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The gun "flipping" on aution sites is annoying

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by C0untZer0, Nov 9, 2014.

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  1. C0untZer0

    C0untZer0 Member

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    I'm all for the free market and capitalism but the gun flipping is annoying.

    The S&W 929 is a limited production, fairly scarce revolver. I would search for these all over - including auction sites like Gun Broker and there wasn't anything, they just weren't out there. They became available twice on a couple of sites - one of them was Kentucky Gun Co. and both times I just wasn't quite fast enough to snag them. But then I noticed they suddenly were available on auction sites with a $400 premium tacked on. Then one night, later on in the evening two became available from Cheaper Than Dirt and I ordered it right away. By the time I finished my order around 10 p.m. the second one was already sold. The next day I saw one on Gun Broker, for $1,400.00

    Right now these aren't available in stores at all, but there are 10 of them for sale on Guns America and Gun Broker.

    Last week the Ruger LCR in 9mm started shipping. They would sell out almost immediately and then pop up on Gun Broker for $100 more than GrabAGun and KYGunCo was selling them for.

    The same thing happened with a Charter Arms 9mm PITBULL I've been chasing.

    The same thing happened this week with the Beretta PICO.

    I know some gun dealers have a presence on the auction sites but this doesn't seem dealers getting a firearm from a distributor and selling it on the auction sites, it seems like people purchasing from online stores like KYGunCo, and GrabAGun and then auctioning it for a few hundred more.

    Ugh... it is annoying

    Well I'm glad I beat those bastards out and was able to get my S&W 929 and the Charter Arms PITBULL straight from a gun store
     
  2. CZ223

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    Patience is a virtue my son

    Not that long ago you couldn't buy an AR-15 for under $1200 and now you can pick them up for as little as $600. You just have to wait for supply to catch up with demand.
     
  3. mgkdrgn

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    Hmmm, are you complaining that there are people out there smart enough to see a good opportunity to make a few bucks ...

    ... or that there are people out there stupid enough to buy stuff at inflated prices that allow them to do it?

    By definition, every "retail' sale is a "flip".
     
  4. Panzerschwein

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    This is annoying I'll agree, but also very expected in today's gun economy.

    Glad you beat them to those guns you bought!
     
  5. WestKentucky

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    600 bucks for an AR is high now...try 400 when you buy an upper and a lower rather than a complete gun.
     
  6. ArchAngelCD

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    Nothing good can come of this thread.
     
  7. dirtman

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    geez, didnt realize i could pick up another AR that cheap...... time to take a look around....
     
  8. oneounceload

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    Free market economics 101; supply and demand. The only folks i always hear complaining about it are the ones who weren't fast enough to get to it first.......... ;)
     
  9. sota

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    pretty much the same thing as the .22lr supply "problem."
     
  10. Browning

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    ^This
     
  11. C0untZer0

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    I was fast enough to beat them to it, although I had to run GunWatcher almost every hour, and I had to have accounts already created at these online gun stores - because in the time it takes to create an account, the guns have been snatched up.

    But I finally did it.

    So I was fast enough to get to them first and I am still complaining...

    because it is annoying.
     
  12. cfullgraf

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    I agree it is annoying but in the case of firearms, I can wait, particularly with new production guns. A new gun for me is a want not a need.

    Now, the generator after a major storm might be a different matter. I would be more than annoyed but mostly at myself for not planning ahead.
     
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    I agree. One of the first things that anyone buying firearms ought to be aware of is that any 'new' gun model hitting the market is probably a 'beta test' in progress. I stay clear of most models for the first couple of years -that is when the "kinks" are being worked out by all of the paid beta-testers and if the design will survive. The recent debacle with the Remington R51 is a fine example of how such things work. If one is in need a new firearm, there are plenty of proven designs already on the market.
     
  14. Onward Allusion

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    Ammo flipping/scalping is annoying. Buying a gun and reselling it a little later is fine, as long as you don't make a habit of it if you don't have a FFL. If you have a FFL, then what's wrong with doing business???
     
  15. Maj Dad

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    The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism

    This book was written by a Max Weber, a German social scientist, around the turn of the century. Good old American capitalism - it's alive and well, except down South we usually say "Buy cheap and sell dear. But I agree, it's aggravating in cases like this.
     
  16. outerlimit

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    These so called "free market" types on here will try and shame you into thinking you don't have a right to complain. YOU DO. You have as much a right to complain about prices as they do to charge them. And just because someone didn't pay X price for Z, doesn't mean they are "smarter" than you. Never let some clown convince you otherwise, especially if their game is rigged.
     
  17. Elkins45

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    What's the opposite of a "free market type"?

    Think carefully before you answer...
     
  18. ugaarguy

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    This has turned into an economics lesson, and it's about to turn into non-firearm politics. We're done.
     
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