Beware Of Shill Bidders

At this auction the guys see one of the darker and more seedy aspects of storage auctions: the shill bidder. A shill bidder is somebody who drives the price of an auction through the roof-- even though he has no intent of buying. The guys will need to be careful on this one.

YOU STILL HAVING AN AUCTIONTODAY?

ITRIGHT NOW.

- SOUNDS GOOD.

- I'M JUST, UH,WAITING ON SOME PEOPLE.

YOU'VE GOTTA HANG TIGHTFOR A LITTLE BIT, GUYS.

- WELL, YOU'VE GOT TWO BIDDERS.THAT'S ALL YOU NEED, RIGHT?

- THANKS, PARTNER.- ALL RIGHT.

- I THINK HE KNOWSWE'RE TOGETHER,

SO HE'S WAITINGFOR ANOTHER BIDDER.

- THE AUCTIONEER KNOWS THAT HEHAS TO START THIS AUCTION,

EVEN WITH JUST OUR TWO NAMESON THE LIST.

- BUT THIS HACKIS OBVIOUSLY STALLING,

TRYING TO GETMORE BIDDERS HERE.

- HEY, GENTLEMEN.- READY TO GO?

- I'VE GOTSOME BAD NEWS, MAN.

I MIGHT HAVE TO CANCEL

IF YOU GUYS ARE THE ONLY ONESTHAT ARE HERE.

- I DON'T KNOW WHY.

THERE'S TWO BIDDERS HERETHAT HAVE MONEY TO SPEND.

- YEAH, BUT YOU GUYS THINKYOU'RE GONNA BE

DOING THIS BY YOURSELF,HUH? UH-UH.

YOU KNOW,I MAKE MY COMMISSION HERE.

IF YOU GUYSARE THE ONLY ONE HERE,

I DON'T MAKE ANY MONEY.OH, HERE WE GO.

HEY, FRED, GOOD TO SEE YOU,BROTHER.

SIGN ON IN HERE, MAN.

- EXCUSE ME, GUYS.

- WELL, THAT'S CONVENIENT.

- AND THEY KNOW EACH OTHER,AND THAT'S ODD.

- THAT IS WEIRD.

IT LOOKS LIKEWE GOT A SHILL.

SHILL BIDDERS ARE BROUGHT INBY SOME AUCTIONEERS

TO BID UP THE PRICESOF THE UNITS.

AUCTIONEERSARE ON COMMISSION,

SO THEY MAKE MORE MONEYTHAT WAY.

- IT'S A SHADY PRACTICE

WHICH COULD SPELL DISASTERFOR OUR WHOLE DAY.

WE'RE GONNA HAVE TO BEON OUR GUARD.

- OKAY, GUYS, YOU READY?- SURE, LET'S DO IT.

WELL, HE PHONED A FRIEND.

- I HAVEN'T SEEN HIM BEFORE.HAVE YOU?

- NO, DEFINITELY A SHILL.

- OKAY, GENTLEMEN,YOU KNOW THE RULES, RIGHT?

YOU'VE GOT 24 HOURSTO PICK THIS STUFF.

IT'S ALL AS IS.CASH ONLY.

I'M GONNA OPEN THE DOORS,KEEP YOUR HANDS IN YOUR POCKETS,

AND WE'LL THROW THE BID,ALL RIGHT?

- OH!- HOLY HELL.

THIS ISN'T EXACTLYWHAT'S ON THE BIG SIS LIST

OF THINGS TO BUY TODAY,BUT IT'S EASY MONEY.

- YEAH, IF THE SHILLDOESN'T BID US UP TOO HIGH.

- OKAY, GENTLEMEN.STARTING BID AT 25.

I'VE GOT A $25 BID. 25, 25.- RIGHT HERE.

- I'VE GOT A $25 BID.

DO I HAVE 75?- YEAH.

- 75 CURRENT BID.WE'VE GOT A 75--

- RIGHT HERE.- 100 OVER HERE.

- YEAH.- $200 BID OVER THAT WAY.

- 225.- 225. 225.

- YEP.- I'VE GOT A 250 BID.

OVER HERE TO THE RIGHT,275. GOT A 275--

- 275.- 275 TO MY RIGHT OVER HERE.

275 IS THE CURRENT BID.- 300.

- $300 BID OVER HERE.I'VE GOT 325.

325 AND TO YOUR RIGHT.$300 BID GOING ONCE.

$300 BID TWICE.SOLD IT.

- WITHOUT THE SHILL HERE,

WE PROBABLY COULD HAVE GOT THATUNIT FOR UNDER 100 BUCKS.

- A COUPLE EXTRA HUNDRED BUCKSISN'T GONNA HURT US NOW,

BUT IF A BIG-TICKET UNITCOMES UP LATER,

THAT'S WHEN IT COULD BEA PROBLEM.

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