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J. Michael’s Auction, Inc. has offered innovative Storage auction services to hundreds of self-service storage facilities for over two decades.  We now offer on-line auctions to our long list of services. We pre-screen every seller to insure that the seller is not an individual seller reselling a previously purchased unit.  We only authorize self-storage facilities, with units in lien status, to sell on our web site.  You can be assured you are buying from legitimate sources and not from "just anybody".
 
JMAuctionOnline.com is the foremost leader and the most innovative and honest storage auction service in the entire self storage auction industry.  Our customers really value our excellent services, our passion for integrity and customer service.  We hope your on-line auction experience lives up to our reputation of providing you, our customer, with the highest degree of customer satisfaction.
 
 

The Easy Steps to Bid:

Before bidding, you will need to sign-up for a JMAuctionOnline.com account. To sign-up, just click on the REGISTER button located on top right hand corner of your screen. To activate your account, you will need an active and verifiable email and a valid credit card to pay the fees when you win the bid. After paying the  nominal buyer's fee you will be emailed a "bill of sale" to complete the process. Take the bill of sale to the facility where you won the bid and pay the manager the amount you bid. You only have 24 hours from the close of the auction to respond to the emailed lnk for payment;  Otherwise you will lose theu unit to the back bidder.   Please ensure that you’ve read all the terms and conditions before you start bidding and continue. It is vital that you understand the procedures that you are required to follow. Privacy Policy & Terms of Use are located on the bottom of your screen.
       
  You can log on using your computer, smart phone, Ipad or tablet also.  Once you’ve created an account, you will be prompted to see the self-storage units being auctioned. There will also be a highlight of the bids which will close soon. Choose the one which closely fits your needs. If you place a bid within the last 30 seconds of the auction the closing timer will reset back to 30 seconds and await another bid.  This will continue until the timer reaches zero. There is no contingency bids, what you bid is what you bid!   We recommend that you click on Find An Auction to pinpoint the location of a storage facility that closely meets your requirements.
       
  Should you win your bid, you will be required to settle the bill, with the storage manager, within 24 hours and remove your contents within another 24 hours (unless the facility manager extends your time). JMAuction charges a buyer's fee of 10% of the total bid or $10.00 (whichever is greater). You MUST click on the email message with the payment link in order to complete your process. You pay the amount you bid at the self-storage facility by cash. Check with the facility about a credit card payment for the unit you are buying, some will accept it and some facilities do not.   

CLAIM YOUR TREASURE!

J. Michael’s Auction, Inc. has offered innovative on-site auctions to hundreds of self-service storage facilities for almost three decades. We have now added on-line auctions to our long list of services. This innovative web site has several key advantages. No large crowds, you are completely in charge of your auction, No disruptions on your property and many more....

Easy Steps for Facility Managers to Build a Successful Auction:
  • There are no charges or fees to sell on our web site if you are a legitimate and verified mini or self storage company.  We only allow storage facilities to place units for sale - no "private" sellers will be activated.
  • Set up a seller's account. New sellers need to register on our website. Click on the register link at the top right of the page and enter your information. Be sure to select "I am a SELLER". Be sure to read the terms and conditions and then select the button for confirmation at the bottom of the page. Do not hesitate to contact us at info@JMAuctionOnline.com with any questions or call 714-996-4881.
  • Once you are registered and sign in,  go to "My Account" in the top right hand corner of the opening page.
  •  Click on "My Locations".  If you get an alert of "date expired" your account is not activated. Call our office for immediate activation. Once activated you can decide whether to enter all facilities locations under one "seller" or re-register each facility as it own location and as an individual "seller".
  • We do not allow people who have previousley puchased a unit to post that unit for sale on our web site as a "private sale".  Only documented self storage facilities and legitimate property management companies are granted access to post units and abandoned property for sale.
  • You can add as many locations as you need. Each location can be updated seperately. You can also register each facility individually with it's own password protection as indicated above. To edit locations select the location to be edited on the right and edit the information on the left of the page.
  • Click on the "UNITS" button after selecting the location where the unit is for sale. Add the unit(s) you want to auction. Include up to five pictures. Add start dates and time, stop dates and time, and a detailed description of the unit - including the details of your unit for sale.
  • It is very important to not have all the units for sale close at the same time. Increment the time each unit closes by approximately 3-5 minutes. Add as much detail as possible, including title, location, dimensions, description of items and condition of unit.
  •  If a bid is placed within the last 30 seconds of the auction ending, the closing timer will reset back to 30 seconds and await another bid.  This will continue for each bid within the 30 second period until the timer finally reaches zero.
  • Dates and photos are important to consider. Photographs of the storage for sale build confidence in buyers. All units are sold “as is - where is" and on “what you see is what you get” basis.
  • Should the unit get paid off by the tenant you can pull your ad by clicking on the remove button next to the unit number on the right of your "UNITS" page.
  • You will be contacted via email once the storage auction is complete. The money raised in the storage auction is all yours, there are no hidden fees.
  • The sucessful bidder has 24 hours to show up at the facility and pay the manager. The unit should be cleaned out, by the buyer, within the next 24 hours (unless the manager grants the buyer more time).
  • If that buyer does not show up to claim the unit, JMAuctionOnline.com will notify the back bidder to claim the unit. We keep the top three buyers on file for 72 hours after the auction over. Please notify JMAuctionOnline.com if a buyer does not claim the unit. We will de-activate his account to prevent further problems.

Testimonials

J. Michael`s does not allow buyers to resell units they have already gone through. This is a very big benefit for all of us buyers.
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