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I acted real dumb at gun show today

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by bushmaster1313, Nov 14, 2010.

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  1. bushmaster1313

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    Went to a gun show and on the way out I spotted a certain gun I have wanted for a long time in very good condition for $600.

    This was more than I had brought, but I put down a $40 deposit and went half a mile away to the ATM to get a total of $800.

    When I came back to the table we went through all of the paperwork and I counted out what I thought was the price.

    Turns out I was not wearing my glasses and the price was really $1600 and way out of my league.

    I walked away very embarrassed.

    Then I remembered my $40 deposit. I went back to the table and told him I had forgotten my deposit and said that for his trouble we should split the $40 and he could give me back $20.

    He did, I apologized for wasting his time, and I thanked him for being a gentleman about it.
     
  2. yeti

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    With all the dumb things that go on at gun shows I don't believe you even start to approach the "Real dumb" threshold.

    Was decent of you and the dealer to split the deposit.
     
  3. Al Thompson

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    :D Two things I always carry at gunshows. Flashlight and glasses.
     
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    You made an honest mistake, but imho, you shouldn't need to give him $20.
    Anyway, time to go see the eye doctor.:evil:
     
  5. Hanzo581

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    That's not that bad, but I don't see how you thought whatever firearm was so cheap, assuming he is selling it at retail price.
     
  6. bushmaster1313

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    It was a Remington 31 riot gun.
    $600 would be a fair price in good condition.
    A very good price in excellent condition.
     
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    I guarantee that the seller would have thought you were even dumber had you bought it for $1600.
     
  8. bushmaster1313

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    Serial number on barrel and receiver placed it as a WWII gun and the barrel had a proof mark.

    Condition was excellent.
     
  9. Fat Boy

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    I don't think your actions were the least bit dumb- having worn "multi-focal" (read here "bi-focals") corrective lenses for the last several years, I am trying to get used to "multi-focal" contact lenses- it occurs to me that I can't see close up very well, and distance is really blurred at times, so the question is why am I even wearing the lenses? The short answer is that I don't like wearing framed glasses, so I continue to struggle- I went to a small gun show yesterday and needed to look at the price tags several times

    Anyway, I think it was awfully decent of you to split the deposit with the seller-
     
  10. Pocket Rocket

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    Did you think that not bringing a wad of cash with you would keep you within a budget? :D

    I've gone to a show with $100 in my pocket only run off to the ATM and return.
     
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    Honest mistake, but I can see where it would be embarrassing. Definitely not the dumbest thing I've seen at a gun show, not even in the top ten if that helps.:) Of course I'm an amateur when it comes to gun shows, don't go to as many as I used to and have never had a table at one.

    I once saw what I thought was too good of a price on some assorted pistol magazines. An older couple had a table with just a few things on it. They had 8 or 9 clips in a pile (I know, magazines, whatever), nothing special, mostly 1911 and such, not even "pre ban hi cap" or collectible. There was price above them- $30 IIRC - too cheap for all of them, but absolutely insane for each. Most of them were $7 or $8 mags, maybe a couple of $15 ones at most.

    I innocently asked if the price was each or all. They were so offended that for a second I thought they were going to spit at me or throw something! I'm really careful any more how I ask about such things if I'm not sure whether I'm seeing "someone doesn't know what they have" or "someone thinks they have gold".
     
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    Good deals at gunshows have almost gone the way of the dodo bird.
     
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    I went to a show at our local Sportmen's club a bit back,..saw prices that had me almost breaking out and laughing.....and folks were wondering why they weren't selling guns. I saw prices on used guns that were more than the full MSRP for new ones,...crazy,....
     
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    I'm finding nowadays that I also have too take a good hard look at things I used to only casually glance at to see them properly.

    I have to agree about taking a flashlight and glasses. A tape measure helps, too.

    The last gun show I went to definitely had me walking away shaking my head. Some of the used gun prices were a little insane.
     
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    There was a rack of Mosin Nagants, each between $100 and $120.

    I did not know enough about them to buy one.
     
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    Saw a full sized Glock for $800.00 this weekend. No idea if it was a G17 or G22, or what ever. They tend to retail around 500 here... :eek:
     
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    x2 on sayin' goodbye to good gunshow deals. I've priced a bunch of guns at the show, and went to Gander Mountain (not known for low gun prices) and found them to be cheaper than the gun show fare.
    *sigh*
     
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    What you did was an honest mistake. Dumb would have been going back to the ATM for another grand.

    The vendor was a little slimy for keeping any of your deposit, if you ask me.
     
  19. Full Metal Jacket

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    man that sucks! you're all excited that you found a gun you've been hunting and turns out it's way more than you thought.

    that dealer shoulda given you your $40 back. that was a real scumbag thing he did keeping your $20. you didn't put him out any in anyway. can't tell me someone happened to come by with $1,600 for it in that short time you were gone.
     
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    Similiar thing happened to me at the Westchester gun show in White Plains today. Was looking at a Winchester 63 deluxe in excellent condition, thought the price read $1200, on second glance the 1 was a 4. Another guy at that show had a Remington 31 riot, but his prices on M1s and 1903s were so high I didn't even bother checking it out.
     
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    I don't think he should have kept any of your money and yes, finding firearms USED priced high than MSRP NEW is getting to be far too common.
    I don't think this particular issue has anything to do with the OP, but others mentioned it...
    The Cabela's store in Glendale, Az has a bad habit of over-pricing, and sometimes mislabeling.

    They were selling Save Edge rifles USED, in obviously used condition for as much and more than the new ones. I bough one from wal-mart brand new for less than they wanted for a used one.. They had a KelTec P32, USED, priced higer than a new one.
    Methinks they need new management.
     
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    My friend wanted to get his first .30-06, that why we went, he ended up finding a beautiful 1903a3, with a milled floorplate instead of its stamped one, absolutley gorgeous blueing, all sitting in a nice Bishop (or Fajen, I forget which), paid $350 out the door. Was it a steal?, no, but it was a very fair price. With the exception of that gun, and a guy who had alot of Mosins for $100 out the door, most of the gun prices were really high. The worst part was that no one was willing to negotiate, and there were alot of out of state vendors who did not care that the buyer was going to have to shell out another $25 for a local FFL.
     
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    years ago, you could find a good deal at gunshows (that was the whole point of them).

    nowadays--you only find used car vendors with overpriced ammo/guns for sale.

    gunshows are rarely worth your time anymore.
     
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    I almost burst out laughing when at the used rack in Cabela's one day. They had a used Stevens 200 7mm-08 for $325. :what:

    I had just seen the same gun down the road at Academy for $180 new.
     
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    I'm going to play devil's advocate here - what's the purpose of a deposit if you don't lose it if you fail to complete the deal ? I'm glad you got part of your money back but honestly, I never understood the concept of a refundable deposit.
    Why bother with a deposit at all ?
     
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