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How did you buy/sell guns before the internet?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by kidneyboy, Oct 27, 2020.

  1. George P

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    Funny, I have bought (and sold some) several guns online without any issues whatsoever. Everything was as described with no hidden issues. One was a shotgun worth about $9,000
     
  2. Paul R Zartman
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    Again...I didn't say you couldn't buy online and get a quality gun, I was asked my preference, I gave my opinion on how I buy currently, if you can afford to buy a expensive gun online sight unseen, more power to you...do it. I can not afford that luxury. I doubt I would do it even if I could afford it, like I said , I like to see and feel them before I buy. No big deal...maybe I'm weird.
     
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  3. lightman

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    Before the internet I bought, sold and traded at gun shops, gun shows, the classifieds in the local papers and with friends. The classifieds are not what they used to be but the others are alive and well.
     
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  4. Alex Clayton

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    That there has always made me wonder how the online sales of used guns has worked as well at it has. Bought a LOT of used guns over my life. When we could just buy this way I preferred it. To me any gun new in box only stayed that way till I got my hands on it. I buy to shoot. So when I could get a better price used? Hell yes. Now buying used without being able to handle it? That one does surprise me it's worked so well. I have bought some new guns on the auctions when local dealers could not get them but I was buying a new in box gun from a Dealer. So only "rub" was of course paying the shipping and transfer costs but, if it was the only way to lay hands on the gun fine. Obviously a hell of a lot of people do not share my "caution" here as the used guns sell well. One of those YMMV for sure:cool:
     
  5. Archie

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    Having been born in 1950, I have purchased a number of firearms prior to the internet. I have bought a couple via the internet as well.
    I tend to buy firearms first hand. Gun shops or gun shows.
     
  6. Waveski

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    The OP question was
    How did you buy/sell guns before the internet?

    It was not "What is your opinion of people who utilize gun buying practices different from yours?".

    There is a difference , fwiw. If you have an aversion to online gun acquisition , that is perfectly ok. It does not affect my impression of you in any way. I'm old fashioned too ; just turned 69. In keeping with that, I own quite a few older firearms , some that are 100+ years old. I take great pleasure in owning them - and it should be noted they would not be mine if it weren't for online opportunities. There is but one local gunshop in my area that has the kind of stuff I like; I do not patronize it for reasons I won't go into here. There are no pawn shops. (Population approx 50,000) . The gunshows I've been to have not yielded attractive deals - prices always seem inflated. I am retired and putting 2 kids through college - things are VERY tight around here - the LAST thing I have is "too much money to spend".

    So in short , let's not pass judgement on each other. No good comes of it.
     
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  7. JDeere

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    Gun Shows and Stores. We had gun shows at least once a month back in the day and the competition between dealers was fierce. I traded and sold many at gun shows as well. Good deals were always present. That of course has all changed...
     
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  8. Shanghai McCoy

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    Gun shop,pawn shop,gun shows,"trading post" paper,classified ads and word of mouth worked for me.
    (After all these years I still fondly remember the smell of pipe smoke and gun oil at Anderson's Gunsmithing...)
     
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  9. magyars4

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    A buddy and I used to rent a table at the local gun shows..
    Some of the private gun clbs used to hold a swap meet a couple times a year.
     
  10. DaveTNC

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    I've never bought a gun online, except for one of PSA's "limited edition" stripped AR lowers.
    I've bought all mine from local stores, pawn shops, or friends/acquaintances.
     
  11. Paul R Zartman
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    Sorry if I upset you in any way, I didn't mean to pass JUDGMENT on anyone buying guns thru the internet...sight un seen. I was passing on experience, Has not worked for me at any attempted time (5)...maybe my standards are too high...or not...who knows...Still, does not make sense to me to spend hard earned money for something you cant see and feel in these delicate times. I go to gunshops, pawn shops, armslist meets, friends, friends of friends, and ONLINE DEALERS, for my acquisitions. I am sorry to have offended anyone with my opinion...Love you all
     
  12. EIB0879

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    New guns- retail stores. Used guns-LGS or pawn shops.

    My BIL was an FFL so if I needed something different he would order it.

    I seldom sold firearms but when I did it was to someone I knew.
     
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  13. HOWARD J

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    Wards. Sears, K Mart, local gun shops, Shotgun News. Thru the mail.
    Around here now we have few places you can purchase a gun ( before the panic) Now you can't find any.
     
  14. hemiram

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    I hit the local pawn shops a lot, and the used sections of the LGS's, most of which had just outright crazy prices on used guns. When we traveled, I would stop in some S. Ohio towns and look up pawn shops in the phone book at gas stations, etc, and hit the LGS's down there too. After years of doing it, I didn't need too much looking in phone books anymore, and about once a year, I would find something, usually a not so popular brand of gun, priced sanely and would grab it. About 2002, the net started replacing all the driving (If I had called, I would have missed out on a ton of great stuff, as it seems like LGS owners and employees just didn't like talking on the phone) I had been doing, and in 2006, I bought my first gun on GB, and off I went.
     
  15. George P

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    Don't forget JC Penney, Western Auto and some others too.....
     
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    I have bought exactly one gun on GunBroker; a Polish Mosin Nagant I paid $31 dollars for plus shipping. If one does one's due diligence, I don't see anything wrong with it, but that just happens to be how many I've bought online.
    I've found the best methods are get in good with your LGS, and you won't have a problem finding the guns you want. Also, let the guys you shoot with at the range know what you are looking for, they are an excellent source, and you can always return the favor if they tell you what they are looking for.
     
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    The first new gun that I bought was from a Payless Drug Store. My, how things have changed... .
     
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    My favorite shotgun was a sears and roebuck my grandpa picked up in the 50s. No serial number. Now I want buy craftsman tools anymore quality has went down.
     
  19. .308 Norma

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    The first gun I bought for myself (in about 1965 IIRC) was a High Standard Sentinel .22 revolver that I bought through Mom's and Dad's country grocery store/gas station. Mom and Dad kept a pretty decent selection of popular ammo in stock, and they would order guns at customer requests.
    I still have a couple of 1962 Winchester-Western Catalogs Mom's and Dad's store. I spent a good portion of my youth studying those catalogs rather studying my school books like I probably should have been doing.;)
     
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  20. TRX

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    The usual places to buy. I never sold any. Simplified things, I guess.
     
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