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What do you want (when looking at guns online).

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by 1894, Jul 29, 2011.

  1. 1894

    1894 Well-Known Member

    Oct 1, 2009
    It seems that rent may force my sale of some favorites. If I have to do this, I'd rather my favorite toys end up in Highroader hands. So, When I put these things up for sale in the, "Trading Post," forum, what details do you want/need? Also, even though I have a pretty cool camera, all my pics end up blurry. Advice on all accounts is appreciated.
  2. forindooruseonly

    forindooruseonly Well-Known Member

    Oct 3, 2009
    Seriously, good pics will get you the best price, especially on online auction or forums where the buyer maybe a long way away. There are enough poorly photographed guns for sale that most view them as a gamble, cause you are not sure what you are getting. Therefore they won't be willing to shell out the cash for an unknown factor.

    Get a cheap tripod or borrow one. Set the camera to a timer so you aren't touching it when it goes off. Make sure it is in focus. PM me if you have some questions about specifics, or maybe any of the others on here who take good pics.

    In a description, if there is a problem with the gun, or if it has been reblued, let the buyer know. It'll save in hassle and bad feelings.

    Caliber, barrel length, date of manufacture if possible, accessories, are all pertinent information. Box and papers, if they are included.

    Location and face to face only, or if you are willing to ship, a price on that.

    That should get ya started!
  3. Tim the student

    Tim the student Well-Known Member

    Feb 1, 2009
    More information is better than less, IMO. I'd like as many details as possible.

    Refinished or not, what has been replaced on it (and who did it - you, what gunsmith, or back to the factory) , any wear marks or not, round count, date of manufacture, stuff like that. I won't say that stuff is mandatory, but I'd give your ad a lot more attention than an ad that just has model, price, and some crappy cell phone pics.

    Lots of good pics.
  4. Cryogaijin

    Cryogaijin Well-Known Member

    Feb 10, 2011
    Portland Oreganon
    For used guns, a good pictures of the chamber, throat and interior of the barrel.
  5. Dr.Rob

    Dr.Rob Moderator Staff Member

    Dec 23, 2002
    Centennial, CO
    Good pics tell a story that words can't. Still, more information is better than less. I'd rather be overloaded with information than have to ask it myself.
  6. Magoo

    Magoo Well-Known Member

    Dec 1, 2009
    Use the Macro setting on your camera for those detail shots. Should help with the blurry close ups.
  7. Ger1942

    Ger1942 Member

    Jul 30, 2011
    SE Florida
    I would not buy a gun online without a picture. I want to know what is written matches the gun I'm attempting to buy.
    Also less than 50 rds fired is not NIB.
  8. orionengnr

    orionengnr Well-Known Member

    Jan 3, 2005
    Before the internet, there was Shotgun News, a newspaper-styled nationwide publication of guns for sale.

    Then came Gun List, which was an improvement in two ways:
    1. The ads were classified by manufacturer, so you didn't have to read every single ad to find what you were looking for.
    2. They insisted that the seller offer and honor a five-day inspection period with no-questions-asked money back guarantee. This gave the buyer confidence and kept the shysters at bay.

    I believe both are still around, but have declined in popularity since internet sales became popular.

    The purpose of this long winded post? :D Offer an inspection period and offer to refund the purchase price (not shipping). If you describe them accurately and price them fairly it is an option that will almost never be exercised, but it provides considerable peace of mind for the buyer.
  9. MistWolf

    MistWolf Well-Known Member

    Aug 17, 2005
    No blurry pictures. Have at least one pic that shows entire firearm. Closeups are good, but I want to see the whole firearm. No tiny pictures. Don't make them huge either. Don't show the same picture from a slightly different angle thirty times over. Pick the best pic that shows what you want it to and use that. Post make, model & caliber and price. No rants about bad past experiences etc. Be professional, use good grammar and spelling. Be clear and concise. Proofread & edit before posting
  10. spyder1911

    spyder1911 Well-Known Member

    Mar 27, 2008
    Read on how to make a light box and take a bunch of good pictures.

    For example, Light Tent. There is no reason that you shouldn't be able to take decent close up photos with a cheap camera.

    More pictures shows the conditions of the product and make the seller believe you are not hiding anything.

    Edit-A cardboard box and some white paper can work great for a cheap light box
  11. Bubbles

    Bubbles Well-Known Member

    Apr 26, 2004
    Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia
    Good pics are a must. Clean the gun before taking them. You wouldn't believe how many used guns we transfer through that are filthy.

    Disclose any damage.

    Offer a three-day inspection period. We do, but we don't sell broken junk "as is, buyer beware" like many gun and pawn shops do.

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