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45Badger
April 27, 2008, 08:38 AM
Went ot the York (PA) Gander Mountain yesterday. The used gun selection getting a bit better. Two things of note-

Saw a Savage .22lr/.410 over/under (model 24?) for $179 and......

a guy (idiot is too strong a word, maybe just clueless, lazy, or generous to chain stores) sold them his series one Kimber Ultra Carry for $420! They were very honest and fair with him, clearly explaining the price they would ask ($600) and how they arrived at their price. Maybe I'm just cheap (ok, no maybe about it:)), but I was astounded that he left and easy $100-150 on the table for them.

Aside from that, and a couple overstocks, everything was overpriced as usual.

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JaxNovice
April 27, 2008, 10:03 AM
I just won a $2000 gift card from a list of about 150 retailers to choose from. Gander Montain is on the list and even though their prices stink, I might blow the whole thing there.

Rokyudai
April 27, 2008, 10:16 AM
^ Congrats!

Linda
April 27, 2008, 10:45 AM
I just won a $2000 gift card from a list of about 150 retailers to choose from. Gander Montain is on the list and even though their prices stink, I might blow the whole thing there.


Take in any ads, or price shop other places, and they will always match prices.

As to the original poster, unfortunately, with economic times being what they are, some people need to scrap together some cash just to get by on. It's tough out there.

JaxNovice
April 27, 2008, 01:04 PM
Linda, thanks for the 411. Does that include web retailers?

VARifleman
April 27, 2008, 02:41 PM
The worst they can do is say no, but I'd have a brick and mortar ad for the same product just in case.

go_bang
April 27, 2008, 03:48 PM
I would not call the guy selling his Kimber an idiot. He walked away with a sure $420, no strings attached. He could have gotten more selling privately, but probably did not know how and could not afford to mess something up or get ripped off.

absolute0
April 27, 2008, 08:19 PM
Unfortunately I've turned into a serial Gander Mountain basher over the past year or so. I still stop in the Maple Grove, MN store every 6 weeks or so to peruse the used. The sky high prices truly must be seen to be believed, I haven't purchased anything from them in over 2 years.

It sucks.

skinewmexico
April 27, 2008, 08:47 PM
Maybe I'm just cheap (ok, no maybe about it), but I was astounded that he left and easy $100-150 on the table for them.


People do stupider things with cars all the time, for a lot more money. It's an instant gratification thing.

lamazza
April 27, 2008, 08:48 PM
I agree with absolute0
and I never understood this...

Take in any ads, or price shop other places, and they will always match prices
Why should I give you the sale when you are trying to screw me GM? I would rather give my money to the store that had better prices to begin with.
When I see 100rnd WinWhite Box 9mm for $18.57 at wally world and see the same 100 rd box at GM for $36.00, why in blazes would I reward you with my business.

floydster
April 27, 2008, 08:58 PM
Well, the Gander Mnt. store where I live is an absolute joke, the whole store is a mess, prices are high, the only positive thing I can say is they a have good gunsmith, that's it.

PTK
April 27, 2008, 09:42 PM
Saw a Savage .22lr/.410 over/under (model 24?) for $179 and.....

My cash would've caught on fire.

Good Shot Group
April 27, 2008, 09:48 PM
There is a little known policy at Gander Mountain that they will match any price on a firearm from another store. I went to buy my wife's M-4 from Gander and it was going to cost $1200. I got on galleryofguns.com and found the exact same rifle for about $800 from a local dealer. I printed off the page and took it in to Gander Mountain and they matched that price, no questions asked. I would of went to the local dealer instead and purchased it from them, but I had already started the waiting period for the firearm, so I stuck with Gander.

wrench
April 27, 2008, 11:42 PM
Gander Mtn's around here have a big inventory of new and used guns. Like the other poster, I stop in every few weeks to check out the new arrivals.
I have gotten a few great deals there, but lately they have been smoking crack with both new and used prices.
I just shake my head, and walk out....:scrutiny:

Superlite27
April 27, 2008, 11:52 PM
sold them his series one Kimber Ultra Carry for $420!

Hmmmm. If I would have seen this he wouldn't have done it. He would have sold it to me for $500 and we both would have been happier.

CAS700850
April 28, 2008, 10:43 AM
I'm going to have to give some props to Gander Mountain here in Columbus, Ohio. First of all, a buddy from Arizona came to visit and brought his M1, but left his clips behind. Dooohhh! Andways, we went to Gander Mountain, and the had no clips, but the guy at the counter got out his list and started calling guun shops and surplus stores until he found one with clips in stock. And, they are good to my Scouts. Let us sell popcorn in their lobby as a fundraiser, and also let us use their meeting room anytime we need it. With that kind of service, I'm willing to pay a bit more.

