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 Post subject: The Best & Worst Storage Auction Listing Services in the USA
PostPosted: Apr 27th, '11, 17:53 

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Best & Worst Storage Auction Listing Services

In February, I was watching an episode of the storage auction reality show “Storage Wars” and it got me curious to see what all the fuss was about. I decided that I was going to go to some storage auctions and see if I could find some bargains. I went to Google to search for storage auction listings in my area and I was overwhelmed & confused.

There were a ton of storage auction listing services that claimed to be the best, so I decided to research them all to figure out which ones really had the best information. I was originally only going to research my immediate area; however, due to my OCD, I decided to expand my research and help others across the country find the best storage auction listing service for their area.

My first question was if these companies were basically reselling information that I could get for free in the newspaper. Would I pay a fee only to be disappointed? Believe it or not, some of them actually do what they claim to do. Some of these services are free and others charge up to $240 a year. I have to admit, some of these companies are just plain rip offs, while others actually provide a valuable service. It is not very easy to tell which ones are fly by night companies and which one are here to stay. Ironically, some of the nicest websites had the least amount of auction listings and some of the cheesiest looking websites ranked highly.

This article will tell you which of these services actually deliver the goods. Each of these companies were reviewed and rated based upon five categories. Content – This category was weighed the most heavily, price,
coverage area, ease of use & whether they offer free information to help out people who have never been to an auction.

Each service provides auction listings either on a national, semi-national, statewide, regional or city level. Our results indicated that the services that provide lists for specific areas had better quality content. The national auction lists ranked poorly because their coverage area is so large. We found that their content only skimmed the surface of the auctions that were occurring in most areas. More weight was given to the services that focused on specific coverage areas because their content appeared to be more thorough. Most storage auction buyers prefer to go to auctions in their local area anyway. If you live in Denver, you don't really care about the auctions in Dallas, right?

Here are the results starting with the service that rated the highest in our survey.

1. http://www.houstonstorageauctions.com This service has a coverage area of 60 miles in all directions of downtown Houston, Texas. The website looked great and was very easy to navigate. They claim to list over 300 storage auctions every month and after we reviewed their sample list, which is an actual previous edition of their auction list, it appears that they do provide thorough content. This service actually calls over 1400 storage facilities twice a month. They are a pay service with rates as low as $7.49 per month. They also have a great storage auction blog, which was very informative for a newbie like myself.

2. http://www.atlantastorageauctions.com This service covers the Atlanta, Georgia metropolitan area. The website was very simple to use and very straight forward. Their sample list is an actual previous edition and the content appeared to be thorough. This is a pay service that allows you to purchase one week for $4.00 or an entire month for $10.50. This service also offers a free e-book, which provides you with the basics, as well a paid e-book which claims to go into more detail and reveal secrets about the storage auction business.

3. http://www.centralfloridastorageauctions.com This service is affiliated with service number 2 on our list. It provides storage action listings for central Florida. Since it focuses on one specific area, the content is quite thorough. The website layout, pricing and e-books are the same as it's sister websites, which are also rated highly.

4. http://www.storageauctions.com This service provides coverage for the entire State of California. They separate their auction list into Northern and Southern California editions. They claim to provide over 800 storage auctions every month and based upon review of their sample list, it looks as though they are very thorough as well. The website has some good information for beginners; however, they do not offer a e-book or blog. Also, since the auction list is sent by email on a weekly basis, or by newsletter on a monthly basis, there is no instant access to their auction listings. They also only accept payment by the year. Northern addition is $84, Southern addition is $89 or get both for $155.

5. http://www.tennessestorageauctions.com This website is also affiliated with #2 & #3 on our list. This site covers storage auction listings for the entire state of Tennessee. The content looks good and the website was easy to use. The pricing is similar to it's sister companies on our list and it also offers a free and paid e-book.

6. http://www.auctionzip.com/ This is by far the largest national auction website. It is very well built and fairly easy to use. The problem with this site is that it lists a majority of auctions other than storage auctions. For our city, it failed to list 90% of the storage auctions taking place. It has an impressive auction forum which could benefit newbies like myself.

7. http://www.selfstorageauctionsaz.com/ This website is affiliated with the Arizona Self Storage Association and lists auctions for the entire state of Arizona. The site is well made and easy to navigate. They do list their auctions for free; however, the list appears to be limited. Not bad for a free information source.

8. http://www.txssa.org/auctionmaster/Resultslist.asp This site is owned by the Texas Self Storage Association and covers the entire state. The website is free, well built, has a blog and is very informative about storage laws in Texas. However, not many facilities advertise with them. I saw about 30 auctions listed for the entire state that month.

