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Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Chevelle SS, Sep 21, 2012.

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  1. Chevelle SS

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    I'm going to a gun show tomorrow, and while this isn't my first gun show I have been too, it is the first that I have had some real money with me. Not really looking for anything in particular, maybe a Mauser or something. I'm also going to be trying to sell a couple of older shotguns. Anyone have any advice on buying, selling, and haggling at gun shows? Thanks
     
  2. youngda9

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    Have low expectations.
     
  3. highorder

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    Cash is king.

    Buy the gun, not the story.

    Never buy reloads.
     
  4. Al Thompson

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    Take a good flashlight with you. The shows around here have poor lighting and I got scorched pretty good when I missed something due a lack of light.

    And Highorder has it right. :)
     
  5. silicosys4

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    Take a smartphone with you. They are invaluable in looking up prices online, rarity, variations, etc....while you are standing in front of the gun.
     
  6. Owen Sparks

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    Pay attention to what other people are carrying. You can usually make a better deal with an individual than with a dealer, plus no paperwork.
     
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    Never accept free samples of beef jerky. I always end up leaving with 3 pounds of jerky I don't need. Also, if you plan on buying ammo, bring a backpack so you don't have to carry it around in a plastic bag all day.
     
  8. M-Cameron

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    dont take the sellers word for it, they will lie to you.....if you dont know what you are looking at, dont buy it.

    unless the gun you are looking at is a bargain or pretty rare, walk around and try to see everything before buying anything. its not uncommon to find someone selling the same thing for less.

    dont be afraid to haggle, the sellers most likely have their numbers a bit high, so dont be afraid to toss them a number that seems a bit low, the worst they can say is 'no'
     
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    Know what you want to buy, know what the current values are of those items, prepare to haggle, and most importantly, be prepared to walk away if it not in line price/condition-wise.

    There will always be another show
     
  10. jblackfish

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    Always try to be informed about what your selling/trading and what you're intended purchase/trade is. You can't go wrong by having too much knowledge. The phone idea is good for price checking if you know where to check prices. It's also nice to go with an experienced buddy who might act as a "governor" on your transaction(s). Good luck!
     
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    +1 on the smartphone. I am so spoiled that I NEVER buy anything that costs over $100 before making sure I can't get it cheaper online. I would be steaming if I bought a gun for 300 at a gun show and found it for $120 at randomonlinegunshop when I got home.
     
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    Make sure you don't break any laws. Over 18 or 21, handguns in state, not a convicted felon. You don't have to ID them or do a background check, but plainclosed police will set you up.
     
  13. ApacheCoTodd

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    This thread so far has received one of the very few "excellent" ratings I've ever given. OUTSTANDING responses - so far - that should be compiled into a "sticky" list.

    When you go to sell - watch out for trades for things that may be "interesting" at the time but that you would otherwise never buy.

    Have a rock solid bottom number at which you'd rather carry your shotguns home than let them go for. Say the words or a version at a low offer... "thanks, but I'd rather keep it at that number" as much to yourself as in response to too little money.

    DON'T spend your Gun Show money on things you can get elsewhere. Prime example stated above - jerky!

    I watched a couple goofs spend over a half hour at the jerky/sausage guy next to me then finally turn to my table and absolutely go ape over an original Colt "Delta" stock I had, some first generation AR10 (the real ones, not the current offerings) and original CAR/M16 components. By the time the jerky guy let go of them they had burned through over 600 bucks and each had a half dozen bags in each hand and between 'em couldn't afford the cost of an original firing pin retaining pin... AT A GUN SHOW!

    The boys were cryin' the blues and of course jerky guy wouldn't let them return any of it and by the time they made it back to me the next day with real money - the vintage parts were sold.

    Jerky or not - what I'm sayin' is... Prioritize.

    Do not ever take things to your car and return to the show. If you can't lug your purchases - the better dealers will let you leave it with them and pick it up on your way out. Use your judgement in trusting them, don't do it on a Sunday afternoon and make notes where you left items if it was necessary.
     
