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Sell a gun to have "new gun cash"?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Ignition Override, May 9, 2011.

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  1. Ignition Override

    Ignition Override Member

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    How popular is this method to acquire quick cash for a different type, or a duplicate etc?

    Even if you could save money over a few months (or more) for a favorite sort, would many guys or gals sell something just to avoid the need to be very patient?

    The temptation is that a road trip though a few small towns could otherwise lead to hasty, impulsive ATM withdrawals after a surprise in a shop with milsurps etc (i.e. Whittaker's in KY).
     
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  2. RichBMW

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    I'm reluctant to sell any of my guns because the return on the original investment is not impressive. A local gunshop offered $150 for my nearly new Ruger LCP if I traded it on a new Ruger LC9. That's half of what I paid for it. And I don't sell guns to the guy waiting in the parking lot of a gun show who wants to buy a gun for more money but could never pass a background check.
     
  3. scythefwd

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    I sold a chinese sks, a FEG P9r, and a mossy 500 with 2 barrels to fund my bow, with a lot left over.

    Sold my Stevens 840 and my rossi m68 to fund a CZ Rami in 40.

    Will I regret any of it... maybe the stevens 840. Though I'll probably get something made if I really start to miss it. Something like an stevens 200 with a .30-30 barrel.
     
  4. WVleo

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    selling guns

    Selling guns to fund other gun purchases is very popular if You read the forums or Your local Buy/sell/trade papers. But if You trade at a gunshop or sell at a pawn dealer they are looking to make the profit off the deal. Better to sell privately to reap any finiancial gain from a earlier purchase to fund the next one. Guns are tools and I like some tools better than others and sometimes a tool outlives it's owners use for it and You need another type tool. ....WVleo
     
  5. PX15

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    JMOfartO:

    Being old, retired, and poor, I have found that often "selling a gun" to finance a "new gun" has become a necessity.

    I'll qualify that by saying that I won't sell a gun I LIKE to buy a different gun, but IF I am not using a particular gun anymore, or I have duplicates, or if I have just lost interest in a gun, for whatever reason, I'll certainly part with it to buy a new love. (lust?).

    For example I had three "A" grade HK P7's. Unique, desirable, often hard to find at a reasonable price.. I didn't expect to ever part with any of them...

    I now have ONE "A" grade HK P7...

    What happened?

    Well, as good as the classy HK P7 is, it's not the best choice for a cc 9MM pistol.. Top heavy, low capacity, unusual "squeezecocker" design that is just contrary to what I've preferred for decades in my self defense choice..

    I hope to always keep my remaining P7, but I sold the other two to finance new interests..

    I bought a new HK P2000sk (V3) with the proceeds of one, and a NIB 22cal. Winchester 63 (Miroku) with the other. :D

    I'm happy, happy, happy with my decisions.. I have two different firearms that I actually shoot and enjoy, and I HAD two extra P7's gathering dust in the gun safe. (for 3 years actually).

    I still have my personal pleasure plinker P7, but I simply didn't need THREE, two of which I never shot..

    So I would suggest you keep what you love, and sell what you don't, to finance a new love.....

    What I try to never do is just SELL a gun, unless I intend to replace it..

    But that's just me..:)

    Best Wishes,


    Jesse
     
  6. Ala Dan

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    After a few year's of selling/trading/swapping, I have finally nailed down my
    collection to what I really want; and I can't see doing any of the above just
    to finance another firearms project~! Maybe the right gun hasn't come along;
    and tempted me just yet, I don't know~? :uhoh: :scrutiny: ;)
     
  7. CajunBass

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    I used to sell/trade guns all the time. Yes, I sold/traded off guns I wish I hadn't, but at the time, I saw something I wanted more.

    Now, I can't really think of anything I've got that I'd sell or trade.That doesn't mean I wouldn't, it just means I can't think of any that I'm willing to put on the block NOW. I also doubt I'd get enough for them to make it worthwhile.

    These days I just depend on layaway. My favorite dealer offeres 90 days, with 20% down. Works well for me.
     
  8. Sav .250

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    Different strokes for different folks. "Shooters " are always up for movement.
    "Collector" pieces ............stay!
     
  9. ForumSurfer

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    I have a few "keepers" and a few "not-keepers."

    If I am unsure of whether I will like a particular gun or not, I'll search high and low until I find a used one that I know I could resell for the same price or more.

    Why be patient to save money and not sell anything when I have guns that I'm not particularly fond of? I won't sell one at a loss, but if I can get the original purchase price or within $50, I'm ok with that. Once you factor in ammo and gear prices, all of my weapons are giant money pits, anyway.

    I am in trouble, though...I sold my last "not-keeper" yesterday.
     
  10. Yarddog

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    "[Sell a gun to have "new gun cash"?]"

    Years ago when I lived pay check To Pay check & the yunguns needed school stuff or
    somthing or another.

    Not in this point in my life, Ive sold alot of guns and regret MOST, Now I only buy, And
    it's going to be a deal at that ; )
    Y/D
     
  11. hso

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    Happens all the time.
     
  12. ForumSurfer

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    That's it, right there! I don't regret selling any of mine.

    My father is my polar opposite. He's kept every single weapon he ever bought or inherited, yet he only shoots one or two of them. I shoot all of mine. If I don't like to shoot it, it goes away. Let's face it, if it has sat in your safe for a year without being shot while other weapons are getting shot on a monthly basis or less...you don't like shooting it as much as you think you do.

    I could afford to keep them, but I can try many different types since I trade often. Trading is another good option. Times are tough and I've discovered there are many people like me. It is really easy to trade one gun for another of a completely different type when they are valued the same, thanks to wonderful trading posts like the one here.
     
