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Cabelas Used Guns

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Gryffydd, Jun 22, 2009.

  1. Gryffydd

    Gryffydd Well-Known Member

    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:
  2. steveno

    steveno Well-Known Member

    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.
  3. Rembrandt

    Rembrandt Well-Known Member

    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.
  4. Gryffydd

    Gryffydd Well-Known Member

    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.
  5. jnyork

    jnyork Well-Known Member

    I have only been in one, the prices on plain ol' used guns was breathtaking!!:eek:
  6. au2183

    au2183 Active Member

    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.
  7. Quilbilly

    Quilbilly Well-Known Member

    New or Used they are overpriced.
  8. panzer426

    panzer426 Well-Known Member

    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.
  9. B. Adams

    B. Adams Well-Known Member

    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. :)
  10. Steve N

    Steve N Well-Known Member

    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".
  11. Oro

    Oro Well-Known Member

    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.
  12. gunforhire96

    gunforhire96 New Member

    I have one

    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.
  13. gunforhire96

    gunforhire96 New Member

    And I live in Lacey Wa. near you. So I frequent the cabelas off of I-5.
  14. ScottsGT

    ScottsGT Well-Known Member

    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!
  15. bshepherd

    bshepherd Well-Known Member

    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:
  16. mm1ut1

    mm1ut1 Well-Known Member

    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
  17. ArmedBear

    ArmedBear Well-Known Member

    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...:)
  18. FROGO207

    FROGO207 Well-Known Member

    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!
  19. eqfan592

    eqfan592 Well-Known Member

    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.
  20. searcher451

    searcher451 Well-Known Member

    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.

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