Cabelas Used Guns


June 22, 2009, 05:21 PM
I just spent about 20 minutes looking over the collection of used guns at Cabelas. I'm wondering if anybody can explain to me what would motivate someone to pay >95% of new prices for these things? Has anybody found any good deals on used rifles there? If so, was it just because they didn't know what they had? :evil:

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June 22, 2009, 06:18 PM
I have never bought any used rifles from them. however I did get some pretty good deals on my S & W M-17 , M-48 and M-57. also that was before they changed their way of doing things. it used to be that anybody behind the counter could give you a price and make a deal. now only a manager can make the deals and they don't know crap.

June 22, 2009, 06:51 PM
I've bought rifles, handguns, and shotguns from Cabela's stores and online. My interests are toward collectibles and low production number pieces. The prices in their Gun Library are not out of line with other stores that deal in fine collectibles. There may be exceptions, not sure what guns you are referring to? Over all prices are reasonable.

June 22, 2009, 07:03 PM
The ones I'm referring to aren't in the Gun Library, just the used rifles on the stands where anybody can pick them up and look at them.

June 22, 2009, 07:19 PM
I have only been in one, the prices on plain ol' used guns was breathtaking!!:eek:

June 22, 2009, 07:27 PM
They do have some pretty high prices at times, but I have found a few really good deals there too. You just have to be persistent.

June 22, 2009, 07:28 PM
New or Used they are overpriced.

June 22, 2009, 07:35 PM
I purchased 5 for myself and my wife, and 4 for my dad from Cabelas. 6 of them were used. But I was an employee at the time and I only paid cost, which amounted to about 35-40% off of listed price.

They are asking prices, make an offer. Normally, according to the managers of the gun library(gun library is in charge of ALL the used guns, even the ones in the glass cases with the other guns, atleast at the Fort Worth store, don't know if that is still company policy anymore), they can't drop the price more than about 5% of the asking price though.

B. Adams
June 22, 2009, 08:38 PM
Some of Cabela's prices are high, but like others have said, you can always ask for a better price. If you know what the gun is worth, offer that, or slightly lower. The worst that can happen is that they'll say no. It helps to talk to someone who works in the gun library, because they are the ones with the real authority to do anything. They tend not to stay in the library the whole time, so they may look like regular gun counter guys. All you have to do is ask.

Collectors bargain with the gun library all the time. Those are guys who know what things are worth, and know what they should be paying for them.

I've bargained with a couple employees at Cabela's, and it usually works out well. I paid $234 for a Ruger 22/45 MKII that was tagged at $315, just because I kept asking for a better price.

I've heard that Cabela's won't let their employees sell for less than 30% over what they paid for the gun. Since they usually pay much less than market value for used guns, it's possible to find some good deals.

I have a story not related to haggling, but I find it interesting anyway. At the beginning of the black rifle craze last year, I found a nice used 20" free-float flat top for $1,000, which seemed like a reasonable price considering it's good condition and the gun-buying insanity at the time. They wouldn't deal on it, because they couldn't keep them on the shelves anyway, but I put it on layaway for that price. When I picked it up a couple months later, the remainder was less than I expected. I was surprised to see that they had dropped the price to $950 while I had it on layaway. I certainly wasn't going to complain about it. :)

Steve N
June 23, 2009, 05:58 PM
Two Cabela's stories, both at the Dundee, MI store.

about 3 years ago, I looked at a Nylon 66 Apache Black in their gun library. Was definately not pristine, maybe 75%. Always wanted one, even though I knew of potential problems. Tag said $399.00. Check with dealer I know, he said blue book was $225, offer $250 if you really want it. Best Cabela's would do was $350 cash. Didn't buy it.

A couple of months ago, they got a load of used Husquvarna 12 ga side x side doubles with external hammers. All were listed at $199.00. They had one listed as "wallhanger only", but same $199.00 price. Broke it open and someone had welded plugs in the chambers, so it would never fire. Didn't waste my time asking for a better price. I figured I'd get some "expert" who would say it was a "one of a kind".

June 23, 2009, 06:31 PM
You just have to be persistent.

The problem is, enough times I've seen the same type/quality used gun I just either bought, or maybe even passed on at an auction or other seller's site. The Cabela's price is always 50% to 100% more than a) I just paid for the same piece, or b) just saw elsewhere.

Once you see that enough times, you give up being persistent, and just chalk it up to them being rapacious and hoping that folks will assume their prices are fair because they are a large seller. That type of sales attitude really is irksome and will come back to bite them eventually.

June 24, 2009, 04:33 AM
Granted the rifle I bought was not a newer rifle. It was a sporterized 1903-a3 for $179 rechambered in .308 win it is the most accurate rifle I own. It took a little work to get it how I wanted.

