Must be an ego thing with BJ bidders. If I was rich, or in the future won the lotto, BJ would be the last place I would buy from.
I'm sure you're correct about the ego-thing. But if you're filthy rich, albeit devoid of some grey matter, where else could you find such an easy opportunity to get yourself a few moments of face time (fame) on national TV where many gear heads are most certianly going to be watching and in awe?
It may involve spending a ton more to get a car that matches you jacket color or your escort's dress, or buying a cloned or rebodied car that has obvious issues that you choose obviously to ignore in order to fufil your egotistical needs - but for the purposes of letting the car-world know that you have arrived with big $$'s to with whatever the Hell you want, logic or common sense be damned, there is propably no better prime time venue today.
Anyone note the sale of the Chrysler sports car (Prowler ?) near the end of the auction that silenced the commentators by going for, I think $60+g's when even they said a typical version in better economic times would normally have traded in the mid $20's? Brings me to the phrase - A fool and his money are soon parted! But Hey, the purchaser got some face time with his blonde friend who laid a lip lock on him on TV after the deal was done so I guess it worked for him for a few intimate TV seconds.
I see BJ as the Las Vegas-thing where you chose your game, you're companionship, and your venue, to demonstrate your disregard for wealth in order to be able to show to the world that you are just that much better than others.
How many of us 'regular people' just sit back and watch the whole BJ deal and laugh at some of the stupidity as it's turned into a real circus - what's next, mud wrestling and ultimate fighting demos in Tent #4?
As you have alluded, if I had money those monkeys seen up on stage berating the bidders to ante up more to help them line their pockets when they feel the bidding is too slow or low for their liking, would be the last ones to get a piece of it. - Randy