I used to be really into watching the show Auction Kings and have always wanted to go to a live auction. I was at the ASU Surplus July auction, so needless to say, I was extremely stoked about finally getting to go to one. The auction began at 8:30ish and we (my dad, sister, niece, and I) arrived around 8. We made our way to warehouse door #6 where the auction was to take place. There were chairs set up facing an auction podium and giant fans to help circulate the scorching hot air that would soon overtake the Arizona morning. As we got closer to the beginning of the auction, I began to get more and more nervous. I had a list of the different lots that I wanted to bid on, as well as a list of lots that I was curious about. There was a golf cart, a hybrid crossover vehicle, a box of MacBook pro laptops, a pallet of Mac computers, and of course the three flat screen TV's that I was there specifically to try and procure. While waiting for the auction to begin, my dad catches site of a pallet of materials that he thinks might be useful to my project. The pallet contains acoustical material (foam-like ceiling tile stuff), rubber base board material, and a box of light bulbs. Agreeing that these materials could be useful to my project, I added them to my list.
Like I said, sometime around 8:30 things kicked off and, dude, it was just as fun and exciting as I hoped it would be. The first item up was the golf cart, which immediately went well beyond my price range. It was followed by the vehicle, the Macbooks, and the Mac computers--which were all also well beyond my price range. Next up was this random pallet of materials. This was the first lot that I was actually going to bid on. The auctioneer began...and $20 later it was all mine. Yep, $20 bucks for all of what you see below.
Immediately, I was struck with the heavy reality (pun intended) that I would now have to figure out a way to move all of this stuff to some place:when, where, and how were completely unknown to me. My family was scheduled to depart the next morning and I was about to return to being carless. What the heck was I going to do with all this stuff?!?!?!? Apparently, my sister and my father were thinking the same thoughts I was, because we all looked both excited and panicked. After my sister and I exchanged some expletive mumbles, we decided it was best to ask what would happen if we decided not to keep the purchases.
Worry would have to wait, I had to get my head back in the game because it was almost time for me to bid on the TV's. Still excited from my previous bidding win, it was finally time for me to bid again. I was ready, I had a plan, before the bidding started I told myself that I would spend no more than $300-$400 on the lot. Here we go...heart pounding in my throat, and, and, and it was over almost immediately after it had begun. Not only did I win the bid for the TV's, but I won with a bid of only $15 dollars. Yep, you read that right: $15 for three flat screen televisions. I was shocked! Serious disbelief. What did these other bidders know that I didn't know. I mean, to my knowledge no one knew for sure if they worked. Everything in the auction was sold "as is, untested, uninsured." For example, a pallet of monitors that were also "untested" went for like $300 or something like that. But, then again, what did I care? Regardless of whether or not the TV's worked, I had only spent $15!!!!
Once the auction was over and my wares had all been paid for, we loaded up as much as we could into the van and set off to unload at The Station. Because my family was leaving the next day and we still had several more things to get done, all I had time to do was make sure the TV's could turn on. And, as luck would have it, two of the TV's turned on just fine.
Later that same day, we headed back to The Station to unload some more stuff and it was at this time that I was finally able to plug the TV's into my laptop via VGA to discover that those same two TV's both worked beautifully!! This meant that I could go with the 3D hologram instead of the Pepper's Ghost, which was absolutely AWESOME news. All in all, it was a hugely successful trip to the ASU Surplus auction and I am relatively positive I will be at next month’s auction as well!!