I'll tell you the truth,if I was going to retire,I wouldn't even have an auction. I'd pick out a few good pieces and advertise them,then the rest would go straight to the crusher. It's just 2 miles from me anyway. A guy just over 2 miles the other side of the crusher had an auction two and a half years ago. There were scrappers there from as far as 150 miles away. I'll bet at least 80% of his stuff got scrapped. He paid the commission,they bought the stuff,hauled it two miles and they still made money. Just doesn't seem right. I bought the grinder mixer and a parts tractor,the tractor would have no doubt gotten crushed if I hadn't bought it for parts,but there were two other things that I bought from scrappers after the sale. Had second thoughts about them after they sold,decided they were worth a little more to me to use than they were going to bring at the crusher.
There's one old guy here that has a used equipment lot who buys a few things,but he doesn't turn around and take them to another sale. He puts them in his yard and resells them. Only seems to deal in better quality stuff,but he buys the stuff so cheap that he can put a reasonable price on it and still makes a little money to supplement his retirement.