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How does Davidson's gallery of guns work?

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by StephenT, Jan 23, 2005.

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  1. StephenT

    StephenT Member

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    I was checking www.galleryofguns.com and noticed that the quoted price, for the same gun, varies greatly from FFL to FFL within my zip code. For example, a Norinco 1897 ranged from $330 to $380+. Is the price listed what I would pay (I'm a non-FFL consumer) or what the dealer would pay and then mark up? Is there an additional shipping charge? I suppose I would have to let the dealer order it, so no escaping the sales tax, right? Thanks for your input.
     
  2. priv8ter

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    Kind of great

    The price you listed as 'Your Price' is the price that you would pay, without tax figured in, to buy the gun from THAT FFL. You will find that the price varies from dealer to dealer, as some of the dealers have different markups. I have even seen that some dealers have different mark-ups on long guns versus pistols, so it may be cheaper to go through different folks for different guns.

    I usually go through the same one all the time, since they are my helpful local dealer. Even with Sportsman's Warehouse in the area, the prices are about the same if I go right through Davidson's to order a gun.

    greg
     
  3. PowderBurn

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    My understanding is that the gun(s) you are quoted are in Davidson’s inventory. If you accept the deal they will be shipped to the dealer you choose. That dealer has their own inventory that is not part of Davidson’s listing, so it may pay to go to that store first and see their selection before buying. Davidson's quote does appear to include sales tax, from the ones I've seen.
     
  4. StephenT

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    Yes, the number of items refers to Davidson's inventory. That price does not include shipping and tax (the asterisk next to the price says so). 3-day UPS for a rifle from AZ to TX can't be too much, $10-15, right? I'm tempted to give these guys a try.
     
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    I think there is a bit of confusion on this, I've used Davidsons several times and am very happy with it.

    When you first pull a gun up a "Retail Price" is listed. Once you actually put in your zip code to get dealers in your area several "offers" are made by the various dealers-usually well below the price you first saw the gun listed at. So don;t let the first number you see scare you off.

    In the same colum as the offer they list tax, downpayment, dealer fee's etc and give you a bottom line out the door price to the penny.

    If deal looks good you just click the dealer you like, put a downpayment down with credit/debit card and you show up 2-3 days later to pick up your gun with the rest of the money (total after downpayment is also displayed).

    Like I said worked well for me in the past.
     
  6. PowderBurn

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    Thanks, BlueDuck, for that point of clarification. I was referring to the itemized pricing that appears after you key in your zip code.
     
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    Myself, once being a gun dealer, can offer some insight into how Davidson's operates.

    A Dealer may set up an account on Davidson's Gallery of Guns in which he may select his own level of markup. If Dealer A selects a 15% markup, and Dealer B selects a 30% markup, then that explains the sometimes wide variation in prices seen.

    I believe that Davidson's customer service is impeccable - also, they are one of the few companies that has a real live person answer the phone every time you call, which I find refreshing. Thier "Lifetime Guarantee" is unmatched in the industry, although somewhat redundant in view of most manufacturer's lifetime service policies. The one downside of Davidson's - The Cost; the products they sell display some of the highest markups in the wholesale business. Overall, I was very satisfied in dealing with Davidson's!.
     
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    I’ve purchased three guns from Davidsons through my local dealer and he has always marked down the guns to a bit over his costs. I also like the Davidsons guarantee.
     
  9. crawfish

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    A few “fine print†things you need to be aware of. Once you put the down payment on a gun it is more or less non-refundable. I think the only way you can get you money back would be because of a legal reason for you not being able to buy the gun. Also if the shop you intend to use has a website go there FIRST and look for “other fees and charges may applyâ€. If you see that CALL THEM FIRST and ask if they will honor the Davidson price as printed on your invoice. I have purchased 5 guns through Davidson’s, three handguns and two long guns. All were straight forward deals that were priced lower than the norm here local. I live in a military town and the “soldier markup†is outrageous. I save about 30% going through Davidson’s that going right to the dealer.
     
  10. Dr.Rob

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    I've had a good experience with them. Only used it once, but it guaranteed the NIB gun I ordered was NIB, rather than one that had been handled a lot at the counter.
     
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    Dr. Rob...

    That is one reason I buy my guns from Davidsons through a local dealer instead of buying from Sportsmans Warehouse. I cringe every time I walk into Sportsmans Warehouse and hear a slide getting dropped on an empty chamber. I will pay the $15 extra to get a NEW gun.

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  12. Super Trucker

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    That puts a twist on things that I had not thought about, The Davidsons site has the guns about $20.00 to $30.00 higher than the stores in person price. But the "NEW unhandled" gun issue is worth the extra few dollars.
    Thanks
     
  13. chickenfried

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    I've bought three guns through Davidsons. Very happy with all my purchases. In the Bay Area, their prices are very competitive with the retailer's sale prices, and no waiting for the item to go on sale. One of my best deals was a Colt 1991A1 for $500 +dros etc. through Davidsons.

    Being that it's so easy to compare prices among the available Davidson's dealers. I don't understand why the great discrepancies in price between some dealers :confused: ?
     
  14. Rotnguns

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    I am concerned about that as well, so I always ask them to bring out a gun from storage. They are very good about doing that around here, unless the only model is the one at the counter.

    That being said, I like online purchasing more and more!

    Rotnguns
     
  15. kyoung05

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    The last time I looked into Davidsons, they had a "handgun charge" which is something like another $25 on top of the shipping and sales tax. Is that still in effect?
     
  16. Highland Ranger

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    Great. I have ordered a number of guns through them. Had a problem with only one - an HK USP 45 Elite that was missing its cleaning kit.

    The local dealer mishandled things a bit and I complained via email about the missing kit and the dealers handling of the matter.

    It turned out that HK stopped shipping them but Davidson's failed to update the description.

    Not only did they make good, but I got a call from Mr. Davidson (forget his first name) who asked in detail how things went down and then sent me a very nice cleaning kit in a wood box for my time and trouble.

    This was last year right around this time when I am sure this guy needed to be doing things around the SHOT show . . . but took the time to call me and return my calls the few iterations it took us to connect.

    Bottom line: check your pricing of course, but buy with confidence - these guys are for real.
     
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