Similar to the concept behind the popular U.S television series Storage Wars, Storage Showdown sees the entire contents of abandoned storage units going up for unreserved online auction on www.allbids.com.au. Whilst major items within these units can be identified (e.g. whitegoods or furniture), it’s the hidden items – for example, those stored in boxes or behind major objects – where the mystery begins.
“Potential buyers can inspect the units at the storage facility, but they can’t sift through the boxes,” said Richard Hume, Chief Operations Officer of ALLBIDS. “What treasures might be hidden away there is anyone’s guess.”
“It could be electronics, antiques, jewellery or books. It could be art supplies, old university essays, camping equipment or CDs. It could be junk, or goods of incredible value. Either way, you’ll never know unless you have a go,” he explained.
The first Storage Showdown saw three abandoned units from Capital Self Storage sold on www.allbids.com.au. These contained items such as a flat-screen TV, an esky, fans, skis, a ladder, a set of weights, furniture, as well as mysterious boxes of miscellaneous goods.
“We will have around 8-12 storage units up for grabs each month, and with each of these unreserved auctions, bidders are in the running to grab a bargain, make some cash on re-sales, or at least have a great story to tell,” said Richard.
Each auction goes for one week on www.allbids.com.au. Prospective buyers are encouraged to inspect the unit, which they can do up until two days before the auction closes. Once the auction is closed, everything must be removed by the successful bidder. ALLBIDS is offering special terms to re-market saleable goods that are not wanted by the successful buyer.