9. http://www.storageauctionlisting.com/local/ This service covers the Orlando, Florida area. It appears that they list the auctions of the major storage facility chains and they do have some okay content. They may be reselling information that you can get for free, but for a $2.00 first month trial and $4.95 each additional month, it may be worth the risk. I think they are trying to communicate that they offer hard to find listings; however, despite all of the babble, they never get around to saying it. The website does not look professional and the content looks like the owner has never used Excel before. I would be cautious.

10. http://www.findselfstorageauctions.com/ This is a free national storage auction listing service that charges the facilities a fee to post their auctions. I performed a search and there were no auctions listed in our entire state. In all fairness, this is a brand new website that hasn't had time to expose itself fully to the market. The website looks clean but with limited content, it is hard to recommend at this time. However, in the future, this site could be the number one player of the national storage auction listing services.

11. http://www.storageauctionsflorida.blogspot.com/ Although the content was average, you can tell that you're missing a lot of the actions. Although, for a free storage auction listings website, it's not bad. The website is pretty basic, it looks like it was set up quickly. And, you know the old saying...you get what you pay for.

12. http://www.orangecountystorageauctions.com/ Although, their site looks very basic and kind of thrown together, they do claim to call storage facilities in their area. From what we have seen from the other storage auction listing services that actually call the facilities, they may have listings that the other services that cover Orange County, CA. don't have. Since they don't have a sample list, we cannot compare them to http://www.storageauctions.com, which lists over 800 auctions every month for the entire state. But, for $7, it may be worth the risk. I would possibly join, then compare their listings to http://www.americanauctioneers.com, which is actually owned by the auctioneer on the television show Storage Wars.

It's all down hill from here!

13. http://www.storageauctionsin.com/ This storage auction listing service covers several states including Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Nevada, New Jersey, Tennessee & Texas. They claim to list 200 auctions per month for our state, which our city alone has over 250 auctions every month. This should immediately tell you how much you are missing. As far as the services that cover multiple states are concerned, this one is better than the rest. Of course, that isn't really saying much. We compared the auctions from a major city on their list with another storage auction listing service that only provided auctions for that city. Their list had 7 auctions on it, while the other local list actually provided 41 on the same day. I think that speaks for itself. Prices are reasonable though at $7-$10 a month, however I think you could get the same information by spending 5 minutes online doing research.

14. http://www.freestorageauctionlists.com/ This homemade website lists about 5% of the auctions in our area. The content really wasn't there, with no auctions listed for our area for two weeks at a time.l At least the auction listings are available for free or are they? I'm still kind of confused about this, because you can buy a storage auction list for your area for $10 on his website. I guess free storage auction lists isn't so free is it? He also sells an e-book for $10.

15. http://www.storageauction.net This website has a national coverage area; however, this service only listed 3 auctions for the entire month in our city. This site is free but it requires you to enter you email address. I will say that I haven't received any spam to this point. This is a good looking professional website but the content just wasn't there.

16. http://www.localstorageauction.com/ This company claims to be a national storage auction listing company. It had a ton of auctions listed; however, despite their URL, I found 1 storage auction listed for our state. It had zero listed for my area. The site looks good, and they did have a lot of collectible & farm equipment auctions listed; however, I feel like I got the bait and switch.

17. http://www.storageauctiondepot.com This site is quite unique and I have to give it props for creativity. It is a virtual storage auction service which allows you to bid on storage units from the comfort of your home; however, only a few auctions were listed for the entire country. You do have to pay a $5 annual membership fee to use the service. Issues have been raised as to whether this service has legal authority to sell storage units online. Since they do not hold an auctioneers license in any state and they are dealing with storage liens, if you were to buy something from them and the owner disputed the legality of the sale, there could be legal trouble. No auctions were listed for our state. When I visited the site, I entered my email address in order to view the auction listings. A week later, I found that they had used my email address to initiate a transaction on my PayPal account with no authorization. That takes a lot of nerve. I guess when you get desperate, you will sink to all kinds of lows.

18. http://www.storageunitauctionlist.com/ This is a national pay site. I read this on their website “ Given that http://www.storageunitauctionlist.com covers every single facility in all 50 states you can pick auctions that nobody knows about. “ This is a blatant lie. This company barely skims the surface. From the sample list on their website, it appears that they only cover the large chain facilities. The large chain facility auctions are the easiest to find because most of the auctions are posted on their own websites. In our area, they listed less than 15% of the auctions that the newspapers list. This company is basically charging people for information they could get with 5 minutes of research on the internet. Rates range from $15 per month to $140 for the year. They have a blog; however there are only 3 posts on it. An e-book is also available for $20, but if the content is like their blog, it may be disappointing. This site gets 2 thumbs down.

