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50 minutes ago, Jesse in WI said:

The same happens around here with tractors with loaders on them. Con artist...errrr...I mean "auctioneer" says "we're going to sell the loader then the tractor w/o loader then we're going to sell it together"

Then you, the buyer of either loader or tractor, and the other buyer of the other have to "Work together" to get them apart.............................I love that!:angry:

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2 hours ago, Dirt_Floor_Poor said:

 I guess I’ve just never gotten that attached to anything at an auction. If I get it that’s fine, if not at least I kept the money. 

That has been my thoughts on auctions as well. I've wasted many a day standing around for that one piece to sell only to go home with nothing to show for it.

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4 hours ago, Jesse in WI said:

That has been my thoughts on auctions as well. I've wasted many a day standing around for that one piece to sell only to go home with nothing to show for it.

Same here. We've been to more auctions that at the end of them the only thing we've accomplished is burn through part of a day with nothing to show for the time spent. 

We've only walked away from from a auction pi--ed that we didn't buy something 3 times. One time was a 5220 Maxxum with low hours. In the long run that turned out to be the right decision because a couple years later I bought our second 7120 Magnum which is big enough for most the stuff we need, wher as the 5220 would have been left behind as the equipment got bigger. Blessing in disguise.

2nd time. I went to a consignment sale where they were selling a bunch of thrower racks on running gears. One of our boxes had fallen apart and was unrepairable and I went hopping to score a deal on one. Boy was I wrong. Damn bidding took off on them all and I didn't score a one. Problem was I missed out on the Silage Special John Deere round baler with all the fixings that sold for cheap. They sold it and Dad and I looked at each other and said "did that just sell for what we think it sold for?! SOB. That is one I screwed up on. Ended up building a new box on the existing running gear which wasn't this good of a gear.

The other one was Dad getting stubborn and not buying one of the New Holland 358 feed grinders that sold North of us. Dad has made a bunch of excuses why he didn't go in more on any of the working 2. I wasn't able to bid as the wife and I were having a baby when the sale closed. Still mad about that one as we still haven't found a decent grinder in our price range. 

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Guess I’m different.  I don’t have any intention of buying anything at probably 90% of the auctions I go to which on average is about 2 a year.  I go just to get off the farm, bs with neighbors, drive around, check out machinery for the **** of it, and see the countryside.  I treat auctions as a social event, not work.  

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For me, auctions are where the little stuff that is usually super expensive to buy new doesn't bring anything because nobody really wants it...................Those are the buys I make.  Last few farm auctions I went to here, I bought tons of oil filters in huge lots for $5.................New still in plastic.  I can only imagine what I saved this year and that made those days easily worth it.  Only filter I had to buy was the outer air filter for the 5288, had all the rest here for everything from auctions, either CNH or Fleetguard and I still have enough for next year easily yet. 

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10 minutes ago, Big Bud guy said:

Guess I’m different.  I don’t have any intention of buying anything at probably 90% of the auctions I go to which on average is about 2 a year.  I go just to get off the farm, bs with neighbors, drive around, check out machinery for the **** of it, and see the countryside.  I treat auctions as a social event, not work.  

Problem around here is. 

1, farm auctions aren't as plentiful as they use to be. You are traveling a ways to go to one and chances are you're not running into people you know if you're far from your home base to have a social event. 

2, the rise in online/ not in person auctions. In the last year and a half I can list only one in person farm sale around me. Everything else has been online sale.

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11 minutes ago, Reichow7120 said:

Problem around here is. 

1, farm auctions aren't as plentiful as they use to be. You are traveling a ways to go to one and chances are you're not running into people you know if you're far from your home base to have a social event. 

2, the rise in online/ not in person auctions. In the last year and a half I can list only one in person farm sale around me. Everything else has been online sale.

What distances are we talking about?  I find it hard to believe that you have to travel further in Michigan for anything then I do in MT were there is not near as many farms, towns, and overall activity.  Our nearest “local” consignment auction is 60 miles away.  Nearest livestock sale ring is 120 miles away.  Plus I can go to auctions up to 100 miles away and run into guys I know.  Also, most auctions around here are still in person along with being online.  

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8 minutes ago, Big Bud guy said:

What distances are we talking about?  I find it hard to believe that you have to travel further in Michigan for anything then I do in MT were there is not near as many farms, towns, and overall activity.  Our nearest “local” consignment auction is 60 miles away.  Nearest livestock sale ring is 120 miles away.  Plus I can go to auctions up to 100 miles away and run into guys I know.  Also, most auctions around here are still in person along with being online.  

The one in person auction was 15 miles from home. Consignment sales are held twice a year in one location which is 27 miles from home. The other is held once a year in the spring and is 31 miles away. I don't remember now if they held that one this spring or not. 

When I was at the auction a number of years ago with the round baler I should have bought.  We were 45 miles from home. Saw one other guy we knew with his son.( they bought a New Holland 315 square baler with a kicker at the auction) that was it. No one else. 

Here a very large majority of the auctions are online only. Neighbor sold out and was online only last fall. 

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So a local auctioneer has started doing alot of real estate auctions. The big selling point is no commission for the seller!

He charges the buyer a 10% commission.

If you sell through a standard real estate agent the commission is around 6%!

The real estate market is hot now around here so it's working for now. 

Thx-Ace 

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1 hour ago, TP from Central PA said:

For me, auctions are where the little stuff that is usually super expensive to buy new doesn't bring anything because nobody really wants it...................Those are the buys I make.  Last few farm auctions I went to here, I bought tons of oil filters in huge lots for $5.................New still in plastic.  I can only imagine what I saved this year and that made those days easily worth it.  Only filter I had to buy was the outer air filter for the 5288, had all the rest here for everything from auctions, either CNH or Fleetguard and I still have enough for next year easily yet. 

Be careful on filters. Engineer from Fleetguard was on the radio the other day and said their fuel filters only have a 3 year shelf life. Gasket gets hard, paper inside gets brittle and glue dries out and can cause it to not filter properly. 

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