Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Captcurt, Jul 11, 2021.
That is the key to gun show enjoyment.
I treat it like a museum. (where everything has a price tag) I hope there will be nice stuff on display for me to look at. That is what I enjoy.
Sometimes you find something you can’t live without at an agreeable price.
Eventually people lose interest or run out of money, then it's just us again. The dedicated gun guys who shoot and browse ammo on the regular, unprompted by any mass catastrophes or political garbage. When it gets slow, and the panic buying ends, that's when they start competing heavily and lowering prices....
I actually did quite well at the last local show, but I was realistic about the new price paradigm.
Made the mistake of going to my regular show and it was an absolute joke. I breezed through it in 15 minutes flat. It wasn’t the prices (I knew what to expect). It was the astounding absence of, well, guns!
Apparently the more serious dealers chose the new promoter.
When it comes to the beef jerky and other non gun related stuff I suggest that be taken up with the show promoter. The people selling jerky pay the same table fee as everyone else. Years ago when my wife and I actively worked shows to promote our shop the good show promoters always asked what we were selling and for those selling non gun related items the tables were limited and were grouped in one section of the show. So the complaint here is not with those selling the beef jerky but the promoter of the show.
Your an optimistic person. I applaud that, but totally disagree with your theory. There's going to be an upswing? Only a few years ago guys were saying "these SKS's will bed back down".
Also, who is losing interest by the way and running out of money? Democrats are the biggest gun salesman's of all time. Prices while continue to climb as long as there is a Democrat in office.
It's a gun forum.
At the last one I attended, a gentleman had merchandise in old cigar boxes. I asked about those. He said they weren't for sale. He also said I wasn't the first to ask.
The people I was referring to losing interest + running out of money were those that were only mobilized by an "event", whatever it is be it the panic, election, riots. Etc. The people who don't shoot and buy guns and ammo regularly. One of the other factors, I believe anyway, was alot of people had extra disposable income via the raining stim cash. Alot of them will and have moved onto other things by now, probably alot of them have already sold the gun they had to get because the sky was falling.
And I suppose you could call me optimistic, but I have seen these things play out a few times, maybe not on this scale but I've personally already seen ammo go way, way down in price, about 5x less than it was during the lock down periods. Everybody gets their ---- in an uproar (myself included although this time around I was more cushioned with ammo after having learned from past experience) and after just a bit it goes back to business as usual. It will keep going down, I'm pretty sure of it.
So prices have went "way, way down" in Vermont. Not so much in my area. And "way down" is relevant to what? Just because you're sure of a price drop dont make it so. Gas is up. Guns are up. Taxes are up. Ammo is up. Democrats that hold office tend to do that. That's the trend.
"Way down" is relevant to the price it was before, and the price it is now.
It could also be that in my area I have gotten lucky in that things look to be on their return to "somewhat normal" although I have seen other posters tell of how much better things have gotten in their LGS's so it isn't just me. If you were to check out my LGS's sales page you would see what I'm talking about. Not long ago I purchased a 550rd brick of .22lr for $22 and a box of Federal 7mm-08 for $25. 9mm @ $18/50rds. Same with guns, $450 for new Mossberg 590's, used glocks $350, New for $485-$550.
Alot of stuff is back where it was and what isn't looks like it's on its way, at least where I'm at... so that's why I'm optimistic.
A huge stash won't even stem the tide of milsurp prices. Midway sold every M1 carbine they had for twice the going rate of just a couple years ago within SECONDS.
Imagine how the vendors feel...They pay their entry fee hoping to bring home a profit , instead they hear whining all day from people that know the current environment/prices that just like to hear their own whiney voices .
In 45+ years I’ve bought perhaps three guns and sold one, but I’ve seen touched and learned about thousands. JMO.
Cheap entertainment for you, waste of time for vendors .
Why? The Anti's alll across the USA want them to GO AWAY BYEBYE
Oh, BTW, they ALSO want to end ALL (that means, ALL) internet sales of gun parts, so called kits, and ammunition.
So, in their perfect world, there will be no internet transactions and no show to go to.
Then the whine with the cheese will be,''gee, the local store prices are 5X higher then just a few years ago ''
I mean, whudda thunk it
Ending the shows ALSO ends comradery, learning from observing different items, other etc.
Getting to see old friends and WWII Korea Vet buddies of mine at the snack bar for a bowl of EXCELLENT chicken & noodles
_ to find parts or accessories for guns I own
_ to see guns I have read about (Krag, Remington Model 8)
_ ammunition and reloading supplies: we had two popular dealers whose markup was just above their wholesale cost
_ unlike internet ordering, no $15 shipping & handling.
True enough. But the vendors are relying on large crowds for that small percentage that are buying guns. I’ve never attended a gun show without buying something other than a gun. A great deal of my hand loading stuff, molds for bullet casting and the tools required came from gun shows.
And let’s not for get the beef jerky. Smiths of Maine. Best dang jerky east of the Mississippi.
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