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Why nobody really cares if Storage Wars is fake
http://www2.macleans.ca ^ | january 3, 2012 | Colin Horgan

Posted on 01/04/2013 6:24:06 PM PST by lowbridge

These days, if you Google “Storage Wars,” likely two things will come up. First, is the fact that yet another version of the ever-popular A&E reality show is set to launch in January – Storage Wars: New York – and, second, that one of the original cast members, David Hester, recently claimed in a lawsuit that “nearly every aspect of the show is faked.” The latter has somewhat overshadowed the former in terms of publicity, and yet, based on the continued popularity of the series, there’s little doubt Storage Wars: New York will be a success, because if there’s anything we know about ourselves these days, it’s that nobody cares if reality television is exactly the opposite of what it says it is.

To explain: Storage Wars is an immensely successful program that shows, half an hour at a time, a group of Californians who spend their time bidding on repossessed storage lockers in the hopes of finding something inside that will make them a large profit. Generally, at least one of the five main characters is successful – sometimes wildly – but often, some go home having lost cash on their purchases. It seems real enough. But in his recent lawsuit, Hester claims the show’s producers sometimes salt lockers with items that weren’t originally there (perhaps uncovered in another locker) to make the show more interesting. Hester claims he complained about the practice and was fired from the program. Thus, his litigation.

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TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Miscellaneous; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: hollywood; sourcetitlenoturl; storagewars

1 posted on 01/04/2013 6:24:12 PM PST by lowbridge
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To: lowbridge

Next thing you know they’ll be trying to tell me that Amish Mafia is fake too.


2 posted on 01/04/2013 6:26:27 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek

Or that the FreeRepublic Spetsnaz is just another one of Nancy Pelosi’s deleriums.


3 posted on 01/04/2013 6:30:40 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: lowbridge

We have a president that’s a poser why should this show matter?


4 posted on 01/04/2013 6:36:18 PM PST by cruise_missile
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To: lowbridge

The worst fakes are the Repo shows.

Nobody , but nobody could survive all the close calls these guys have.


5 posted on 01/04/2013 6:36:25 PM PST by Venturer
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To: lowbridge

These junk to riches shows are conditioning Americans to the third world economy that’s just around the corner.


6 posted on 01/04/2013 6:36:31 PM PST by stars & stripes forever (Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord!)
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To: lowbridge

It isn’t that no one cares, it is that it is so obvious it is just repeating what they already know. That is like saying that McDonald’s isn’t health food.. Duh...

All reality shows are staged, scripted, or just plain fake.


7 posted on 01/04/2013 6:40:39 PM PST by mnehring
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To: muawiyah
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8 posted on 01/04/2013 6:42:20 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek
Next thing you know they’ll be trying to tell me that Amish Mafia is fake too.

Have you paid this month's protection money to Lebanon Levi?

9 posted on 01/04/2013 6:43:55 PM PST by PJ-Comix (Beware the Rip in the Space/Time Continuum)
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To: lowbridge
What really stretches credibility is "Barter Kings." Yeah, I'll trade you this rusty nail for that $4000 bottle of Marilyn Monroe wine. Deal?

BTW, I do barter but you have to trade for something somewhere in the same retail price range for what you are offering. In my case, I sometimes trade a couple dozen bottles of body wash for a bottle of Grey Goose vodka but what they do on the TV show is ABSURD.

10 posted on 01/04/2013 6:49:12 PM PST by PJ-Comix (Beware the Rip in the Space/Time Continuum)
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To: PJ-Comix

The show just got better with the arrival of the Amish Midget Enforcer with the sledge hammer.


11 posted on 01/04/2013 6:49:56 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: lowbridge

And why not? The network “news” has been fake for years.


12 posted on 01/04/2013 6:52:40 PM PST by Robwin
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To: Venturer

Operation Repo is completely fake. The entire show is scripted and the people on the show are actors.


13 posted on 01/04/2013 7:01:02 PM PST by Signalman
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To: cripplecreek
The show just got better with the arrival of the Amish Midget Enforcer with the sledge hammer.

Yeah, and he conveniently smashed the windshield for all to see on national TV. No problem getting the evidence to convict him. BTW, why are the Virginia authorities looking for those Moonshiners when all they have to do is turn on the TV to find and identify them?

