First off, Dave has serious issues, and he is a fool of a man.
The shows four buyers have individual interests and financing. With this in mind everyone would make the most money by following their individual needs and not focusing on one upping the other guy. For example, Brandi and Jarrod bid on lower end merchandise, which shouldn't interest Dave or Darryl. The higher end merchandise appeals to Dave, and if he wasn't such a douche Darryl wouldn't care. Darryl's style is all about the hidden find, or as he puts it the 'wow' factor, which is not a suitable tactic for running a store. And Barry is just kinda a wild card.
It's kinda like if I wanted to bid on a pick up truck. And you decided to drive the bid up so I wouldn't be able to bid on the sports car that you want. The problem with this is that if I wanted a sports car or had the money for it, I wouldn't be bidding on the pickup. This tactic of driving bids up to run off the competition isn't good business, it's sheer stupidity.
You couldn't sell Now and Then merchandise at Dave's consignment store, just like you couldn't sell his merchandise at Now and Then. Dave is in a prime position to capitalize on this, and yet he is just too damn insecure and stupid to do so. He should focus on his needs first, and then act as financer to the other auctioneers. For example selling items he doesn't want at half price, and the condition that he gets a share of the profit. It costs him money to move any merchandise he buys anyway( Moving trucks, man power, gas) so even if he doesn't make any shared profit, he will save money. If Dave enacted this plan, everyone would make more money, and it would keep him on top.
The false sense of competition that Dave has created is ruining all of them. It's only with lucky finds do any of the buyers continue to succeed. Any sensible person in Dave's positon would work with everyone else and extract every ounce of profit they could.
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