Usually auctions are bad because of one of the following reasons: 1) it's really hot and miserable outside (but hey, that comes with the territory and we will never complain about that... out loud) 2) it's super crowded with either people we hate who always bid against us or 3) it's super crowded with newbies , 4) the auctioneer or facility owner/management are complete morons, 5) nothing is listed correctly, or 6) the stuff up for auction is all complete garbage. They say 6 is the number of evil and I totally agree- because on this day we were 6 out of 6 on these reasons!
Let's start from the beginning. When a unit goes up for auction, according to Louisiana law, there must be an ad posted in the paper. You already know this if you read our blog (congratulations for being so smart and awesome), but if you don't-- the advertisement has to tell you the time of the auction, the name of the tenant, the location of the auction, and the number of the storage unit as well as what's inside. Some facilities cheat by just putting "miscellaneous household items" under every single unit, but they really aren't supposed to. Not saying they're supposed to put a line by line commentary "one red sock and one dirty brown sock," but they are supposed to briefly look at the contents and list the big ticket items. Here's a sample of one of these ads: