Cabela's Gun "Library"


November 14, 2007, 10:46 PM
Hi Y'All...

Has anyone had experience selling a high-end gun to Cabela's "Gun Library" ?? If so - how were they to deal with? Cordial? Cranky? Fair? Stingy?


Thanks All !

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1911 Shooter
November 16, 2007, 04:27 PM
rumor has it that they think alot of their guns. Look, learn , gawk, & then lowball their price. Chances are you will buy elsewhere.

November 16, 2007, 04:39 PM
I have just been into their site.I looked at the English and AYA sections.There prices are at the very top end if not over.At present prices it would be worth coming to England staying in London for two or three nights visting a good Auction house (Christies) and buying the gun.You would still save 25%.In short overpriced.

November 16, 2007, 04:43 PM
the Cabelas in Cincinnati has 3 M1 Garands (mixmasters) on the rack for $700ish; they have a mixmaster in rough shape that happens to have a Winchester Receiver for $1300.00 what gives? silly folks.

Jorg Nysgerrig
November 16, 2007, 04:54 PM
The OP wants to sell. High prices may indicate they pay more than the pawn shop down the street.

I only ever go in the gun library to drool. And man, do they have some drool-worthy stuff.

November 16, 2007, 05:01 PM
In my experience these firms never pay good prices.If that were the case the English gun market would collapse...

November 16, 2007, 05:11 PM
In my limited experience with the local cabelas....their gun prices are high across the board. The thing is, if you're spending $25,000 on a shotgun are you gonna be bargain shopping? They cater to customers with lots of money and those people don't care if they pay an extra few thousand.

On their normal bone stock everyday guns, their prices are $50-$100 higher than small gun shops 15 mins away.....I wonder why anyone would pay that much more

November 16, 2007, 05:17 PM
I have never been to one of these stores.Are these the top end shops in the US.

November 16, 2007, 05:31 PM
MacFarlaine: They are something of a specialty. Thier stores are very, very large and are promoted as destinations. They have huge displays of game animals and exotics, indoor ponds and huge fishtanks. They sell lots and lots of their own clothing line, and a lot of clothing, footwear and such.

They have an extensive line of guns and an even more extensive line of fishing and hunting gear. They sell reloading supplies.

One some things they are fairly competitive: some ammo, low end accessories, shotshells. They run high on most items. But it's kind of a family trip for lots of people, and people will plan a visit to Cabela's for a while.

November 16, 2007, 05:34 PM
I am intrigued by this Cabelas library and it's top end prices.I have just done a comparison with N0:885705 a Webley & Scott 12bore S/S.These are a common gun and fetch no more than 500-600 in the UK.On this site they are wanting $3.800.Even in my book that is ridiculous,I understand there is a profit margin..but come on.If people are prepared to pay these prices they must have more money than sense.The very top guns you are looking at over 130% mark up.

November 16, 2007, 05:41 PM
Wow I have missed this wonder their prices are so high.We have Purdey and Holland and Holland over priced,but very nice.Knee socks $300,I sell exactly the same for $100.

November 16, 2007, 07:36 PM
Don't know if this helps you or not, but when the Hammond, Indiana store opened this Oct, one of the guys working the Libary said they (Cabela's) were wanting firearms for the Librarys chain wide.

As for selling, never had anything they that would be worth putting in a Library.:(

November 16, 2007, 08:03 PM
As we say around here...."they are right proud of what they have"!

November 17, 2007, 12:01 AM
the Cabelas in Cincinnati has 3 M1 Garands (mixmasters) on the rack for $700ish; they have a mixmaster in rough shape that happens to have a Winchester Receiver for $1300.00 what gives? silly folks.

when did the Cincy store open? I couldn't find it on thier webpage

November 17, 2007, 02:54 AM
That place was a made house , it was full of people and the prices were steep a glock 32 for 600.00 I was just about to buy some ammo and decided otherwise they are high for no reason,crazy

Red Label
November 17, 2007, 08:14 AM
Cabelas IS high for a reason. They have huge overhead. Look at the store you are standing in. Hey, if you are bargain shopping then you don't want to go to Cabelas but they do have everything. I have been able to walk in and get 2 1/2 shells for my old 16ga. M12 when I can't find them anywhere else. Do I like Cabelas, yes and I am a titewad. But I have literally spent hours in the gun library just drooling:D

November 17, 2007, 05:43 PM
I think of cabelas as a "free" amusement park. Its free to get in with empty hands and free to get out with empty hands.

another okie
November 18, 2007, 03:06 PM
Exactly! Cabela's is a destination theme park. One clue to it is that they have a gift store. I think that is just hilarious.

I mean, the whole place is a store, so why do they need a separate "gift" store? It's so you can buy something for the wife while you're there, or a souvenir of your trip to Cablea's.

November 19, 2007, 10:42 PM
Anyone who expects to get a good price when selling a gun to a gunshop really needs their head examined.

pete f
November 20, 2007, 02:10 AM
I was going to ask what kind of gun you had that you thought they might be the right place to go to?

I u sually figure half price as what to start offering in the gun library, I bought a pre war Colt's 1911 commercial in good to really good condition, for 8hundred something. it was tagged at 1500.00. I bought a very nice Colt's matchtarget woodsman for 525, with the proper wood not plastic grips and got the box, 3 mags and some other stuff that came with the gun. it was tagged at 900. which was low for the condition of the gun, HOWEVER< they had 4 Savage 99's in stock, all tagged upwards of 900 to more and not a one would they budge more than a hundred bucks orso. which was odd. two were very clean early guns but the other two were D&T'd later 50's or 60's guns, with honest wear but clearly not safe queens nor where they in a hot caliber, both were 300 savages, the older guns were one a .303 and one a 3o30.

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