Activist disrupts auction

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Red Green and Blue recently posted an article about an activist who wrecked havoc at an auction by the Bureau of Land Management. The bidder essentially ran up the price on several tracts to knock out other bidders, while having no intent to actually purchase the properties himself.

We all have difficulties with bidding mistakes from bidders who are perhaps not well-informed as to the terms of the sale, or disruptions from bidders who are unhappy about the way an auction is being conducted. Politics aside, how would you deal with this type of economic terrorism from activists during an auction?

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Aaron Traffas, CAI, ATS, CES

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Aaron Traffas, CAI, AMM, CES, is an auctioneer from Medicine Lodge, Kansas. He is currently community evangelist for Purple Wave in Manhattan, Kansas. Aaron serves as the current president of the Kansas Auctioneers Association and in the past has served on the National Auctioneers Association Education Institute Board of Trustees. He is a past instructor at CAI and co-wrote and instructed the ATS designation course from NAA. He currently instructs the Internet Auction Methods course offered by the NAA. An active contract bid caller, he has competed in multiple state auctioneer contests including placing twice within the top 5 in Kansas.

During the summer, Aaron operates a farm in south central Kansas. Aaron is an active singer and songwriter and the Aaron Traffas Band‘s latest release, Enter: The Wind, can be found at iTunes, Amazon and Spotify.

  • I guess that is where it makes sense to require having a strong deposit in hand prior to bidding. This will ensure that any damages incurred can be made right.

  • I guess that is where it makes sense to require having a strong deposit in hand prior to bidding. This will ensure that any damages incurred can be made right.