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Online gun stores NOT to buy from?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by CamaroZ28, Mar 28, 2020.

  1. Col. Harrumph

    Col. Harrumph Member

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    I'll add a shout-out for Empire Arms, who mostly deal in C&R's (collectibles).
     
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  2. akarguy

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    Do...
    Palmetto State Armory
    Brownells
    JG Sales
    AIM Surplus
    Classic Firearms
    Grab A Gun
    Davidson's/Gun Genie
    Sportsman's Outdoor Superstore
    Sportsman's Guide

    Be careful...
    GunBroker
    Lucky Gunner

    Don't...
    Cheaper than Dirt
     
  3. army_eod

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    Buds probably loves me.
     
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  4. welldoya

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    I’ve ordered quite a few and had good luck with:
    Grabagun
    Palmetto State Armory
    Whitaker Guns
    Kentucky Gun Company
     
  5. Jeff H

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    CTD is one of the worst.
     
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  6. Demi-human

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    Yeah. I guess my caution isn’t universal. They are a big, and not great company.
    Why should there be extra shipping from three separate warehouses? All of them are in Texas, 1500 miles from me. It not like one is that much farther away!
    And if you shop for everything to be in one warehouse, magically, one item will go out of stock and pop up in another warehouse, with separate shipping.

    Squelch that noise!

    Just say that you will over charge for shipping! You aren’t fooling anyone!

    Whoo! I feel better.:)
     
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  7. EIB0879

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    I like Grabagun. Retail location is 20 mins from my office so no separate FFL or shipping when I pick up.
     
  8. Meeks36

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    I ordered a cheap pleather iwb holster for my Glock 27 from them around 2006 holster was $14.00. Went to check out $25.00 total for a friggin flimsy holster. Last bit of money they gonna from me.
     
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  9. dogtown tom

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    CTD doesn't have different warehouses of their own....they drop ship, industry lingo for "we don't actually stock that item in OUR warehouse, but we'll have another company fullfill your order".

    When you buy online, look for Gearfire, Gallery of Guns or Davidsons logos......that almost always means the dealer doesn't have jack squat in stock at his store, but will have Gearfire or Davidsons actually ship the product.
     
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  10. crestoncowboy

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    That's another store that , like buds, I've shopped at many times in the store but never bought online. Many years ago I did notice a good deal on a German p-220 and drove to charlotte to pick it up. Nice folks and they list a huge inventory of used guns on their site.
     
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  11. Llama Bob

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    Late shipments. Missing tracking info. Sent the wrong gun. "New" guns that clearly aren't new and the customer refuses. Guns missing parts.

    And the FFL in question doesn't give a flip about their prices as he doesn't stock new guns - 100% used. He just got sick of the BS.
     
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  12. dogtown tom

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    Your gun dealer must be cursed, as thats the exact opposite of my experiences.
     
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  13. HoopedIt

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    Grab a gun is my main place if locals don’t have what I need. Really have not needed to look elsewhere. If they are oos sign up for the email as they usually will get one in st9ck but must be quick!
     
  14. mjsdwash

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    only one I have is Cheaper than Dirt, for the price gouging, lies, and ripoffs. I have had great experiences with Palmetto as other mentioned.
     
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  15. MrShooter

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    I've bought several guns and thousands of rounds of ammunition from sportsmans outdoor super store, but in the last 2 weeks they've raised their ammunition prices so much it's clearly price gouging. Sellier and Bellot 45 acp were 12.89 for 50 2 weeks ago, I just checked and they're charging 21.99 now. There's absolutely no excuse to raise the price that much. Target sports and bass pro have barely changed their prices. I'm done giving soss my business even if they come down in the future!
     
  16. hemiram

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    I've bought about 10-12 guns, new and used from Bud's and never had any sort of problem. All new ones are new, used ones are as described, and they hold the "Crazy fast" shipping record, where I ordered a gun online in the early morning, and it showed up at my FFL the same day! I had it in my hands 14 hours after I ordered it! Sure it's only one state away, but that's freaky fast. PSA of all places is the second fastest shipping ever. I bought the gun, I can't remember what it was anymore, and 46 hours later, I picked it up.

