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The Auction Hunters Score Big With Battling Bots

by AaronAhmadi   October 28, 2011 at 12:00AM  |  Views: 7,445
Whittier, CA, here we come! This week the Auction Hunters headed over to this great city not for the normal old fashioned storage auctions, but for container unit auctions instead. What lies ahead for the boys in this area 12 miles southeast of Los Angeles? Let's find out!

Battle Bought

Talk about an emotional roller coaster! Ton and Allen arrive at container auction only to be greeted by Allen's former buddy-turned nemesis, "Big Bill." Container auctions move as fast as a speeding bullet, and with Big Bill there, the boys had to make sure they were on their guard at all times. The first auction is a "China Cabinet Unit" and Ton's high bid of $525 takes it, but you can't count out ol' Big Bill yet: he swoops in on the next auction, a "Borderline Unit" and grabs it. "Too slow", said Allen's nemesis, but the boys remained optimistic. Later, a goldmine of an auction emerged: an "Antique Unit." This meant business, so Allen and Big Bill went head-to-head with big bids, and eventually, Allen won it for $675.


Sold For: $10,000

If you thought Ton and Allen just nabbed a typical "household unit", you were wrong. Sure there was the typical tea set and Victorian-style ottoman, but soon they found a bubble-wrapped bombshell: an antique harmonica pistol. This small but deadly firearm, if well-kept, could be worth a ton of dough. Wasting no time, the boys meet up with their old buddy, Blaze, a tough customer. After some negotiations, Blaze offers $7,000 for the harmonica pistol and not a penny more, but the boys decline the offer and hop in their truck and begin to drive off, only to be stopped by Blaze, who says he'll pony up a whopping $10,000 for it! Ah yes, a sweet victory from reverse psychology.


Sold For: $2,000

Deep inside the "China Cabinet Unit", Ton and Allen dig up what seemed at first to be a robot graveyard, but in fact it's a collection of BattleBots: custom-built mobile robots that duke it out to the bitter end. One BattleBot stands out from the bunch, a large one that the boys know will fetch some serious cash, so they go to meet up with Chuck and Jason, a pair of Aerospace Engineers who engineer and build robots for battle. Chuck and Jason aren't too interested in the few small bots, but they have their eye on the one big one, that's not only deadly, but bulletproof. They offer $2,000 for the brute of a BattleBot and Ton and Allen get to pit bot against bot in an arena of death. What's cooler than seeing robots split each other in half with razors and scorch one another with flames? Now that's a hobby.

So the boys got to play with guns and battlebots, but what about the loot? To put it bluntly, this week was a huge haul: the boys spent $1,200, and got $10,000 for the harmonica pistol, $2,000 for the BattleBot, and a cool $1,300 for everything else. Bottom line, they did amazing this week: $12,100 in profit!

Head over to Spike.com to watch this great episode, Battle Bought one more time and don't forget to keep up with Ton and Allen on Facebook. New episodes with your favorite 'Auction Hunters' air every Tuesday at 10/9c.