14 posted on 01/04/2013 7:01:11 PM PST by PJ-Comix (Beware the Rip in the Space/Time Continuum)
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To: PJ-Comix

If you pay attention you’ll notice that John isn’t officially Amish since he was never baptized. Jolin is Mennonite and Lebanon Levi (Levi King Stoltzfus) was excommunicated.


15 posted on 01/04/2013 7:10:50 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: lowbridge

TV is not real. Just shocking.


16 posted on 01/04/2013 7:14:26 PM PST by VRWC For Truth (Roberts has perverted the Constitution)
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To: PJ-Comix
BTW, why are the Virginia authorities looking for those Moonshiners when all they have to do is turn on the TV to find and identify them?

$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

They even give 'em a map of where they are. LOL.

And them Yankee viewers think we're stupid? Ooo-ooo-WEE!!"

17 posted on 01/04/2013 7:14:43 PM PST by Eccl 10:2 (Prov 3:5 --- "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding")
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To: PJ-Comix
Great question that I've asked.

C'mon what kind of stupid sheriff just lets the local yokel buy enormous amounts of piping and propane, goes into the woods where nobody is looking, except for the Discovery channel crew.

That HAPPENS to find all of the hooch-makers in the county?

I'm no expert on rural West Virginia, but my guess is that these documentary makers might stick out a tad among the locals.

The "tell"? The big van with the Discovery channel logo painted on the side, staying at the only Best Western in three counties.

Goodness, just follow the only city slickers around who arrived a couple of weeks ago.

How-dee!

18 posted on 01/04/2013 7:23:45 PM PST by boop ("You don't look so bad, here's another")
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To: lowbridge

http://www.johnspeedie.com/healy/wacky.wav


19 posted on 01/04/2013 7:24:19 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: lowbridge

I use this show to judge people’s intelligence. Anyone who says they watch and like this show, I consider nitwits. Anyone getting mad at me when I say this, I consider totally stupid and you can’t fix stupid!


20 posted on 01/04/2013 7:44:24 PM PST by packrat35 (Admit it! We are almost ready to be called a police state!)
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To: boop

You talking about the guys with button down flannel shirts and new LL Bean hiking boots? Na...they don’t stand out.


21 posted on 01/04/2013 7:57:41 PM PST by count-your-change (You don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: lowbridge

It is so painfully obvious that it’s at least heavily tampered with, if not totally fake. I mean, those people obviously aren’t seasoned actors, and everything they say sounds like they’ve been fed lines.

Who cares?


22 posted on 01/04/2013 7:58:53 PM PST by Tublecane
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To: lowbridge

yuuuupp its fake and Dave is an a$$


23 posted on 01/04/2013 8:00:57 PM PST by databoss
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To: Venturer

“nobody could survive all the close calls these guys have”

That’s one reason it can’t be real. Another is that they act nothing like actual human beings. Could be because they’re bad actors or the writing is lousy, probably both.


24 posted on 01/04/2013 8:03:26 PM PST by Tublecane
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To: Tublecane
When I was growing up, I would watch wrestling. Even though in the back of my mind I knew it was fake. The announcer would say, “He just pulled a foreign object out of his tights.” The wrestler would then start gouging at the others forehead and eyes. Great theater!!! Abdullah the Butcher type stuff. Each generation has their own allowable fakeness, and we all look back on it fondly. Half of the Rock and Roll concert industry is based upon lip singing, and air guitar, yet we still buy concert tickets. This is just this generations P.T. Barnum via Television.
25 posted on 01/04/2013 8:19:10 PM PST by political1 (Love your neighbors)
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To: lowbridge
i have no idea what "Storage Wars" even is... am i blessed or cursed???
26 posted on 01/04/2013 8:25:15 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: political1

With wresting at least back in the old days they only had one match a week and they actually got cuts and bruises. The guys nowadays wrestle six nights a week and nary a scratch even though they were practically “killed” during each match.

Years ago they didn’t get paid worth a damn and now they are millionaires.


27 posted on 01/04/2013 8:36:58 PM PST by Eaker (Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life. — Robert A. Heinlein.)
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To: cripplecreek
Long as they don' say nuthin' bout rasslin, then we'll be awlright.
28 posted on 01/04/2013 8:45:04 PM PST by uglybiker (nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-BATMAN!)
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To: packrat35
I like Storage Wars - and so what if it is fake. Although in real life I know that some folks DO find treasures. I bought a piece of scientific equipment once from a guy that had found it in one of these storage locker auctions. He sold it to me for $500 and said “it has all sorts of memory chips and computer components that could be recycled”. When I received it I put together a power cord, plugged it in, and it worked! If I had bought the same unit (used) from a supply company it would have cost me $23,000!

