Quantcast
  1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Gun snobbery...

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by jimmyjamonit, Feb 24, 2009.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. jimmyjamonit

    jimmyjamonit Member

    Joined:
    Feb 20, 2009
    Messages:
    18
    I do my best to support my local gun shop, but it's getting tougher every visit. I repeatedly give them my business yet I am treated like **** everytime I set foot in the place. I've noticed lots of dealers both at stores and gun shows who seem to have this "attitude" problem. It really pisses me off, especially when considering that I am always courteous and polite. Has anyone else experienced this?
     
  2. twoclones

    twoclones Member

    Joined:
    Aug 25, 2008
    Messages:
    513
    Location:
    Washington State
    Nope. Quite the opposite here.
     
  3. GEM

    GEM Member

    Joined:
    Apr 11, 2004
    Messages:
    4,354
    Location:
    TX
    Two big stores here - one snob, one nice and friendly. Easy choice.
     
  4. 50caliber123

    50caliber123 Member

    Joined:
    Oct 31, 2005
    Messages:
    640
    In SE Michigan, most gun dealers are trying to sell or in some cases, buy up privately owned guns from people because they can't get anthing. If you're looking for any gun with a 20" barrel or shorter thats used, good luck finding one right now. I haven't seen a shotgun with a barrel under 28" in a while now either.

    That being said, most dealers are polite, trying to talk people into "that one" because of the high deman in the market right now.
     
  5. jimmyraythomason

    jimmyraythomason Member

    Joined:
    Dec 19, 2006
    Messages:
    7,384
    Location:
    Alabama
    I have experienced both good and bad treatment by dealers. Mostly good but a few have been not -so--good. I no longer deal with one shop for that reason even though he has a great inventory including mil-surps.
     
  6. jimmyjamonit

    jimmyjamonit Member

    Joined:
    Feb 20, 2009
    Messages:
    18
    Maybe I shouldnt go in wearing Boss jeans and a G-Unit hoodie. Next time I'll take out my gold grill before i ask to "see that gat dawg".
     
  7. Sixtigers

    Sixtigers Member

    Joined:
    Jul 2, 2007
    Messages:
    178
    Location:
    Ridgecrest, California
    Yep. I used to buy at the premier local store, but even though I've been doing business there for 10 years--and folks, we're talking well over $10K--the owner just won't warm up. Don't know why, not my problem.

    Customer service is getting to be a problem with pretty much all services...anyone else notice?

    No problem. I now do business with a smaller, but much friendlier guy.
     
  8. fingerbanger

    fingerbanger Member

    Joined:
    Mar 11, 2008
    Messages:
    42
    I thought it was just me. I find the same thing around here. The place is really beautiful but the owner is rather stand-off-ish. Hey his shop he can do what he wants. But then there are the hangers-on. People who hang around eyeing my every move, waching me look at this or that. Makes me feel uncomfortable and pressured to buy just because I handled it. Last time I used it as a learning experience. Do my customers feel that way or do they feel welcome and at ease? I hope they do. Different industry but the same sales principles apply.
     
  9. Travis Bickle

    Travis Bickle member

    Joined:
    Dec 20, 2008
    Messages:
    476
    Yes. However, it's almost understandable when you consider some of the jackasses that gun shop workers have to put up with on a daily basis.
     
  10. doc540

    doc540 Member

    Joined:
    Nov 12, 2007
    Messages:
    2,546
    Location:
    Southeast Texas
    Combine "I have strong opinions" with "I think I'm an expert" and you get a cross between Dirty Harry and John Podesta.

    It's not unusual in the world of firearms.
     
  11. jimmyraythomason

    jimmyraythomason Member

    Joined:
    Dec 19, 2006
    Messages:
    7,384
    Location:
    Alabama
    That is no excuse. If you want MY business, you WILL treat me with respect. I don't care how many jackasses a dealer has to content with. I am not one of them. If you want my money act like you are glad to see me(even if you aren't).
     
  12. Travis Bickle

    Travis Bickle member

    Joined:
    Dec 20, 2008
    Messages:
    476
    Yes, I know. That's why I said it's almost understandable.
     
  13. orionhawk

    orionhawk Member

    Joined:
    Feb 24, 2009
    Messages:
    85
    Location:
    Navy-ish places in WA.
    I had the same problem. Gun shop/smith 2 miles from home. Ended up in a 30-second cursing match with the owner. I went back a couple hours later, after I calmed down, to apologize (and see if he would - he didn't). Haven't been back in the year and a half since. Spent about $5k in that time, but had to drive 40 miles (1-way) to do it. I'm debating stopping by before I move to point that out to him. (politely)
     
  14. HGUNHNTR

    HGUNHNTR Member

    Joined:
    Nov 17, 2006
    Messages:
    2,541
    Location:
    Georgia
    I don't go in for polite converstation, or an ego boost. I am there to purchase a firearm. If they have what I want at the price I am willing to pay I buy it. I could care less about the guy behind the counter, and I'm sure he feels the same way .....and that relationship works for me.
     
