How to sell a gun other than the newspaper?


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jpruitt
May 21, 2012, 10:26 AM
While my local newspaper does allow classified ads for firearms, they have certain specific models and types that are not allowed. So other than posting here in the "For Sale" section, any ideas for how or where to post a gun for sale?

(And I'm not interested in trading it in to a gun store or pawn shop where I'll be lucky to get half what it's worth.)

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oneounceload
May 21, 2012, 10:34 AM
Many gun clubs have bulletin boards where folks can post for sale ads.
I know where you are coming from, a little north of you and the local paper says no handgun ads or assault rifle ads, but hunting rifles and shotguns are OK.
There are some free Floridainternet gun trading sites as well you can post

Swing
May 21, 2012, 10:36 AM
I have had generally good luck with AuctionArms (http://www.gunauction.com/) and Gunbroker (http://www.gunbroker.com/).

If you want to only sell locally, the local gun club would indeed be the ticket. Good luck.

CountryUgly
May 21, 2012, 11:09 AM
Armslist.com is a great source. In the past several months it's become my go to place for buy, sell, trade. It's like Craigslist for firearms.

danweasel
May 21, 2012, 11:29 AM
Outside of a few of my local sports stores are corkboards for posting ads. Of course if it was the same where you live then you probably already thought of this.

Furncliff
May 21, 2012, 11:54 AM
Here's a link for Armslist Florida...
http://www.armslist.com/classifieds/florida

ApacheCoTodd
May 21, 2012, 12:19 PM
I would specifically not use the news paper unless you have a method of contact and location to meet that is both safe and not directly related to you.

Cosmoline
May 21, 2012, 12:24 PM
Paper classifieds are dinosaurs anyway. Search around and I'm sure you'll be able to find local swap and sell boards. Google shows many of them to consider. Obviously you will likely have best luck with the most active ones.

If you're worried about the legal and practical details, consignment is another option but you will have to give up a chunk of the money to the store.

SniperJon
May 21, 2012, 12:36 PM
Here in Utah we have a local news station that has an amazing classifieds web site that I've bought and sold very regularly from. Maybe there's something similar in your area? It's KSL.Com/classifieds

Ramone
May 21, 2012, 12:39 PM
+1 for Range and Club bulletin boards

Owen Sparks
May 21, 2012, 12:39 PM
If our local paper had that kind of policy I would go see the editor and cancel my subscription in person.

Arp32
May 21, 2012, 12:46 PM
See if there is a backpage.com for your area. In the Phoenix area we use the sports equipment section and there are dozens of listings a day. Works and looks just like Craigslist

Tim the student
May 21, 2012, 12:54 PM
I'd look for a credit union swap sheet.

steveracer
May 21, 2012, 01:30 PM
Um...
right here on THR. All you have to do is take some photos, post the gun, and price, and location, and SOMEONE will buy it from you. The very hardest part would be to have to drive it to UPS hub and ship. (I know, CRAZY)

WoofersInc
May 21, 2012, 03:03 PM
Check the local gun internet forums. I found this one very fast.

http://www.flarms.com/

medalguy
May 21, 2012, 04:43 PM
They still publish newspapers? Try THR "for sale" section, or if you want local, try:

http://www.tallahasseegunforum.com/forum/index.php

Lots of local and near-local guys there.

Warp
May 21, 2012, 04:48 PM
Online message forum.

I just use the for sale ads on a site such as THR, or on a smaller/local site.

I have done this with four firearms so far.

Win_SX-1
May 21, 2012, 05:30 PM
I've occasionally browsed through http://www.gunlistings.org/ but not used it so I cannot say from personal experience if it is effective or not.

Some states have more listings than others - Florida (for the OP) seems to have more listings than most.

HGUNHNTR
May 21, 2012, 05:38 PM
There's this web forum called www.thehighroad.org There is a for sale section. ;)

Psa1m144
May 21, 2012, 05:44 PM
+1 for local gun forums. I use Seattleguns.net since I am near Seattle. There is undoubtedly one for your location. They are very effective.

The Lone Haranguer
May 21, 2012, 07:13 PM
I have favorable experience with GunBroker, though I wish I hadn't had to do it. :banghead: They do charge a fee - obviously they have to, to be or stay in business - but you will still come out far ahead of selling or trading to a gun shop. Another possible alternative is letting the gun shop consign your gun(s). Some of them charge a pretty high fee - 25% or more - so do some checking first.

dillardrg
May 21, 2012, 08:34 PM
Plus 1 for armslist.com .

Since last October I have sold all the firearms that I have collected over the past 30 years(except for my 1911s) and did not have a single negative experience.

A really valuable resource, and free.

Here are a few that I sold.

http://i838.photobucket.com/albums/zz305/dillardrg/Military%20Firearms/MilitaryFirearms004.jpg

GoWolfpack
May 21, 2012, 08:40 PM
If you can be vague, do it on Craigslist like this. (http://norfolk.craigslist.org/spo/3013149075.html)

Bladesmith2000
May 21, 2012, 09:42 PM
While my local newspaper does allow classified ads for firearms, they have certain specific models and types that are not allowed. So other than posting here in the "For Sale" section, any ideas for how or where to post a gun for sale?

(And I'm not interested in trading it in to a gun store or pawn shop where I'll be lucky to get half what it's worth.)

Since you are in Florida, why not put it on Florida Gin Trader? There are 1,600 active listings for Central Florida alone. I have successfully bought and sold through that website several times.

beex215
May 21, 2012, 10:18 PM
i put an ak as a hunting tool before.

CathyGo
May 22, 2012, 12:45 AM
I just sold three guns at a local gun show. Took about 3 hours of walking around with them but I got fair prices for each.

Know your "keep walking" price before you get there and stick to it. Some dealers will low ball you if you're not willing to walk away. Most at this show were decent to downright helpful. Private sellers are always going to pay more but my 870 shotgun and M1 Garand both went to dealers offering a fair deal.

rskent
May 22, 2012, 04:41 AM
I have a lot of luck with the Tampa Bay Times free ads. You put the ads in on line. They
are free so what’s the down side? I have yet to put in an ad and not have at least a few calls.
So, whatcha sellen?
Steve

Ryanxia
May 22, 2012, 08:36 AM
I've heard good things about Gunbroker if your local options aren't that great.

jpruitt
May 22, 2012, 08:53 PM
Thanks for the tips, everyone. I ended up going with Armslist (no need to even register) and it worked out great.

I have a lot of luck with the Tampa Bay Times free ads. You put the ads in on line. They
are free so what’s the down side? I have yet to put in an ad and not have at least a few calls.
So, whatcha sellen?

That is my local paper. I was selling a Glock 19, which is on their "forbidden models" list. Ridiculous, since other functionally identical guns (hi-cap semi-autos) are allowed. I guess Glocks just look too mean or have a bad rap.

Took a look at the Tribune, but their ads are a bit too expensive for me.

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