Posted by JD Seller on January 02, 2013 at 23:30:40 from (220.127.116.11):
Traditional Farmer accused me of being a "Nanny" to others. Well I can sleep very well with that term. Here is how I handle things at auctions.
1) This was at a sale at Elizabeth, ILL. just this last spring. An older long time Elizabeth farmer died in his early to mid 80s. He only had one son that was not interested in farming. He lives in Chicago and is a police officer there. The son did decide to keep the family farm and rent it to relatives. He also kept a 1970 JD 4020 diesel his Dad had bought new. While the sale was going on I saw several metal covers off of various pieces of equipment on one of the junk wagons that had not sold yet. I got the son over and showed him that one of them was the three point lift linkage cover for the tractor he was keeping. His Dad had it off replacing the three point control cable and had not put it back on. These are kind of high priced if you can even find a good one. He was very glad to not have it sell. Plus many of the other shields/metal covers went on other things he had that would sell later in the day. I showed him what they fit and the son put them with each piece they went with. Helping the son out DID not cost me anything. I helped him on something he had zero knowledge on. I would hope he would help me on something related to his job in Chicago.
2) This auction was just this fall West of Worthington, Iowa. I was watching the junk wagons sell. There where some brand new White plow parts there: five new points, shins and land slides. These would fit the plow that was on the sale later. When they came up for sale I told the auctioneer right there what they where for. I bought all of the parts for $10. I really was interested in the plow as well. So later when the plow sold I did bid on it but it went higher than I wanted to go. The plow needed all the new parts I bought put on it as the ones on it where worn out. I asked the winning bidder if he was interested in the plow parts. He was. I told him I had given $10 but they where worth $150-200. I said make me an offer. He said $50. I told him sold. There was zero problem with that as I had the auctioneer announce what the parts where for. The fellow that bought the plow had seen the parts but did not want to buy them and not get the plow. So we both went home happy.
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