19. http://www.storagetreasures.com/ This website is attractive and claims to list auctions on a national level; However, this website was a total waste of time. They lure you in thinking all you have to do is enter your email, but then you are transferred to page after page of requests for your personal information and they even have you fill out a survey, only to leave you with no auctions listed. What a huge disappointment. Even though they claim to be free, I was left feeling like I should have been paid for the survey I filled out.

20. http://www.storageauctions.tv/ This could be an email fishing site. The system is very confusing and even after providing my personal information, no auctions were ever provided. I'm not sure if it is just bad web design or if it is set up that way to get your information and then get you so angry you just want to leave. Total waste of time in my opinion.

I hope this article will help some people avoid some expensive mistakes and save them a lot of time.


Last edited by JJJohnson on May 8th, '11, 08:09, edited 1 time in total.

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 Post subject: Re: The Best & Worst Storage Auction Listing Services in the
PostPosted: Apr 28th, '11, 17:19 
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I should mention that I'd normally delete posts like, especially when a user's first post on the system is full of links. This person contacted me and explained their position and reason for writing the article. I'll allow it...for now.


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 Post subject: Re: The Best & Worst Storage Auction Listing Services in the
PostPosted: Apr 29th, '11, 10:17 
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I think the article is great but, my opinion may be a little biased. I have to admit though, the article is factual. I checked out a few of the sites that were on the lower end of the list and the review seems to be fairly accurate. I know of a couple of other websites that he didn't review, I wonder why? I had no idea that there were this many storage auction listing services out there but I guess popular trends spawn entrepreneurialism.


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 Post subject: Re: The Best & Worst Storage Auction Listing Services in the
PostPosted: May 4th, '11, 17:31 

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I just call up the places around me and ask them when their next auction is


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 Post subject: Re: The Best & Worst Storage Auction Listing Services in the
PostPosted: May 5th, '11, 18:08 
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Yeah, that is the best way to do it if you live in a small town; however, in areas like Houston that have over 1400 storage facilities, it just isn't practical for an individual. It took us over 30 days to just build our database for the Houston area, let alone having to call all of them every two weeks. It's a full time job. Most of services on the list cover large metropolitan areas.


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 Post subject: Re: The Best & Worst Storage Auction Listing Services in the
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Nowadays, with the crowds, I've had some luck finding more obscure and out-of-the-way storage facilities and contacting them directly to ask about auction dates and times.


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 Post subject: Re: The Best & Worst Storage Auction Listing Services in the
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Such an interesting topic! I never thought of this idea. Brilliant post! I am looking forward to more of your post! Thank you for sharing us wonderful facts!

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 Post subject: Re: The Best & Worst Storage Auction Listing Services in the
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JJJohnson wrote:
Best & Worst Storage Auction Listing Services

In February, I was watching an episode of the storage auction reality show “Storage Wars” and it got me curious to see what all the fuss was about. I decided that I was going to go to some storage auctions and see if I could find some bargains. I went to Google to search for storage auction listings in my area and I was overwhelmed & confused.

There were a ton of storage auction listing services that claimed to be the best, so I decided to research them all to figure out which ones really had the best information. I was originally only going to research my immediate area; however, due to my OCD, I decided to expand my research and help others across the country find the best storage auction listing service for their area.

My first question was if these companies were basically reselling information that I could get for free in the newspaper. Would I pay a fee only to be disappointed? Believe it or not, some of them actually do what they claim to do. Some of these services are free and others charge up to $240 a year. I have to admit, some of these companies are just plain rip offs, while others actually provide a valuable service. It is not very easy to tell which ones are fly by night companies and which one are here to stay. Ironically, some of the nicest websites had the least amount of auction listings and some of the cheesiest looking websites ranked highly.

This article will tell you which of these services actually deliver the goods. Each of these companies were reviewed and rated based upon five categories. Content – This category was weighed the most heavily, price,
coverage area, ease of use & whether they offer free information to help out people who have never been to an auction.

Each service provides auction listings either on a national, semi-national, statewide, regional or city level. Our results indicated that the services that provide lists for specific areas had better quality content. The national auction lists ranked poorly because their coverage area is so large. We found that their content only skimmed the surface of the auctions that were occurring in most areas. More weight was given to the services that focused on specific coverage areas because their content appeared to be more thorough. Most storage auction buyers prefer to go to auctions in their local area anyway. If you live in Denver, you don't really care about the auctions in Dallas, right?

