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Cabelas Used-gun Pricing

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Marnoot, Oct 25, 2005.

  1. Marnoot

    Marnoot Member

    Apr 20, 2004
    SLC, UT
    I just spent some time at the new Cabelas in Utah and came to the conclusion that whoever is pricing their used guns does so while intoxicated. They had a *very* used SKS, think below "shooter grade." It was tagged as a "Paratrooper SKS," but looked more like a neutered and abused Yugo 59/66. The bayonet was removed, leaving the lug/hinge, the muzzle looked like it was missing something (thus why I'm thinking it was a 59/66), the bolt dust cover was missing, the stock was in poor shape, very dark bore, and it was priced at $200! They had a couple very pedestrian, standard M1903A3's priced at $900, and a M1903 for $500 (about the only decently priced thing I saw). How do they decide on these prices? I was shocked when i saw what they were trying to sell that poor, abused SKS for. Even their non-milsurp offerings seemed extremely over priced. Is this standard for Cabelas, or is it just this location?
  2. TrybalRage

    TrybalRage Member

    Jan 28, 2005
    Marietta, GA
  3. dakotasin

    dakotasin Senior Member

    Dec 26, 2002
    cabela's does sell about any kind of weapon one could want (not sure about fa's - local cabela's has had tommy guns in the past, but not sure if they were fa capable), but their forte is in hunting-style firearms.

    so... do not expect to get a good deal on mil-surps, ak-clones, etc there. they have 'em, but...

    they do dicker a little on their used inventory - not a lot, and it is highly dependant upon how long the gun has been in stock.

    last, the used gun prices at cabela's are so close to new gun prices that it makes no sense to buy a used gun from cabela's if that particular model is still in current production...

    btw... their bottom dollar, absolute bottom dollar on a gun is 20% above what they paid for it - and you'll get that only if the gun has been on the shelf at least 60 days.

    *this is all based on the cabela's closest to me - don't know if this is a corporate store policy or individual manager's policy...
  4. SJG26

    SJG26 member

    Dec 25, 2002
    Eastern PA - Berks/Lehigh Valley
    Here's What To Expect............

    Cabelas charges dam near MSL price for most firearms (sometimes a $50 off here and there)

    They WILL price match as follows:
    - firearm is IN STOCK in a shop within "50-miles" of Cabelas>
    - talk to the manager.

    I looked for a Kahr PM 9 -DLC back in Nov..Cabelas wanted $700 for it.

    I shopped around and found the same for $590 (DnR Sports in Nanticoke - 62 mi away on mapquest)

    The clerk tell me the 50-mile rule - reluctantly - they dont like to share that info!

    I tell them - I know what I want - I'l drive for the $100+ savings.
    Cabelas is a 5 min drive for me--DnR is an hour - its their sale to lose--what ya gonna do?.

    The gun manager verifies in stock with DnR - makes the sale shaking his head at the great price

    You're nuts to gun-shop toda---every tourist w/ an urge is gonna be there today - DO NOT PURCHASE ANY FIREARM OFF THE SHELF - lots of dry-fire commandos there. They all have trigger locks but I've seen too many yahoos click away after removing the lock.

    Your best bet is too go there for the hands-on - then order from your local shop--------------------

    I needed the PM9 - trip and a match (pocket-gun class) so no time for the local guy-- my bad

    Last edited by SJG26 : July 4th, 2005 at 08:54 AM. Reason: added P.S.
  5. dfaugh

    dfaugh Participating Member

    Dec 10, 2004
    Sometimes goes both ways

    Don't have a Cabela's, but we have a Gander Mountain.....used gun prices all over the map...Mostly too high but I've seen a few (including a couple I regretted not buying, later)that were really good deals...In short, they just don't have a clue when it comes to pricing used guns...Jsut slap a number on it that "looks about right"....:rolleyes:
  6. duckslayer

    duckslayer Member

    Jan 29, 2004
    The Cabelas in Ft. Worth had a used Rem. Model 7 in 7mm-08 for ...$700:eek:
  7. orangeninja

    orangeninja Senior Member

    Dec 4, 2003
    Cabelas in Ft. Worth also had a very used and abused Sig 225 for 650...we're talking massive blue wear here.
  8. Omaha-BeenGlockin

    Omaha-BeenGlockin Senior Member

    Dec 26, 2002
    Used guns(and used cars) are a dealers cash cow----they give you half of what its worth---sell you a new one at full retail---then try to sell your trade-in at near full retail.

    Local dealer has used Marlin .22's for $20 to $30 more than you can buy a new one at Walmart---that's right across the street----what a joke.
  9. junyo

    junyo Active Member

    Apr 21, 2004
    The Cabelas in Hamburg PA is usually pretty decent, and since they only charge $5 for the background check it makes them even more competitive. But they're really inconsistent on the used gun pricing; a barely used engraved Ruger Red Label for just under $1k, it's twin for $1100 two racks away, a bunch of beat to death, ancient .22 pumps for $200-$300, newish bolt action .22s for $99.
  10. f4t9r

    f4t9r Senior Member

    May 27, 2005
    Where Im at most of the used guns are police turn ins
    Like others said price all over the place , can talk to mgr. for a deal sometimes
  11. Sleeping Dog

    Sleeping Dog Participating Member

    Dec 25, 2002
    Cabela's in Dundee, MI, had a S&W 686-3, nice condition but no box, $320. Seemed like a good price to me, better than a lot of places around here.

    Nice shooter, too. :)
  12. possum

    possum Mentor

    Oct 12, 2005
    Concord, N.C.
    i have been to the Kansas City Cabela's quite a few times and i absolutly can't believe some of thier prices. They had a yugo mauser that was in decent shape on the outside but horrible bore that they wanted $450 for, I had just bought my czech for alot less and it came with ammo and it was one of the best ones I have ever seen so i am very happy but thier isn't any mauser that i would pay that much for. They had several used and abused sks and ak variants, one of the ak's i couldn't believe the friging slanted muzzule break was free turning and it looked like it was gonna fall off any minute. MY major grip with them is that they have soom good stuff sitting out on the sales floor but they must not wipe them down because almost everyone had some kind of rust forming on them. One mini-14 was horribly covered everywhere. I was wanting to buy a custom Winchester model 70 with Mcmillan stock, 6.5x 20 scope bi-pod heavy barrel and everything, but it had rust spots on it and if i am gonna pay alot of money for something well heck if I am gonna pay any amount of money for something with rust on it I don't want it to have a speck of rust. I buy ammo by the thousnads there but never will i buy a weapon from them.

    RUBZERK New Member

    Mar 28, 2005
    Lancaster, PA.

    I was at Cabela's in Hamburg on Sunday & talked the sales guy into selling me my new Sig for 5% off. saved $32.:D

    They will haggle prices there, even on used items.

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