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Do you tell your friends they overpaid?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by murdoc rose, Oct 8, 2010.

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  1. murdoc rose

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    So generally I'm fairly involved with my friends gun purchases. I also then to be straight forward in what I hope to be a informational way. I've been told it doesn't always come out like that. The reason I ask is a friend of mine on a whim overpaid a bit for a handgun. Not enough to worry about but still more than retail. He and a few others (noobys and thier wifes) are coming over for a little bit of range practice tomorrow and I was thinking about not bringing it up unless asked. IT got me to wondering how everyone else handles this? I do plan on reminding them to shoot me a call/text before but I also know how easy it is to buy something without thinking it over.
     
  2. ChCx2744

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    I guess people usually sell for what they paid
     
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  3. TNT in Round Rock

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    let him enjoy his new gun - that might put a damper on his day. If it's not a ton of money it's not that big deal.

    now if you REALLY want to inform him .. the next time you're out and about with him, and maybe hit a gun shop, or Academy, etc .. if you see it then ask how much he paid and then shrug it off. Might at least get him in the mindset of checking more prices.

    Maybe he just really wanted it that day and sometimes that's worth the extra money..

    good luck regardless
     
  4. Sky

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    I am all for helping a friend before a purchase if I know something about the product they want. After they purchase "whatever" I do not feel it is my place to give them buyers remorse. They will see or find out sooner or later that they did not make a wise purchase and do not need me to tell them they got screwed. Just a thought....
     
  5. Mags

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    The polite thing to do is to simply say nice gun and leave it at that. Now before the purchase by all means let him know the gun is priced too much.
     
  6. Flash!

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    look at it from the buyers perspective..... I shop around and always try to get the best price possible...... but sometimes I pay more than I should because its there RIGHT NOW.... I call it paying for the convenience factor...... I would spend more time and money shopping for a better price..... and I usually know when I overpay... I don't need someone to remind me when I overpay...
     
  7. jimmyraythomason

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    That is the way to go right there. If it is after the fact you will only make him regret his purchase ans he won't enjoy it as much as he would otherwise. Right now it is worth(to him) what he paid for it. Don't screw it up for him.
     
  8. twofifty

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    ^^ agreed.

    Before the friend makes a purchase, I would mention having seen the same gun for $$ at store YY.

    After the friend makes a puchase -regardless if the friend came to me beforehand- I keep my mouth shut other than appreciating the new gun's qualities. Why pizz on the guy's parade?
     
  9. RBH44

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    +1... I couldn't have said it better than Flash did. My thoughts exactly ! except for one thing. I was taught to wheel & deal by the best(my father) so most of my friends come to me first before they purchase. (most of the time anyway)
     
  10. 9mmepiphany

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    It doesn't make a difference if he overpaid for it. If he is happy with it, it was worth it to him.

    It is like when someone comes on the forum and says he got a used gun and paid XXX for it and want to know if he got a good price. The polite answer would be, "If you're happy with it, what difference will it make what anyone else thinks."

    Now if your relationship with him allows a certain amount of rudeness or putting each other down...have at it. It's your relationship, because what you're doing, at best, is calling him a fool
     
  11. PT1911

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    If they were ripped off once, and you supported them in it...even after the fact, that is encouraging them to go to the same place again and do the same thing again. There are polite ways of letting them know they didnt get the best deal...you dont have to say they got ripped...

    "Nice gun, I wish I had one, ( remember when I had one) but next time, if you let me know before you buy, I may be able to get you a better deal...now lets go put her through her paces."
     
  12. Tim the student

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    I think Mags (congrats on being the "real" Mags again, BTW) nailed it pretty well.

    The only thing I can add is that I would be honest with them if they asked. If they didn't ask, I'll just smile, and be excited they got a new gun.
     
  13. Curator

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    Neither I nor any of my friends have ever over-paid for a firearm. We have, however, occasionally bought too soon. I would never discourage a friend over a purchase they made willingly by telling them they paid too much.
     
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    I wouldn't say a word about the cost. His money spent, his gun. If he overspent, he'll probably find out on his own one day. Give him a compliment on his choice and let him enjoy his new gun.
     
  15. murdoc rose

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    Thanks guys, as usual you hit it on the dot. If hes happy with it then great. Hope tomorrow goes great and they get some good range time in.
     
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    Only if they ask, and then I am gentle with them. I have overpaid for something I wanted, and don't want to hear about it. ;)

    Exactly
     
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    NO ONE got "ripped off" if they WILLINGLY paid what they believed it was WORTH to THEM. Just because it may not have been worth that to you, does not mean they got ripped off. What ANYTHING is worth depends strictly on what someone is willing to pay. There is NO such thing as gouging when it comes to gun prices - the market sets the price.
     
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    If you buy enough, you will occasionally overpay, I have. Let him enjoy it.
     
  19. hardworker

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    My buddy paid 189 for a stevens model 67e jamgun. I didn't call him an idiot I just told him he paid plenty for what apparently was not one of their finer products.
     
  20. TraditionalCatholic

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    Once a friend purchases a gun, I feel happy for him. Usually I don't ask what he paid for it, I just compliment him on his purchase. I hate it when people take all the fun out of a new purchase by belittling you for doing so, and I won't do that same thing to anyone. However, if a friend wants to buy a gun that is priced too high, I'll absolutely let him know BEFORE he buys it.
     
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    Oh I do. With gusto! as do my friends to me. It is a point of competition to see who has made the best recent deal, and to have bragging rights to the biggest snafu in bungled purchases.

    The point is, we are all friends, and whatever we do is supported and shared. We enjoy each others victories and share each others heartbreaks. It should never be done in meanness or ill will. If your friends are delicate, treat them as such, but only between toughening them up, and bringing them closer...

    just my O2.
     
  22. wep45

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    doesnt matter if he asks or not. just tell him its a nice gun and let it go at that.

    its after the fact....what good would it do now to tell the truth? nobody wants to hear that they didnt get a good deal.
     
  23. mstrat

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    I knowingly overpay pretty much *every* time i buy a firearm.

    Living a fascist state with unconstitutional laws drives prices up. So sure - i could save a bit by buying online, but then I'm stuck with a crazy-high FFL transfer fee. Either way I'm not going to pay what the fine folks in TX or AZ pay. It's just something I accept and don't get worried about (the money, i mean. the principle of the situation drives me crazy though)

    Sometimes i even pay more than what they go for in this region if it's an "oh my gosh I HAVE TO have this now!" situation, and no other shops have it in stock.

    Being happy with your purchase in the end is all that matters. :)
     
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    If they are happy with the price they paid (no matter how much) then they didn't over pay.

    Don't rain on the dudes parade because you scrounged up some deal somewhere else. He found the gun he wanted, was satisfied with the asking price, and happily paid. Let him enjoy it.
     
  25. Russ Jackson

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    Why would someone tell somebody they paid to much for a gun? A friend would never do that. What would either party get out of it?...Russ
     
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