Why was AuctionsTX.com created?


In January 2011, a month after the storage auction shows premiered, new buyers were attending storage auctions in record numbers and it became difficult to purchase a storage unit at a reasonable price. I remember thinking about the other professional storage auction buyers that I saw every week. These are people who have built their life around these auctions and depend on them to make ends meet. They are the people who were truly suffering from the aftermath of the storage reality shows. These people are just like you and I, they have mortgages, car payments, bills and other expenses. I think most storage auction buyers will admit that it has become more difficult to make ends meet and that the storage auction business has changed, permanently.

Once I realized that the influx of new buyers attending self storage auctions wasn't just a trend, I knew that I had to get off the beaten path if I wanted to survive in the storage auction business. I did some research and I found out that over half of the facilities in my area advertised their storage auctions in a smaller, local newspaper. The problem was, there were so many smaller cites and towns within our city, most of which have their own newspaper, that subscribing to and reading them all every day wasn't an option. I was determined to figure something out and I did.

I learned that the storage unit auctions that aren't advertised to the masses generally have fewer buyers that attend the event. Where there is less competition, there is a better chance of buying a quality storage unit at a good price. I was determined to find these storage auctions.

What started off as a way for me to survive in the storage auction business, quickly turned into a way I could help other storage auction buyers. I built a database, started calling the storage facilities and began publishing the auction list. It took a lot of time and effort to continually deliver a quality product, but it was worth it. The storage auction schedule became so popular with storage auction buyers, that I decided to expand into other cities. Now, AuctionsTX.com is the #1 resource for storage auction buyers in Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth, San Antonio and Austin, Texas.

I would like to thank all of our subscribers for their loyalty and I look forward to our growth together in the future.

2 CommentsLeave a comment

  • Thanks for the info!

    BTW, how do you find “honey holes”? Don’t they have to make the auctions
    public record? Why wouldn’t they be picked up by sites like this?

    Thanks again!

    • Sure, all storage facilities are required to publish a legal notice, but not all legal notices appear in mainstream newspapers. Lets use Dallas / Fort Worth as an example: There are over 30 smaller community newspapers that publish legal notices in the DFW area. No one in their right mind is going to subscribe to and read them all everyday just to be aware of every storage auction.

      Let’s use Waxahachie, TX as an example. Only the people who live in that community, subscribe to the Waxahachie Daily Light and read that newspaper every day are going to be aware of the few auctions in Waxahachie every month.

      This is why our service is so beneficial to storage auction buyers. Since we actually call every storage facility in our coverage area, we find these auctions that are off the beaten path. Even though fewer people are aware of these auctions, there is no guarantee that they will all be honey holes, but, a lot of them do have fewer people in attendance.

      In response to your last question, “Why wouldn’t they be picked up by sites like this”? AuctionsTX.com does pick up these auctions. As a matter of fact, we highlight them in bold print on our auction list. The reason you won’t find these auctions on any of our competitors websites is because finding and organizing them is a lot of work. Our competitors are merely aggregators who get their auctions off of other websites that are readily available to the public. They’re looking for the auctions that are easy to find. Another reason you will never see these obscure auctions on our competitor’s websites, is because most of these auctions aren’t published online. Since they don’t call the facilities directly, they aren’t aware of them.

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