And what's not to like about Barry!? Although I did just have to google to see if all the cool cars he drives are his own - or just rented for the show. They are his. (He made his millions in grocery produce!)

29 posted on 01/04/2013 8:46:30 PM PST by 21twelve (So I [God] gave them over to their stubborn hearts to follow their own devices. Psalm 81:12)
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To: 21twelve
I never said people couldn't watch what they want or that sometimes (rarely) some good items are found in real life. But thanks for proving my main point.

Anyone who says they watch and like this show, I consider nitwits. Anyone getting mad at me when I say this, I consider totally stupid

30 posted on 01/04/2013 9:45:13 PM PST by packrat35 (Admit it! We are almost ready to be called a police state!)
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To: lowbridge

Pawn Stars: No pawnbroker works on as small a margin a those guys. No pawnbroker consults an expert IN FRONT OF THE CUSTOMER.

Hard Core Pawn, on the other hand, appears to be a more realistic portrayal.


31 posted on 01/04/2013 10:06:43 PM PST by Inyokern
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To: lowbridge

Pawn Stars: No pawnbroker works on as small a margin a those guys. No pawnbroker consults an expert IN FRONT OF THE CUSTOMER.

Hard Core Pawn, on the other hand, appears to be a more realistic portrayal.


32 posted on 01/04/2013 10:07:00 PM PST by Inyokern
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To: Inyokern
Hard Core Pawn, on the other hand, appears to be a more realistic portrayal.

And it also seems to be a prediction as to where the country is headed.

33 posted on 01/04/2013 11:48:19 PM PST by Captainpaintball
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To: packrat35

I’m not mad at you - just saying that I like the show. And not sure how I proved your main point? That I’m a nitwit for liking some show that you don’t care for?

BTW - with a name like packrat35 - I wonder what sort of treasures YOU might have squirreled away. ;) (Reminds me of that other show - the Antique Road Show! Unless they come out and tell me THAT’s fake too!)


34 posted on 01/05/2013 12:12:11 AM PST by 21twelve (So I [God] gave them over to their stubborn hearts to follow their own devices. Psalm 81:12)
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To: lowbridge
Yuuuuup!

No one really cares. They dream of finding buried treasure, while not realizing the most popular shows on the tube are picking over piles of stuff for an odd goodie, scrounging up bins full of things someone through misfortune lost, seeing how much they can get at the pawn shop for whatever...

We've become a nation of vicarious scavengers, and that is a social comment in itself.

35 posted on 01/05/2013 12:26:28 AM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: cripplecreek

Amish mafia couldn’t be fake because it doesn’t air on MSNBC.


36 posted on 01/05/2013 12:46:18 AM PST by lowbridge (Joe Biden: "Look, the Taliban per se is not our enemy.")
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To: lowbridge

I`m writing the screenplay now for a new show. About a year ago i paid $200 for a metal detector........so far i have found over $1.00 in coins right off the driveway where i park my car. turns out the dates on the coins are going back to 2001.....right about the date i bought the property. to embellish to show i will find other coins with the date stamp of 12 B.C. .


37 posted on 01/05/2013 12:50:02 AM PST by Einherjar
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To: lowbridge

I own a 1000 unit 11 acre mini warehouse

We call them units not lockers

We auction contents on maybe 50 units a year
I would guess only maybe 5-10 bring the money they owe and only one to two bring over 1000

Furniture and tools get attention but usually its just old clothes and junk and sometimes we give em away to clean em out of crap
We do our own auction and the professional bidders are characters
You have to draw a crowd or they collude....if I get just a few folks i cancel


38 posted on 01/05/2013 1:12:04 AM PST by wardaddy (wanna know how my kin felt during Reconstruction in Mississippi, you fixin to find out firsthand)
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To: Chode

Let me fill you in.

When you rent a storage unit from a storage company, if you start missing payments, the storage facility will make an effort to track you down to try to get you to pay what you owe. Failing that, the storage company then puts up the contents of your storage unit up for auction.

This show is about a group of people who bid on these auctions. For the most part they’re owners of their own thrift stores and they rely on winning these storage unit auctions to help fill their store inventory with second hand goods (furniture, toys, tools, clothes, etc). The one exception is Barry Weiss who is a multi-millionaire. He doesn’t own a thrift store. Rather, he attends and bids on these auctions simply because he is on the hunt for the rare, collectible treasures that can sometimes be found in these storage units. When he finds such a treasure that he likes, he doesn’t resell it. Rather he keeps it for himself at his home.

