A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Clinton and Allen must be able to see proverbial diamonds in the rough when evaluating abandoned storage units. They’re typically filled with boxes and bags and other mundane-looking objects, but these guys are always trying to see the hidden potential within all the junk.
Positive Role Models
Allen and Clinton are resourceful entrepreneurs, who must quickly assess the potential value of abandoned stuff. They buy the objects at auction and then try to recoup their money by finding and selling anything of value. They pay cash up front and assume the risk that they’re buying nothing but junk. It takes a good amount of confidence to work like this, and they are self-assured and entertaining.
Violence & Scariness
Handguns and other firearms are sometimes found in the storage lockers and must be tested at a firing range to see if they are in working condition.
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Some words are bleeped. Some is not, including “freakin’,” “hell,” or “oh my God.”
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Products & Purchases
The stars of this reality show are looking for valuable objects hidden within abandoned storage lockers, and often name-drop specific brands of items they find.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this reality show, which focuses on two men whose main job is rifling through the contents of abandoned storage lockers, is fairly mild, aside from occasional swearing (mostly bleeped) and plenty of consumer brands mentioned by name. The guys' strategy is based on finding hidden value and determining which lockers might contain valuables and which ones are filled with junk. It's pure capitalism as they try to buy low and sell for a profit. While the show is not targeted to kids, the guys are entertaining enough that some might find the show appealing.
Is It Any Good?
Auction Hunters is very much a product of our era, where shopping has become sport. But with unemployment, bankruptcy, and foreclosure the dominant themes of the economy, there's no telling what series regulars Haff and Jones might find in these lockers. That element of surprise is what makes it possible for them to make a living at this, and it's also the key to this surprisingly enjoyable reality show.
Voyeurism, of course, is one reason it appeals. Witnessing all the stuff that's been amassed is at once fascinating and horrifying. (The stuff, the stuff!) The men are an unlikely, but interesting, pairing. Haff is boyish and clean-cut; Jones is burly, covered in tattoos and intimidating. But they make a good team, sussing out the potential value stashed in the lockers after just a brief peek inside, and then trying to sell off the goods. Haff in particular is fun to watch as he explains his strategies for evaluating rival bidders and negotiating with prospective buyers. At a time when much of the country is struggling, it's exciting to see people who have managed to turn misfortune into a successful business. But it's a sobering reminder of what consumerism has wrought.
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