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Pawnshop stories...

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by english kanigit, Mar 31, 2005.

  1. english kanigit

    english kanigit Active Member

    Sep 14, 2004
    Oklahoma - At the "Bubonic Bed and Breakfast" look
    I got off work a little early today so I decided to make a circuit of my nearby pawnshops. Last week I scored over $400 in paintball stuff for $120 and I figured maybe I would get lucky again. I still can't believe how they price their stuff!

    A HiPoint 9mm pistol- "lightly used" $179! :uhoh:

    A HiPoint 9mm carbine- "brand new" looked like a dumpster special $215 (it came with a second set of sights...) :eek:

    $579 for a really beat up witness (CZ 75 knock off) :what:

    About a year ago, I canvased the pawnshops to look at ruger 22/45s; I had planned to buy one at the gun show which was soon. The lowest prive was $350 for a really beat up model. :scrutiny: That weekend I got my first personal fire arm. A ruger 22/45, I paid $265 NIB.

    What are some of the most ridiculous offers/deals you have ever seen?
    ( excluding the brass-hawking aussie on e-bay :rolleyes: )
  2. Nathanael_Greene

    Nathanael_Greene Participating Member

    Oct 27, 2003
    The worst thing I saw was an Argentine Hi-Power copy, pretty beat up, tagged at $599.

    The best deal--I ain't tellin', but let's say I did just fine.

    Recently, I found a like-new S&W 469 for $225, out-the-door. Really a nice pistol; not a mark on it.

    Saw a nice Savage .270 package gun for $200; considering they may have taken less than that, that's not too bad. I would've bought it if I weren't left-handed, and it was a right-handed rifle.

    Aside from those, I've seen a lot of junk--but just enough good stuff, decently priced, to keep me looking.
  3. ulflyer

    ulflyer Participating Member

    Jan 22, 2005
    I know some of you have found good buys, but in my area every single one I've been to is way overpriced. I don't bother going anymore. I did find a decent gunshop yesterday that will sell for 10% over wholesale, plus tax. Example: New Springfield GI $399.
  4. sarge83

    sarge83 Active Member

    Jan 2, 2003
    Worst deals: Very used Ruger 10/22's all for $175 or more. Any Glock $600+.

    Best deals: excellent condition Ruger 22/45 for $211 out the door.
    Winchester 1894 pre-64 model good condition for $220
    Inland M-1 carbine, needed new front sight, otherwise good condition $329.
    S'G' M-1 carbine, good condition $349.
    Colt 70 series LWC .45 pristine condition $449.
  5. mtnbkr

    mtnbkr Senior Member

    Dec 25, 2002
    Manassas, Va
    I have never found a good gun deal at a pawn shop. Mostly what I find is $120 NEF Pardners and the like.

  6. White Horseradish

    White Horseradish Participating Member

    Jun 28, 2004
    My favorite is a Mosin-Nagant I found at a pawnshop last summer.

    Slightly rusty, no handguard, cut-off forearm, multiple off-center holes in it(no sling studs, just holes), shortened barrel, homemade front sight, dark pitted bore, homebent bolt handle with burn marks. Tagged as "Rare Russian Rifle", $269

    It's still there.
  7. LeonCarr

    LeonCarr Senior Member

    Mar 20, 2003
    At The Range
    A Colt SAA allegedly once owned by a Texas Ranger (no documentation) at a pawn shop in Palestine, Texas, and the price tag said $17,500.

    Just my .02,
  8. EghtySx

    EghtySx Active Member

    Apr 10, 2004
    Dallas, TX
    I saw a CZ 52 at a pawn shot for $250.

    On the other hand, I bought a Delta Elite First Edition at a pawn shop for $750 in great shape. Have been offered $1200 for it. I still own it. :D
  9. outofbattery

    outofbattery Active Member

    Apr 14, 2004
    Depending upon the pawn shop , they really don't care if you go buy elsewhere as they can afford to keep whatever on the shelf due to making all their money on the loans themselves . It's hit or miss , I found a like new $300 Kahr and a $5 1906 manufacture 03 Springfield bayonet with scabbard etc in pawn shops but yeah , you're equally likely to see a " great " deal on a lightly used Haskell . You might just notice the prices on guns but give a look at tools and electronics as well - same story . I look at pawn shops like yard sales - just going to look but not going to buy anything in particular ; it doesn't pay to get bent out of shape about what they're asking .
  10. Jon Coppenbarger

    Jon Coppenbarger Participating Member

    Dec 25, 2002
    Here in a military town there are many, many pawnshops.
    Some are always high and the others are up and down.
    I find it really depends on who is the manager is at the time as they do have a large turn over in help.

    Alot of times it depends on if they like you also. I have walked in a bought something for 20% less than a friend was quaoted a few hours later and vise versa.
    Some go by condition and the blue book and some go by the % added to the original loan and that is where you really get either a great deal or the price is sky high.
    I have bought $1k firearms for half the price and have saw them for twice what they are worth.
  11. Bear Gulch

    Bear Gulch Participating Member

    Feb 19, 2005
    SOme are good. Some are really sad. Pawns can have problems with the legality of tracing ownership as well.
  12. shooter58

    shooter58 New Member

    Nov 10, 2003
    Never,never,never pay the sticker price at a pawn shop. Always offer at least 40% lower in cash...then negotiate from there. They jack the price up expecting a lower offer.

