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If anyone saw the original episodes of storage hunters or what ever it is called, it seemed somewhat real. Where they were bidding up to a couple hundred bucks for a unit just to make a couple hundred bucks profit. Now they bid ten thousand dollars and still make a ten thousand dollar profit. Biggest bunch of crap. When I was a youngster they would call what Tru Tv is doing false advertisement. Just like Lizard Lick Towing. They showed previews for and episode where the guys were making a daring escape from a mad man with a shot gun. The film crew shot the scene as the 2 guys were crashing through a gate to get away from the man. Only thing is, how did the film crew get away????

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The TV series is alleged to be reality based, however, it has got wide-spread criticism from people who suggest that the content is staged for dramatic effect. It was premiered on June 21st 2011 on TruTV.

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I think it's real according to my parents...

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lol.
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It's called storage wars and yes it is real it's awesome!

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The question was for storage hunters on tru-tv not storage wars.
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Lol!
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It's storage hunters storage hunters and storage wars are the same but with different people in we are talking about storage hunters youknow
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and storage wars is staged not real.
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Storage Wars is a reality-based show, but like all such shows, it is at least partly staged. The people on the shows are often set up to give specific reactions, which are then edited into sections to make it look like they are reacting to something but it is actually out of context. I know someone who was on a reality-based show and she confirmed this to me. I had heard about this on the NPR radio show This American Life episode 444 (Gossip). You can listen to it (it's Act Two) here: http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/444/gossip

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First of all to the people that seem confused, Storage Wars and Storage Hunters are two different shows. And although all "reality" shows are edited to make them seem more interesting, Storage Wars is more realistic than Storage Hunters in my opinion. After all, Storage Wars has never had a naked man in a cage in the lockers there.

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i think one big give away that the show is fake that i have noticed is the fact the there are like 5 or 6 main characters right?.....but at least 20 people show up to the auctions for the sole purpose of just standing there and watching the main people bid..

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i know its fake i mean really in one of the episodes the one guys wife found a gun and pulled the trigger. Also on one episode they found a naked guy tied up and wrote on and said it was the kids that work there pulling a prank that doesn't happen. and then the big fat guy always gets excited when there is a bad locker up for auction. it is fake and one of the dumbest shows ever

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Storage hunters is a real program you know why it is on 've and things on Dave are real you know so think twice
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it's fake i just saw papa bear acting on operation repo as a thug that uses a knife to protect his truck

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Operation repo is staged....they actually do re-possess a vehicle...but then hire actors to come in and re-stage it to create the drama that is seen...
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i saw that too
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Thought I smelled a rat. Nice1 guys/gals .
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I always wonder why the locks always look brand new when they cut them open. If they were abandoned, there should be some old locks.

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Although I think it is completely fake the thingy with the locks is easily explained. Like auctioning luggage which was left at the airport someone will open the storage up to check whether there isn't anything what shouldn't be there . Once there is an all clear the luggage can be sold and that I think applies to the storage as well.
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dont know why i nwatch it. they seem like they're trying to put it on.been to storage sales & never saw anything like that. also saw 2 characters (bidders) that were thrown off (dustin & james i think) that were on swamp hunterss as main characters ( only in america what a country) and i have to work :(

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As a 15 year veteran of Storage Locker auctions, this show is as fake as they come. The most blatant error I saw before quitting watching it was a shot of the bidders taken from the door of the unit that was being auctioned. It showed the units in the background and the unit number was something like 1002 - easy to remember. Two or three units later, they showed a similar shot and guess what the unit in the background was? Unit 1002. That did it. Can't watch that garbage any more.

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it's painfully beyond fake.. no company will let you spit out a high bid then start rummaging through before you pay, and no auctioneer has the time to rummage through with you for the heck of it. i've only seen a few of them but it's just rediculous.. i'm watching one now where they are selling an RV and they pulled a giant sheet off it (not a fitted cover, a big sheet)... in this state, they wouldn't remove the cover.. that's like opening boxes in a unit to let you see if there is a TV or xBox in it before you bid. not to mention a sheet would have blown away months ago when the person parked it.
a little thought will tell you these shows are all bogus, but this one is just rediculous. you might as well watch "auction hunters" and actually believe people store civil war cannons with their dirty mattresses and ripped couches AND decide to stop paying for it

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The storage units are setup. If you opened an abandoned storage unit, then it would be expected that it had been untouched for months, or even years. So why is there never any dust or dirt on the contents. Actors don't want to get dirty. Otherwise, why would all the best stuff be cleaned and polished up in a unit in the middle of the desert?

