The Internet and gun shows


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Slater
October 21, 2003, 10:03 PM
A lot of folks have said that the Internet has affected gun show sales/prices to some extent. People now have more options and a greater awareness of how much a certain gun SHOULD cost. The gun shows that I've been to still have the usual collection of good, fair, and bad deals, though. Opinions?

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ceetee
October 21, 2003, 10:25 PM
The only gun shows I've been to lately have only had two kinds of deals: fair, and bad. The prices shown have been at or above what a dealer's "normal" price should have been. They seem to prey (to a great extent) on the uninformed, who attend thinking that all the prices will be rock-bottom.

In fact, the only reason I've gone has been because I was looking for a certain item, and wanted a wider selection to choose from, and the only reason I bought was because I was able to dicker the sellers down to a fair price.

Some dealers I talked to openly admitted their prices were too high, but said "Somebody will come along who doesn't know any better" and pay it. I wish more folks would become more well-informed on market values of various types of firearms... this would bring the scalpers into check.

Just my opinion... YMMV.

greenmountaingear
October 21, 2003, 10:35 PM
I get a kick out of the people that see "gun X" in a wholesale ad and think that is what the dealer should sell it for :)

That $99 Mosin Nagant also has tax and shipping even if you have a C&R. $750 Bushmasters are the FFL holders price in Shotgun News; not the public's price. There are expenses with a business that Joe Public seems to ignore most of the time. Taxes, overhead, inventory, etc...you know, the little stuff! LOL!

Chipperman
October 21, 2003, 10:39 PM
This does not apply to new guns, but it's nice to see/handle a used gun before buying it.

For non-C&R guns, you still have to pay an FFL transfer, also.

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