The fakery of the show comes from the scripted banter between the auction bidders, portraying them as constantly sniping at each other and turning these rather mundane auctions into some sort of macho pissing contest.

Another part of the fakery is the planting (called salting) of rare, collectible, and valuable items within the units for the winning bidders to find amongst all the junk inside the unit. People who have been taking part in storage unit auctions for many years say that 90 percent of the storage units up for auction are filled with worthless junk. Only about 10 percent of the units contain that rare treasure. But in the show the bidders are ALWAYS finding these rare, collectible, and valuable items (antique furniture, hundreds or thousands of dollars in cash, safes filled with valuable coin collections, antique jewelry, rare collectible toys, valuable paintings, etc).

One of the regulars on the show, Dave Hester, after a couple seasons became concerned that the planting of items and staging of these auctions could possibly be illegal and took his concerns to the producers who fired him. Dave has turned around and sued for wrongful dismissal and in his lawsuit has revealed the act of the shows producers salting storage units with rare, valuable items.


39 posted on 01/05/2013 1:23:19 AM PST by lowbridge (Joe Biden: "Look, the Taliban per se is not our enemy.")
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To: wardaddy

According to people who have been regularly bidding on these auctions, before the show ever existed, they could count on winning the contents of a storage unit for a reasonable price. After the show came on the air, all of the sudden these auctions got more crowded with newbies who have been inspired by the show to attend these auctions and bid in the false hopes that rare, valuable treasures are contained within all the units up for auction. These newbies also tend to drive up the auction bids past what the regulars can afford or willing to pay for a unit.


40 posted on 01/05/2013 1:31:02 AM PST by lowbridge (Joe Biden: "Look, the Taliban per se is not our enemy.")
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To: lowbridge

Sheesh,

Now you all are going to tell me that Finding Bigfoot, and Ghost Hunters and all that are faked also.

All that stuff is just a soap opera. I used to think that wrestling was just a soap opera for men, until I saw how many women liked it also.

That Hester character shouldn’t have got his panties in a wad. He must be dumber than those that watch it if he thought for a minute that it was all on the up and up.

Another person living in an hallucination.

bobo


41 posted on 01/05/2013 6:39:23 AM PST by bobo1 (I)
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To: lowbridge
thx... cause it seems that unless they died, anybody with anything of value would have taken it out before they defaulted on their box rent so i would think there should never be very many "rare" finds in them

manufactured drama, life is full of it already

42 posted on 01/05/2013 7:13:55 AM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: lowbridge

Wait’ Storage Wars is faked ?

Geez, next thing I’d find out is Lindsey Lohan is a real person...


43 posted on 01/05/2013 7:20:01 AM PST by Popman
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To: lowbridge

The interesting lesson some of my kin have learned - don’t use self storage facilities; miss a payment, your stuff is gone because it’s legal to sell.
If your stuff doesn’t fit in your house, sell some of it, build a storage shed or otherwise maintain control of it in a way in which it can’t disappear.


44 posted on 01/05/2013 8:05:46 AM PST by tbw2
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To: bobo1

“He must be dumber than those that watch it if he thought for a minute that it was all on the up and up”

Uh, the entire point of this thread is that he’s the one telling us it’s fake.


45 posted on 01/05/2013 9:27:59 AM PST by Tublecane
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To: lowbridge
That is true....it has brought in newbies a bit

Here TN by law after 90 days Web can dispose as we wish after making public notice and trying to reach renter via certified at LKA

So we know what is in them and if its really good good we dispose of it ourselves

We sometimes mix units too....

We live by flea market folks and junk shop folks

I have found a few good items....a nice Takamini guitar and an old bedroom set that is in my house

I have had very few show up and pay after say 6 months of no show but we do carry folks if they try or we will move them down to a cheaper unit or from somewhere we have over demand to more vacancy

The public will as a rule take advantage....you have to be resolute sometimes

46 posted on 01/05/2013 9:52:00 AM PST by wardaddy (wanna know how my kin felt during Reconstruction in Mississippi, you fixin to find out firsthand)
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To: lowbridge

Bump


47 posted on 01/05/2013 2:51:43 PM PST by lowbridge (Joe Biden: "Look, the Taliban per se is not our enemy.")
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