    I worked at pawn shop for about 2 years (part-time) to help out a friend who was the owner. The lesson he taught me was this:
    If you loan out $100...payback is $125 IF YOU PAY BACK IN ONE MONTH! Other wise you pay the interest ($25) for that month. If you go to pay back the next month, the price is still $125 ($125 + $25=$150), and it just continues to compound until the loan is defaulted. He can never sell the item for enough profit to offset the amount of profit he makes if that money is on the street. So, if you see a gun on his shelf that has been there a little while, make an offer. He would much rather have the money to put back on the street. He effectively makes 25% per month! Cash always talks in those places.
  13. Standing Wolf

    Standing Wolf Member in memoriam

    Dec 24, 2002
    Idahohoho, the jolliest state
    I was once offered the time of day for a mere $.50 in a pawn shop.
  14. CAS700850

    CAS700850 Participating Member

    Jul 20, 2004
    Central Ohio
    I was doing a witness interview at a pawn shop, and noticed a nice Smith Model 15 on the "gun rack" (peg board with hooks). I asked to see it, looked it over, and saw it was in good shape. Negotiated a price of $250. I gave the guy $50 to hold the gun as I wrote down the serial number, to have it run for possibel stolen property. Suddenly, he "recalls" that he promised the gun to someone else, and returns my money.

    Funny thing, I ran the number anyways, and there was no report of it being a stolen gun. Never again looked at buying anything at a pawn shop.
  15. thereisnospoon

    thereisnospoon Active Member

    Jan 27, 2005
    At my house
    Pawn shops are a few of my favorite things!

    I love pawn shops. The people that work there can only panic when faced with someone who knows more about the product and its value than they do.

    I have purchased the following:
    85% Egyptian Hakim Rifle $105.00 :D
    98% Swedish Ljungman AG42B $ 250.00 :what:

    Of course, I have also seen the same number of $600.00 used (read abused) GLOCKS and the like. :banghead:

    My neatest find has got to be a copy of a Thompson called a Volunteer Arms Commando Mark III in .45 ACP. Thirty round stick mags, etc. The "salesman" had the price marked at $258.00, but the tag also said it did not function. I inquired about the weapon and was bitten. After discussing the attempts made by various gunsmiths to "fix it", I got him down to $175.00.
    Twenty minutes after I got it home I had it working and it is being refinished as a home defense weapon.

    America...What a Country! :)
  16. Rexrider

    Rexrider Active Member

    Mar 31, 2004
    Maricopa, AZ
    Hey, I think I saw that same Colt SAA at a gun show in PA about 15 yrs ago. But back then the guy only wanted $3000 for it.

    I asked the guy behind the table why the Colt was $3000. He said because it belonged to a Texas Ranger. So I asked, who was this Ranger? He said he did not know, it just belonged to a Ranger.

    Wow....I wish I would have bought it back then. To think it would be worth $17,500 today. :scrutiny:
  17. Old Dog

    Old Dog Senior Member

    Aug 11, 2004
    somewhere on Puget Sound
    Then we have the pawnshop in which I once found a minty stainless Combat Commander (nary a tiny scratch on it) - that had been modestly but expertly customized (very nice frontstrap checking, beavertail, nicely beveled mag-well, extended safety, Novaks and -- what looked to be real ivory grips) with a $500 tag on it ... the guy behind the counter wouldn't hold it for me because he said someone else said they'd buy it ... I had to go the bank in person 'cause the guy wanted a cash sale and my ATM withdrawal limit was $300/day. Of course, by the time I got back, an hour later ... the pistol had been purchased by the first guy. Lesson learned: don't ever go into shops that sell guns without lots of cash in the wallet.
  18. Harry Paget Flashman

    Harry Paget Flashman Participating Member

    Feb 15, 2005
    NW Florida
    I go to pawn shops to eyeball the hand tools and occasionally the guns. Every once in a while I find a "must have" tool at a good price. One place I go to more than others is the most organized and clean pawn shop I have ever visited. Everything laid out and sorted with military precision. I complimented the owner on it one day. About a month later I was browsing and bought a $7 Tanaka nail puller and as I was leaving the owner said he'd just gotten a rifle in the day before and did I want to see it? Turns out it was a .30-40 Krag carbine(NRA modified, not original) for $400. Really great shape. I'd been looking for one since 1972 when I first saw my brother-in-law's. Didn't even haggle on the price. I would have paid more to have it.

    I guess the owner remembered me and the compliment.
  19. jsalcedo

    jsalcedo Senior Member

    Dec 31, 2002
    Some of my best pawnshop deals.

    1951 Remington 870 wingmaster 28'' barrel $69

    Ruger P95 LNIB $232

    Ruger Blackhawk .44 mag and Dan Wesson .357 8'' both for $400

    Colt New Army .38 special from 1908 for $145

    Browning A5 3in mag 100% NIB with everything for $350

    Ruger 22/45 100% for $179

    Needless to say I keep going to the same shops over and over.
  20. RobW

    RobW Active Member

    Dec 27, 2002
    Henderson, NV
    A rusty, beat up Lyman reloading press for $140.00. You can buy it NEW from MidwayUSA for $80 something.

    For a good laugh, I once in a while looked around in that pawn-shop, and after 4 years, the press was still there. And when they didn't die...

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