Selling firearms and percentage takes; math is hard.

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Trey Veston, Apr 8, 2021.

  1. D.B. Cooper

    D.B. Cooper Member

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    Check out MeWe. Other online forums. There are outlets out there. Look for local forums like this one. As far as Facebook is concerned, in my area, there are so many guns being sold on Facebook that it's almost an online gun show.
     
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  2. DammitBoy

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    Unless you’re doing it wrong guns are an investment you can easily capitalize on. Prices are skyrocketing and if you pay attention, it’s not difficult to profit on your hobby.

    To be clear, buying retail and then selling for a loss is the wrong way.
     
  3. dahermit

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    The fact that you can sell guns on Facebook does little to help me. As I posted, Facebook Marketplace does not allow guns or ammo.
    As for MeWe, I have never heard of it. The only "social media" I have heard of is Facebook (I am a member) and Twitter (I am not a member), and I have no desire to join some additional obscure social media sites.
    When I do a search on "how to sell my guns" I get lists of the auction sites that want a percentage of the sale price.
    What would be of help, are internet addresses of a place where I can advertise my guns...you say they exist, but an site address would convince me more that just you saying they do.
     
  4. Howland937

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    I second listing them on here for fair prices+shipping. You'll likely get closer to what you'd like money-wise, help out a fellow member, and all it'll cost is your time.
    If PP F&F scares you, stipulate cashier's check or postal money order. Works for lots of folks on here.
     
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  5. D.B. Cooper

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    Wow. Not willing doing to your own research? Okay. I'm not going to search for online forums in your area. That's for to you to do. Not willing to post your guns on Facebook? That's up to you. (You are obviously not of the "Shall Not Comply" crowd.) Not willing to even consider a less restrictive social media venue? Not willing to pay a web provider for providing a service to you? Not willing to pay an FFL for providing a service to you?

    Sounds to me like you want someone to do all the work involved in selling your gun for you, and you want them to do it for free. Good luck with that.
     
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  6. Trey Veston

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    The Marlin is listed on Gunbroker with a reserve of $600, which may be a bit high, but there are none of these guns out there, so... It has one bid and is at $509. We'll see if it sells.

    Took my nearly NIB S&W M&P40c to the LGS and asked them what they thought I should list it at. It's the 1st gen M&P40c, that I bought new a couple of years ago as a back up to my carry M&P40c. I fired a couple of mags through it, then put it on the shelf. It's in the original box, with a spare mag, and looks absolutely brand new.

    They said they had a guy in the shop a few hours earlier looking for that exact pistol. They had a stack of .40 S&W ammo on the shelf and no .40 S&W pistols available.

    They told me $550 would be fair. I laughed. No way. Not when they have NIB S&W Shield Plus for $529 on the shelf. I told them to list it for $500 and would be grateful to get $375 for it. I would come out even after paying the consignment and $10 shelving fee.
     
  7. TRX

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    My local FFL complains about having to pay extra for trash service to get rid of all the packing materials. You might ask them if they'll hold a box out for you. Even better, two boxes. Having learned my lesson shipping stuff, a little extra work double-boxing is well worth the effort.

    If you use bubble wrap, tape it to the gun, then wind tape tightly around the wrapped gun. A lot of damage comes from the gun moving around inside the box. Use cardboard or hard foam shims or blocks to make sure it can't shift. If it can move, it can wear holes in the sides or punch the barrel out an end. You don't need "shock absorbing" near as much as you do "firmly held."

    Also, take pictures of the wrapping and boxing process; if you should have to make a damage claim, the first thing the shipper will say is "it wasn't packaged properly." I've only had to the email pictures to settle a claim once, but it was a $5000 shipment completely destroyed (forklift operator ran the forks through the side of the crate instead of sliding them underneath!) and the freight company folded and wrote me a check.
     
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  8. Mosin77

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    Agreed. I usually wrap the gun, shrink wrap style, with some bubble wrap just to keep anything from rubbing against it. Then I use cardboard to form a kind of sleeve around the gun (taping it in place while ensuring no tape touches the wood or metal finish of the gun) and wedge the whole affair into the long shipping box. If needed I add some paper to hold the whole thing in place. It’s ugly as sin but very seldom do I have an issue with a damaged long gun. And if I do it’s something nothing would have prevented, like a box completely mangled when a forklift runs over it.
     
  9. Poper

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    If you are serious about selling a firearm or two or more, I sincerely suggest you set up a Gunbroker account, take good, honest, clear photos of the item and list it as a "Penny Auction, NO RESERVE" and run it for the maximum time to get maximum exposure. With a well written ad on a nice gun, you will get exactly what people are willing to pay. It may be more than you expect or maybe not. But you WILL get what someone is willing to pay for it and nothing more.

    If that isn't good enough for you, well, things must be getting pretty desolate in dahermit-ville.

    JMHO, of course...:scrutiny: ;)
     
  10. Trey Veston

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    The Marlin sold for $676, so I'm happy. I still had the original box it came in, so packed it up in that, then added another layer of cardboard over that to cover up all of the Marlin markings.

    The M&P40c sold for $400, so happy about that, as well. Now just waiting for my Ruger M77 "boat paddle" rifle to sell, then I'll be done for a while.
     
  11. CapnMac

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    Here: https://www.thehighroad.org/index.php#trading-post.21

    Operating such lists costs money, so there's no free lunch. If your locality had a "greensheet" local classified paper, they'd charge by the word (or character) for the sale listing. And, you'd only reach that circulation base.

    And, even if Craigslist allowed such sales, they would charge you money to list, too. Never been tough enough to wander the zoo which is f/b Marketplace--that stuff is sketchier than CL by a long shot. Both of those are very regional, too.

    For national attention you pretty much only really have GunBroker, who are going to charge you various fees have to pay for the bandwidth and files storage somehow). You also will be up against the low/no feedback curve there, too.
    The big auction houses also have a legitimate reason to make money, too.
    As does the LGS taking your shooter in on consignment.

    Pretty much, that leaves the Trading Post, here.
    Which will want plenty of description and photos.
    Which will have a hiccup in that you may not yet have reached the posting and time-on-site requirements to be granted access to the Trading Post.
     
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