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Old October 22, 2014, 11:32 AM   #1
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unfired Belgian A5's and where to sell them.

A distant relative has been sitting on the collectors trifecta for years. He has 3 A5s still new in box, unfired, perfect. 20ga, 16 ga, and 12 ga. He wants to sell them but doesn't want to get royally screwed in the transaction. Where should I direct him to reach the collectors who might be willing to pay a reasonable price for such?

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Old October 22, 2014, 12:32 PM   #2
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The commission for GunBroker isn't nearly as bad as local brick-and-mortar consignment commissions. Failing that, he'll have to go to the Browning-centric forums and see how to use them to put up for-sale threads.

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Old October 22, 2014, 01:16 PM   #3
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I'm in the market for a 16ga A-5. Do you know what the years of manufacture are?
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Old October 22, 2014, 01:54 PM   #4
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I would start with James Juila Auctions or Rock Island Auctions. Both are HIGHLY reputable companies and have several auctions throughout the year. They usually get top dollar for collectible guns
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Old October 22, 2014, 05:00 PM   #5
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An auction is going to get him the most money. An online auction doesn't cost much at all, but probably won't bring as high of a price as one of the large firearms live auctions mentioned above. Having a gun shop that deals in collectible/high end firearms consign them might work ok, but they will never have as much exposure as a well advertised auction.
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Old October 22, 2014, 09:22 PM   #6
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Keep in mind that an auction house is going to get a 30% commission, and likely charge a 10% "buyers premium" on top of that.

That is 40% of the value of the item left sitting on the table.

Even if you don't' squeeze the last nickle out of it, you would likely be =much= better off with a GunBroker on line auction.

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Old October 22, 2014, 09:47 PM   #7
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First of all Gunbroker will get the shotguns before a wider audience than any auction house.

And he can set a minimum or a reserve. And he can leave them up for a a fairly long time, not sure what the longest time available is but probably easily more than a week if he wants to get the interest up.

If he wants a going market price Gunbroker or some of the other online auction sites are great indicators.

He can always price them out of the market and see if a collector comes along who is willing to pay a premium.
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Old October 22, 2014, 10:21 PM   #8
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I wonder how much commission Collector's Firearms in Huston would want. I see those guys moving big dollar items pretty frequently.
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