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How to buy a buffalo

August 22, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

*** All images taken with Fuji X-Pro 1 and 35mm f1.4 lens ***

At the Bac Ha markets there is an area up on the hill where the local farmers can buy and sell their buffalo. It's not an auction like other cattle sales I've been to, but a personal negotiation between buyer and seller. There was only one buffalo on sale per seller, rather than several head, so it was quite an intimate affair. I figure there were about 40 head of buffalo on sale on the day I was there. I was intrigued by the process, and rather than be one of the tourists lined up on the outer perimeter shooting in, I opted to wade through the mud and buffalo waste to get a closer look at what was going on.

This is my take on how to select and buy a good buffalo in six easy steps:

Step 1 - Check the tyres. Make sure the tread is good and there's no dryness or splitting.

Buying a buffalo: check the tyres Step 2 - Check the bodywork. Ensure there's a good even surface coating with no sign of accident damage or repair work.

Buying a buffalo - check the bodywork Step 3 - Check the boot. A good wide solid boot (trunk) is definitely what you need to be looking for.

Buying a buffalo - check the boot Step 4 - Check under the hood. Make sure all the moving parts are present and in good working order. Also check for good lubrication.

Buying a buffalo - check under the hood Step 5 - If it all looks good then negotiate a good price with the seller.

Buying a buffalo - negotiating the price Step 6 - When the deal is done, release the handbrake...

Buying a buffalo - release the handbrake ...and hit the road!

Buying a buffalo


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