  13. HGUNHNTR

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    I do it all of the time to keep the inventory fresh. I really enjo having new firearms to shoot. Eventually their will become a point when the guns you have are in the collection because you reall enjoy them. The process of refining my collection based on my specific taste has taken decades, and I really am enjoying what I have...not to say any of them couldn't go down the road to make room for something new. :)
     
  14. ambidextrous1

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    Like most others, I've regretted selling some of my guns; but I have quite a few firearms that I haven't fired in over five years. I'm going to sell them and buy fewer guns, but guns that I'm likely to shoot regularly for a few years.
     
  15. USAF_Vet

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    Maybe when my collection gets much bigger, but I really haven't sold any guns, to fund another or otherwise.
     
  16. JoelSteinbach

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    Over the years I have purchased many guns on impulse, Thinking WOW that really looks great. I have shot every one that I bought over the years. I recently sold 5 handguns that had only been shot once, that I have had for many years at a large profit over my initial investment. Most of my guns are keepers, even though they have been in the sefe for many years, but because of many fond memories I will let them stay in the safe
     
  17. 22-rimfire

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    Sell a gun for quick cash, sure. That's why you see so many guns at pawn shops and why friends or coworkers come to you for a quick sell. Selling a gun has little impact on my overall finances, so I do not sell unless I simply don't want the gun anymore. I own one firearm that I would currently sell if an opportunity came up.

    I used to buy and sell all the time and enjoyed it a lot. Didn't make much money, but it kept me in the game and it was fun. It also gave me a reason to attend gunshows regularly. I do not sell online.

    I keep a modest cash reserve available for impulse buys. I prefer cash. If I use an debit card or write a check, I deposit the money at my first opportunity to even the books out again. But that is rare. There are currently no firearms that I need.
     
  18. Flynt

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    My policy is to keep life simple; don't live with clutter and extraneous possessions, whether it's junk in the garage or extra guns. However, I rarely succeed in practice. I get a rush from scoring a reallly cool gun or accessory. Gunshows and online sales make buying really easy -- too easy. I buy a lot of stuff with the intention of making space for it by selling the redundant items -- I've got 7 "pig guns" for example -- but the selling part never seems to happen. It's a PITA to take pictures, post the ad, meet a potential buyer, etc., so I always procrastinate. In the meantime, I fall in love with another beauty and buy it. PLEASE HELP ME! :D
     
  19. PX15

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    Another reason I've found for "selling" to "buy" is when your interest fades for one genre of firearms as another emerges...

    For example, I'm an old fart (almost 69) and the pleasure I had for decades shooting my pistols has faded along with my eyesight and steadiness of hand..

    But..

    Blessedly, my appreciation for rimfire rifles (my first gun at 12 was a single-shot 22 rifle) has emerged as I can see well enough with a rifle to target plink (casual) just fine..

    Additionally, the ever increasing prices of centerfire ammunition has taken a lot of the fun out of shooting those larger caliber firearms while I can still (today at least) buy a bulk pack of Federal 22's (550rds) for less than $20.00..:D

    I'm still holding on to my favorite pistols/revolvers (20+), but I've replaced several pistols/revolvers that I simply either did not enjoy shooting, or had multiples of anyway with some pretty nice rimfire rifles..

    Everyone needs at least one 22cal. rifle... That's why I have 7... :cool:

    I say, keep what'cha like shooting... Sell the rest and buy some more of the ones ya like...

    No offense to those who don't see it my way.. I'm right and never let facts sway my opinions.

    Jesse

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  20. rocky branch

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    As a youngster, that was business as usual.
    Sold, traded many I wish I coulda kept.

    Later years I managed to accumulate more pieces.

    Now retired and smaller income, I have slowed downa lot.

    I got stuff I ought to sell as it is taking up space.

    I have to think twice and budget a bit before anything new, though.
     
  21. 788Ham

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    I've had quite a few firearms I wished now I'd never have parted with, Browning BDA .380, Ruger Single Six .22, always wanting something else, not what I really wanted after the sale. I've got a couple of rifles that hardly see daylight now, but will never part with them, handed down family members, the quality being 100 times better than those made today. Buying a used one, supposedly hardly shot, then finding you have to invest 35% more into it to get it running like new, definitely not good. As I've gotten older, I now want what I have, the new shiny ones don't really have that sexy, needed now appeal. YMMV
     
  22. welldoya

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    I used to buy and sell a lot. Nowadays not that much. But I did learn that the thing to do if you sell a gun is put the money away until something comes along that you want. Otherwise, it just goes for groceries and school clothes for the kids.
    I sold a couple of guns that I didn't shoot much about a month ago. I put the $850 aside. That way when I see a deal on something I want, I can jump on it. I buy most of my guns used and only when it's a good deal.
     
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    It depends. I'm currently auctioning off a Remington LNIB 11-87 Premier 20ga. on GunBroker.com trying to raise money for a Parker Bros. DHE 20ga. in need of restoration but mechanically sound.

    What would you do with if you were in this position?
     
  24. MrWesson

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    You sold your LCP to a dealer for 150 and the dealer then sells for 350 at the gun show and the guy in the parking lot offering 250 is the bad guy..?:rolleyes: I know this is the high road but :banghead:
     
  25. MachIVshooter

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    I used to NEVER sell guns. But as I've gotten older, my tastes have changed some, or I've found one that I'd bought didn't fulfill it's purpose to expectations.

    I would only urge someone to consider carefully how available the desired new weapon is/will be and how difficult it may be to replace the one you're selling.
     
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