today i was at a small farm auction, not much exciting stuff, but close to home so why not. there was a card board flat with some rusty files, some screw drivers you'd never use, and other bits that were just scrap iron, AND two model t coils. one was very nice, the other looked like a dog chewed on it. i have lots of coils, and so really paid it no attention. when it came time to sell, the auctioneer said here's a box of stuff with two model t coils. the helper guy, said no, there is only one coil. the auctioneer, with a very good memory, gave us a lecture on all the bad people around, as he said the gate to the farm was open when they arrived that morning, it seems some folks did not want to wait for the auction. now, the funny part is, later in the day a friend of mine said, hey i got something for you.story is that he was trying to bid on a small battery charger, and there was several there so they were not getting the bids they wanted so the started adding to the pile. on item added was a box of empty ice cream pails. no one will bid on that rite? so, some one put the good coil on the bottom of the box, and i got it for free!! and, sure enough it was the good one
I've been to several auctions and it seems like there's always some rearranging of items being done. Usually I like to keep an eye out for an item I want and when it's getting close I ask the auctioneer to sell the one item I want separately. Most of the time they'll do it, and unless there's somebody else who just wanted that item you can get it fairly reasonably. I hate when people mix and match the flats like that trying to hide the "good stuff" trying to get what they want.
Sometimes farm auctions are the best way to score good deals. I bought a rim spreader for split rims for $7 at an auction because the auctioneer called it a clamp and nobody questioned it. Just a couple days earlier I'd been at Chickasha where rim spreaders in worse condition were going for $40 and up.
I've watched these "rearrangers" at work before. They have just enough of a conscience not to outright steal at an auction, but will still cheat the family putting on the auction by taking something valuable, hiding it among things with no value, and then buy it. Sometimes I'll dig the item out and put it back, other times I'll bid the item up to its value while staring the guy down. It's funny, what I typically picture as a thief is some no good, drugged up teenager, but seeing the thieves at farm auctions has changed my perception.
I was bidding on an item at an auction, and there were no other bids, so the auctioneer kept adding junk until he finally gave up and let me have the pile. I gathered up all the junk and the one thing I wanted and as I walked past the other end of the trailer, I set the stuff down that I did not want. About 15 minutes later when the auctioneer got to that end of the trailer, he was adding the junk to another sale, and commented, "hey, wait a minute, I thought I sold this" as he looked at me, I just shrugged my shoulders and he sold it again.
I was at a small auction where a Model T'er was selling out. The auction was moving pretty fast,so I was stacking my stuff next to a tree. When it slowed down and was selling things I was not interested in , I thought I would take the things to the truck. Someone had taken(stolen) a box of a half dozen carbs. $50.00. When I checked out, I thought maybe I didn't win the bid, but I sure as hell had to pay for them.
I was at an estate auction many years ago where there was a bit of T stuff. I spied a semi local 'T' man pushing a coilbox & coils, from another lot, under a T motor (leaning over on it's side), I assumed to hide it. Well he must have wanted a bargain as I outbid him and got the lot for $70. After the auction, I went to collect it and the owner's family came to me and said "these go with that thing" and handed me a handful of new coil points in their orig packets. About $100 worth !
What ticks me is when the auctioneer knowingly separates a project car and if you don't win the bid on the frame and the body separately you cant get the whole car.They do not take time to put things together to keep cars complete or anything.Just pile it up and make that money.
And no need to try to correct the auctioneer.There was a real know it all selling stuff by outright lies 1 morning and I finally showed the fellow that was bidding on stuff myself while something was being sold he didn't want. He was very upset when I finished explaining it.
Family members will steal stuff to.I did some work for a local widow and we had agreed I would get a old bushhog for my work.
The drive-shaft was laying in a old truck bed and I put it with the bushhog. When I went to get it, the hitch pins were gone, the drive shaft was gone to.Her dead husbands brother decided it was HIS now.
May it burn his hands every time he hooks it up.