Someone wanted a new topic to complain about, so how about art auctions?
I'm not complaining about the auctions themselves, I generally go to at least one. I find the commentary interesting and informative and also laugh at how I wish I had thousands of dollars to spend on art as the fellow passengers around me.
My complaint is about the auctioneer who does his/her best to make everyone feel dumb because they aren't bidding.
"Ladies and Gentlemen, I can't believe you would pass up an opportunity such as this...we are selling this at XX% below gallery price...this is an investment in your future....NOW is the best time to buy this...I can't believe you wouldn't be smart enough to buy this right here right now..."
I don't know if they are all like this, but the few I've seen are all similar this way.