I need to understand auction taboos. I went to a poultry sale at the salebarn and bought 6 adult Sultan Roos. At first there were many of us bidding. I had already determined I would get one of them even if it went up to $20, so I just left my hand up as it went higher. Finally, the one guy dropped his hand and said ten dollars rather than following the auctioneer. The other one shook his head 'no', and I said $12. So I won the auction. I took one roo at that price. I said I just wanted one, so the auctioneer started again at a quarter. It went up by a quarter a bid. I didn't bid that time at first, but they were almost ready to be sold at $4, so I suddenly raised my hand and bid. Again the other guy backed down, so I took the other five of them at that price. I had bought all 6 roosters. I wasn't about to pay twelve for one, and let someone else have them for a third of that price. After the whole auction was over, and we were loading up our roosters and other birds, I had three different people come to me and say, "John wanted those." I hadn't really wanted all of them anyway, just one, so I said well I will sell him a couple. Back comes "john" who offers me three dollars for the roos. (I had just bid over that). I said no, but what do you have to trade. I would have traded them for a cochin hen each or auracana or anything he had. I am not that hard to get along with. But, No, he didn't want to do that. I actually only wanted one of the roosters, in fact, I gave the others to my "hen" friends so we could all get some pretty birds started in our flocks. It really wasn't a big deal to me, but at that low price I just took all the rest of them. Apparently this "john" is some sort of a bird dealer who travels the auction circuit buying and selling poultry and livestock. And few people will ever bid against him. I think it is because they are afraid if he gets ticked off, he won't buy from them any more? I'm not sure of the reason, but I had somehow ticked him off by buying all those roosters and some blue cochins and geese by bidding them up higher than he wanted to pay. Whatever social taboo I breached, it was big enough that complete strangers were coming over to tell me "but 'john' wanted those" in a harsh whisper. Are there some sort of livestock auction etiquette rules that I don't know about? When you go to buy hens, goats, etc, do you bid against anyone? or do you just let the chosen few take what they want without bidding against them? I told this whole story to my friend, and she said "nobody bids against "john". They roll out the red carpet for him." I just don't understand this at all. Is it common at other auctions you have been to? I guess in the goat auctions, nobody who sells goats ever bids against the chivo dealer either. Even if a boer comes in that is really nice that they want to add to their herd, they let him have it if he wants it. They are afraid he won't buy their products if they tick him off. Is that common in livestock auctions?