Gun Swap


September 11, 2009, 09:26 AM
I have a handgun that is a very popular model that I'd like to try to swap at my local gun shop for a used pistol that they have had since before Christmas ... the selling price of the one I want is slightly less than what I would sell the one I have for and should be able to get ... I'm game for an even swap but I wouldn't mind them throwing in a box of shells ... Owner of this place is a jerk ... :cuss:

Mine is a very popular 9mm pocket auto and the one I want is a PT-22, if that helps ... :)

Any advice on how to go about bringing up the subject of a trade ?

Thanks ... :)

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September 11, 2009, 09:35 AM
They can't pay the bills doing an even swap. You might be better to do a layaway and try to sell yours outright. Maybe then you can get a better deal instead of a even trade.

September 11, 2009, 09:36 AM
Any advice on how to go about bringing up the subject of a trade ?

"Hey, I was wondering if ya'll were interested in working a trade" usually works prety well.

I guess I don't quite understand. If you want to trade, tell them so, and tell them what you want to trade for. The worst they can say is no.

September 11, 2009, 09:44 AM
king gots it right.

Why bother beating around the bush and trying to play a game of wits. Just ask them.

I'd probably sell the pistol you have for the best fair price and buy their gun. That way you profit, they profit, and everyone is happy.

September 11, 2009, 09:48 AM
From what ive seen a used handgun is worth about 50% of its original cost as long as it still in good condition.This is how gun shops make a profit and stay in business,i don't much care to loose that much money.But ive done it before.
Your best bet is to trade or sell it to someone not in the firearms business.Or ask them to sell your's on consignment at the shop.

Example of the deal i did just to make the Glock guys cringe.
I traded in a newish G20c with a spare Wolff .40 barrel for a value of $375 and used that to buy a new Taurus PT745.I had over $700 in the Glock between the gun and barrel.

Of course i could have sold it to someone i knew for $500,but i was impatient and didnt want hassle.

September 11, 2009, 05:37 PM
The chances are good that no gun shop will ever offer you what you think your gun is worth. It's like trading in your used car when you buy a new one. It may be convenient, but you are most likely going to get hammered.

Your best bet is to sell your gun outright and then go in an make an offer on the gun you want to replace it with. You will come out ahead, and you won't have to worry about getting a low-ball offer from the owner of the gun shop.

If he's a jerk, by the way, why deal with him? Is he the only game in town?

September 11, 2009, 08:29 PM
Let me assist you - the PT22 is not a very good gun.

It has a very heavy trigger. Plus, 22 cal is a very poor defensive weapon. You'd be better off with the 9mm. If you really want a 22 - there are TONS of better choices.

September 12, 2009, 07:58 PM
Hello friends and neighbors // +1 shipwreck

I really think you are going wrong way here. Keep 9mm, they can be fun targetshooters.

Try several 22."s rent ,borrow,;; At the range offer to let some one shoot your 9mm who is shooting a 22. ,maybe they will let you try theirs. I would never expect someone to trust me with their firearm without trusting them with mine first though. It would not be my ice breaker either. ;- )
Also ,If you can, check gun broker prices before you buy.

In answer to your question;; Folding cash is King not trade in.///

With folding cash I got $100.00 off last $500.00 purchase. ///
You should at least get 3% off for cash instead of credit/debit. I figure that into cost right away. ////
It never hurts to ask for box of shells,better gun lock, mag. . speed or strip loader or try to get something out of used holster/ belt box . Even a cleaning cloth is great to me. If you see something they have a ton of ask for one.

On a used firearm they will probably offer you around 40% value and hope to get 60% value at sale. So trade hurts profit of both firearms.

Hope you get a great firearm and deal ....content

September 13, 2009, 10:55 PM
I have to agree, the times that I have wanted to trade the value offered has always been disappointing for me. The better way is to sell yours outright to someone not in the business(usually get more $) and use the cash to purchase what you want. Several times patience has netted me a far superior deal than I first had engineered before doing some research while waiting for the sale of said firearm.:cool: I now consider myself a lot more skilled in the upgrading firearms game.:D I will not take total advantage of anyone but always try to get the best deal for myself.

September 14, 2009, 12:07 AM
PT-22? Like this kind of PT-22:


Please don't trade a quality 9mm for that. If you really want one, pony up the $200 for one, but don't get rid of your other weapon. You're surely still want it after your first outing with that .22

September 14, 2009, 01:33 AM
Ahhhhhhhhhhhh,I just think so


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