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    Default Storage Wars Texas: I attended a taping near my house

    We all pretty much know that the shows are more Hollywood than reality but, last week when I saw they were taping an episode a few miles away... I had to go and see for myself. What I saw was a lot of inconveniences for the buyers and people paying crazy prices.

    There were 11 units up for auction but, I left after the 5th one because, it took over two hours to get that far. The main reason for delays was the production crew. Most of them seemed to be about 20 years old and they got on most people's nerves early on. They asked anyone wearing clothing/hats with a logo or any company names (Reebok, Adidas, NFL, etc.) to place tape over it so the camera's would not see it. A few of us got tired of it and the show started handing out blank T-shirts to wear over what we had on.

    Before they started, they asked me to sign a waiver and I asked what would happen if I didn't sign it. They told me they would ask me to stand further back from others so they could edit me out easier. I stated that this was a public auction so, I didn't sign the release. I ended up signing it later after crew members constantly walked in front of me so the camera people would turn to record somewhere else.

    After each unit sold, everyone clapped. I had never seen that before.
    Where the "made for TV" part came in was when one of the cast members was the winning bidder. The crew asked the public to stand back while the cast members went to the front and the auctioneer re-auctioned the unit where the public would not be allowed to bid.

    I did get one good line in however. One of the cast members (whom I have never seen at any of the auctions I have attended in 4+ years) had sort of a goofy look to him so, during one of the quieter times, I walked up to him and said loud enough for people to hear, "I LOVED you in Grumpy Old Men!" LOL he wasn't sure how to take that but, others around him thought it was pretty funny and laughed.

    Oh yeah, the facility owner was there and he was all smiles as the prices were really high. I asked him if they were going to give the overage to the person whose things were sold and he said it was really hard to find some of these people. I replied that it shouldn't matter because, if they didn't find them, the overage should go to Texas Unclaimed Property. He looked at me blankly and the manager quickly took him aside and spoke low enough where I couldn't hear. I got the impression that the owner saw the overage as his profit.

    Here is a pic of the auctioneer, Walt Cade (in red) and the cast member I made the comment to.
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    Default Re: Storage Wars Texas: I attended a taping near my house

    DFWRealist, please see TSSA Gold Book page 9. If the tenant cannot be found, after two years the money belongs to the facility. It does not go to Texas Unclaimed Property. You only need to send a letter to the last address of record on the lease.
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    Default Re: Storage Wars Texas: I attended a taping near my house

    Here in PA it goes to PA Dept of Revenue. I think it is supposed to be set aside. And when you turn your life around and do a search for unclaimed money in your name it would pop up. Not that it matters, I never recieved more than owed.
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    We have also never got more than was owed. The prices on these shows are out of sight. But they seem to be coming down to the real world now.
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    Default Re: Storage Wars Texas: I attended a taping near my house

    nice thanks for sharing!

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    Default Re: Storage Wars Texas: I attended a taping near my house

    Quote Originally Posted by RichardandBeverly View Post
    DFWRealist, please see TSSA Gold Book page 9. If the tenant cannot be found, after two years the money belongs to the facility. It does not go to Texas Unclaimed Property. You only need to send a letter to the last address of record on the lease.
    Thank you! Someone had told me different so, I am glad to know what is actually required.

    I was just thinking that while I dislike the shows personally for causing such a disruption with my business, income and forcing me to change how I go about making my living... I think that Storage Wars Texas in-particular, has actually helped the "long time" buyers in my area.
    The massive crowds that the show has drawn, is made up mainly of newbie buyers who have seen the show, think it looks great and want to get into the business. However, when they attend a sale where the show is taping, they see how much is edited out and they see how much the show doesn't show at all and they realize that it is just a TV show and not reality TV.

    I think it is far better for curious newbies to see first-hand attending a taping versus attending a typical, every day sale where they are more likely to over spend and buy a unit only to see how it really is and ultimately lose money.

    Yes, I do understand that from the owners and management's perspective, the shows have been a huge benefit to them. LOL maybe I need to become an owner instead?
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    DFWRealist, if the owner is not a member of TSSA, I would strongly recommend they join. The Gold book is worth its weight in gold. They also have lawyers that you can talk with about any problem.
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    Default Re: Storage Wars Texas: I attended a taping near my house

    Thanks for sharing that, I have heard lots of different stories on whether this is "reality tv" or "hollywood TV". I had watched the first "Storage wars" and the "Texas Storage wars" seems so fake! Knew it!

 

 
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