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i think its fake. was watching an episode were they were bidding on containers. the bad guys bought a container full of crap, and the two main characters bought one with a hundred grand car the container was sealed when they opened it a big panel of wood was in the way so you couldnt see in it i load containers no one sticks panels of wood that can fall onto the cargo and they also tie the car down so it doesnt move there was no way that was loaded like that still it entertaining fake or not do you just hate that wife of his badmouth b£$%££$$

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Fake. I watched this show just once and couldn't watch any more because of brandon's ugly, fat wife. She is the most obnoxious person and he is **whipped**. She think she's hot stuff with her disgusting phoney nails, clown make-up and dumpy body. Couldn't STAND her. She is the equivalent of Yuuuuup on the other storage show. Loud and vulgar. YIKES...and, LOL - brandon has to sleep with her! Eeew.....

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That is pain full to people who like Brandon an Lori so keep that thought to your self thank you because I like Brandon and Lori
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mtgal-I agree she is disgusting and I do not like her at all.
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My sentiments exactly! How Brandon can stand that obnoxious woman is a mystery! She is disgusting!
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Amen too that,tootalllly agree .
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storage hunters is different to storage wars it has different people but it is real program it is true do you think people are told to get into fights that is why storage hunters is real every thing on Dave and true tv is real and on gold and it is Brandon and Lori are nice and that is offensive to people it's the program in the world so it is a real program don't you know

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It's allmost allways the same lock they are breaking up when entering the storage unit "the fisrt time"
Fake

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Storage wars is real Storage hunters is fake, that simple

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Admittedly I enjoy Storage Hunters so I'll be fairly one sided but I fail to see how it is faked if you took two minutes of research you would find couples from the show own online companies selling antiquities from the show which would mean by the sceptics theory that the broadcasters buy products for the "actors" to sell. Finally to rip apart peoples arguments someone said "minor characters don't bid" if you've been to an auction you'll know a lot of people go for the excitement and don't have money to spend and whoever said "it's the same padlock" clap clap possibly the storage units sell them with the unit, so I don't someone can't steal it. Oh and I forgot why would they show every piece auctioned they only want to show interesting items as nobody wants to see people buying things you can find behind you sofa. Rant is now finished.


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My cousin actually directs the show ... let me tell you ... it's fully fledged setup. They originally started it as a genuine show but the lockups became boring with just rubbish. Thet spice it up. Bidding is genuine though although all contents are sourced.
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The budget for a typical programme is around $28,000 of which around a quarter of this is put into auction products (similar to Game show prize funding) net of receipts. They rent around 10 lockups which are used as the staged venues (although as pointed on another comment they do forget to re-label on occasion - 1002 has been used at least 4 times with rebadging). For those that think that American wrestling isn't rigged - you wont get any of this. Makes for good TV though!
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What a load of rubbish... If your cousin directs the show why are you telling everyone its fake... Surely you wanna stick up for his show and.keep him in his job... Idiot
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So if you go to normal antique auction, you don't look through the items for sale than, yeah? Just buy on blind? Well done with your logic. If I was bidding thousands I would expect to rummage through as much as I can...

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As an auctioneer who does 2-4 of these storage auctions a week, this show is fake. If the people acted like they do on the show with pushing and punching, they would be banned for good. When we hold the auctions, usually 15 to as many as 50 people show up with everyone bidding. There are a few heavy hitters but they don't win everything in site.

