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How to buy a Pistol for 3/4 the Asking Price.

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Harry Paget Flashman, Apr 5, 2007.

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  1. Harry Paget Flashman

    Harry Paget Flashman Member

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    I had the pleasure today of doing a FTF purchase of an East German Makarov from a fellow High Roader. It followed a short negotiation via PM, Email and the telephone. Now, I'm not here to brag about my haggling skills, though once in Tijuana I did beat a Mexican out of a $10 blanket by low-balling him and some fast talk and got it for $12.

    Here's the deal. Say a guy wants $400 for a pistol and throws in extra stuff you don't really need...like a spare Makawrap grip, couple of magazines, extra recoil spring, 200 rounds of ammo and even the red t-shirt he used for the photo back-drop. You offer him $300 flat, like there's no wiggle room for a counter offer. And you tell him oh-by-the-way, "I'll give you $95 for the extra stuff...you got no use for it."

    Bingo! ~25% savings. Even my wife can appreciate a bargain. And the t-shirt is an "M" and appears to be brand new ...it's her lucky day.

    Thanks, fiVe.
     
  2. kokapelli

    kokapelli Member

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    How do you sleep nights? :)
     
  3. jwerlc

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    So...

    Buying a $10.00 blanket for $12.00 is an example of your haggling expertise? And saving 5.00 on the other deal?:rolleyes:
     
  4. Coyote3855

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    ~ 25% savings??

    Okay, even with the new math, I can't figure out how you save 25% if you pay 300 bucks for the gun and $95 for other stuff. That totals $395 towards the asking price of $400....

    Never mind.

    Listen, Harry, I can get you a great deal on some ocean front property in Wyoming.

    Coyote3855
     
  5. kokapelli

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    Have you been listening to Al Gore?-:)
     
  6. 12many

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    Great post. You made me smile.
     
  7. CypherNinja

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    The post was about how to save 25% on a handgun. ;)
     
  8. rchernandez

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    And how much, if I may ask, did you pay for that bridge?
     
  9. jwerlc

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    Ohhhh, NOW I get it...

    He's saying his wife is more gullible than we are.
     
  10. Harry Paget Flashman

    Harry Paget Flashman Member

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    Hey, I went to high school in the 60's. You ever heard of the "new math"?

    Still, I only paid $300 for a $400 gun.
     
  11. Frandy

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    Thanks for the giggle. :D
     
  12. jwerlc

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    Yes, but...

    You also paid $95.00 for free stuff...
     
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    Thanks,
    The levity is appreciated at the end of a long work week.
     
  14. Coyote3855

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    Gullible?

    I speak only for myself here, but I am at least as gullible as Harry's wife. Probably more. Having bought a few $10 Mexican blankets for $12 myself, I should have caught on much earlier.

    Clever post.

    Coyote3855
     
  15. daysleeprx

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    Subtle humor is lost on some.
     
  16. loplop

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    Great post!!! I, too, appreciated the humor injection into my very trying work week.
     
  17. jwerlc

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    Okay,

    I guess my sense of humor stayed in bed this morning, it has been a long week. I'm sure when I look at it tomorrow it will be funny as hell. I do normally have a good sense of humor, especially the self depricating type.

    Sorry if I offended anyone's sensibilities.
    jwerlc;)
     
  18. michiganfan

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    Nicely done. How can you sleep nights taking advantage of a fellow High roader. LOL
     
  19. solive

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    That is funny, you drive a hard bargain !
     
  20. axeman_g

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    hey... I went to Tijuana once and overpaid for something there also :evil:


    cigars





    I thought your post was hilarous, thank you.
     
  21. thedpp

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    Haha some people haven't realized yet what you just said... I read it was like wait what... i hope this guy isn't serious.. best thread in a while :)
     
  22. Chem Geek

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    I got it and enjoyed it, thanks man! :D
     
  23. redfisher43

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    A Deal for Harry

    Harry,
    Here's a deal for you: An ad I saw read:

    Four lots For Sale in Holiday Beach, $9000 each or buy all four for $38K.
    555-222-9999 :uhoh:
     
  24. ReadyontheRight

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    There are three prices for everything:

    1. The price you tell your FRIENDS you paid.
    2. The price you tell your WIFE you paid.
    3. The price you REALLY paid.

    :D

    Mr. Flashman is a true guru at a "truthful" #2.
     
  25. Soybomb

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    Speaking of deals, some threads are only worth the price of admission. :D
     
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