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not a big fan of gunbroker dot com

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by lobo9er, Jul 8, 2009.

  1. lobo9er

    lobo9er Well-Known Member

    gunbroker has its place but i find its every gun shop in the country putting there better (or sometimes garbage) inventory up for auction for a few bucks more than its in there shop. and the no reserve thing is a joke cuz the auction is already started for retail price. i'm new here but thought i would see if anyone else sees it like that. theres mos def some good sellers on there but i just find a lot of prices tend to be a little high
  2. Ash

    Ash Well-Known Member

    Sometimes the auctions are started insanely high. Of course, those auctions rarely sell. I have noticed a guy from Vinton, LA, who manages to price his stuff about double.

  3. Quiet

    Quiet Well-Known Member

    auction sites = capitialism = prices set via supply vs demand economics

    Don't like the price, don't bid.
  4. dullh

    dullh Well-Known Member

    What "Quiet" said...don't like the price, don't bid.

    Now I did see a guy in Kansas offering "gold inlaid" Glock 19's for $10,000 each...would like to meet the guy who buys one, wouldn't mind being in his will!

    My personal experience is not the same as yours. Yes, some prices are ridiculous, and those auctions do not sell. But I will say the vast majority of sellers on there are selling guns for right at the same price or a little less than my local gun shops. The only decision then is do I want to pay shipping and transfer fee or state sales tax...
  5. The Deer Hunter

    The Deer Hunter Well-Known Member

    Whenever I want to know how much a gun costs, I'll check it out first on Gunbroker. A lot of guns $300 higher than retail prices from stores and on manufacturer site.

    It's just like the sellers you see on Ebay. There's the store seller who sells a lot of stuff at reasonable prices and makes half a living off of it. Then you have the ordinary joe seller, who is just looking to get rid of some stuff and put some cash in his wallet. Then, you have the ripoff sellers that are trying to sell stuff as high as people will pay. They sensationalize the product the best they can in an attempt to offer incentives to buy from them.
  6. SaxonPig

    SaxonPig Well-Known Member

    Don't like the prices? Don't pay them.

  7. raskolnikov_22

    raskolnikov_22 Well-Known Member

    Not always. It's not atypical to see penny auctions on expensive or rare items like Colt Pythons or W. German Sigs. Gunshows are no different: there's good buys, but you have to wade through the gougers to get to them.

    Recently I just had to have another High Power. Called every gun store remotely in my area, no luck. Got a brand new '08 Mark III on gunbroker for a good price. Nothing to write home about, but no worse than at a gun store.
  8. jimmyraythomason

    jimmyraythomason Well-Known Member

    I use GB for components for my sporters. If a barrel or receiver is priced too high for me, I just wait for one that's not.
  9. lobo9er

    lobo9er Well-Known Member

    sure i know dont like it dont turn it on. just seeing what all ya'll thought i check things out alot on there bought and sold a few things, like raskol said you gotta wade through the gougers
  10. j21blackjack

    j21blackjack Well-Known Member

    I've gotten some pretty good deals on GB. I actually found my 44 spl Lee Classic Loader on their. I've also sold a few guns there myself. I happened to get 2 P3AT's for $250 a piece w/ no shipping last year :).
  11. Deckard

    Deckard Well-Known Member

    Sure people put up guns for crazy prices hoping some sucker will bite, it costs them nothing and could land them a big profit, but you just have to look a little harder to find some decent listings. I'm always a little nervous about a gun I can't see in person, but I've gotten two excellent shooters at reasonable prices from GunBroker: a Swedish Mauser M96 and a Browning BPR.
  12. Mags

    Mags Well-Known Member

    I have a Springfield 1911 I bought new for 850 I added a magwell and pachmayr grips. When asked by a coworker what I wanted for it I said "1000 bucks" hell no I know the gun aint worth that much but that's what it would take for me to sell it. The way I see it online merchants don't wanna come off their product too easily. Maybe they like to save their inventory for the local customer and will only sell it on the ineternet for what the hassle is worth to them.
  13. hso

    hso Moderator Staff Member

    It's a great reference source if you're signed up with them since you can see what sells and at what price by looking at completed auctions. It also helps you see if a gun has been on the block before and how often. Plenty of silly prices asked, but not usually given.
  14. atblis

    atblis Well-Known Member

    Go to advanced search, and search for no reserve auctions. Then sort by price.
  15. Resto Guy

    Resto Guy Well-Known Member

    This week I watched a Dan Wesson Monson 15-2 6" .357 go for $500+. It made me feel really good about the deal I got on a virtually identical 15-2 a few months ago.
  16. 2RCO

    2RCO Well-Known Member

    It's a good way to check and see how competetive your local dealer is. If a new gun frequently goes for $1500 on GB and your local dealer won't go cheaper than $2k you see that the local guy is off on his prices. In my area GB is usually a bit higher than what they go for locally.

    FWIW to me GB beats the heck out of price guides because you can see what someone has paid recently.
  17. Gun Slinger

    Gun Slinger member

    What hso said. Good reference source, goofy prices.

    Buy elsewhere when you find a better deal.

    DRYHUMOR Well-Known Member

    You've really got to look closely. The deals are there.

    Mostly from individuals. Occasionally from dealers that move a lot of volumne.

    It's about the best place to find discontinued models, wait patiently and one you are looking for comes along at a fair price.

    The last rifle I bought was for $300 less than what the rest were selling for on GB from everyone else, and $400 less than any of the local dealers would sell it for.
  19. R.W.Dale

    R.W.Dale Well-Known Member

    the real story of items as far as what sells and what won't on gunbroker isn't told by the starting price it's the number of bids you should be looking at. I've sold on GB a lot and what other sellers fail to understand is if you get no bids on the first run you're price is too high and after the initial offering your chances of a sale become less and less. But unlike e-bay that charges for relists gunbroker does not. So after awhile the site has gotten choked up with pie in the sky dreamer listings that literally get relisted for YEARS.

    It's strange

    E bay could make more $$ if they had GB's 15 minute rule.


    Gunbroker could make more $$ if they charged to relist items like E-bay

    Either way though as others have mentioned you have to dig around for the real auctions on GB. Easily 98% of the listings are pure spam. My favorites are the places that will have 50 listings for the same make and model firearm. Just exactly how much business are they afraid to loose if one night there's a nationwide run on 243 WSSM A-bolt stalkers?
  20. j-easy

    j-easy Well-Known Member

    way to much spam posts on gunbroker, i wish ebay didnt ban firearms sales :(

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