Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Carl, Mar 4, 2009.
So I left it there. It was a springfield, and it had a nice scope, so it may actually have been a good price, but without the original stock all the value went out the window.
There is one shop selling more firearms nearby, they deal on the other stuff, so I imagine they would deal on the firearms.
I do recall a S&W 19 for around $450 or so, it wasn't there the next week. I figure for the condition, that was fair.
To get a good deal at a pwn shop you have to understand their business, and show the guy behind the counter a little respect. They don't make their main money selling anything. Their primary money, and a lot of it, is made from loans. They are financial institutions as well as gun dealers. Guns are small potatoes to them. Selling stolen merchandise places both licenses they need to operate in jeopardy. They aren't going to risk the license they need to operate to make a hundred bucks off a gun. They can make that same money on a loan or two rather quickly.
Most sheriff's departments have pawn shop details that make regular, as in every 14 days, tours of all pawn shops to check serial numbers against reported stolen items. Pawned items cannot go on display until the serial number is checked. This procedure is the case in every state.
This kind of statement shows how wrong some folks can be simply because they don't know the business and how it is regulated. If my neighbor repeatedly insinuated that I dealt in stolen goods, I don't guess I would get along with him either.
You might want to check ebay for your stolen goods. There's a better chance they will show up there. Provide the sheriff's department with the serial numbers of your chainsaw and bicycles. If they do end up in one of the area pawn shops, they will eventually come back to you.
From what I've seen lately, at multiple gun shops, "negotiations" are no longer welcome.
Last fall, a good Smith model 10 was at the local pawn shop. Sticker: $250. Price was decent, but in my wallet I had $200 cash. Offered $200 cash out the door, laid the 2 bills on the counter (I know...drama). He didn't even look at the gun or me...just stared straight ahead..."I think this Smith needs a better offer than $200," and walked away.
Currently, he has a Smith 6" 686 that looks like it's been through 2 wars, a sand blaster, and a turf war - sticker: $789.
Also a VERY well used Smith (what's the blued version of the 642? that's it) he's listing for $450.
When I asked, I was told "Both prices are very firm."
The art of negotiation at the pawn shop is now lost.
I found a shop that had a Plainfield M1 carbine. They priced it by the Blue Book, which was at $179. I snatched that up quick.
But, for every good story, there's dozens of over priced guns, used guns priced higher then new, etc.
You just have to look and know values. These guys count on the uninformed, impulse buyers.
I like the pawn shops...poor man's bank.
I bought my taurus 85, like new, $200 (1997); a S&W Model 915, fair condition, good shooter, $250 (1998); Mossburg 500A, like new (really!), $75 (1993). Haven't bought any firearms lately
Yesterday I bought a pneumatic nailer (Bostitch CN80) for $220. This price is easily $100 under retail and the sticker price was $250, still under retail. I probably could have gotten it for 200, but I asked the guy how low he'd go. I watched him figure out his percentage in his head....and he named the price. So I bought it.
This nailer is used - but not very much, there are absolutely no scratches on the thing and no metal shavings in the works (typical sign of use/wear). Looks to me like someone bought it and used it for one project, then got rid of it (gotta love those homeowner-handymen!). It was a GREAT deal.
no idea why these rifles were priced so high" as their other rifles were all in the $200-$400 range. He was extremely tempted to buy them both, but he passed them by.
I never find good deals, but I don't search a lot. When I do set foot in a pawn shop, I find plenty o' guns, but the price tag is usually around double what I'm willing to pay - not close enough to even make an offer. "$395 for the beat up Win 9422, eh? Would you take $175? - that's my maximum offer" just doesn't seem like a negotiation that's ultimately gonna fly, so I don't try.
Down here in KY the shops have a bunch straight up junk and intermixed with it every so often is something good that is horrendously expensive. For example they have a bunch of bolt action 12 gauges for 90 bucks apiece which is fair. Then they have a Browning Semi Automatic 22 for 750. What gives? Then there were a bunch of used Taurus Revolvers for 250-350 which was fair. Then a Smith 686 snubby that looked well used for 750 and a Browning Hi Power MKII low grade for 800. I dont get it.
Right now, nothing's cheap.
The other in town knows his guns and prices them accordingly. he doesn't gouge, but hes not going to give you a colt delta elite for $250 either.
I do however have to look at the first shops guns more carefully. Condition is generally more of a factor at the first shop than the second.
got it for 60.00 out the door. cuz it was a big ugly old gun that didn't even fit in the rack. traded it for about 600.00 w/ of c&r's. rick
They think highly and dearly of every piece of rust in the place...so they can keep it.
$250 cash, no questions asked
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