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News & Strategies for Storage Auctions Success

Posted on by Matt Nannis


At Storage Unit Auction List, we provide subscribers with the largest list of storage auction data online. We offer thousands of auctions each month, and offer affordable, flexible, and customizable subscription plans that let you choose how much auction data you'd like to receive, the number of miles you're willing to travel and the amount you wish to pay each month.

Did you also know that Storage Unit Auction List has created a handbook to help you out? The Complete Guide to Storage Auctions includes all the information that you need to get started as a storage auction hunter. Topics included in the book are what to do with the items that you've won at auction and where to sell everything to storage auction terminology and the logistics of becoming a storage auction hunter.

The handbook also includes a second section, titled the Storage Auction Valuation BlueBook. In this section of the handbook, we categorize items that are regularly found in storage units, and we provide an explainer for each top level category, such as Consumer Electronics and the various categories within the section, such as Desktop Computers and Tablets. Our information based on our amassed knowledge that will help you decide on your bid. We provide a suggested bid range for each item, this bid range should allow you to make money from the item when selling it after the storage auction.

We've provided a sample of the handbook below, so you can see just how it works!

Consumer Electronics

At this point in the BlueBook, we'll start covering the topics that apply more widely to the storage auction world. The vast majority of delinquent storage units will be household storage units. When a family moves, self-storage often becomes the only place they can store unused stuff. Consumer electronics are especially dicey. New bidders commonly make the mistake of overpaying for units filled with consumer electronics because they know consumer electronics are valuable commodities when bought brand new. Keep in mind that no one puts their best stuff in storage, and bid based on the principal.

For the purposes of this BlueBook, we have based our "high-end" and "low-end categories based on the brand. For example, we classified Lenovo as a "low-end" computer brand, but Lenovo makes "high-end" computers too. Since Lenovo specializes in making economical computers, they make more "low-end" computers to give you a general idea on how to bid.


Computers should always be bought with caution. Technology in computer advances rapidly, and computers quickly become obsolete. Generally, the best way to judge a computer's age is by its size. New low-end computers are small, whereas big "low-end" computers are on the larger side. On the "high-end" scale of computers, bigger typically indicates a higher value. Judging the computer's age is best done by design. The more modern the computer looks, the higher the value. There is a moderate demand in the second-hand market for computers. 

Low-End Desktop Computers: Newer models are smaller, older models are larger.

  • Suggested Bid Range: $20-$25
  • Notable Brands
  • Lenovo
  • Belkin
  • Fujitsu
  • eMachines
  • Toshiba

Mid-Grade Desktop Computers: Size is not a good indicator for age on these computers. The design of these computers are crucial to determine the age.

  • Suggested Bid Range: $30-$65
  • Notable Brands
  • HP
  • Sony
  • Samsung
  • Acer
  • Asus

High-End Gaming/Touchscreen Desktops: Apple Desktops can be identified with their iconic white color and the Apple logo. Gaming computers tend to have large cases and more ports than other computers.

  • Suggested Bid Range: $75-$150
  • Notable Brands
  • Alienware
  • Apple (Mac)
  • Cyberpower
  • Velocity Raptor

Now that you've seen exactly how the BlueBlook works, you see just what a valuable resource this tool will be for you as you get started with your new storage auction hunting business. Interested in reading more? Register today for your Storage Unit Auction List subscription and add this invaluable handbook for only $8. If you're already a subscriber, but you missed the book at checkout, you can still purchase the book for only $19.99. Get The Complete Guide to Storage Auctions now!, a member of the Self Storage Association, provides our customers with a comprehensive auction list in multiple auction formats for all 50 states and over 51,000 facilities. Subscribers can review over 10,000 auctions each month through their personal dashboard making storage auctions easy to find whether you're treasure hunting for fun or running a profitable business.

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  • Franklin R Burn

    …the PC market is pretty dried up , 10 years ago I made a lot of money on computers and parts (big money on large lots chopped up and sold on e-bay ) but recently with Walmart selling laptops for $500 …computers are a lose leader at best – I never buy a unit based just on electronics .

  • Hi Franklin, again – that is great advice! It is true that in most instances, you should never buy a storage unit based on just one specific item, but our Blue Book Valuation Guide has many categories and types of items that will help somebody decide on an overall bid based on all the items that they see. It helps them to determine a general sales amount to determine how much to spend at each auction based on all the contents and how much profit they believe they can make.