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Session 3: Chaos to Control: How's & Why's of Online Auctions

Session 3: Chaos to Control: How's & Why's of Online Auctions

  • No auction day chaos
  • Follow the same legal process
  • Keys to online auction success

Moderator: Melissa Huff
Pros: Pete Whittingslow and Alonna Ross
Peers: Stephanie Tharpe and Bob Vamvas

Category: Marketing and Technology
Focus: Owners and Managers
Aired: March 17, 2020
Duration: 31:10

Gabfest On Demand

Brought to you by industry Pros and Peers, The Self Storage Gabfest is a live, virtual conference for self storage owners, operators, managers, and investors. Gabfest 2020 was broadcasted live on March 17, 2020.

Gabfest Highlights:

  • 12 Action-packed Panels
  • 20+ Peers (Owners, Managers, and Operators)
  • 30+ Pros (Operations, Marketing, Technology, Lending, Portable, Legal)

You can relive the entire, all-day event. Watch from anywhere at any time. 

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Live Q&A

  1. What is the most common question you get asked about online auctions?
  2. What is the best piece of advice you can give someone who’s about to try online auctions?
  3. What have your results been since switching to online? (peers)
  4. How do I make my auctions get better results?
  5. How do I know when I can have a legal auction?
  6. What sold you on switching to online? (peers)
  7. Are there any particular laws we must abide to when a tenant no longer wants their belongings in their unit any longer and wants to sign it over to the storage facility? The unit is not in a lien status.

These are just a few of the questions answered during this session! Get your pen and paper ready!

Live Poll Results: What excites you most about online vs on-site auctions?

Answer: No Crowds!



Meet your panelists


Pete Whittingslow


Website: https://storageauctions.com/
Email: pete@storageauctions.com

Alonna Ross


Website: https://storageauctions.com/
Email: alonna@storageauctions.com

Stephanie Tharpe

A+ Management Group

Website: https://aplusmanagementgroup.com/
Email: stharpe@aplusmanagementgroup.com

Bob Vamvas

Hans Roberts

Website: https://hansroberts.com/
Email: bob@hansroberts.com

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Online Auction Services


  • Get in touch with your local self storage associations for advice on lien laws in your state
  • Most states allow online auctions for self storage
  • Good photos go a long way in getting the biggest bids for your storage units

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