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Vermont car dealer takes cows, pigs & maple syrup as trade-in

GasBuddy Blog -- There's no Blue Book value for pigs, cows or maple syrup. But Gardner Stone has taken all of those as trade-ins from customers of his Ford and GMC dealership in rural Vermont. No kidding!
He'll take anything in trade and he means it.

"I feel everything is worth something," says Stone, 71. "Lots of times you'll get into the middle of a deal and the customer won't be able to go any further. So we always ask them, 'What else you got that you're not using?'"

According to Automotive News, Stone has been bartering antiques, livestock and other oddities with car and truck shoppers for nearly 50 years. He says such transactions represent about 20 percent of his sales.

Recently, his unique business approach caught...


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crazy
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how long will this gimmick last
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This is brillaint
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Pithy: probably drawing the line at that. :P~
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2012 4:11:36 AM

Gardner Stone negotiated the money for the
mortgage on the cow?
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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2012 2:22:40 PM

I wonder if he would take my wife in trade?
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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2012 2:08:53 PM

Come on, there has to be newer articles to post. This is so old the cow has
come home
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A sign of things to come ...
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He increased his sales 20% by ingenuity....
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This is the third day I have commented on this article.
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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2012 2:04:53 PM

Enough of this cow "crap". Time for this article to disappear.
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Wives, er a mother-in-laws?
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Sounds like it was when I was a kid and I'm over 60.
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old news!
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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2012 1:53:11 PM

It may work for him in Vermont but for most companies I don't think it's practical. It might be more appropriate for news of the weird.
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Ok I would like to trade in 2000 pounds of horse dung.
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Old
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Old Story
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Day 4 for this same article I believe.
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Same old Same
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Cow and pig Methane the new auto fuel idea.
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OLD.
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It's just good business.
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ok... odd but ok.
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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2012 1:36:33 PM

After 4 days we no longer care. Who keeps pumping up this garbage?

[Edited by: JimL1 at 11/26/2012 1:38:10 PM EST]
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this story has been on here 4 days >>
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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2012 1:31:26 PM

4 days for this story. Most of what he took in is probably dead by now.
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Geez, how long is this gonna be here?
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Anything he took when this was first posted is now dead.
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This is 3 days old. Come on.
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FlyNFool has a very good point: "When the dollars falls in value, those items become more valuable."
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I hope they get a tax credit for the fair market value of their goods
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When the dollars falls in value, those items become more valuable.
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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2012 1:12:52 PM

Fourth day in a row this has made the top 5 GasBuddy news article. Must be a sad state of affairs new is in with this being one of the top stories. What does this have to do with gas prices?
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No news worthy article again ??
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if barter works, then do it.
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This is at least three days old?????
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Old
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really old posting
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Just saw this one the other day
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old posting
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old news
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This article has been posted for three days already
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This article has been posted for three days already - however, this gimmick may have its advantage.
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Some car dealers are nuts as is evident by this story.

But what does this have to do with gas prices?
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No Fresh News?
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3 or 4 days? When there are several other articles in the "hopper"?
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understood.
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Yea... Already answered this twice, think this article has been here 3 days now.
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Would he take my neighbor's yappy dog?

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