19The Auction Process Was Scripted
While the companies involved in the show were real businesses, with owners who really made a living from shipping weird and wonderful items all over the US, the makers of the show did interfere a little in the auction process. The bids themselves were genuine enough, with companies bidding what
they thought the job was worth, but the producers of Shipping Wars did engage in a little creative editing, in order to increase the tension for TV audiences.
After all, viewers were only interested in the auctions if it looked like two or three companies were really pushing each other to go lower and lower on the price.