  14. Millwright

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    Everyone has their own techniques/equipment. Personally I carry a couple of loupes, an LED light on a flex stalk and a 6" machinist's scale. But that's just me. >MW
     
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    If I know I am going to be buying heavy stuff, like cases of .22 (6250 rounds each) and sleeves of 209 primers, etc., bring a handtruck of some sort to tote the stuff - get it first, get it to the car, then go back and look for goodies
     
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    If you want to sell your shotguns, pin a pricelist to the back of your shirt/jacket or put a flag in the barrel so people will know what you are asking for it/them.

    Take a notebook, make a map of the sales floor and mark it with deals and prices on your map so you can find them easily again.

    Have a system and look at every table in the order you decide to start - don't hop/skip/pinball all over the place everytime you see something shiny!

    Be very friendly and respectful and give off a positive attitude. You reap what you sow...
     
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    What ever your looking for forget it youll never find it
     
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    SS,

    I take a silicone cloth, bore light, cash and knowledge about what is on my "list".
    I walk the whole show, first, then return to the most desirable "unit" that has caught my eye.
    I am polite and respectful and ask before manipulating any gun. I always ask for/dikker over the best out-the-door price.
    I never let "over-excitement" about finding a "grail" show or manipulate me into making wrong-headed decisions.
    If the seller has more than one piece, in which, I am interested, I will always go for a multi-sale discount.
    I go alone. I need to be able to focus with zero distraction.

    Have fun. If you don't find "it" today, you will eventually.

    Mike
     
  19. berettaprofessor

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    Spot-on. I was at a gun show last weekend and was glancing at a TAURUS 92 when the seller walked up and proceeded to tell me that it was an M9 "just like they issue in the military". :eek: Right.
     
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  20. SouthernYankee

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    First, even if you see something you like, walk away after you have carefully looked it over and asked questions, SAVE one question. Go away to the next table and look. Then go back, don't look overly interested and ask your last question, if the guy wants to deal he'll make his move then. If he doesn't be ready to leave again but tell him you MIGHT stop back then just walk away. If you find yourself really interested, stop by on your way out and ask the guy jokingly if he sold it, as your walking by (timing is important), if he didn't sell it he may be more ready to deal, remember he didn't bring stuff just to take it home. Always be willing to walk away that is what gives you control of the deal. Also, I usually spend an hour out front of the building when it opens and right after lunch (when most people first arrive) and look for "bag people" (my term). These are usually first time owners who bought a gun, put a box through the muzzle then over disassembled their gun to clean it and lost a spring or pin etc. and now HOPE to get rid of their scrap metal. I keep two 50's & one 100, if I told you what I have picked up for under $100 you wouldn't believe it. I have bought then assembled and resold (with maybe no more than $30 in replacement parts) at a good profit. I have 60+ purchases this way. You have to get them BEFORE they go into the show. I've also learned once you buy, go home because some people are unhappy once they realize there's no such thing as "just parts".
    I'm sorry the Post is so long, I hope it's helpful and good hunting!
    OH! one more thing, NEVER buy something you can buy at your local supplier for roughly the same price, keep your regular source open.
     
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    Stay home man.


    You know the stuck up I am a superior being attitudes you find in gun shops? Imagine that times a thousand. :barf:
     
  23. CAPTAIN MIKE

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    Have Fun, enjoy the Show but DON'T Buy the Tupperware !!
     
  24. OilyPablo

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    Bring a gas mask. Sometimes it's really stinky.

    Haggle nicely. Know what the price should be.

    Bring cash. We don't need another [email protected] thread.

    Wear your glasses. Know the shops in your area. Sometimes their prices are actually better at the gun show. Quantico has great gunshow prices for example. Surplus Arms and Ammo sometimes has some good show prices, and a huge display. That sort of thing.

    Find out if regional ammo companies come to your show.

    Talk and better, listen. Lots of BS, but some good wisdom mixed in.
     
  25. SouthernYankee

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    I LOVE THIS STUFF!!! My wife just asked, "What is it you read on that thing every night?" I'm SOOOOooo Lucky she puts up with me! 34+yrs.
     
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