The second season premiere of A&E’s hit show, Storage Wars, attracted a whopping 5.1 million viewers—the most in A&E history at the time. Since the creation of the show, auction participation has gone up, average bids on units have increased, and storage facilities have become more auction-friendly. All across the country, people are itching for the chance to win big like the stars of Storage Wars do each week on the show.

Although it might seem so on the show, picking the right unit isn’t all about luck. There are strategies to follow in order to succeed in the business of bidding on and buying storage units.

The following infographic from Self Storage Finders illustrates a few key bidding strategies even the Average Joe can follow, and offers valuable information on how location, condition, and research all play a role in finding those storage unit gems you see documented on Storage Wars.

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The Secret Behind Storage Wars

Irma Wallace

Irma Wallace

Co-founder and Vice President of SearchRank, responsible for many of the day to day operations of the company. She is also founder of The Arizona Builders’ Zone, a construction / home improvement portal.

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