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How fo you feel about gun shops selling on gunbroker instead of in their store.

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Queen_of_Thunder, Feb 4, 2013.

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  1. dbp

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    I bought my Glock 26 Gen4 on Gunbroker because I could save $100 over the best price at LGS. That was after shipping and FFL fees were added - still saved $100.

    Maybe $100 means more to me than some others. Used to buy 8 boxes of 9mm ammo. :(
     
  2. jeff-10

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    I've always encouraged my local gun shops to sell on GunBroker, that way I can view the inventory and prices without going to the store. It also means they usually carry a larger inventory because they move more product. I have previously bought a shotgun I first viewed on GunBroker at the store.

    All these questions on the forums about the morality of merchants selling there products during a price bubble is a little disconcerting. Honestly, I cannot imagine picking up anything gun related for the next 3 months or. I figure by then the supply will again catch up with demand and I can pick up what I want without the craziness.
     
  3. mrvco

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    If they make their inventory available in-store, then I don't have a problem with it. The store near me that does quite a bit of GunBroker sales definitely has the best in-stock inventory and prices in the area, although the service can be hit-or-miss.
     
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  4. xwingband

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    A gunshop... I don't really have a problem with as the increased audience could get them more sales and thus purchasing power with distributors. I've bought more at the place that has the best selection. I could have saved $50 if I went to another store but I wanted to compare two models and the more expensive one had both.

    Sometimes too for selection, even they don't have it and online was my only option. I wanted a 22/45 months ago and no one had it.

    I have a real beef with a distributor selling online though! They're exploiting their relationship with the manufacturer by selling at retail prices. Making yourself the middle man and the end man to me is unethical. I saw this with a KSG on gunbroker, it was a distributor. That pissed me off to no end since I haven't seen some kel-tec models at all, gunshows included, and they put a few up online.
     
  5. mdauben

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    I'd have to disagree, IMO while not illegal it is unethical. I know some people don't seem to place much value in verbal agreements these days, but if my LGS pulled this on my I would never do buisness with them again. YMMV.
     
  6. Dr.Rob

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    Plenty of retailers do both.

    Now granted I'd hate to see it online, go to the store to look it over and find in the meantime it's sold... but that's a chance you take.
     
  7. JohnnyK

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    i do like gb and have bought a bunch of stuff from gb... but I find it interesting when compaines like Atlantic firearms who has sold out on pretty much all of their rifles and I'm on a couple of their "we'll notify you when this is back in stock" lists they have some rifles on gb... whether there are people in line for those rifles or not, I don't know but I would find it annoying and in bad taste if there were people waiting for a specific firearm and the retailer had it in stock but wouldn't sell to them so they could list on gun broker... my .02
     
  8. WardenWolf

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    All it does is increase visibility and availability of their product. Gun shops, particularly those that deal in used guns and surplus guns, often get some unusual items in that have a niche market. They may not be able to sell them easily locally, but they may get big bucks for them online. It's an excellent way for them to continue in business and find buyers for items that may be difficult to sell. Basically, it's an important part of doing business in the modern world.

    Some people may hate me for saying this, but I've purchased very few of my firearms from local shops. Why? Simply because no one ever has had what I want when I had the money to pay for it. Lots of items are just floating around, but there's no reliable supply at any given point. So when I have money available, and am wanting something specific, where do I go? The Internet, of course. If I can find it from someone local, that's a bonus, but, if not, I don't sweat it.
     
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  9. Atlantic Firearms

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    JohhnyK , we have been selling on Gunbroker for 8 -10 years and allocate about 90% of our items for sale via the web site and a few for Gunbroker. Gunbroker offers us a advertising tool and more customers find our web site. So if we get in 15 rifles 12 go to web site sales and the others to Gunbroker and that has been the way for years .
     
  10. Garmangabis

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    Nothing is stopping you from sitting at home and shopping at the local store from your computer. Having worked in a gun store I can assure you the "loyal" customer does not buy everything from one source, free market economics is exactly that, free. The laws of supply and demand.

    I would rather the gun store be financially healthy and still there than refuse to sell on line and close.
     
  11. U-235

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    I don't see anything wrong with using all available resources to sell your products. I do agree with others that the online inventory should be available to anyone who walks in to the store.

    We use the term "Local Gun Shop" a lot but most business owners today even if it is a two person mom and pop operation will have some sort of online presence. Once you are online you are no longer local, you are connected world-wide.
     
  12. 420Stainless

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    My favorite LGS sells stuff online all the time - don't bother me a bit. He usually posts items that don't have a high demand locally, but may be of particular interest to a select set of customers. I also wouldn't be surprised if he called his usual set of local collectors to tell them what he has before he posts them, but since I'm not big money I don't know that for sure. Might as well get niche merchandise out in front of as many possible interested buyers as he can rather than sit on it for months waiting for the right person with the right opportunity to come in. In the same way, he doesn't have any real problem looking up something I'm interested from someone else's online inventory and doing the transfer for me. In the meantime, he still gets a fairly decent supply of interesting used guns coming through his shop that I get to go fondle on a regular basis.
     
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