Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Old Dog, Jan 12, 2016.
Sometimes (rarely) a pawn shop might throw in ammo to sweeten a high price otherwise.
I don't think today's margins permit "free" ammo.
Yep, and IIRC, it was so you could make up a dummy round to endure you had your seating die set correctly.
Before the internet, when no one really knew what others stores charged for guns, a local guy could up his margin to afford to throw in that box of ammo and look like a good guy who gave you a "deal",
Now, everyone can check for the lowest price in an instant, and the dealer now has to make enough margin on the ammo and accessories to keep the doors open.
As someone mentioned above, there is no free anything. Someone, somewhere, is paying the cost. There are a LOT of costs most non-retail folks fail to think about affecting the price a store charges.
Yup, The Sportsman is both a bar and a gun store and has been there since the '40s. Place is for sale, the owners want to travel. Someone should buy the place and really run with it, very unique in today's day and age, especially for California!
I certainly understand the realities of running a successful business in today's economic climate, but I also didn't fall off the turnip truck just yesterday and I'm not going to feel sorry for all those gun-shop owners because the "gun business is brutal" ...
Even back in the day -- without the internet (how'd we ever survive?), most of us figured out after a while which stores had the best overall prices. This comment:
Not in the gun business, but I'd think the dealers' mark-ups on ammo and accessories might be more extreme (based on what I observe in retail outlets) than on actual firearms (for those stores that actually try to move quantities of firearms).
It's just that the quaint old custom of "throwing in a freebie" for a customer buying an expensive product probably did go a long way in maintaining a successful business model by creating loyal customers. Lord knows that old model felt a lot better, from the consumer perspective, than taking a number at Cabela's gun counter ...
And yeah, it was Krasne's.
At least my last couple of pickup trucks, at purchase the dealer filled the gas tank (36 gallons on my last truck). He told me the original owner of the dealership had a rule that the last thing he wanted a customer to have to do was to stop at a gas station on the way home.
Man that's a shame. No need for that level of immaturity. Probably the last sale they'll make to that guy, too.
At a local hardware store I was able to purchase several boxes of ammo at half price when I bought a pistol. Made me feel good.
Once, way back in the day, I was handed several rounds and given permission to take a rifle out to shoot to see if I liked it. I liked it well enough....
It's my favorite LGS though. They know me by name. They occasionally will cut me price breaks. They special order stuff for me without a deposit. They hold ammo and powder for me when there is a "panic." I wouldn't change stores over a few box's of ammo.
Outdoor power equipment and consumer appliances... I call tell you stores have
seen their margins cut to about 1/3rd of what they were ( it varies ).
Big box/chain stores, the internet, financing offers have eaten the margins.
There's usually nothing left to give away, and that's just the margin on the sale.
Not addressing the continuous rising costs of having a real store and employees.
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