Monday, June 27, 2011

Dax Gillium: Auctioneer, Appraiser, Pole-sitter

We think it's important to know who we are, and sometimes the "about us" button on our web page just doesn't give you as much information as you would like. Today, we're going to talk about our good friend Dax Gillium, the man with the golden voice.

Rich and Dax were classmates at the Worldwide College of Auctioneering, and Dax has been working with us since they graduated. Dax is a successful auctioneer and appraiser in his own right, and we're happy to have him affiliated with us.

I asked Dax for a brief bio so that we could feature him. My intent was to use his information and create my own story about Dax, but after reading what he sent me, I've decided to leave it just as he wrote it. Here's Dax's story about his favorite subject, Dax:

"Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, auctioneer and appraiser Dax Gillium is a former professional pianist and broadcaster. After studying for a degree in journalism, Mr. Gillium promptly forgot all about it and, in 1975, turned his attention toward a career in music. He has performed internationally with a host of well known pop and country artists including Charlie Pride, Loretta Lynn, Gary Puckett (and the Union Gap), John Davidson and Jack Green. In 1988, Dax went on-the-air in western North Dakota. He began as a broadcaster on both radio and TV, but it soon became evident that Dax was a lot taller and better looking on radio, and became well known as a newscaster, morning-drive DJ and talk-show host. It was during this time that Dax took part in a publicity stunt for an auto dealership, sitting on an eight-by-eight-foot platform perched atop a 55-foot telephone pole for 13 days.

Arriving in Denver in 2001, Dax found that nobody was looking for a telephone pole sitter, and focused his sights on the auction profession. He is a graduate of the World Wide College of Auctioneering, and holds an appraiser’s certification from the Certified Appraiser’s Guild of America (CAGA). He has achieved the prestigious Certified Estate Specialist (CES) and Benefit Auction Specialist (BAS) designations from the National Auctioneers Association, and currently serves on the Colorado Auctioneers Association board of directors as a vice president. Dax also placed as a top-five finalist in the 2007 Colorado Auctioneers Association bid-calling contest. Along with raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for various non-profit and charitable organizations, Dax serves an associate auctioneer, appraiser and highest-ranking telephone pole sitter with the firm of Schur Success Auction and Appraisal."

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Friday, June 10, 2011

Don't lose your Shirt! Avoiding disaster when buying storage units.

Don't get me wrong, we WANT you to spend money. We WANT you to bid big. We get paid on a commission. The more you spend the happier we are.

However, we want you to come back, and to become a regular buyer. You won't do that if you lose your shirt buying poorly. This short little blog is about making some good buying decisions. Hopefully you'll make some good purchases and decide you want to come again and again.

First rule... Set a limit! It's so very easy to get caught up in the bidding. It's exciting. It's competitive, and its very fast. It doesn't take much to be bidding well beyond what you want to spend. Look at the unit, decide what you are willing to spend, and stick to it. If you surpass your limit by one bid, no big deal. If you zoom past your limit by 50%, you'll likely be sorry.

When the bidding passes your limit, let it go. We'll have another 1600 units to sell you in the next year. Don't worry, there are others.

Next... look carefully, but look quickly. Look for the things that WON'T make you any money. Things like old mattresses that you will have to pay to dump. Look for food and trash that YOU will have to clean up. Remember that not everything will make you money. Some things will cost you money. Factor that information into your "bid limit".

Then, look at what you SEE not at what you DON'T see. If there's a tool box, don't assume it's filled with tools. In fact, assume it is empty. That way, you'll be sure to get a return on your investment. If it IS filled with tools, then you get a bonus. It's poor practice to bid on what you don't see.

Once you are an experienced buyer, you'll start to see certain clues and indicators of what MAY be in the unit, even if you don't see it. But even very experienced bidders get burned doing this. Guessing can make it more exciting and more rewarding, but it is risky.

Last tip for today: Don't bid on emotion. You may have loved that toy when you were a kid, or may think that headboard is a beautiful piece, but that doesn't matter. Bid on what you can SELL IT FOR! This is a business. Period. Make money or go home. Of course, we want you to make money. If you make money, you will buy more. If you buy more, we sell more, and that's how we pay the bills.

That's all for now, more to follow in future blogs. We're sorry it's been a while, and we have finally worked out some of the bugs that slowed us down.

As always, we're here to answer questions. We love to talk auctions and would be happy to spend a few minutes on the phone with you. You can check out our webpage or you can check out our Facebook page.

Our phone number is (866) 290-2243.

Happy Bidding!