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Just my rant towards West Coast Pawn & Gun

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by tjoe20, Mar 13, 2013.

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  1. tjoe20

    tjoe20 Member

    The shop is located on Hwy. 98 In Lakeland, Florida.

    Just left here and I can't believe the nerve of these people. I understand supply and demand but this is the type of business that should be shut down. I witnessed an employee who had purchased ammo from Walmart for the store to resale at more than double the price West Coast paid for it. I saw the receipts from Walmart. At first the employee didn't have it marked up enough I overheard what I assume was either the owner or the manager tell the employee to double it because someone will pay that for it. This is ridiculous, I don't have a problem with someone making money, this goes beyond that. The gun community is a tight group and tend to stick together but this business just wants to stick it to us.
  2. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf member

    Gun stores etc. do that all the time. Don't buy ammo from those guys.
  3. wyohome

    wyohome Well-Known Member

    I would probably buy it at Wal*Mart then and save myself this drama.
  4. Sam1911

    Sam1911 Moderator

    Actually, I think they might just want to make money. Being a business and all.

    But look, there's a magic trick to "sticking it to them" for this kind of behavior -- DON'T BUY FROM THEM. That will really show them!


    The long and the short of it is, if folks will walk in the door and pay the money they're asking, they'll sell and they'll keep doing it. If no one will spend that kind of money, they won't sell any and they'll lower the price. When they stop being able to sell all they can get at the price they're asking, the market will correct their oh-so-naughty behavior.

    Until then? Well, some folks are willingly parting with money they have to spend for ammo they want or need. Guess I really can't get upset about how much profit someone else is making.
  5. c4v3man

    c4v3man Well-Known Member

    It's a pawn shop... what do you expect? I'm not saying that they're all low-lifes, but in general they are content ripping people off on both sides of the sale.

    EDIT: I suppose "ripping off" would be better stated as "taking advantage of low-information buyers and sellers".
  6. mljdeckard

    mljdeckard Well-Known Member

    Vote with your feet. They are free to charge whatever they want to. You are free to laugh and walk away.
  7. Carl N. Brown

    Carl N. Brown Well-Known Member

    I have encountered businesses like that rarely but often enough to share your outrage.

    Most gunshops I know are run by sportsmen, military vets, police equipment suppliers who share our interest almost on a hobbist rather than business level. Some retailers tho' treat ammo as a consumer item and us as sheep to be sheared, so charge what they think the market will bear, rather than cost plus reasonable profit.

    To me it is unethical for a retailer to resale ammo bought from a retailer period, like retailers who clean out a WalMart store as soon as it receives its ammo allotment.

    During one of the recent gas shortages, when everyone was jacking their prices, the gas station associated with the local Food City held their gas prices at the original price they charged when their storage tank was topped off, and changed the price only based on what they paid to top off the next time. My son and I have made a point of patronizing them for showing some ethics.
  8. tjoe20

    tjoe20 Member

    Actually I had just went to Walmart which happened to be right across the street but unfortunately they had beat me to the punch and had purchased all the ammo that Walmart had earlier this morning. I did laugh and walk away from the store without buying anything. I know they can charge whatever they want but there are plenty of shops out there doing it right and this isn't one of them.
  9. ngnrd

    ngnrd Well-Known Member

    I'm not so sure that you do...
  10. tyeo098

    tyeo098 Well-Known Member

    A 1 or 2 dollar markup I ignore.

    If something is DOUBLED or TRIPLED in price, I make sure to let out an audible LAUGH that the owner can hear. I then giggle to myself as I walk out of the store shaking my head. Seems to send a message.
  11. wojownik

    wojownik Well-Known Member

    Doesn't Walmart put its hard-to-remove stickers on their ammo boxes (at least they did for a while in my area).

    If you are really incensed about that that shop is doing, I suppose you could let your local Walmart manager know, they could put up a "don't sell to these guys" sign. They had one at my local Walmart in 2009 - I guess one store got a little too aggressive in buying in reselling even for Walmart's comfort level.
  12. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf member

    You can buy your own sticker/price gun.. put it over the/a old price.
  13. mrvco

    mrvco Well-Known Member

    It is what it is.

    You have three choices.

    1. Pay (what you consider to be) a confiscatory price for the convenience
    2. Shop around (I haven't paid more than $15/50 for 9MM FMJ since the panic began)
    3. Shoot/Hoard less.
    #3 will get us back to more reasonable pricing the quickest.
  14. 45_auto

    45_auto Well-Known Member

    Obviously someone that doesn't visit many gun shops or gun shows.

    It's a pawn shop - they're charging well over 500% APR on loans. It surprises you that they're marking up ammo a few hundred percent?

    My experience has been that the vast majority of people involved in the gun/ammo business are in it to make money. They're not investing their money to benefit the "gun community".
  15. wojownik

    wojownik Well-Known Member

    Obviously. My point was wasn't about concealing stickers from consumers, but rather that Walmart would put a non-removable sticker on a product is a pretty clear indication that they want it to be known where the product came from. And maybe, just maybe, they might care about resale of such product. Then again, maybe not...
  16. gym

    gym member

    Your dealing with a Pawn shop, the words themselves tell you your going to get ripped off doing a transaction in there. In Fl many Pawn shops are gun stores, but I don't shop for anything in pawn shops, unless it's the very reare pistol that's been sitting so long that they just want to move it. And that almost never happens to me, anyway. Buy ammo at the range or at Wallmart.
  17. Ryanxia

    Ryanxia Well-Known Member

    Just remember who gouges because like the rest this shortage will end, then you know who to avoid on principal.
  18. Robert

    Robert Moderator

    As others have noted, pawn shops are not beacons of integrity. I am sure there are some good ones out there but for the most part I would say no. Telling your friends and them telling theirs will have an effect. But for now we are done.
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