How to buy a Pistol for 3/4 the Asking Price.


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Harry Paget Flashman
April 5, 2007, 04:34 PM
I had the pleasure today of doing a FTF purchase of an East German Makarov from a fellow High Roader. It followed a short negotiation via PM, Email and the telephone. Now, I'm not here to brag about my haggling skills, though once in Tijuana I did beat a Mexican out of a $10 blanket by low-balling him and some fast talk and got it for $12.

Here's the deal. Say a guy wants $400 for a pistol and throws in extra stuff you don't really need...like a spare Makawrap grip, couple of magazines, extra recoil spring, 200 rounds of ammo and even the red t-shirt he used for the photo back-drop. You offer him $300 flat, like there's no wiggle room for a counter offer. And you tell him oh-by-the-way, "I'll give you $95 for the extra stuff...you got no use for it."

Bingo! ~25% savings. Even my wife can appreciate a bargain. And the t-shirt is an "M" and appears to be brand new ...it's her lucky day.

Thanks, fiVe.

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kokapelli
April 5, 2007, 04:46 PM
How do you sleep nights? :)

jwerlc
April 5, 2007, 04:48 PM
Buying a $10.00 blanket for $12.00 is an example of your haggling expertise? And saving 5.00 on the other deal?:rolleyes:

Coyote3855
April 5, 2007, 04:49 PM
Okay, even with the new math, I can't figure out how you save 25% if you pay 300 bucks for the gun and $95 for other stuff. That totals $395 towards the asking price of $400....

Never mind.

Listen, Harry, I can get you a great deal on some ocean front property in Wyoming.

Coyote3855

kokapelli
April 5, 2007, 04:58 PM
Listen, Harry, I can get you a great deal on some ocean front property in Wyoming.

Coyote3855

Have you been listening to Al Gore?-:)

12many
April 5, 2007, 05:00 PM
Great post. You made me smile.

CypherNinja
April 5, 2007, 05:04 PM
Okay, even with the new math, I can't figure out how you save 25% if you pay 300 bucks for the gun and $95 for other stuff. That totals $395 towards the asking price of $400....


The post was about how to save 25% on a handgun. ;)

rchernandez
April 5, 2007, 05:04 PM
And how much, if I may ask, did you pay for that bridge?

jwerlc
April 5, 2007, 05:09 PM
He's saying his wife is more gullible than we are.

Harry Paget Flashman
April 5, 2007, 05:09 PM
Hey, I went to high school in the 60's. You ever heard of the "new math"?

Still, I only paid $300 for a $400 gun.

Frandy
April 5, 2007, 05:26 PM
Thanks for the giggle. :D

jwerlc
April 5, 2007, 05:31 PM
You also paid $95.00 for free stuff...

Dobe
April 5, 2007, 06:02 PM
Thanks,
The levity is appreciated at the end of a long work week.

Coyote3855
April 5, 2007, 06:19 PM
I speak only for myself here, but I am at least as gullible as Harry's wife. Probably more. Having bought a few $10 Mexican blankets for $12 myself, I should have caught on much earlier.

Clever post.

Coyote3855

daysleeprx
April 5, 2007, 06:19 PM
You also paid $95.00 for free stuff...

Subtle humor is lost on some.

loplop
April 5, 2007, 07:01 PM
Great post!!! I, too, appreciated the humor injection into my very trying work week.

jwerlc
April 5, 2007, 07:11 PM
I guess my sense of humor stayed in bed this morning, it has been a long week. I'm sure when I look at it tomorrow it will be funny as hell. I do normally have a good sense of humor, especially the self depricating type.

Sorry if I offended anyone's sensibilities.
jwerlc;)

michiganfan
April 5, 2007, 07:22 PM
Nicely done. How can you sleep nights taking advantage of a fellow High roader. LOL

solive
April 5, 2007, 07:39 PM
That is funny, you drive a hard bargain !

axeman_g
April 5, 2007, 08:27 PM
hey... I went to Tijuana once and overpaid for something there also :evil:


cigars





I thought your post was hilarous, thank you.

thedpp
April 5, 2007, 09:05 PM
Haha some people haven't realized yet what you just said... I read it was like wait what... i hope this guy isn't serious.. best thread in a while :)

Chem Geek
April 5, 2007, 10:54 PM
I got it and enjoyed it, thanks man! :D

redfisher43
April 5, 2007, 11:13 PM
Harry,
Here's a deal for you: An ad I saw read:

Four lots For Sale in Holiday Beach, $9000 each or buy all four for $38K.
555-222-9999 :uhoh:

ReadyontheRight
April 5, 2007, 11:30 PM
There are three prices for everything:

1. The price you tell your FRIENDS you paid.
2. The price you tell your WIFE you paid.
3. The price you REALLY paid.

:D

Mr. Flashman is a true guru at a "truthful" #2.

