Re: Do Americans Need Self-Storage?
Another blog written by the clueless, espousing the ridiculous, and venting on the siliness of our daily lives. Here's my take:
1. Most stored objects depreciate in value. - Most purchased items, sitting in our back pocket or in our home, depreciate in value! The car that we drive, depreciates thousands of dollars in value the minute we drive it off the dealers lot. This is the nature of personal property. Property is stored, not to appreciate in value, but to remain useful for possible future use.
2. Extra offsite storage promotes acquisition. - Bull crap! Americans have a strong tendency to acquire, collect and store, period. Once again, consumers store because the perceive a future need or they attach sentimental value to the items stored. In fact, I believe that once a person stores unused, not unwanted items, they tend to not acquire more of the same. For example, I have a friend that has a house in Lake Tahoe that is for sale. He removed some of his belongings because the house will show better with less furniture. Consumers more often than not, store, not to acquire more but to declutter their lives.
3. Storage fees can be a financial drain. - Wow, what a naieve comment! Storage is simply an extension of the home, office or business. The reality is that all monthly purchases can be a drain. More consumers have other unnecessary drains on their budget than storage, i.e., cable w/premium channels, internet access (high speed), cell phone texting, unlimited long distance phone service, etc. We are not socialist, yet! Consumers make decisions every month on how best to allocate their limited resources. Any unnecessary expense when funds are limited are financial drains!
4. Storage facilities often lack adequate security. Single family homes often lack adequate security! In fact, the average self storage facility spends more that most businesses in security precautions. High end facilities with door alarms, DVR's, cameras, etc., actually spend more than the average bank! We all lack "adequate security" when our stuff is stolen, whether it is in our car, bank account, office or home!
5. If you can store it for years, you can live without it. No, if you store it for years, you believe that you need it, want it or treasure it. Storage is not always logical, but neither is keeping old college yearbooks, jeans in really good condition or the lava lamp you watched while you were "high" in high school.
6. Unpaid storage bills equal secured debt. Secured debt? Oooh, how about your car, boat, house, timeshare???? Almost all of our indebtedness is secured in some way or another. It is a simple concept, you don't pay for it, you don't get to keep it. What would our capitalistic system look like if all debt was unsecured? Would interest rates be this low? Would credit be easily accessible if we could all simply walk away from our obligations. If we had to keep a tenants belongings indefinately or could only dispose of it after six month, you can bet your last Frito that the rates would be higher and every tenant would be required to submit to blood and urine tests to rent a storage space.
7. Storage services are of questionable value. - Says who? What an amazing statement. There are over 49,000 self storage facilities in America representing enough storage space so that every man, woman and child could stand under a self storage roof. The consumer still has the ultimate say so and the market determines value, not bloviating bloggers who do not understand the free market system and who want to impost their liberal, left wing ideologies on all of us.
Hey kids, if you don't need storage, don't use it! If you want to store stuff for any reason you so choose, do it and don't feel guilty about it. There are many things in life that we don't REALLY need and can live without. Here's a partial listing:
Cell phones (pick up a landline), cable (read a book), NetFlix (Go to a real movie), Big Gulp's (drink water), fast food (cook at home), electric toothbrushes (manual is that hard?), text messaging (write a letter), GPS devices (buy a map), calculator (paper and pencil still works), EPT tests (wait long enough, you'll know), air conditioning (fresh air cures all), FedEx (does it really matter), bottled water (tap is free), Starbucks (perk at home), pre-cut lettuce (you mean cutting lettuce is exhausting?). I could keep going on and on and on and on an on an on...................
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