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it's so so real did you just see how many mice there where there where about 50-60

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1. Never see any dust in the units, or on things that are unwrapped. That's unlikely, unless the units are hermetically sealed
2. Amazingly, any vehicles always have power in the battery, and enough to start the engine, which always has fuel in the supply tank
3. The padlocks are always the same, and can be cut with a bolt-cutter. There are thousands of different padlocks, and often made of hardened steel, preventing them from being cut with a bolt-cutter. I think it is unlikely that all storage units have a rule insisting that one uses the cheapest and least secure padlock

So, this is a load of crap, but entertaining on a spinal level .... just don't be tempted to take it up as a profession!

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I think it's real but set up! like the guy said there are a lot of people there the odd one put their hands up once and then it's between Brando and wife and two more gorillas and they bet thousands of dollars like it's pennies.It's a bit like lizard Lick some bits are phony .

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Look on Wikipedia. It states there the show is staged.

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Well it must be staged then if wikipedia says so lol... you could have put that on wikipedia yourself.
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Fake as in Hollywood drama fake. Scripted, cast of actors, rehearsed, stuff in the storage lockers is planted by prop men, no real money exchanged = strictly a TV show

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totally fake.... seems usually that something is always under a sheet. And they find 2 complete motorcycles and they still start.. even though they have been sitting for months batterys would be dead. Or another one found a car..If I had left a decent car in storage worth anything don't you think I could afford to pay the monthly rent.. what fake Hollywood

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The car was a Lambo with a Fiero engine. The car was worth practically nothing. Even if it is fake, the staged items that they sell in their resale shops most likely is there payment.
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This show is fake.They need to get rid of Brandon and Lori.They are always causing trouble.They need to be banned instead of some of the others.Just because he use to box,don't mean he still can.

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Good point, I was thinking the same thing. My theory is that Brandon and Lori has a little more bread to spread around than the other bunch. Even the "heavy hitters" top out at certain dollar amounts. Bran and Lori just keep on bidding. That's what happens when you have money to burn!
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Do your research, the show is ABOUT them... It was made to show that couple in their jobs as storage hunters, so getting rid of them wouldn't really work would it!
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Just like any reality show in Hollywood, they are real with a little scripting and a lot of editing. The bidders are truly bidding on a storage, but the excitement is built by the way they cut the show. A lot of the reality is left on the cutting room floor. Why? Because storage auctions can be a little boring after the auctioneer stops rattling.

People are commenting:
1. On the locks. I have used several storages in my lifetime and they sell the locks at the storage facility, which seems to be the one thing that you manage to forget when you go to the storage.

2. The lack of dust. People enter and exit the storages often to find things, try to remove their valuables prior to loosing their lockers, and use them (often times than you would think) as either an office or place to crash during the day. [seen this first hand]

3. The valuable antiques. A lot of people forget what's in the storage, die, family members don't know the storage exist, move away, and so many other reasons why valuables are found in the storages.

Overall, the problem with the show is the bad editing.

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Keep taking the medicine babes, the show is as staged as WWF. I have rented storage all over the world. Most containers have different locks, are very dusty and pretty noisy to. I have been to many an auction, ALL people bid on items on full view not hidden under xmas wraps keeping the "bidders" guessing. This show is aimed at people like you who believe it's real. Like Bounty Hunters...don't get me started on that crap.
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why is it that storage hunters.when theres say a car or something big in the locker its always covered up?why would someone cover up a car in waterproof tarpaulin if its under shelter?thats why its staged.as people would bid through the roof if they knew it was in there.so they cover it up to make it look like they've accidentally stumbled on treasure.?

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It's American. All US TV is fake. All of it.

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The most fake show i have ever seen , always staged, fixed and absolutely not real...........why do people watch this one i have no idea....Its not even a train wreck.........

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its as fake as false eyelashes...but most sofa living American's will watch this as they cannot think beyond their big toe. The boxer dude and his munter of a wife are the main bidders. Then there is the fat boy hip hop dude with the goatee who tries to outdo them with daft money. Its hilarious to watch but I do watch it to see just how silly it can become. Check out Bounty Hunters...and ex WWF larger than life wrestler who shouts BOOM BABY! Its so bad its good. Okay its crap. The similarities are almost the same...nothing happens then WOW we cleaned up man!! Money!! WOO Hoo!!
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One big give away was when Jessie won an old stand and it had meat in, it that had apparently been there for ages but the meat was still red :-/ yeh right


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http://blastzoneonline.wordpress.com/2011/07/31/interview-with-lori-and-brandon-bernier-of-storage-hunters-on-trutv/
It's real...

