common sense said:The nice thing is that most of them will allow you to drop to another calf if your first choice goes beyond your budget. It's important to make notes or even take a picture on all of the calves that you like so that you can keep them straight when you are bidding. I think the bid off is nice especially when they will let you know afterwards who you were bidding against. That keeps it fair. It's no different than an auction...just SLOWER. I guarantee you don't always know who you are bidding against in a auction especially when they offer internet buyers.
mommacow said:I hate that drop down on another calf if the one you bid on gets out of your price range. Just hate it!! But I understand why it happens. We try to stay away from the sales that do that.
afhm said:I don't care from that dropping down mess either. I understand why the sellers do it, and it is their sale play by their rules or don't play at all. The way I feel, or would do it is make you submit a bid before the deadline on every calf in which you are interested. If you only want one calf, inform me at the get go and when you get one bought you would be allowed to drop out on the other calves you have bid on if you so choose. It sucks when you have had the only bid on a calf from the deadline then all of a sudden there are other people on the calf. I wish more sellers that don't allow the dropping would call every one who has the only bid at closing time and let those people know that they have that calf bought so they can bid accordingly on other calves knowing that their budget is a little smaller.
......bingo....thats cow business......i sure enjoy all the www stuff....for lookin'...and askin'....and learn'.....but buyin' and sellin' means .....goin' an gettin'....an payin'.cowz said:We have a fall, first come, first served sale. We call it "Load and Go" pricing. If you pay the asking price, we write a pre-approved brand inspection and bill of sale and away you go.
We don't play games with prices. We try to have calves for sale in all categories, something for every budget. The only way we dicker is if a large group, such as a family or FFA chapter buys together. Then we will cut some slack. We also try to help our buyers with free feet trimming and pre-fair cliipping and the use of our scales. We thought about trying the silent auction style, but most of our customers come from a long way off and would not be excited about making 2 trips.