    The only place I've had problems with is a company that is out of business now, and they had "Too good to be true" prices. I actually got the first gun I ordered without any issue, but the second one never showed up and after I called a few times, the phone was disconnected. My CC was never charged for the second one. I can't remember the name, but when I searched on the owner, he came back involved with all kinds of sketchy deals over the last 20 years.
     
  17. Spats McGee

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    Welcome to THR, CamaroZ28!

    It looks like the THR membership has laid out a whole lot of their favorite sites for you. One of the things I like about THR is the way our membership responds to new members & new gun owners. They're genuinely helpful. As for me, I've been browsing online gun sites for about 15 years and I'd never heard of Global Gun Sales until your post, FWIW. I've at least heard of the ones our other members listed, and many of them have been in business for a long time.

    I will add that now is a time for caution in trying to buy online. Demand for guns and ammo is very high, which means that there are going to be scams popping up and price gouging going on. Happens every time we see a spike in demand. Unless Global Gun Sales has something really really rare, I'd go back through the list that these THR members have given you and see if you can find it from somebody a little better-known.
     
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  18. guyfromohio

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    I understand that this is from Pew Pew, but allow me to add Keely Arms. It’s Ohio based and has grown. The owner is a great guy and I’ve visited his “shop” a few times for in-store pickup. 100% on the up and up. https://www.keelyarms.com/
     
  19. Jack B.

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    I never buy any guns online. I go to my LGS to get a gun. If they don't have it ,I order it and wait.
     
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  20. LoonWulf
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    Ive had no major issues with ANY online retailer at this point, and no problems with gunbroker...either as a seller or buyer.
    Ive purchased guns and or/large parts from
    Buds
    Cdnn
    PSA
    Brownells
    Midway
    Cabelas
    Ebay and Gunbroker for auciton sites.
    OpticsPlanet

    Most annoying thing for Buds is that there system is almost completely automated, and they ship (at least to hawaii) only on fridays, so the minimum wait is 4-5 days to ship, If theres a delay it can take a week or more.

    Cdnn, for me is only annoying because I have to call in my order, and they ONLY ship ups so its a handguns only proposition for me.

    PSA was slow to ship, and used slow shipping. Shipping was free, product was very nice, and the cost was low in general....Always remember the quote on WW airsmithings site "GOOD, FAST, CHEAP...you can pick 2".

    Brownells, nothing bad of note

    Midway, charges extra for shipping to hawaii.....I only make big orders and only buy "free shipping" products now to cut down on some of that cost.

    Cabelas, nothing of note good or bad.

    Ebay, and Gunbroker offer a number of pitfalls to new or inexperienced users/buyers.
    Ive been buying stuff off ebay for 20 years or so, and only once had an issue....cost me 600 bucks, but considering ive literally spent 10s of thousands on there, thats not bad.
    Gunbroker ive had zero issues having used them for about 10 years.
    Buyer, and Sellers, need to understand how the system works and what to watch out for in listings, feedback, and practices.

    Generally my opinion is that its pretty rare when someone is ACTIVELY out to screw you, sometimes it happens, and how YOU handle it can often be the defining difference on what the outcome is.
     
  21. Rule3

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    Global seems legit I have not dealt with them.

    They list a real address and phone number, they have a "about us" they have a contact us. Which are things to look for.
    I would buy from them with a credit card.

    https://www.globalgunsales.com/about-us
     
  22. BearBrimstone

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    I’ve never had an issue with any of the companies that I have bought from. The only issue I’ve ever had was the manufacturer’s problem rather than the dealer. That said, the dealer was Kentucky gun company and they made sure the manufacturer got things straightened out for me. I couldn’t recommend Kentucky gun company enough because of that. They are a great company and usually have good prices.
     
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  23. armedwalleye

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    I'd also endorse Grabagun for new guns, I've used J&G sales for some used ones, and for ammo, I like Outdoor Limited.

    I'd also agree with the group, CTD is a sham. The price of Dirt has risen exponentially it times of struggle....
     
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  24. Bfh_auto

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    That sucks. I have ordered from them quite a few times without issues. If I had your results, I'd never do it again.
     
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