I am not a very experienced auction goer. I attend one auction after we moved from NJ to MN before I joined the Army in 74. I attend my next one in 80 while home on leave then 2 more in the late 80's while stationed at Ft Knox. When we decided to start farming the place ourselves I started going to more. It's been an experience and a lot of fun. I love to watch people and have seen some people trying to mess with stuff like carb settings and placing stuff on the junk wagons in the bottom of boxes. Then I've seen people being extreamly honest.
One couple really had my wife and I laughing. The guy collects JD tractors. He'd come to buy a nice LA. While standing in line with them to pay for the things we had gotten the guy was just estatic that he'd won it and he got it for less than half of what he had expected to pay. Then his wife ask why he hadn't bid on another model that been on his wish list. He says well we decided that I could buy one tractor. She says no we decided we could afford to spend that X amount of the LA. They were both laughing about thier lack of communication. But then I've seen guys bidding against thier brothers or fathers/sons that are farming together but didn't decide who was going to be doing the bidding and were not standing together. Saw an Amish father son combo standing right next to each other, both cupping thier chins and bidding by moving thier index finger on thier cheeks. The elder got pretty upset when he realized that his son was bidding too and wanted the auctioneer to start over. There were a half dozen people bidding and the auctioneer told the guy "hey if it were just you and your son I would have stopped you" sorry only fair to the others that I keep going.
Heck all auction companies are not the same. One here I go to thier auctions but only if they have something I really want. The guy is honest, does a great job, has a fan base and gets top dollar for most things. The top dollar part is why I don't attend many of his auctions. Another works really fast. If you are the "thinking bidder" who has to act like yer really thinking about yer next bid yer gonna loose with this guy. I go a lot of his auctions cause things go for a lot less. There is one company that will print a bill that describes a tractor as being a runner or the engine is free but when you get to the auction there are signs on each tractor saying "tranny problem" ot stuck engine" or "doesn't run". Almost everything listed will be one or two steps lower than what the bills says.
I really wish I had someone really experenced to go with me like JD or Traditional so I could learn from them. But it's been kind fun learning anyway.
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