers collectively. Only 2 of those made it onto the show. So they appear to be showing something like the best out of ten or twelve.

I bought 50 lockers in 2012. My best  4 or 5 were show worthy. So if they are staging it, I wonder why? Why shoot 10+ times what you need when you could cover your "story" with far less. Why stage it when someone whose locker was purchased could step forward and state that those items were not in my locker?

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