June 24, 2009, 04:34 AM
And I live in Lacey Wa. near you. So I frequent the cabelas off of I-5.

June 24, 2009, 08:58 AM
I once picked up a Winchester '97 and saw they wanted $900 for it. handed it back, ordered one online from the SASS forum for $425.00 At least I got to see what I was about to order!

June 24, 2009, 09:01 AM
I have bought a couple of used handguns from the Cabela's in Fort Worth. Bought a S&W 1917, they came down about 10% on it and was a decent deal. Later I bought a blued 95+% 27-2 8 3/8" barrel. They had is marked at 799. Best they would do was 650. I whipped out my $100 off coupon and got it for 550. :evil:

June 24, 2009, 09:13 AM
I got this, an Underwood with early features for a decent price. I had to show how worn the barrel was with a 30-06 bullet, with it going in all the way to the brass. Only problem was I did not use a plump M2 bullet, I used a skinny spirepoint. Turns out the barrel had little if any wear.
An honest mistake on my part.:D

June 24, 2009, 10:25 AM
I've gotten a decent deal there, and seen some others.

Other guns have been ridiculous (a somewhat beat-up Vanguard synthetic for $499 when I can get a brand new one for $399, for example).

Like any used rack, just keep your eyes open.

I suspect that the gun collectors working at the Gun Library snatch up the REALLY good deals before you ever see them, though...:)

June 24, 2009, 10:37 PM
Up here in Maine we have a newly opened Cabellas within a few miles of the LL Bean gunstore. I am going to let the dust settle for a season and check out what healthy competition will do for these stores. This will be fun!

June 24, 2009, 10:44 PM
Cabelas has usually had lower prices on some rifles in my area (WI) though I have seen many cases where the prices were much higher than normal. The trick is to do your research before buying ANYTHING expensive like a firearm.

June 25, 2009, 03:24 PM
I picked up a very nice Walther Model 4 a year ago from a Cabela's in Idaho (found it online). I was happy with both the price and the condition of the pistol when it arrives; it was everything that was advertised -- perhaps a bit better than its original description, if anything. It was a good transaction, and I'd certainly consider another.

June 25, 2009, 05:39 PM
That is why all my firearms are new. I went looking for some used ones and people think that their firearms are worth way more than others.

I will spend a tad more on a new one.

June 25, 2009, 05:45 PM
I have got the price knocked down on a couple of guns that were purchased there. No way I was going to pay sticker price.

Dr. Tad Hussein Winslow
June 25, 2009, 05:58 PM
I'm wondering if anybody can explain to me what would motivate someone to pay >95% of new prices for these things?

Is that all? That's a steal - There are several long guns in the used rack at Bass Pro Shops in OKC that I kid you not, are $100-115% of a new price. That's a "gun show price", then plus tax and 4473 on top of that!

It's the funniest thing I've ever seen - when I need a laugh, I run down there and look.

June 25, 2009, 06:41 PM
Cabela's is OK for new guns. No more overpriced than anywhere else.

Their used prices are absurd. Moreover, the managers frequently are uninformed about some pretty basic gun facts.:eek:

I like to shoot black powder revolvers. Cabela's has had some truly excellent deals recently, but you need to keep your eyes open for them.:)

June 25, 2009, 07:38 PM
I'm curious who is buying some of these used guns. I have seen some new pistols in the $600 price range for $25 less than a brand new at some places, right in the case next to the new ones. Granted, you'd save $25 but you're getting a gun that you don't know the history of and a warranty that may or may not exist. It could function just fine but it might not...who knows.

June 25, 2009, 08:07 PM
Ours advertised a 'gun show' so I took the drive. It was more like the table at the Chicago PD turn in a gun for $50 table. :barf:

I've bought guns from them, when they had a great sale. I got a coupon from them - $20 off if you spend 150 - and the little print - says not good on guns or ammo. Another :barf:

Now I stop only if I am going by for some other reason.

Mark K. C.
June 25, 2009, 08:26 PM
I know the store you're talking about. I was there a week after they opened and I thought their prices were on the high side for a grand opening. Those poor guy's behind the counter had people stacked-up 4-5 deep. I didn't stick around long enough to haggle none.

June 25, 2009, 08:32 PM
I was turned off to cabelas guns when I was in the cabelas in monk texas, most of the used guns where in rough shape with some rust.

June 26, 2009, 06:13 AM
I've found one good deal at Cabela's. Of course it involved an older gentleman about to get hosed selling a Winchester 1905 to the d-bag in the gun library. I was "banned" for making a deal with the guy. Oh well.:rolleyes:

June 26, 2009, 06:36 AM
I have a buddy that has bought a few used guns from them. However, he always has a stack of coupons and gift cards for that store. He will only come out of pocket for less than the book value.

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