The other day I happened to be watching the reality show “Auction Hunters” on cable TV, two guys who bid on abandoned storage units and always sell the items found for tremendous profits (they never miss…wink, wink).  Although I believe that the proliferation of these shows is a problem when you are selling valuables etc. for third parties (people think that they are going to make a mint selling their goods), this episode I found somewhat interesting and actually helpful.  The two discovered eight (8) duck decoys in a unit they won and took the items to an expert to sell.  Of course as usual, he offered them an extraordinary amount for all eight, but he did seem to know what he was doing. They only identified the expert by his first name, no address or additional information.

Well, we just happen to be selling various items for a client, including at least thirty (30) duck decoys (We live in the middle of the desert, why would anyone have this many decoys when there is no recreational water within hundreds of miles and certainly no water fowl).   I asked my wife Judy, do you think we may be able to locate this “expert” and possibly make a deal?  Judy is sooooo good on the internet that she was able to locate him knowing only his first name and that he was situated in California.  I called and he was interested in what we had.  After many calls and e-mails back and forth we did make a deal on several of our decoys and as a bonus he was able to tell us about the ones he was not interested in.  It was a fun and profitable experience.  We were able to sell outside our usual outlet eBay, which we are finding more and more difficult to deal with, did not have to pay their exorbitant fees and our client was happy to boot.

I am convinced that there is nothing Judy can’t do or find on the internet.  Because of our “extra” efforts, we were able to make sales that we previously did not have much luck with on eBay.  Although not a fan of Reality TV, this time was the exception.

Published in: on January 30, 2012 at 10:06 am  Comments (2)