Recently I decided to tune in to one of truTVs newest shows, Container Wars. Within the first few minutes I realized that the show is completely staged. I sincerely hope that any fans of the show realize that the show is not a realistic representation of how things work at container auctions. Yes, containers can sometimes sell for tens of thousands of dollars, and yes, they can sometimes go for less than $500. It is definitely possible to make a decent profit off of items bought in a container, but you can also lose a lot of money. If you aren’t experienced and don’t have an expendable income, you should think long and hard before getting involved in container auctions. If you want to get into auctions, start with storage units auctions where the stakes aren’t quite as high. Then once you get the hang of it, you can try to work your way up. Just be careful, because there is often more junk than treasure in storage units.
In terms of Container Wars and even its counterpart Storage Wars, these shows are simply a war of pawns put on by networks looking to get high ratings. If you like to watch them for the spectacle, and you understand that the shows aren’t realistic, then by all means, enjoy. The problem arises when unsuspecting viewers buy into the charade of these shows and wind up losing large amounts of money thinking they can replicate the kind of good fortune shown on television. It is possible, but it’s not likely without experience.
After watching the show, I did some searching on the internet and found this clip on YouTube, Container Wars Busted. It appears that another viewer was able to quite clearly illustrate that the show is a sham. Even without the kind of switch-out in the video, it’s still quite obvious that the odds are too good to be true on this kind of show.
As for you, truTV, you should be embarrassed to have a show like this on your network. There are plenty of other authentic shows that would be a great addition to your network and instead, you go for the easy money. Maybe one day you’ll learn.
Good luck, and happy hunting.