Shopping online- your method? Tips.

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  1. 243winxb

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    Shopping on line-

    Midwayusa has available Email notifications when there are special sales.

    Free shipping days on some items. $49 minimum. Now adays 100 bullets can cost more. Just got Sierra 6.5 bullets to try. Free shipping.

    Birthday specials.

    I always check price using google, first. The robots watch and see. The search can change the Amazon price to a " 1 time purchase price" on Amazon. Dont overlook the Ammoseek search engine.
    Example - https://www.thehighroad.org/index.php?threads/wow-rock-chucker-what-a-beast.910456/page-2#post-12410877 Yes, i got lucky on this Rock Chucker press. $ 113.34
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    Demi-human maybe likes firearms a little bit…

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    I used to shop for a month or more for the best price, then wait until it goes out-of-stock, and impulse buy at whatever new higher price it has when it comes back.

    Your way sounds good though.:D
     
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    LOL! :rofl:
     
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    I "shop" online and buy local.
     
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    The local gun shop has said they will match internet prices on guns. Have not tested them on it.

    Did buy a 6.5 cm from them. Already was at internet price. Bad part, would only sell 1 box of factory ammo per gun. Just needed brass. Had to go online for brass.

    I need powder & primer, bullets, brass local. They don't carry any at all.
     
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  8. lightman

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    I've shopped with most of the places that you listed. As far as I know they are all reputable. Mostly I use Sinclair/Brownells, Midway and Powder Valley.

    Powder Valley will ship Powder and primers in the same box. When I order from them I get together with some of my shooting buddies and order the maximum amount that will ship in the same box (50#) and split the hazmat and shipping cost. This usually only adds 50cents or so to each bottle of powder or sleeve of primers.
     
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    The capital one shopping tool is helpful too. It finds you the best deal most of the time.
     
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    Sounds familiar.

    Or shop online to find out what I think I might like, find it locally when it's not really on my mind anymore, then misplace it for months on end.
     
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    There is no such thing as "free shipping" It is built into the price.

    I usually go to Midway first as they have the nicest easiest website to navigate, then shop around.

    Anyone remember how BAD Natchez web site used to be?? They had the best prices if you could fin the darn thing. Final figured out if you put the upc code in you could find it.

    I do not buy much anymore.

    The OP list covers them all.
     
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  12. ev780

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    Or..

    Impulse buy some new whiz bang thing online. When it gets here you find out you didn't really need it, want it, or like it. (Vodka is evil) Which would have been crystal clear had you actually went into a store and put your warm hands on the thing in the first place.

    I always double check too. Can't trust any of 'em.
     
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    Gunbroker. “Buy Now” if it’s possible.

    With lots of A Plus feedback for each seller I’ve “chosen”, every deal has gone very smoothly.

    I highly prefer Buy Now to avoid playing games required for typical auctions....watching the days drift by….
    You either really want something or you don’t.
     
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    It's quite possible to want 2 things simultaneously.
    The item in question and as much of my money still in my pocket as possible.
     
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    Same here. Bought the two Tarus G3c that way.
     
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    The OP's post is good but misses about 10 extra necessary and unecessary steps I employ including the one Demi-human outlined earlier. Buying something should always be a balanced mix of needs, practicality, thrift, impulse, panic, and dont discount alcohol either.
     
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    I put what I want in the shopping cart.Then leave it in the cart.Then leave the site.Usually in a day or so I receive a"you forgot something" message with 10-15 percent off code attached. Works most times on most sites.
     
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    Howland937: quite true that many of us want both efficiency and a competitive price.

    When I see that prices of recent (under “Advanced” on Gunbroker) Completed Auctions are similar to Buy Now, for me it is a really simple solution.

    And (nib) New In Box makes this even better: ie my ZPAP, Czechpoint VZ-58 and pair of PTR-91s.
     
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    It's been a while since I bought a new gun, a few years actually, but being the frugal person I am (cheap), I performed my due diligence.

    Found one gun I wanted at Bud's, a particular model of the Browning Buckmark with wood grips, but the price changed, up or down, every time I looked. Okay, I can play that game. Watched their prices day and night for a couple of weeks, and bingo, very low price came up, nailed it.

    On another purchase, when Rossi 92's were hard to come by, saw one, exactly what I wanted, a blue .357 20" with an included scope mount, on a gun auction site. Was able to contact the gun shop seller directly by phone, and we worked out a deal, lower than the listed price. The owner was even kind enough to give me a LE discount on top, and unlike some of the auction sites, did not collect sales tax for a foreign state. At that point, the final price was considerably lower.

    Sometimes it takes a little effort to make the price palatable, but I find it's worth it.
     
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    With most places one purchases firearms related items from ,Email notification flyers sales stock notification has become pretty standard .

    MY real problem with any of it is SALES ,exactly what does that mean SALE ? . It used to imply a reduction of inventory at a discounted price .

    Call Me cynical but I seriously doubt places which advertise 40-70% off . Had a real old school close friend , who was a car salesman ,school Me on SALES ,DEALERSHIPS AND MANUFACTURER INCENTIVES !!. More than likely Ruined MY faith in humanity :D ,however did I ever learn about WHERE AND WHEN to purchase a vehicle ,at a price that turns sales manager's faces purple with frustration :rofl:

    Generally speaking when I purchase something it's out of necessity rather than a wham bam gonna get it now spontaneous buy .
    I also try and purchase as much as possible Bulk if you will ,as it lowers cost ; Especially over the long run .

    Exception I've or had been looking for optics to replace Nikon Monarch quality scopes ,now that their history . I wanted a Good Quality scope ,that Didn't require mortgaging the household and as I despise Chinese WON'T go that route EVER !. Meopta or MeoPro Optika IS the ticket as far as I'm concerned . I say their on par with Zeiss , IOR aka Valdada at least in my opinion . IF you haven't looked at them do yourself a favor and DO SO .

    What I'd like to know is WHAT actually drives other shooters to purchasing a New firearm ,rather than UPGRADING Your original ?.
     
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