Is Auction Hunters Fake or Bona Fide?

Auction Hunters is a popular reality television show from Spike TV about storage unit auctions. The series follows Allen Haff and Clinton Jones as they attend storage auctions, bid on various units, and then sell the (hopefully valuable) goods to antique and collectible stores. It’s similar to A&E’s Storage Wars reality TV show, starring Dan and Laura Dotson, and Dave Hester.

Since Haff and Clinton find valuable treasures in every show—guns, arcade games, and gramophones in mint condition, but never any moldy mattresses, old clothes, or cassette tapes in crappy, unusable condition—and even with my limited knowledge of math I know that can’t possibly happen 100% of the time, it’s possible that the show is just edited to preserve the most exciting storage auctions for broadcast.

So this begs the question: is Auction Hunters fake or bona fide?

The show implies that Haff and Jones have been business partners for quite some time, but on their IMdb bios, neither Haff nor Jones refer to the other as a partner or even at all. It’s more likely that they met on the show for the first time in 2010. With roles like “Angry Driver” or “Police Officer #1” they’re not about to prepare acceptance speeches for the Oscars any time soon, but In layman’s terms, they’re actors.

Due to the Sherman Anti-Trust Act of 1890 in which the U.S. Congress passed a measure to outlaw “monopolistic business practices,” it is illegal for an auctioneer and a shill (an accomplice to a swindler) or two fake bidders to collaborate in order to tamper with auction prices. If someone did this, he would be slapped with a million dollar fine—or a one hundred million dollar fine for corporations.

According to The West Coast Truth, this is exactly what happened in an episode of Auction Hunters when Haff and Jones say, “Drop the unit on him,” indicating that they will work together to boost the price on the storage unit and then discontinue bidding. And yet neither Haff and Jones nor Spike TV was fined. In other words, they hadn’t really broken the Sherman Anti-Trust Act, so therefore the show is fake.

Aaaand, that’s a wrap!

Selena Templeton

Selena Templeton is a writer and editor who sees the world through Giggle Glass, a type of wearable technology with an optical head-mounted display plus false nose and mustache. It reveals the absurd, amusing, and inappropriate goings on of daily life and displays it in a lap top-like hands-on format, from which she posts to various blogs such as Self Storage Finders, Romantically Challenged, and SelenaTempleton.com. As a former professional organizer and a current Virgo, she is a self-diagnosed authority on storage, packing, organizing, and general neat freakishness.

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