Armslist no longer free.....

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  1. herrwalther

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    Armslist has been great at allowing me to get rid of firearm stuff I don't need. Reloading supplies, firearms I don't want anymore, and ammo. But I don't use it enough to pay $4 a month so it looks like I will have to find an alternative. Won't be easy considering how much big tech hates the 2A.
     
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  2. Ignition Override

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    You guys/gals all do realize that without joining this new scheme---you can't even create a Question for a seller? Maybe so many scam attempts meant that blocking This (trying to ask a question) is one of the main objectives.

    It's now even more clear why the S&Ws, HKs, Sigs and Makarovs (genuine Maks-or just the chambering) I review each night don't seem to be selling. They have been listed for many weeks with almost nothing new-and first appeared well before the new policies began.
    The prices aren't all that bad, so it must be other factors.

    herrwalther: we both saw the same, multiple benefits using Armslist. For me, at least sixteen separate deals--and four times I drove two hours (each way) to meet people.
    People either Want to buy/sell, or you really don't care. It provided most of the cash for changing gun interests, along with selling a few 3,000-rd. batches of surplus centerfire rifle ammo.
     
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  3. Elkins45

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    I don’t understand how all those new listings keep appearing. Surely that many people aren’t actually paying the fee?
     
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  4. Meeks36

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    I officially sold my Ruger on Craigslist. Made a pretty penny. So its do able.
     
  5. Crosshair

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    Are they simply renewals of existing listings?
     
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    I tried to renew my ad said I had to pay to use listings. I just deleted everything I had on armslist site and relisted with gunlistings.org
     
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    Hmmm. So much for that theory.
     
  8. Elkins45

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    How did you even get into your control panel to delete it?
     
  9. glove

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    Go to edit or remove listing it is at the bottom of the page. Put in listing ID. Then click I am not a robot. Then submit query tab.
     
  10. defjon

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    Here's to hoping to leads to increased traffic on the sale adds here!
     
  11. Ignition Override

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    Elkins45:

    Figuring out how to delete Armslist ads was weird.

    I first did so about three years ago.
     
  12. Lennyjoe

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    I tried to contact a guy with some reloading gear and it wanted me to upgrade in order to make contact. I’ve noticed some posts that now include phone numbers and email contact info to get around potential buyers from having to upgrade in order to male contact
     
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  13. Crosshair

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    I've noticed this. I have also noticed that they ARE NOT policing and removing these.

    My theory: They are under some sort of gag order and want people to stop using their internal messaging system, because Anti's are getting all the emails or something, but can't come out and say it. They also can't just disable the messaging system. So, they make the site paid for people to contact sellers, but DON'T remove listings that list phone numbers and emails for people to contact independently. Eventually, nobody is using the internal messaging system anymore.

    Probably wrong, but who knows.
     
  14. Moodyjew

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    Guns Arizona Classifieds free to post and contact sellers.
    gunsarizona.com
     
  15. Ignition Override

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    In an Armslist ad......can a seller's/buyer's phone number be blocked?

    If not, then doesn't a number for a call or text (in an ad) allow a simple, free contact instead of all interested parties forced to join that racket----simply to ask a question?
    I would have bought a seller's HK USP weeks ago (Jackson TN is an hour away) if he/she had offered a phone as a contact.

    And that USP Compact I would have bought --for the list price-- is in the dreaded, feared, always unloved, unwashed and unwanted.... .40 S&W chambering ! :what: Sad these .40 guns now are in Foster Homes.

    By the way, very many handguns (Sigs, S&W, HK) have languished on Armslist TN for weeks and weeks and weeks.
    Not interested in furnishing any financial data to a website which hasn't yet experienced hacking for such data-at least I'm not gonna join in order to ask two basic questions.
     
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  16. Mn Fats

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    I just found this out today. Such a shame. CL has it where to post a car its $5. Ok fine. But this thing with Armslist will be a massive failure. To be a buyer and having to pay just to contact the seller for simple questions is about the dumbest business model I've ever heard. A company hosting sellers should give that seller a fair chance, or better. I read their stupid little explanation saying how Armslist is now safer. Ok then. They can also enjoy it being now more vacant. Rant ended.
     
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    It's annoying, but it really cuts down on the spam, both the jackwagons who list and repeatedly bump their insanely overpriced items, and the scammers & spammers who contact sellers. Sucks as a buyer, but it's only $4, so if you see some things you like, not a big deal. Also still free to peruse, and most vendors have their business listed in the ad, which you can look up and call or email directly.

    I would like to see them do something to the effect of 3 or 5 free contacts per month for buyers, though. But then, the spammers & scammers would probably just use bots to jockey around fake IPs and re-register, so that may not work well, either.

    For as much as people like to gripe about Armslist, it's a good thing to have, if for no other reason because it helps maintain our culture's presence. There are certainly deals to be had out there, and plenty of reasonably priced stuff. I've bought & sold quite a bit on Armslist. Recently picked up a really nicely sporterized Winchester 1917 Enfield for $240.
     
  18. Mn Fats

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    But it was so dang easy to weed out the spammers! And double posts, scams and bumps could be seen a mile away. I thought so anyway.

    I'm not on there enough for even the small $4 fee. And plus with that, you have to mess around with your credit card and possibly autopay and canceling with emails saying your expired.

    I just wanted to see if this guy in my area knew if his Winchester was pre-'64. Which is another thing on Armslist is guys will say "Bolt action 30-06 for sale" lol so your almost required to ask follow ups. I dont know. I think Armslist pooped the bed on this one.
     
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    Yes, but it still absolutely buried the legitimate stuff.

    I imagine they looked at what CL did and took a play from that book. That site used to be loaded with scams in the vehicles section, but hardly anything now. Of course, they all just moved over to FB marketplace. Maybe they really are selling that 2016 Ram Diesel or 2018 Case Skid Steer for $1,800.........:scrutiny:
     
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  20. Mn Fats

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    Right, where the picture is a cell phone screenshot from someone else's FB. Hahaha. I see what your saying. But it equaled out to just more pages. Not more dollars. Maybe I'll pay to ask the $4 question. "Pre '64?".

    I wish CL and FB would open up to firearms sales. But big tech dont like our type.
     
  21. Mars5l

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    I found a Beretta 96a1 locally I really want. I wish the lister would follow some others and post his contact info. I don't wanna pay just not contact him and find it it's gone
     
  22. Rubone

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    I tried to contact a seller recently and hit the pay wall. So no purchase from me. I really was interested too, just not enough to play their game...
     
  23. Vern56

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    I'm ok with it.
    Certainly less cost than gunbroker. All my sales have been local. They provide a service, having a web site costs money. Seems fair.
     
  24. Crosshair

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    I really wonder if some sellers are just not aware of this change.
     
  25. Lennyjoe

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    I’m considering paying the fee now. I’m occasionally finding some decent prices on stuff but can’t contact the seller. Lucky for me the KelTec Sub2K seller this week put his phone number down and I was able to establish contact and seal the deal.
     
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