Here are the results starting with the service that rated the highest in our survey.

1. http://www.houstonstorageauctions.com This service has a coverage area of 60 miles in all directions of downtown Houston, Texas. The website looked great and was very easy to navigate. They claim to list over 300 storage auctions every month and after we reviewed their sample list, which is an actual previous edition of their auction list, it appears that they do provide thorough content. This service actually calls over 1400 storage facilities twice a month. They are a pay service with rates as low as $7.49 per month. They also have a great storage auction blog, which was very informative for a newbie like myself.

2. http://www.atlantastorageauctions.com This service covers the Atlanta, Georgia metropolitan area. The website was very simple to use and very straight forward. Their sample list is an actual previous edition and the content appeared to be thorough. This is a pay service that allows you to purchase one week for $4.00 or an entire month for $10.50. This service also offers a free e-book, which provides you with the basics, as well a paid e-book which claims to go into more detail and reveal secrets about the storage auction business.

3. http://www.centralfloridastorageauctions.com This service is affiliated with service number 2 on our list. It provides storage action listings for central Florida. Since it focuses on one specific area, the content is quite thorough. The website layout, pricing and e-books are the same as it's sister websites, which are also rated highly.

4. http://www.storageauctions.com This service provides coverage for the entire State of California. They separate their auction list into Northern and Southern California editions. They claim to provide over 800 storage auctions every month and based upon review of their sample list, it looks as though they are very thorough as well. The website has some good information for beginners; however, they do not offer a e-book or blog. Also, since the auction list is sent by email on a weekly basis, or by newsletter on a monthly basis, there is no instant access to their auction listings. They also only accept payment by the year. Northern addition is $84, Southern addition is $89 or get both for $155.

5. http://www.tennessestorageauctions.com This website is also affiliated with #2 & #3 on our list. This site covers storage auction listings for the entire state of Tennessee. The content looks good and the website was easy to use. The pricing is similar to it's sister companies on our list and it also offers a free and paid e-book.

6. http://www.auctionzip.com/ This is by far the largest national auction website. It is very well built and fairly easy to use. The problem with this site is that it lists a majority of auctions other than storage auctions. For our city, it failed to list 90% of the storage auctions taking place. It has an impressive auction forum which could benefit newbies like myself.

7. http://www.selfstorageauctionsaz.com/ This website is affiliated with the Arizona Self Storage Association and lists auctions for the entire state of Arizona. The site is well made and easy to navigate. They do list their auctions for free; however, the list appears to be limited. Not bad for a free information source.

8. http://www.txssa.org/auctionmaster/Resultslist.asp This site is owned by the Texas Self Storage Association and covers the entire state. The website is free, well built, has a blog and is very informative about storage laws in Texas. However, not many facilities advertise with them. I saw about 30 auctions listed for the entire state that month.

9. http://www.storageauctionlisting.com/local/ This service covers the Orlando, Florida area. It appears that they list the auctions of the major storage facility chains and they do have some okay content. They may be reselling information that you can get for free, but for a $2.00 first month trial and $4.95 each additional month, it may be worth the risk. I think they are trying to communicate that they offer hard to find listings; however, despite all of the babble, they never get around to saying it. The website does not look professional and the content looks like the owner has never used Excel before. I would be cautious.

10. http://www.findselfstorageauctions.com/ This is a free national storage auction listing service that charges the facilities a fee to post their auctions. I performed a search and there were no auctions listed in our entire state. In all fairness, this is a brand new website that hasn't had time to expose itself fully to the market. The website looks clean but with limited content, it is hard to recommend at this time. However, in the future, this site could be the number one player of the national storage auction listing services.

11. http://www.storageauctionsflorida.blogspot.com/ Although the content was average, you can tell that you're missing a lot of the actions. Although, for a free storage auction listings website, it's not bad. The website is pretty basic, it looks like it was set up quickly. And, you know the old saying...you get what you pay for.

12. http://www.orangecountystorageauctions.com/ Although, their site looks very basic and kind of thrown together, they do claim to call storage facilities in their area. From what we have seen from the other storage auction listing services that actually call the facilities, they may have listings that the other services that cover Orange County, CA. don't have. Since they don't have a sample list, we cannot compare them to http://www.storageauctions.com, which lists over 800 auctions every month for the entire state. But, for $7, it may be worth the risk. I would possibly join, then compare their listings to http://www.americanauctioneers.com, which is actually owned by the auctioneer on the television show Storage Wars.

