So, are you saying I shouldn't have posted it????
Absolutely not! That is not what I am saying. What I said was, we should ban "How much is it worth" posts. This fellow found 1 post that claimed the tractor is worth between $1500 & $2000. He now has a totally unrealistic view of what his tractor is worth, mostly because it in no way resembles the one in the photo he posted (or he would have posted those photos). The one or two people who would buy the tractor will be the first couple who respond with a FMV offer. They will get an ignorant reply & by the time the seller figures it out, he won't have the nerve to email those buyers. This tractor is now doomed for China because the seller found 1 post that gave him the impression that he is sitting on a pot of gold. In the end, we suffer because we can't buy tractors for a reasonable price. The AJ Foyte tractors are a perfect example: some person posted a price of a couple grand, and now Bill wants $17,000 for his mass produced MTD mower.
When one of our own posts a photo of a specific tractor & says "what is it worth", the others know what goes into a reply: local market prices, condition, repair costs, etc. Random Joe has no idea of those factors & just assumes all tractors bearing that badge are worth that or more. Prices slowly spiral upwards because Random Joe's is worth more than the last one that sold, because of inflation, regardless of condition. If we want to keep these tractors alive for the next generation, we need to be able to buy them at a price point that allows us to restore them. "How much is it worth" posts kill that dream.
P.S. This summer I bought a Simpson's Supremacy 15. Complete & original. It is the only one I know of. The vendor felt he had the world by the tail, until I told him it was worth what a buyer would pay, and since I was the only buyer, other than a scrap dealer at 10 cents a pound, I got to set the price. It is worth what a buyer will pay and no more. End of question.
Edited by New.Canadian.DB.Owner, December 11, 2014 - 09:51 PM.