CajunBass
April 28, 2008, 11:37 AM
a guy (idiot is too strong a word, maybe just clueless, lazy, or generous to chain stores) sold them his series one Kimber Ultra Carry for $420! They were very honest and fair with him, clearly explaining the price they would ask ($600) and how they arrived at their price. Maybe I'm just cheap (ok, no maybe about it), but I was astounded that he left and easy $100-150 on the table for them.

Maybe he just needed the money in a hurry, or he didn't want the worry and hassle of selling it himself. Some people don't like to sell guns because they feel they have no way of checking to see if the person is, for lack of a better term "legal." They worry about the responsibility of having a gun used in a crime come back to them and not being able to prove they had sold it.

When they first opened here, I bought a few guns from them, and got a couple of pretty good deals I thought. I haven't lately because they are priced higher than most other places around here. I just go someplace else.

(I did apply for a job there though. Still waiting to hear back from them.)

ImARugerFan
April 28, 2008, 11:58 AM
Johnson City, NY Gander Mountain tends to have some real steals on the used gun rack (when they get them in). Most of it is overpriced, but some of it is ridiculously (erroneously?) low priced.

John4me05
April 28, 2008, 02:16 PM
Just had a Gander open on Roanoke VA.. Got their flier in the Sunday paper and they had what i think are good deals
C.I.P.
Taurus 1911 with 4 mags and case and lock and couple other things for 699
Taurus millenium pro 299
Kimber 1911 for 899

Are these good deals???

Hokkmike
April 28, 2008, 02:41 PM
I have a friend that just got an OUSTANDING deal from them o na lever action rifle.

absolute0
May 1, 2008, 02:01 PM
I too have gotten some nice deals at Gander Mountain in the past, that's why it pains me so much to see their gun department turn into a clip joint for the unwary buyer.

The guys working behind the counter are friendly and knowledgeable, their pricing just isn't competetive with what I see either around town or on the internet.

BBsteel
May 1, 2008, 02:22 PM
Gander Mountain has dissapeared from my list of stores to shop at. I can't even remember the last time I walked into one even just to look at guns. It saddens me that all the big manufacturers such as Remington has to go to them first for the sale and promise them the first shipment. 3 years ago my opinion of the place was completely different. Their corporate strategy to drive the gun market up has removed me off their shopping list. I even canceled my credit card there. Even Cabela's is about $100 less a gun.

Sav .250
May 1, 2008, 02:41 PM
One nice thing about GM is you can play with the rifles/shotguns . Can`t do that at BPS with out the aid of a clerk.
I agree about the prices ....being to high. We`ve got a rather new GM on the east side of Orlando and I always get the feeling I`m in a Wal-Mart with a weak out-door theme.
Course now the the price of gas is going through the roof, GM may look a lot better as it`s much closer than the local BPS. :)

J Star
May 1, 2008, 03:03 PM
Gander Mountain and Dicks scare the hell out of me. At the aforementioned Johnson City, NY location they will hassle me for buying 9mm without a pistol permit, but they will hand a S&W M&P15 over the counter to me no questions asked so that I can inspect it. Great. What happens when a nutjob comes in, grabs a handful of .223 from the ammo aisle that the clerks can't see from the counter, and pops a round in when they hand the rifle over the counter?

The Dicks in Vestal, NY is the same way.

My FFL dealer open carries a 1911, and all the chambers are zip-tied so you cannot work the action. Not to mention all the ammo is BEHIND THE COUNTER.

Disaster
May 1, 2008, 03:10 PM
Mostly only shop for used guns at the Gander Mountain but occasionally their sale prices are good. Bersa .380 Thunder for $250 for example. Used prices can be silly ridiculous...sometimes higher than new sale prices and often only $20 less than their new price. On the other hand, they will occassionally have good deals. Picked up a Taurus MilleniumPro (ver. 3) for $230 there a couple weeks ago.

"What happens when a nutjob comes in, grabs a handful of .223 from the ammo aisle that the clerks can't see from the counter, and pops a round in when they hand the rifle over the counter?"

I wouldn't buy a gun from a shop that doesn't let me cycle the action...dryfire the trigger...etc. There are always nut jobs. What should they do?

Jorg Nysgerrig
May 1, 2008, 03:13 PM
My FFL dealer open carries a 1911, and all the chambers are zip-tied so you cannot work the action. Not to mention all the ammo is BEHIND THE COUNTER.

You say that as though it is a good thing... :confused:

J Star
May 1, 2008, 06:34 PM
It is.

If you are actually interested in a gun, of course he will cut the tie and let you check it out. If you want to check out ammo, of course he will let you.

But the zip-tie keeps all the teenagers who wander in (18+, no doubt. :rolleyes:) asking to check out "assault rifles" from doing anything stupid, and if that doesn't dissuade them, I'm sure the pistol does.

I know I feel safer there than Gander or Dicks. Plus, nobody has ever aimed a weapon at me in his store.

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