Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Chevelle SS, Sep 21, 2012.
Buy the gun, not the story.
Never buy reloads.
And Highorder has it right.
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'
There will always be another show
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.
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...
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.
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". Right.
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.
You know the stuck up I am a superior being attitudes you find in gun shops? Imagine that times a thousand.
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.
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