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Checked Out Selling / Trading an AR at Cabellas

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Welding Rod, Jan 17, 2013.

  1. Welding Rod

    Welding Rod Well-Known Member

    Today I brought in a once shot RRA 9mm carbine with Magpul CTR stock, RRA blue box, and 4 RRA / Uzi mags, 3 still in the original packaging.

    I was offered $600. Needless to say I kept it.

    First time I ever tried to sell or trade a gun there... wasted a fair bit of time and fuel to get there.

    I know they have to make a profit but jeez....
  2. Bobson

    Bobson Well-Known Member

    "Well let's see. I can give you about $600 for it. And I won't even make you wait up at the registers to get paid. Lemme grab my wallet."
  3. Pilot

    Pilot Well-Known Member

    Many gun shops will not give you anywhere near the value for your gun that you will get selling (legally) yourself.
  4. NeuseRvrRat

    NeuseRvrRat Well-Known Member

    50% of retail is about right for trade-in on guns in my experience
  5. Russ Jackson

    Russ Jackson member

    I agree 100% at 50% or more. Big overhead and they have to go through the entire gun and replace anything that is worn or wrong. And clean it. The Gunsmiths time is not cheap. Then he has to figure what they can purchase a new one at. I doubt the manufacturer has raised the cost price to Cabellas yet due to the current situation. They may not even be able to for a year or more due to a commitment to carry their guns.
  6. aubie515

    aubie515 Well-Known Member

    It's not just Cabelas'...gun shops aren't going to give you what the firearm is worth, since they must resell it for a profit.

    You will always be better selling a firearm to someone versus selling it to a gun shop. Same applies if you are talking about selling a vehicle to a car dealership. Makes no difference which "widget" you are selling.

    I know a local Gander Mountain that would say they buy at X price and told seller that they would sell it for Y price...and the seller comes back a few days later only to see that Gander Mountain has a listed price for much higher.
  7. jogar80

    jogar80 Well-Known Member

    I'm sure they'd have turned around and listed it for $2500 or something.
  8. firesky101

    firesky101 Well-Known Member

    also retailers are not going to take into account the hyper inflated prices. They still need to make a profit when people calm down.
  9. Skylerbone

    Skylerbone Well-Known Member

    After that inspection it would hit the shelves like any other rifle. Cabelas may charge a bit more than some of the online "shops" but they haven't participated in gouging. OP, if they offered you $1,800 and turned it for $3,000 you'd be mad at them and so would we so the lesson here is if you're looking to gash someone for double or triple your original investment Cabelas won't participate. Good for them and now you know.
  10. Reloadron

    Reloadron Well-Known Member

    So what do you figure the gun is worth and what do you figure you should have been offered?

  11. CharlieDeltaJuliet

    CharlieDeltaJuliet Well-Known Member

    A local guy I know owns a pawn shop. He has a guy wanting a S&W AR. He knew I had some. He offered $1100 for a S&W M&P15 (non sport model). While I won't sell it, I thought it was a great price for a "dealer/pawn shop" to offer. Which we have known each other quite a while...
  12. adelbridge

    adelbridge Well-Known Member

    If you still have your RRA stick it in the classifieds here. I will give you double their offer, I want one bad.
  13. Teachu2

    Teachu2 Well-Known Member

    That means he has a buyer at $2200.....
  14. funnelcake

    funnelcake Well-Known Member

    Not so at our local Cabelas. They don't even clean much less "fix" purchased or consignment used guns. I've never heard of any other location doing this either. Also, no gunsmith on staff (purposefully).

  15. CharlieDeltaJuliet

    CharlieDeltaJuliet Well-Known Member

    Teachu2, yep. That's about what I figured.
  16. MaterDei

    MaterDei Well-Known Member

    Does Cabelas do consignment? If so, that might be an option for the OP.
  17. Quentin

    Quentin Well-Known Member

    This has been my experience with a few used gun purchases at Cabelas. They will fix a problem in the first 30 days if you find one. Or refund your money. An exception is if they sell it "as is". I saw a P38 there for $250, as is. They bought it then later discovered the safety/hammer drop action was faulty so sent it to a gunsmith (not on staff) who examined it and said the repair would too expensive. I offered $225 and they sold it just to get rid of it. Fortunately the defective part was less than $20 and just required my labor in trial and error until I got it shaped right. No doubt the gunsmith was right that the repair would be expensive at his labor charges.

    Anyway, no doubt they inspect used guns for obvious problems then offer a low price to insure they come out ahead in the long run, even with a percentage that lose money.
  18. Claude Clay

    Claude Clay Well-Known Member

    suppose MSRP is $1000.pre dec 14th it would be on the shelf for ~ 879.95
    it cost the dealer ~700 (less if its a high volume store with that product)
    used, even unfired but its been papered so they have to sell it as used...
    for ~779.95. so 600 to you is fair. not nice but they have overhead so they can have ( use to anyways) what you want usually in stock for you.

    bluntly; why would they pay you used what it cost them new?
  19. Welding Rod

    Welding Rod Well-Known Member

    MSRP on the gun is $1,180, plus Magpul CTR, plus 3 additional brand new mags. MSRP for all this is over $1,300.

    They could have offered me $900 and almost certainly sold the gun in less than 24 hours for at least a $200 profit while looking like they were still being good guys and not gouging the buyer.

    Right now they don't have a black gun on the shelf. No biggie. Their loss.

    I know I can get $900 to $1,000 from a small shop I frequent. They are happy to book a gun in and out for a few hundred dollar margin.

    I may sell it myself or keep it.
  20. CharlieDeltaJuliet

    CharlieDeltaJuliet Well-Known Member

    But Clay, do you think they would price it for $779? If they did I need to give them more credit. Please, I am not trying to argue, it is a serious question. I have no dog in this show, so it really dosen't matter a great deal to me. I just figured they would gouge the used rifle. They price gouge used Colt Pythons etc..

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