Now That We Have Storage Units in Malaysia, Can We Also Have Storage Wars?

If you’re a fan of the hit American reality television series “Storage Wars”, you’re probably hooked on the intriguing characters from the show that seem to have immense knowledge on obscure items you’ve probably never seen. `

The show, which ran for a whopping 12 seasons, has garnered an army of fans and critics alike. The craze spun off several YouTube channels and series trying to expose the “reality” of storage auctions.

The idea of paying pennies for hidden gems, and making a massive profit with very little work, is sure to make you rethink your own job. Needless to say, the allure of easy money is not something anyone can dismiss easily. 

If you have no idea what Storage Wars is, here’s an excerpt from Wikipedia

“When rent is not paid on a storage locker for three months in California, the contents can be sold by an auctioneer as a single lot of items in the form of a cash-only auction. The show follows professional buyers who visit storage facilities throughout the state and bid on these lockers. 

Before each locker is auctioned, the buyers are given five minutes to inspect the contents from the doorway, but may not enter the locker or touch any of the items.

After the day’s auctions are completed, the winning bidders sort through the lockers, estimating the prices they will set on the contents and/or consulting with experts for an appraisal of unusual items. 

Running totals on-screen display the cost versus estimated total value, and a final tally at the end of the episode summarizes the buyers’ net profit or loss.”

Are there Storage Units in Malaysia?

As one of the pioneers of storage units in Malaysia (referred to as self-storage in the industry), we got the inside scoop of how these things work. Although it’s not exactly the same as what you see in the show, there are some similarities to how self-storage works in Malaysia.

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Firstly, the storage units you see on Storage Wars are mostly not climate-controlled, which is acceptable for their weather. Malaysia however, has high levels of humidity that can ruin a lot of your household items, business stock and collectibles.

At Cube, you can rent a storage space worth full climate-control and 24/7 secure access. You can rent storage for a minimum of one month, with rooms ranging anywhere from 16 SF to 100 SF. We’re quite flexible payment options, and of course, a longer commitment will get you a better deal.

But what happens when a unit gets abandoned?

For the (very few) cases where the storage unit remains abandoned for months and sometimes years, with no response from the owner, we would need to move things out to make room for other customers.

What you can observe in Storage Wars is that the auctions are managed not by the storage companies themselves, but by a third-party professional auctioneer. This is where we have to dash your hopes.

Unfortunately, no such auctions happen in self-storage facilities here.

We usually try to find the next of kin of the owner of the storage unit but when no one comes forth after a long period of time,  we have to dispose of the unit’s contents or donate everything to charity. 

Well, maybe sometime in the near future there will be Storage Wars Malaysia but for now, you’ll have to enjoy the American series!