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Strange, interesting and funny stories buying and selling equipment


Senior Member
Nov 3, 2020
I was selling a tractor a year or so ago. One of those grey market Japanese mini tractors with a loader, 2 cyl diesel. I had a helluva time finding parts for it, and when I did they were spendy. Not interested in that, so tractor had to go. I wanted 4 grand for it, which was cheap. Guy comes out, and brings his buddy "who knows engines". You know the type... this guy wasn't going to hear one word I said. Ok, fine, do your thing manly man. When it comes time to talk turkey, he starts trying to talk me down. I told him I was firm on the price, and look around at what else is out there if you don't believe me. Of course, he said (I bet you can guess), "oh I know lots of others that are much cheaper". Then I said, of course, "go there then, bye". he starts to get creative and telling me his sob stories, blah blah blah. After a few minutes, I told him "I'm firm on the price. If you want it, buy it. If you don't, have a nice day". He then asked if I would give him $100 military discount. That's a soft spot for me, so I told him to show me his 214. I didn't serve, but I know alot of guys who did, and most of those keep a copy (usually a laminated card in their wallet) easily accessible all the time. That's how they get discounts at restaurants and stores all over the place, so they keep it handy. I would too. He didn't have it, and didn't seem to understand what that was. Tried to BS me anyway. It was actually kinda sad at some point, and I got pissed off. I told him to take off, and he finally buckled, gave me the cash and went on down the road. We probably spent 30-40 minutes haggling over a hundred bucks, and he was lying through his teeth the whole time.
your trust issues are well earned!