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was at a farm sale auction yesterday and seen a complete running B sell for $900.00 and a a 3010 tricycle front end go for $5,600.00 . its crazy what things bring at these sales . the 3010 looked like it had been used AS a plow . the only thing on it that was in good shape was the radiator cap. i came home with nothing and boy was my wife happy .
 

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I'm a devoted auction goer. What the late Ralph and Terry Kovel, the noted collectible specialists always used to say was " you will regret more often what you don't buy than what you do" or something to that effect. That being said, as an auction goer, I have long learned to harden my heart and buy ONLY what I truly need or want, not just because something is cheap. That being said, I was at an Amish auction when a consigned Allis Chalmers "C" came to block. The owner had bought it two weeks ago and his wife had told him he couldn't keep it. It was completely original, if a little faded, didn't even have electrics, but popped right over and ran like sewing machine with a 1/2 turn of the crank. The auctioneer stuggled mightily to get it to $345, turned to the owner and asked, whaddya want to do? The owner with his head down waved his hand and said, let it go and the gavel fell. I had to put my hands in my pockets and turn around to avoid bidding. Whew. Sometimes it's really hard to follow your own advice.
I'm heading to a big Ag auction in a couple of weeks, but I know one thing, right now, I can't outbid a farmer. They are in the money better than almost any other segment of the economy. And, it's pretty obvious at the farm auctions. Last summer we were very dry here and they were running scared. But we are catchin up on moisture, so I don't expect and great deals at the farm auctions.
 

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I really enjoy going to auctions.. I think that the $900 for the B wasnt outta line without seeing pictures of it.
 

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I like a GOOD auction, but they seem to be fewer and fewer anymore.

Too many antique bugs buying up everything beforehand, then the junk gets auctioned.

It dosn't help that my main nemesis went and got himself Dead last year.
I hated that guy. He would bad mouth me, and actually got my vendor blackballed at a Farm market.
It all started with his employees trying to steal 6 Tons of my fruit, by reassigning a weight ticket to one of thier pals, and him BILLING me for Lugs we never took out.

Didn't matter what it was, if I was bidding on it, he would jack up the price, and then back off if he didn't need it.
If he did need it, or could re-sell it, he would be all over it, untill the price was higher than brand new. I pushed him into some stupidly expensive purchases by hammering his ginormous ego. I'm still pissed about the Stainless steel sorting conveyor and table. I wanted it bad, and pushed him to above new price, and stuck him with it.

When he croaked, his kids had an auction. His whole packing, sorting, and processing, operation. Millions of bucks worth of stuff.
It sucked. Online auctions just suck period, and you don't know who you are bidding against. The old Bastard woulda hated it.

I put a Nuclear Bid on that conveyor and table, hoping to finally get the thing, and the last laugh, but some dork with high speed Net jumped on it.
He would up my counter bid, faster than I could refresh, so I had a thought.

I plopped down another Nuclear bid, just to see if the guy would bite...he did, I stood down, and he ended up winning it, for 300 bucks more than the old goat beat me by, several years earlier. :lol:

I figured the old Goat should get one more laugh outta me, outta respect, and I had already picked up a brand new conveyor and table for a LOT less.
It ain't the same since he croaked though. I don't even know who the guy was, and had no grudge. Online auctions suck...
 

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i agree about the b, in my eyes a styled b that runs is a 1200-1500 dollar tractor so 900 would be buying it right. the 3010 was crazy hi i think. i missed a sale last month where a beat up running 3010 brought 1500. i'm betting had a been there it would brought more cause they'd a had some compatition. i dont really want a 3010 but at 1500 i'd own one. same with the b, i already have a '49 b but at 900 bucks i'd probably own another!
 
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