Unlikely fodder for popular viewing you might say, but TV shows about self storage have gained massive popularity in recent years and have a huge cult following!
When a tv series centring on the misfortune of others who have been forced to abandon their units was first conceived, who would have thought that America would have become hooked?! Storage Wars, Pawn Stars, Storage Hunters, Auction Hunters to name but a few! – mainly filling daytime TV slots, TV shows centred around the self storage industry air every day on cable and digital TV.
The most well known, Storage Wars, first aired in December 2010 and since has shown 8 seasons – a total of 150 episodes!
So what are these tv shows actually about?
In California, when rent on a storage unit is not paid for three months, the contents can be sold by an auctioneer as a single lot of items in the form of a cash-only auction. This has been happening all over California for many years, and American channel, A&E, decided to make a tv show about it!
Storage Wars follows professional buyers who purchase the contents of these abandoned storage units based only on a five-minute inspection of what they can see from the door of the unit when it is opened. The goal is to turn a profit on the merchandise.
A competitive game, these auctions get very heated very quickly, thanks to the fiery personalities of the professional bidders!
These shows have a huge audience! A&E quotes an average of 2 million viewers per episode, it was their most popular non-fiction show in 2010!
Personalities have emerged among the bidders, who have become very famous! Dave Hestor is a household name in America, coining his famous catchphrase “Yuupp”. After appearing in 3 seasons of the show is now quoted to have a net worth of $3 million!
As strange as the idea sounds, the popularity of these TV shows cannot be denied! The Storage Wars Facebook page has over 1.9 million likes! Maybe something RTE could consider for its daytime viewers?!