One thing that pisses Jack (mastifflawyer) and I off, is the current trend of selling the ID tags that have been removed from parted out tractors. I have complained to e-Bay's Trust and Safety department about this practice but like so many things, it fell on deaf ears.
This AM, Jack sent this to me.
1970 John Deere 112 Garden Tractor w/ deck NOT Patio - eBay (item 130429266195 end time Sep-09-10 06:50:25 PDT)
As Jack said to me in his e-mail, here's proof positive why ID tags should not be sold. For months now, Joe's Outdoor Power has been trying to get $200.00 for just such a tag that came from a Patio that he parted out. Don't get me wrong. I happen to like Joe very much and have done business with him many times in the past but this is where he and I are at total odds. If you part out a tractor, it should be declared dead and gone. The ID tag should be melted with a torch. The guy that bought the Patio was defrauded but proving it is often difficult. Nonetheless, he's doing the right thing by not perpetuating the fraud but who's to say what the buyer of that tractor will do?
I agree that selling VIN tags should be illegal no matter what kind of vehicle/equipment. It is a shame that seller is probably loosing his butt on that tractor considering he probably paid higher dollar for it or he restored it thinking he had a true patio and found out when selling it that it isn't. Tags should be destroyed on parted out tractors.