It happened again, I had almost finished a reply and it all disappeared! Here we go again!
Well said MrsMackPaul,
Nobody forces you to bid at an auction.
There may be a good reason for you paying more than others would.
One person's junk is another person's treasure.
A few years ago, I outbid the local Scrap Dealer and paid $40 for an axle with the two wheels I needed to complete a set of ten for my 1927 Morris Commercial D Type Six Wheeler. I had been collecting the wheels for 35 years! I could not use the axle and was travelling in a Ute that was already overloaded. I told the Scrappie that if he could get the wheels off, he could have the axle and diff. He did so, and I offered him $100 each for more of the same wheels, as I have another chassis to restore.
I have my shoulder to the wheel,
my nose to the grindstone,
I've put my best foot forward,
I've put my back into it,
I'm gritting my teeth,