BUT, Keep in mind that this started 10 years ago on a whim by a producer who knows Barry Weiss.
There's been Canada and Texas and New York. There are "spinoffs" too. Container Wars, etc.
It's a successful franchise, and that only happens if they find the right blend.
Barry MADE this show if you ask me, his intelligence, class and humor were all necessary for balance.
But he didn't NEED the show. The Dotsons are millionaires because of the show, and if Dave Hester was able
to somehow have a decent thought enter his head, you could justify some of the big money he's made, but he's just as lucky or unlucky as everyone else. Plus, he's actually a bad person.
The intricacies of buying are fascinating to watch in my opinion. Is it really only about who has the biggest wad in their pants, or is it about a good eye and knowing when to not make it personal? IS that a Hammond B3 or are you just a dummy who likes to hear himself talk and attempt to pump up your own ego?
Yes, each episode APPEARS to be the same as the next. If you truly feel that way, then you won't enjoy it.
The Sopranos episodes are all the same though, aren't they? : )
It's one of those where you really need to encompass everything about it to get any enjoyment. It's not all CGI
and costumed kids doing the impossible up on that screen, just for everyone's information!
And it's on the borderline of "real", that's for sure! But it's fun, and YOU didn't personally overspend on THAT locker, lol!!
(You also don't have to clean up the rat $hit, dead rodents, rotting food, and disgustingly stained mattresses, and other things that they don't put the camera back on,
all while wearing a respirator and protective clothing, but SOMEBODY does!)
You have to take it for what it is, or definitely don't watch it, it's wasting your time and there's other stuff out there.
YES, the lockers are set up, how can you have a Jaguar parked in a locker that is covered with dust, yet they open the door and you clearly see someone's handwriting in the dust on the car...........or taped over box labels, yes, they go into them before they start bidding, yes they have planted things in the lockers, all those things are true. The editing is stark, and some of the "8 second attention span" shots get a little out of hand, but again, It's a TV show that is written, and filmed in loose documentary style. Don't forget; On this "Reality" TV show, they are getting paid tens of thousands of dollars PER EPISODE, AND they keep their storage profits.
It's not for everyone, but it can become quite addictive for many. Here I am, 10 years later, long past cutting the cable, and I can watch these again and again.
If you want to narrow it down into a Reality nutshell: They go into these clean storage containers, and throw everything out into the parking lot and walk away with the one item that may have some value. Shall we just try and imagine the real work that has to go on. No Storage Facility is going to let you throw all that stuff around like that and just walk away.
What about all the trash, and generally it's mostly trash bin trash. The facility won't let you leave it there, and you will have more than a trashcan full for Monday's pickup, I'll betcha!
How many lockers do you break even on before you stop? I love hearing them talk about that: "Well, we need to break even", or, "we're not even gonna break even." That's just pure desperation, because if you're going to break even, then who's paying you for all this "work"? The Reality Show. It would be like spending $100 to get to work, and you make $100 at work that day. Then you still have to get home. And eat. On what? Breaking even shows how faulty the bidding was, and how it may have become personal, instead of business. It also shows that for these wealthy people, it doesn't matter.
it's not for everyone, but there's empty entertainment here for sure. A little binge watch never hurt anybody!
I'd imagine that not unlike the grocery store business used to be (ask Barry, he made his fortune in produce.), you have to charge 200% on top of your cost, or else you can't stock the shelves. A month of bad lockers for these people can effectively end the Jarrod and Brandis of the world. Don't we want to see Brandi come back?