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The show is fake as hell, tell me why the uhaul boxes are alwayscovered with tape to hide the logo...plus I just say the fat black chick on bill cunnigham show.

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How many times they found vehicles and guns. California law excludes these items from the sale. Before auction auctioneer will announce rules and one of the first are guns and vehicles are not included ( anything with a legal ownership title) guns must be turned over to police and vehicle must be left in the locker. All vehicle has to go though a lien sale process. Legally advertised for three weeks in a legal newspaper, filed with DMV, court and then auctioned at a public auction. The process takes about 30 to 60 days,

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fake or real . the main characters are ignorant and immature .they act like idiots to each other. Adult Bullies, no competition for the other storage shows!!

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its fake that/s why every locker you see has always got something of value in side it they always say or whats this i see and it always ends up been valuable or they find money inside safes if the persons who own the locker was that out of money they would take the money out before they lost it or the gold or dear coins surely

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This is a totally fake show and made for entertainment only. Not one second is real in any way. The main characters are actors and extras are used for the "onlookers". The same sets are used on rotation and the units are stocked for the show. I shouldn't even be answering this as its so badly done it's bleeding obviously not real. Might as well ask if the Simpsons are real. How can anyone believe this is real in any way??

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Easy cos its for American audiences who would believe Iran is next to Australia if you told them so. Try flogging this show to a mainstream channel like the BBC...no chance. That's why Quest and Dave show stuff like this. Not all Americans would watch this but a lot do...says it all man. Saying that even TopGear is starting to look staged.
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No one here has said that every storage container they "bid" on always ends up with something valueable inside. I have been to many of these real auctions and you RARELY find anything worth alot. No one stores valueables in storage then miss a $30 a month payment...... right, cos you are going to leave your valueables in storage to get sold wen you could pay rental for a crappy $30!! BULL. I knew storage hunters was fake after about 30 seconds! ( dont leave valueables in storage and miss your bill! Thats the message!) People are SO stupid and GUILLABLE, they actually believe it and go to auctions thinking they will strike it rich. Well i have some bad news..... Your DUMB!

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You don't know what you are talking about. A storage unit cost me £43 a week. People use storage units to save valuable items because they have no where else to keep them. The last thing you store is rubbish. When people down size a house, there are many valuable items you believe you will use later or sell later. In reality, paying for the unit becomes too difficult especially when you have lost your job. The owners of the unit won't let you take bits and pieces out when your payments are in arrears.Consequently, you never return and the items are sold by the owner. Don't you realise there has been a recession here for 6 years and people have lost their homes. You are the dummy!!
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The other bidders are not just 'standing around'. The show has it's stars and the producers are going to edit out most of the other people's bids and antics as they are not the stars. I'm sure the stars lose more bids to those other people than they win.

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its fake the reason i say this is through certain things ive seen,
1..in a episode where a locker was being auctioned that had been rented by a black rock band LA/DC there where leather jackets & amp boxes ect..but also there where empty beer cans that had black duck tape covering the brand name, if that wasnt staged you would just pixcilate the picture of the cans.
2..as other people have flagged up if a car is in a sheltered and waterproof storage locker why would you use a tarp,sheet to cover the car its protected by the roof!!
3..in an episode that was on tonight they where at an airport bidding on 2 lots of suitcases & in the first lot (jessie Bought) had a bag with a french & indian flag sticker on the side of one of the cases & a white cresent stain on the front (in which there was an ipad2) 5 minutes later the second lot of suitcases where won by Brandon & Miss Piggy & they where excited to find a kugerrand in a bag which just so happened to have a a french & indian flag sticker on the side & the same cresent white stain (honestly exactly the same bag..i swear)

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This show is as fake as can be. I am watching an episode right now and one of the guys found 2 hunting rifles in his unit. The auctioneer walks over and picks up the guns and shows that he can't keep the guns because the serial numbers were filed off. I start thinking who would file serial numbers off of hunting rifles. So I backed up and hit pause when the auctioneer was pointing at the filed off serial number and it was very clear that they put electrical tape over the serial numbers and put white out on the tape. I have a zoomed in pic that I would love to post but I'm not sure if I can. Anyone know? I think some would get a kick out of it. The bottom left of the tape is actually peeling up.

