Photo Gallery: Inside Self-Storage World Expo, Las Vegas, March 14-16, 2012
The 'Storage Wars' Craze Creates Industry Debate
Antique collector Barry Weiss of "Storage Wars" fame (left) poses with a fan at the evening cocktail reception of the Inside Self-Storage World Expo in Las Vegas. The reality TV series, now in its second season on A&E, showcases the world of self-storage auctions and the people who seek treasure in abandoned and delinquent self-storage units.
According to the A&E website, Barry has been collecting antiques for 45 years, and he finds storage auctions a healthy source of potential revenue. His expertise spans classic cars to war relics.
Attendees of the expo expressed mixed sentiment regarding the "Storage Wars" program. Some applaud the attention it has focused on self-storage and its auctions, as many facility operators enjoy more robust sale attendance as result. Others say the show puts the business in a negative light and creates many harmful misconceptions about the industry.
To read background info and debate on the topic of "Storage Wars" and its effect on the self-storage industry, check out the following resources:
- Article: The Top Five Legal Threats for All Self-Storage Operators in 2011
- Blog: Self-Storage TV: Living With the Fallout
- Webinar: What's Wrong With Your Self-Storage Lien Sales Since the Advent of Reality TV?
- Self-Storage Talk Forum Thread: Storage Wars - TV