It's all down hill from here!

13. http://www.storageauctionsin.com/ This storage auction listing service covers several states including Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Nevada, New Jersey, Tennessee & Texas. They claim to list 200 auctions per month for our state, which our city alone has over 250 auctions every month. This should immediately tell you how much you are missing. As far as the services that cover multiple states are concerned, this one is better than the rest. Of course, that isn't really saying much. We compared the auctions from a major city on their list with another storage auction listing service that only provided auctions for that city. Their list had 7 auctions on it, while the other local list actually provided 41 on the same day. I think that speaks for itself. Prices are reasonable though at $7-$10 a month, however I think you could get the same information by spending 5 minutes online doing research.

14. http://www.freestorageauctionlists.com/ This homemade website lists about 5% of the auctions in our area. The content really wasn't there, with no auctions listed for our area for two weeks at a time.l At least the auction listings are available for free or are they? I'm still kind of confused about this, because you can buy a storage auction list for your area for $10 on his website. I guess free storage auction lists isn't so free is it? He also sells an e-book for $10.

15. http://www.storageauction.net This website has a national coverage area; however, this service only listed 3 auctions for the entire month in our city. This site is free but it requires you to enter you email address. I will say that I haven't received any spam to this point. This is a good looking professional website but the content just wasn't there.

16. http://www.localstorageauction.com/ This company claims to be a national storage auction listing company. It had a ton of auctions listed; however, despite their URL, I found 1 storage auction listed for our state. It had zero listed for my area. The site looks good, and they did have a lot of collectible & farm equipment auctions listed; however, I feel like I got the bait and switch.

17. http://www.storageauctiondepot.com This site is quite unique and I have to give it props for creativity. It is a virtual storage auction service which allows you to bid on storage units from the comfort of your home; however, only a few auctions were listed for the entire country. You do have to pay a $5 annual membership fee to use the service. Issues have been raised as to whether this service has legal authority to sell storage units online. Since they do not hold an auctioneers license in any state and they are dealing with storage liens, if you were to buy something from them and the owner disputed the legality of the sale, there could be legal trouble. No auctions were listed for our state. When I visited the site, I entered my email address in order to view the auction listings. A week later, I found that they had used my email address to initiate a transaction on my PayPal account with no authorization. That takes a lot of nerve. I guess when you get desperate, you will sink to all kinds of lows.

18. http://www.storageunitauctionlist.com/ This is a national pay site. I read this on their website “ Given that http://www.storageunitauctionlist.com covers every single facility in all 50 states you can pick auctions that nobody knows about. “ This is a blatant lie. This company barely skims the surface. From the sample list on their website, it appears that they only cover the large chain facilities. The large chain facility auctions are the easiest to find because most of the auctions are posted on their own websites. In our area, they listed less than 15% of the auctions that the newspapers list. This company is basically charging people for information they could get with 5 minutes of research on the internet. Rates range from $15 per month to $140 for the year. They have a blog; however there are only 3 posts on it. An e-book is also available for $20, but if the content is like their blog, it may be disappointing. This site gets 2 thumbs down.

19. http://www.storagetreasures.com/ This website is attractive and claims to list auctions on a national level; However, this website was a total waste of time. They lure you in thinking all you have to do is enter your email, but then you are transferred to page after page of requests for your personal information and they even have you fill out a survey, only to leave you with no auctions listed. What a huge disappointment. Even though they claim to be free, I was left feeling like I should have been paid for the survey I filled out.

20. http://www.storageauctions.tv/ This could be an email fishing site. The system is very confusing and even after providing my personal information, no auctions were ever provided. I'm not sure if it is just bad web design or if it is set up that way to get your information and then get you so angry you just want to leave. Total waste of time in my opinion.

I hope this article will help some people avoid some expensive mistakes and save them a lot of time.



I beg to differ. You are required to create an account just as I had to do to access this forum to view the full functionality of the site. Once you create your user name and pass, all you need to do is enter your zip code, preferred mile radius and all auctions within that area will pull up. Dates, addresses, storage name, number of units, etc all provided.

If your going to post a review make sure you are providing accurate information.

StorageTreasures.com is actually pretty accurate with providing all the information you need prior to attending an auction. The only drawback is being that its a highly publicized website, you will tend to get more people at the auctions resulting in more bidding wars.

Still I would have to say this site is def. in the top 3 of sites out there.

Johny


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