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Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Gen2GlockGuy, Nov 15, 2019.

  1. Gen2GlockGuy

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    Within the last 6 months I picked up a Gen. 1 Glock 17L. I am not much of a collector but know these are pretty rare pistols to come across, especially in good shape. I have tried to find buyers locally through Armslist but haven’t found anyone that interested. I know Gunbroker is probably my best option for getting top dollar, but I’ve never sold anything on Gunbroker before.
    If I have no feedback for people to reference, is it likely someone will still bid on an item like this? I have tracked three of these pistols on Gunbroker over the past few months, and each has gone for $2000-$3500 depending on condition, accessories, etc. Should I go through Gunbroker or try some other options locally? Thanks for the feedback.
     
  2. 243winxb

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    A Verified Member is a member who passed our extended user verification security screening. These users will have the badge, , next to their user name when presented on the site. This distinction lets buyers and sellers know they are dealing with a user who has passed the GunBroker.com verification process.Mar 6, 2019

    Yes, if Varified.
     
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    People pay that much for noncustome Glocks?

    Wow.

    I think you’ll get a bid if you follow the above advice. I’ve bought from new sellers.
     
  4. Rock185

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    IMHO, That early 17L is very much a niche item that would likely be of interest to a very small segment of the gun buying public. But there are a zillion Glock fans, so who knows. In any case, if I were expecting to net $2000.00 or more dollars, I would definitely list it on Gunbroker or similar, or consign it to one of the well known internet sellers who already have a good reputation and many sales under their belts......ymmv
     
  5. Gen2GlockGuy

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    Thanks for the advice, everyone. It looks like the extended verification requires faxing a copy of your DL and an electric bill to someone at Gunbroker. Anyone here done this? Anything to worry about with identity theft or security compromise? Thanks.
     
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    For those wondering about the practical value of these.

    Keep a couple of things in mind, first there is a finite number of gen ones, and an even smaller number of the 17L's.....and perhaps more to the point, ALL Gen ones are pre-ban.
     
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    To the OP

    Gunbroker is really your best bet to maximize your returm
     
  8. Rock185

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    That verification procedure is new to me. I don't recall having to fax anything, and know for sure I didn't fax my DL. I signed up several years ago and have occasionally bought or sold an item on GB. Initially, I was uncertain about using GB, and sold this or that item that did not have great monetary value. I learned that GB really did work, so by the time I sold something of higher value, I already had positive feedback.
     
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    The verification process is a safe way for them to make sure you are who you say you are.
    I have been selling on Gunbroker for over 10 years with no issues.
    I fear if you do list it yourself with 0 feedback, you will lose buyers who are willing to spend $2000+.
    Not all, but some. As you know, the more that want to bid, the higher the end price.
    Also, if you have a reserve price (minimum you will accept), you will lose even more buyers. I will not bid on an
    item that has a reserve price unless the reserve price has been met. A way to do it is to list it with a reserve of
    $2000 (which isn't shown to the bidders) and see what the highest bid is (if it doesn't sell). Then you can decide
    to relist it at a minimum bid of the last bid with no reserve or relist it with the same $2000 reserve. You can get a feel
    for what the value is for a new seller.

    If you decide to consign it to another seller with great reputation, you will get top dollar but have to pay him his fee
    (10% to 15% of the selling price). Well regarded sellers may get you more (after his cut) than a new seller would get
    by himself. Bottom line is you can play it safe with a high reserve to see what it's worth, without risk.
     
  10. 243winxb

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    Yes. I am a Verified Member. No problems from Gunbroker.

    One guy won a bid. Didnt pay me. I didnt ship item. Gun Broker still received their commission. Only a small amount. So i didnt try to get help from Gun Broker.

    Set your miminum price for the item. Keep reposting till its sold. Dont be in a hurry to sell. USPS money order works for me. Or a personal check, held 10 days to clear.

    You will have to choose method of payment.
     
  11. Catshooter

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    Another avenue for you to try would be GlockTalk. They have a Collectors forum with quite a few posters. There's a couple of very serious guys there that are straight shooters and will pay the going rate.


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    Care to post any pics of the Gen 1 17L in question, there Gen2GlockGuy?
     
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    I’ve tried to join GlockTalk several times over the past year and it always ends up rejecting my account. It lets me create one for a few days, but will not let me post anything until the account is approved. Then I receive an email that says my account was not approved with no explanation for why. If you or anyone else is a member at GT and could pass along info. about the pistol, I would really appreciate it. Or if anyone can help with getting an account approved, I would also appreciate that.
     
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    Kinda cool pistol. Ive definitely not seen its like before.

    Not something I would drop $2G on, but I hope you manage to find the right buyer. Good luck!
     
  16. Gen2GlockGuy

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    Thank you. Hoping to surprise my wife with an anniversary trip from the proceeds.
     
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    I PMed a guy on Glock Talk with this thread. He's a serious collector and a great guy.

    Good luck.


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  18. Gen2GlockGuy

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    Thanks, man. Really appreciate it.
     
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    Not a Glock guy, and don't feel like googling, so what's so special about a 17L?
     
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    Glock does fewer batches of the 17L, so they are a little bit less common than most other models. With the Gen 1 17L, Glock only imported 3000 of them before transitioning to a Gen 2 frame. This was in 1988, so there aren’t too many of those early models still floating around.
     
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    Long slide maybe? Adjustable sights.... A *Target* Glock?
    At least, it looks long to me but my wife says my extrapolation skills *fall short*.
    Todd.
     
  22. Trey Veston

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    Wow! Very cool and very rare Glock! I wish you luck. I recall a guy on GlockTalk back in 2016 bought one of the few Gen 1 G19s made and paid around $7k for it. I believe other examples have surpassed the $10k mark.

    I bought a G24c Gen 2 brand new when I first got into Glocks because I wasn't happy with the accuracy of the G22, which was my first Glock. I found it wholly inadequate for a carry gun due to the length and porting and sold it at a loss. Those are now sought after as well. I now have a Gen 4
    G35 in FDE, which is the latest iteration of the long slide .40 S&W Glock. I used it for GSSF matches, but don't do those anymore. Will likely never sell it, though...

    It's too ugly...

    G_ztRs5RSFGBYJLiEl8DpQ (1).jpg

    I had great luck on Gunbroker back in 2012 when I joined just to sell a JM Marlin 1894 in .357. I don't recall having to provide any documentation back then and sold it for over $1000.
     
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