I've read a few places online where people say that the TV show Storage Wars is staged and that the producers place items in the lockers. Does anyone know if that is true?
While the producers claim that it is legitimate, I have my doubts.
Bloggers from the Pittsburgh Post Gazette quote the a publicist from A&E TV as saying:
There is no staging involved. The items uncovered in the storage units are the actual items featured on the show.
A similar show, Auction Hunters, which airs on Spike, has a disclaimer at the beginning of each show. They acknowledge that the people win many non-valuable storage units at auction, and that only the rarest finds are aired.
However, I am doubtful of the authenticity of both of these shows.
These shows take place at storage auctions. These occur when self-storage units have not been paid for by their tenants; they take the form of auctions held at storage facilities, in which potential buyers can look inside the unit without entering it to decide their bid.
In general, reality TV shows usually pixelate or blur faces of people caught on camera who have not agreed to appear on television. This is done to ensure their privacy; usually, TV networks today require the blurring of non-consenting faces filmed in private places to avoid being sued.
A self-storage facility is a private place, but nobody's faces are blurred, which suggests to me that it is staged.