Auction Hunters

Common Sense Media says

Entrepreneurs find buried treasure in fun reality show.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

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

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.

Sex
Not applicable
Language

Some words are bleeped. Some is not, including “freakin’,” “hell,” or “oh my God.”

Consumerism

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.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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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.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

Allen Haff and Clinton Jones are AUCTION HUNTERS, who make their living buying the contents of abandoned storage lockers. Their mission? To determine if these cluttered closets are full of junk, or if something valuable is hiding behind a pile of broken toys or within a sealed box. The guys won’t know until they pay cash up front for the contents, hoping to uncover the ultimate bounty -- a hidden gem.

Is it any good?

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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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the economy. The men on this show make their living buying abandoned storage lockers that might contain valuable objects. Why are so many storage lockers abandoned? Why do you think the original owners have left their possessions behind?

  • Talk about the value of kind of work. Does it seem opportunistic? Or is it solid entrepreneurship? Or both?

  • How does this show compare to other reality shows about people with unusual jobs?

TV details

Cast:Allen Haff, Clinton Jones
Network:Spike
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:NR

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Adult Written byenviousdominous November 5, 2011
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Fun and entertaining

While it has several reality tv show cliches that some may find annoying, the one cliche it thankfully does not have is people behaving in extreme ways to boost ratings. The show is mainly about the unique items which are found, the mannerisms of Allen and Ton are secondary. If people are being paid off to act a certain way when the camera is on, rest assured it isn't in the same manner as the cast of Jersey Shore.
Parent Written byWolfman63 August 17, 2011
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Auction "Punters"

Sorry, this is a fabricated show. Even if it wasn't, they don't tell you everything. Auctions cost money. Buyer’s premium is never less than 20% at these auctions. So the money they “make”? Add to the amount they spent then see what they "made". Also, read the very tiny print, these are stories that they decided to tell and are not an accurate account. Yes I have found a thing or two in the 30+ years I dealt with this stuff, but no one ever finds what they “find” and as often as they “find it”. Premise is false, language is iffy. The guys that write this show write for several others including “Pawn Stars”. Yes there are bottom feeders out there, but we always made it a point to find the owners and return photos, bibles, medals, etc. So did most of the guys I knew. Real life this “ain’t”. This show is not for kids.
Kid, 12 years old May 22, 2011
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A great show about entrepreneurs finding valuable stuff can be quite educational!

This is a great show! There is some mild language though. References to smoking or winning a cigar is sometimes heard. Some guns are sometimes fired to see if they work. Overall the show can be educational. When antiques or other stuff are found, information is displayed on screen to tell you more about the item, its past or other stuff.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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