Dave Hester from Storage Wars slapped a lawsuit against A&E that spawned a controversy. Dave claimed producers of the show “salt” the units with unique items to enhance the entertainment value of the show.

Layman terms – Dave claims the show is fake.

If Storage Wars’ lockers were and are salted by producers, then the spinoffs: Storage Wars: New York and Storage Wars: Texas may also be fabricated reality entertainment.

One of the most controversial reality series pertaining to storage units auctions is Auction Hunters: Pawn Shop Edition. At the start of each episode you read this intro:

“Each year Allen Haff and Ton Jones dig through hundreds of unclaimed storage units hunting for discarded treasures. These are the stories of their most rare and valued discoveries.”

The series suggest each episode is a reenactment of actual true life events. How does the pawn shop come into play?

On both their IMdb credit, neither Allen nor Ton were mentioned as “partners” in their bios.

The series however insinuates the Haff-Ton team have been partners for a long time when in all probability they first met on Auction Hunters in 2010.

Employees at the pawn shop are also actors:

  • Big Sis – True identity unknown
  • Lalo Fuentes Elle – actress Laura Soares and yes, she’s Brazilian
  • Flula Borg – that’s his real name, he’s German and he is a musician

Check out Laura Soares’s IMdb page.
Check out Flula Borg’s Facebook page.

Reality TV defined as supposedly populated by real people, but even Allen Haff and Ton Jones are actors.

Who owns the pawn shop? Does it even exist for consumers to pawn and or to sell items? Begs the questions, “Is Auction Hunters: Pawn Shop Edition fake or is it reality TV scripted and staged for entertainment?”

It is yet unresolved if the producers of Storage Wars salt the units. However, it’s very probable (though there’s no proof either way) that neither Allen Haff or Ton Jones own a pawn shop. So how can something that isn’t real be reenacted as a real life story?

History Channel’s Pawn Stars contains historical facts. Storage Wars bubbles with tension among the bidders. Is it fair to speculate that Spike TV capitalized on the success of the two series by creating Auction Hunters: Pawn Shop Edition?

Is Amazing Race staged? No. They win Emmy Awards. Is Top Chef staged? No, they won an Emmy as well. Is any part of Auction Hunters real or is it a fake, staged and scripted reality TV entertainment show?

So, what do you think of Auction Hunters: Pawn Shop Edition?

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