  15. Hungry Seagull

    Hungry Seagull member

    Joined:
    Feb 19, 2009
    Messages:
    2,167
    I go to get something. Kind of hard to avoid hellos and greetings and run into folks who... are interesting. But Im there to get something and go.

    So far so good.
     
  16. orionhawk

    orionhawk Member

    Joined:
    Feb 24, 2009
    Messages:
    85
    Location:
    Navy-ish places in WA.
    I had taken in a malfunctioning Kel-Tec PF9. (I had "tinkered" with it). The action would not cycle. They said they could fix it. The action now cycled, but the takedown pin would FALL OUT if the gun was tilted to the left while the slide was back, and the slide stop no longer stopped the slide. The actual argument started when I pointed this out to the "gentleman" behind the counter. He started the profanity, not me.
     
  17. BBQLS1

    BBQLS1 Member

    Joined:
    Feb 12, 2008
    Messages:
    978
    I don't deal with the bad shops. I have had very good luck with a few in my area.
     
  18. Duke of Doubt

    Duke of Doubt member

    Joined:
    Dec 29, 2008
    Messages:
    2,863
    jimmyraythomason: "If you want MY business, you WILL treat me with respect. I don't care how many jackasses a dealer has to content with. I am not one of them. If you want my money act like you are glad to see me(even if you aren't)."

    I wouldn't want your business.
     
  19. Cannonball888

    Cannonball888 Member

    Joined:
    Jun 7, 2007
    Messages:
    2,172
    Location:
    Florida
    Reminds me of some of the codgers at the gunshows who just want to belittle or yell at people all day, then they get frustrated that no one will buy anything from them. They are their own worst enemies.
     
  20. CoRoMo

    CoRoMo Member

    Joined:
    Sep 21, 2007
    Messages:
    8,930
    Location:
    Californicated Colorado
    If we refuse to learn from history, we are doomed to repeat it.

    I've got several of these type shops in my area, and I plan to visit one of them in the next few hours. I'm not going to be extra polite as they act like a bunch of jerks, but I'm not going to get down on their level either. I'll only buy from them if they have something that I can't find anywhere else for a comparable price. Their selection is exactly that. They have stuff that nobody else even comes close to stocking, therefore they have the luxury of conducting themselves like complete @**h*l*s.

    You pay for what you get.
     
  21. dobrzemetal

    dobrzemetal Member

    Joined:
    Sep 22, 2008
    Messages:
    168
    Location:
    Gainesville, FLORIDA
    don't feel bad man, I too have felt the cold shoulder of the gun-shop trolls. However, that all changed one day when the guy got into an argument with me over ammo, needless to say I schooled him up with some math and it shut him up, they were courteous afterwards. Chances are YOU know more than they do, they just act elitist because they work in the gun store.
     
  22. jimmyraythomason

    jimmyraythomason Member

    Joined:
    Dec 19, 2006
    Messages:
    7,384
    Location:
    Alabama
    Duke of Doubt,considering your line of business I am VERY glad. I hope I NEVER have need of your services.
     
  23. austin360

    austin360 Member

    Joined:
    Dec 11, 2007
    Messages:
    71
    "Reminds me of some of the codgers at the gunshows who just want to belittle or yell at people all day, then they get frustrated that no one will buy anything from them. They are their own worst enemies."

    Bingo. Those guys drive me nuts!
     
  24. Norinco982lover

    Norinco982lover Member

    Joined:
    Mar 14, 2008
    Messages:
    641
    Location:
    South Central Kansas
    I drive 35 minutes one way to get good service at a small gunshop. There are closer gunshops but none as friendly as this one. I occasionally buy a little ammo but besides that I have only used them for xfers (they don't stock much). My next gun purchase will most likely be straight from them...their prices are affordable and they deserve my business.

    ~Norinco
     
  25. Duke of Doubt

    Duke of Doubt member

    Joined:
    Dec 29, 2008
    Messages:
    2,863
    jimmyraythomason: "Duke of Doubt,considering your line of business I am VERY glad. I hope I NEVER have need of your services."

    Heh. Fair enough. I'll admit some of my attitude and demeanor comes from dealing on regular professional basis with dimwitted people having bad attitudes and an entitlement mentality, yet demanding great respect. Probably you aren't one of those sort. I'll also admit my attitude and demeanor probably would be different if I was an art dealer to generous patrons.
     
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Share This Page