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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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danmckdude
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Message Posted: Nov 29, 2012 10:49:26 AM

crazy
kuma2000
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 3:28:38 AM

how long will this gimmick last
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2012 2:31:19 PM

This is brillaint
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2012 5:59:23 AM

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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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2012 2:07:00 PM

A sign of things to come ...
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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2012 2:05:37 PM

He increased his sales 20% by ingenuity....
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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2012 2:05:17 PM

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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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2012 2:03:22 PM

Wives, er a mother-in-laws?
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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2012 2:02:48 PM

Sounds like it was when I was a kid and I'm over 60.
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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2012 2:00:56 PM

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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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2012 1:52:23 PM

Ok I would like to trade in 2000 pounds of horse dung.
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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2012 1:52:03 PM

Old
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Old Story
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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2012 1:42:20 PM

Day 4 for this same article I believe.
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Same old Same
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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2012 1:39:43 PM

Cow and pig Methane the new auto fuel idea.
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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2012 1:39:28 PM

OLD.
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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2012 1:38:35 PM

It's just good business.
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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2012 1:37:02 PM

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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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2012 1:34:52 PM

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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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2012 1:31:23 PM

Geez, how long is this gonna be here?
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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2012 1:27:25 PM

Anything he took when this was first posted is now dead.
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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2012 1:25:26 PM

This is 3 days old. Come on.
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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2012 1:22:03 PM

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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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2012 1:15:50 PM

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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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2012 1:11:14 PM

No news worthy article again ??
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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2012 1:09:36 PM

if barter works, then do it.
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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2012 1:08:46 PM

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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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2012 1:01:02 PM

This article has been posted for three days already - however, this gimmick may have its advantage.
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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2012 12:53:56 PM

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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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2012 12:48:35 PM

Would he take my neighbor's yappy dog?

We are praying for those of you hit by Hurricane Sandy.
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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2012 12:43:59 PM

That is awesome! Need more of this. It's old fashioned bartering, worked then, no reason it can't now.
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