Back in my swap meet days I bought a tunnel ram set-up from another vendor. Paid him the asking price. Took it back to my space and broke it down to sell the parts separately. Later, when he walked by, you would have thought I stole it from him he was so pizzed off. Sold all those tunnel ram parts that same day. At later swap meets same guy refused to sell me anything. Some people don't learn from their mistakes. Others can profit from them though.
I don’t normally sell things at the same swapmeet I bought it at, to me, it’s bad form.
This morning a friend that has worked NHRA events for the last 30 years called and asked if I wanted racer handouts that had collected. They are moving and clearing out stuff the aren’t going to use. They said there are around 300. I said yes and asked if they wanted anything for them, they said no even though they know I am going to sell them. Their main interest is that these don’t wind up in the garbage, which is what would have happened if I didn’t want them. This isn’t the first time they’ve done something like that, last year they gave me a box of stickers, including hundreds of national event contestant stickers.
It would shock most people to find out what NHRA, track employees and long time racers have thrown away over the years. They have been around really cool stuff for so long that many interesting items become something that’s just taking up shelf space. I was talking to the former track manager of Fremont drag strip, they got tired of cleaning their old trophies so they filled up the bed of their truck with trophies dating back to the 1950’s from Fremont, Half Moon Bay, Cotati, Vaca Valley, Lions, Bakersfield, Irwindale, OCIR, and more, basically every track up and down the west coast, then tossed them in a dumpster at work. They are not the only racer I know that’s done that.