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FFL Transfer Charges

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Mozart 2, Jan 8, 2011.

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  1. Mozart 2

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    What are you accustomed to paying for FFL transfer fees? I was under the impression that $25 was customary. I went to Gander Mountain the other day and they charge $85 for handgun transfers.
     
  2. yeti

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    The FFL I use charges $15.
     
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    Ouch. The guy I use charges $25 but can ask $35 if he needs to fax or send to an individual. Another charges $50.

    If I pay $85 I expect a full body massage and maybe more. :)
     
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    I have paid as much as $25 at a local pawn shop and $20 at a small gun shop.
    Since last year another small gun shop I started using only charges $15 because he gives a discount to Texas CHL holders.
    $85 is so over the top I cant even begin to voice my disdain for such a practice.
     
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    $20, $25, and $35 at three gun shops my family has used.

    $85 is insanity.
     
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    20 bucks for the transfer and 10 bucks to the great state of Tenn, I'm good with it:neener:
     
  7. Sam1911

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    A lot of smaller shops and local gun shops will charge at the bottom end of the scale -- especially in "gun friendly" areas. ($10 - $35)

    The larger places and chain stores often have no real interest in providing this service, and tend to encourage you to buy their stock instead by making it financially unreasonable to do a transfer.

    Also at the high end of the scale are often those shops in "gun UN-friendly" areas where shops (i.e.: competition) are few and far between and there is a lot of red tape/hassle to make a sale or transfer. In MD I was quoted everywhere from $75 to about $35 to transfer a "restricted" firearm -- in that case an AK receiver. I've heard of transfer prices around $150 in places like NY.

    In any "normal" state, I'd think that $85 is an "I-don't-want-to" price.
     
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    "Gander Mountain" says it all.
    Most FFL's around here charge $25-$35.
    One LGS beat Ganders price on a Ruger GP-100 by $75.
     
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    I charge $20 but average in this county is $25.. Many of the dealers refuse transfers if the gun is new and easily obtainable
     
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    My guy charges $15
     
  11. Mozart 2

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    Thanks guys for all the feedback. I thought Gander Mountain was way out of line. It is for this reason that I refuse to give them my money...for anything.

    On a similar note, when I challenged the amount as being out of line, the guy told me "Yeah, but for that amount the shipment is insured." I told him insurance is paid by ME through the shipper and has nothing to do with the transfer fee. He didn't have an answer (or much of a clue for that matter). Is there any relevance to his claim of "insurance"...?
     
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    I try to shop around first. The LGS wants $50, but another FFL about 30 minutes away charges $20, so well worth the trip.
     
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    $25 for long guns and $13 more to the state for handguns
     
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    $25 to $35, plus $2 to the state.

    Did have one shop tell me they could transfer me a gun for "the lowest fee in town, $45"......
     
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    Before I became very good friends with an FFL transfers used to cost $10-$15 depending on who I went to
     
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    We charge $5 for a Title I firearm transfer and $25 for a Title II firearm transfer.

    The insurance claim is bogus. That is paid by the shipper and charged to the purchaser. The transfer FFL has nothing to do with it.
     
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    Shops around me are around $30 for transfers.

    There are some shops however who charge more. One shop looks at the gun being transferred in, and if it is a new gun they could order from their distributor, they charge the markup/profit they would make on the gun if they ordered it.

    So let's say you bought a new pistol from Bud's. You're paying $340 including shipping. High Price Transfer Store looks at the same pistol. They pay $249 to their distributor and price the same pistol for $409 on their shelf. You would be charged a $160 transfer fee.
    So in the end you would pay MORE than if you bought it off their shelf to begin with; and that's why they do it- they want to move inventory.
     
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    My local gun store charged $25 the last time about 6-8 months ago.
     
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    i now use a pawnshop in pearland texas that charges $20.
    i used to use the arms room in league city, tx that started out charging $20, then bumped it up to $35. they were a small friendly shop & the rifles i had sent to them are oddball stuff that they don't have and cant get so didn't mind dropping the $35 & id usually buy some ammo to while i was there.
    they recently moved to a much larger building and hired a bunch of new people so its not the same small shop atmosphere that it once was. about a month ago i had a rem799 sent to them and while i was picking it up i noticed that come january first their transfer prices will jump to $65. i paid my $35 and left a real nice pre-64 win70 sitting in the used gun rack that i was going to buy before i noticed they were going to screw anyone who wanted to do a transfer come january.
    i think they would be better of not doing them instead of flat out ripping people off.
    they were my favorite gunshop for several years but now i have no reason to set foot in there ever again.
     
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    Oh good gravy. Not yet another thread on this topic. How many does this make in the last 6 months?
     
  21. Sam1911

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    Yeah. That happens a lot, doesn't it? But like we always say -- nothing says you have to read it or post in it.

    'Course, if you want to post your transfer prices and explain how you decide where to set them, that's always welcome.
     
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    My local FFL charges $15. One time I was receiving 3 handguns all shipped together. He only charged $15 for the 3. Very cool guy...gets plenty of my business! :)
     
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    I charge $15 for first time customers, and $10 for returning customers. $85 seems outrageous to me, but I guess it could depend on what state it is.
     
  24. Mozart 2

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    I don't have a problem with a shop charging a legitimate fee for an honest service, but charging a $160 for a $30 service just to screw you for a profit is disgusting. I refuse to give my patronage to any shop with this type of business practice. From now on the first question I will ask any shop prior to ANY purchase will be "what is your FFL transfer fee?"

    It's bad enough that we have to ask the government's permission to exercise our rights, but to be held up by the gun shop is simply:evil:
     
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    Does everybody expect to pay the same price for a haircut? Why not, it takes the same amount of time no matter who does it, just like a gun transfer. Right? ;)
     
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