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I think the show is fake...just like everyone has stated above. What bothers me the most is the individuals who do all the winning have said things that could land them Jail. For example, that big man with his dark haired wife, commented he had a friend who could make a gas pump he just bought add an old hose to make it look older than it was. Pure, unadulterated FRAUD. BUT then the whole show is a fraud!

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Episode I just watched had a guy open a drawer in a pristine dust free wardrobe/bureau to find bottles of whiskey and boxes of cigars just sitting there, standing upright, unwrapped, in a storage container full of neatly packages boxes of clothes, kitchen equipment etc. These people packed all their belongings up nice and tidy and safe - some of the bidders even commented on the fact when people pack up their belongings so well it's things they care about so they should be worth something - and they decided to just shove some glass bottles in a drawer of the bureau? Glass bottles full of rather old, expensive whiskey. What a load of crap.

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I just found the "auctioneer" and he is a comedian from San Diego. Whats more his middle name name is Brandon and his wifes a name is Lori! Team Brandori ring any bells?

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Don't know if it's Sean or the production team,but someone definitely goes in the bins beforehand,that's why they all have new locks,certain items are covered up & some bids start at $10 others at $100.Whether it's real or not producers need 2 rethink the editing.I've seen Jessie,Papa bear & T Money lose out all the time but Brandon & Laurie ALWAYS seem 2 find something of significant value & they're the most obnoxious,unscrupulous people on the show,even trying 2 profit from endangered animal taxidermy (although this was confiscated) & much worse,nazi memorabilia.I watch & enjoy the show,but as with most reality t.v don't take it 2 seriously

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100% fake.

I posted the following on the team brandori facebook page, they just deleted it. lol, says it all really.

I live in the UK, been going to auctions for over 25 years, recently made a trip to California to attend an auction and while I was there, decided to check out some storage auctions using the California storage auctions app on my Iphone, it became apparant that Storage Hunters is obviously a staged show, as there must have been 100 - 200 people attending these auctions. Also, I have noticed that some of the items that are found in the the storage lockers and the acknowledged experts who come to appraise them, are indeed the very people that own the items. A prime example being the flame thrower T-Money found and was then appraised by the person who actually invented it in the first place.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2405433/Engineer-builds-wheelchair-fitted-FLAMETHROWER.html

Also, isnt it illegal to sell a car in california unless you have the DMV paperwork? so for instance, the Tesla you bought, couldnt have actually been sold by the storage unit legally?

Just wondered if you would care to comment?

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I love watching this show as its such a load of bollocks being a auction buyer myself I am always finding the odd AK 47 and pearl handled Buntline specials left lying around in a old suitcases stuffed full of dead cats and gay carnival dresses and always making $50,000 profit after laying out a 100 bucks on a storage garage, this could only happen in the USA lol

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yeah , Brandon the boxer !?>> and a bidder fella slammed him against a locker door and did Brandon adopt the boxer"s defence stance? nope , he folded and bottled it <yeah right Brandon ,you could not fight sleep mate ! L.L.TOWING? garage went on fire when they were inside and film crew stayed there filming ,and film crew were present when dumnass brother hits on female ,>>>well show me how that one was arranged ?

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I refuse to believe that storage hunters is all real because the despise able couple, Brandon and Lori allwase win something from pirate coins inside a piggy bank to choppers and even helicopters. yea right.

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From watching the program I have come to the conclusion it is 'a setup', i.e. YOU hire a locker, then fill it with stuff you couldn't sell, or failed to make a business with the equipment, you cover everything apart from few tempting objects then contact the auctioneer who will know what you have and will try and get the best price. I obviously could be wrong but it's something like a Boot Sale in a locker.

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