Soybomb
April 5, 2007, 11:48 PM
Speaking of deals, some threads are only worth the price of admission. :D

Jacka L Ope
April 6, 2007, 12:00 AM
There are three prices for everything:

1. The price you tell your FRIENDS you paid.
2. The price you tell your WIFE you paid.
3. The price you REALLY paid.

True that. One of my worst fears is that once I die, the wifey will offload a bunch of my stuff for roughly what I told her I paid for it.

But, ahh... pfft! I should just pour myself another Scotch and be over it already. :D


Cheers! http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a62/lakcaJLOpe/beerchug.gif

Doggy Daddy
April 6, 2007, 12:19 AM
Got a great deal on a leather vest in TJ once.

I still feel guilty every time I see a "Lost Cat" poster on a utility pole...:scrutiny:

Damien45
April 6, 2007, 03:06 AM
Wow...at least you weren't the one selling the "free stuff"! lol :neener:

jsonnier
April 6, 2007, 10:43 AM
FLASHMAN............That made my morning ..........I needed a good laugh .

Sean Dempsey
April 6, 2007, 01:09 PM
As the child of several Oklahomans, I can tell you that an Okie will pay more for a "clean one-owner" than he will for the same thing brand new.

I mean, who can pass up a clean one-owner?

Dobe
April 6, 2007, 01:18 PM
One of my worst fears is that once I die, the wifey will offload a bunch of my stuff for roughly what I told her I paid for it.


That too would kill me all over again.

TimboKhan
April 6, 2007, 01:53 PM
One of my worst fears is that once I die, the wifey will offload a bunch of my stuff for roughly what I told her I paid for it

Thats why my dad always tell me what he really pays. He figures I can get the heat from his wife after he is gone....

jmtgsx
April 6, 2007, 02:40 PM
As the child of several Oklahomans

How many Oklahomans does it take to raise a Utahrd?

GRB
April 6, 2007, 02:54 PM
I saw no levity at all, but I did see a very shrewd haggler, or at least a very wise husband.

"Hi dear, look at the new pistol I bought for $300, it is worth $400".

Of course no mention being made of the $95 bucks spent on accessories.

All the best,
GB

Geronimo45
April 6, 2007, 02:56 PM
"How many Oklahomans does it take to raise a Utahrd?"


http://www.afscstore.org/store/images/0684825457.jpg
It takes a village.

tinygnat219
April 6, 2007, 04:10 PM
Harry Paget Flashman,

Do you work for Accenture, or one of those "other" accounting firms? Nice post, I needed the chuckle.

Richard
April 6, 2007, 04:11 PM
I gave $300 for this hard chromed EG Mak sans A/O night sights and grips. I received about 8 magazines, 10 pair of grips, two HBE holsters, and 500 rounds of ammo. The way I figure I got an EG Mak for about $150 and that isn't bad. Regards, Richard:D

EG Mak With A/O nite sights, hard chrome by Virgil Tripp, and grips by Top Gun Supply:

http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid203/pee9743440303eb810496e15f699db826/ef8c0c12.jpg

jmtgsx
April 6, 2007, 04:16 PM
It takes a village.

Amen! Brother!

cmidkiff
April 6, 2007, 04:33 PM
One of my worst fears is that once I die, the wifey will offload a bunch of my stuff for roughly what I told her I paid for it.

When I go, my wife will have to hire someone to come in and cut my safe apart... and there's a book in there with the _real_ values. I figure I'll get a pass, since I'm dead :)

I don't think I've ever paid more than a 'couple hundred' for a gun :rolleyes:

Babalouie
April 6, 2007, 07:47 PM
Wow, I learned something that will come in very handy. 25% discount, I'll bet I can get an even deeper discount it I work it right. I can see it all...."really honey, I got it at HALF price, I just couldn't pass it up". "Fine, what's all that other crap?" "Uhhh, nothing." Man, I can't wait to try it out and with some training who knows what I'll end up getting this year :D

sig228
April 7, 2007, 12:08 AM
....once in Tijuana I did beat a Mexican out of a $10 blanket by low-balling him and some fast talk and got it for $12

Too funny!!!!

possum
April 7, 2007, 12:41 AM
hey... I went to Tijuana once and overpaid for something there also
man i thought i was the only one that did that!:D

Mortech
April 7, 2007, 03:48 AM
:uhoh: Somethings wrong ..I understood it the first time I read it .

fiVe
April 8, 2007, 04:36 PM
Nicely done. How can you sleep nights taking advantage of a fellow High roader. LOL

I realized immediately that Harry is a great guy--I didn't mind. :D

(Harry, you really are a great guy. Thanks for the FTF meeting.)

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