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  • Mat October 22, 2013 at 10:48 am

    I can assure readers that most (99.9 percentile) of storage facilities are very aware of lien laws, and conduct auctions accordingly. The fact that a few, out virtually thousands of auctions have resulted in a law suit, should not deter people from storing their goods.

    While I agree with this article that prospective renters should read their lease agreement carefully, I think this article was slanted to misrepresent a very legitimate, very needed storage industry.

  • mark short October 23, 2013 at 12:55 am

    STORAGE WARS

    MY NAME IS MARK SHORT. I LIKE THIS SHOW THANK YOU
    I HAD A STROKE 2 YOURS AGO I CAN NOT MOVE MY RIGHT SIDE.

    NOW ME AND MY BROTHER BUY STORAGE UNITS. I AM IN MY ELECTRIC WHEEL CHAIR (IT’S FUNNY) I DART IN AND OUT TO GET THROUGH THE CROWDS OF PEOPLE. THEY SEE A POOR MAN IN A WHEEL CHAIR I GET GOOD PRICES AND GO HOME A WINNER. BOY I AM FUNNY I HAVE A GOOD SINCE OF HUMOR AND I CAN TALK GOOD.

    IT WOULD BRING A NEW LOOK TO THE SHOW IT WOULD BE FUNNY

    I WOULD LIKE TO BE ON YOUR SHOW AS A REGULAR.

    THIS IS OUR STORE

    • LAS_Admin October 23, 2013 at 9:44 am

      Hi Mark, While we're happy you like the show, Storage Wars, and that you've been able to see the brighter side of things, we are not quite connected to the show and, therefore, don't hire talent for it or vet storylines. But thanks for your comment–it is a fun show to watch.

  • Dorothy M. October 31, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    I think the one thing that needs to be addressed is that the owners of the storage places auction your things off for well more than what is owed on the storage and then continue to bill you for the unpaid storage fees with fees until paid. They make an untold killing on these units. You go 2 months behind they lock you out and sell your things for up to 25 times what is actually due on the unit and then still want you to pay the two months plus fees. It has put storage facility owners at an unfair advantage to want you to default as they benefit way more from the sale rather than the consumer fulfilling their contract. Can you say conflict of interest.

    • Bill K. November 2, 2013 at 2:07 pm

      Don't know where you got your information from but it is incorrect. The proceeds from the auction for a particular unit go to pay the outstanding balance of that unit. In some states if the auction amount does not satisfy the outstanding balance, then the storage operator may try to collect the balance via other means such as a credit collector. Also in some states if you receive more from the auction then what is owed you have to pay that overage to the customer. Getting up to 25 times what is actually due only happens on the TV show, not in real life. I do own a mini-storage site and even though we try everything possible to avoid auctions we have had them. I have never received what was owed from an auction.

    • Lin G. December 6, 2013 at 2:17 pm

      I know that due to these shows, and this country being capitalist and for profit to begin with….property laws are being diluted by the decade. Used to be the state held on to abandoned property and had to publish notices. Now private companies due to lien laws can simply sell the property, many times without try notification to the owners of an impending sale, and pocket the profits. Yes, the auctioneer needs to be paid, but many times there are shell buyers at those auctions also and the auctioneer has his side business of conducting his own personal auctions then thereafter.

  • Lin G. December 6, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    Its a scam, and state laws support most of this and now we've got A&E upping the ante with their show about these units that have thousands of dollars worth of items in them. If there were thousands of dollars worth of items in there, don't you think the owners would have had money to pay those storage fees to begin with? I mean, really. What happens is that those units costs keep escalating (my unit rent fees on a $45.00 rental went up to $56.00 in less than 2 years, 15% increase annually). All they need to do is increase those rents until eventually the owners can't pay them, I'd pay someone to store my things in their garage, you are much safer now that "Storage Wars" is the thought mentality of this "industry."

  • Sambo January 24, 2014 at 1:35 am

    The fees collected from the auction go to pay for the outstanding balance, the difference is supposed to be sent to the owner of the auctioned items, at least in Ohio that's the case.

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