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Why so few bids on gunbroker guns?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by docsleepy, Jun 1, 2009.

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  1. docsleepy

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    I thought guns were selling like crazy.

    But when I go to gunbroker.com and check, say, .270 Remington 700, or Savage .223 or so, almost all the guns there have ZERO bids. Scattered amongst them might be a rifle with ONE bid.

    Is the market for rifles this weak?

    A local dealer offered a friend $150 for a nearly new Remington 700 in .270 with a new $100 scope on it! That got a chuckle from my friend, but after looking at the anemic level of bidding on gunbroker, maybe rifles aren't moving?

    your impressions, please!
     
  2. larry starling

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    Because most of the auctions on Gunbroker are way over priced now. To Few bargains anymore for me. :barf::barf:
     
  3. punkndisorderly

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    I think in general, most of the guns on gunbroker are overpriced. Especially when you figure in shipping, transfer fees, etc. This goes double for anything "popular". Add in the "don't know exactly what your going to get" factor and it's not so suprising.

    The only way I would order from there is if I was looking for a very specific firearm and the chances of finding one locally were slim.
     
  4. lipadj46

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    That and people are broke. No bubble lasts forever and those that thought it would were naive.
     
  5. cyclopsshooter

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    had a guy come into the store this week to pick up a transfer his son bought online in iraq

    it was a rem 700 converted to use a large box magazine- looked like a bubba, with a nast krylon cammo paint job-

    shocked, the dad said his son paid 1200 for it
     
  6. Flash!

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    no need to pay gunbroker prices when I can get anything I want at the gunshows, a lot cheaper...... and there is a gunshow almost every weekend around here.....
     
  7. dullh

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    The above posters are right, in my opinion. The stuff on gunbroker is way overpriced now. The rifles have no bids, but the handguns, particularly S&W revolvers, are commanding scalpers prices - and people are paying! So I guess it depends on what category you look at.
     
  8. oneounceload

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    As others have said, GB is WAY overpriced; also, standard hunting rifles are not "hot" at this moment.......called supply and demand
     
  9. Avenger29

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    Standard bolt action rifles are simply not in demand, nor have they been in demand during this whole period.

    Even the market for EBRs is starting to slow down.
     
  10. JDGray

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    Its the Economy, man....:scrutiny:
     
  11. docsleepy

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    thanks, guys. Sounds like you have it scoped out correctly.

    gordon
     
  12. berettashotgun

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    A lot of the rifles on GB are overpriced when I factor in shipping and transfer fee.
    Had a rifle in the next state and the guy wanted $40 to send it to me. Nah, I'll pass.
    I have found some shotguns that I specifically was looking for, pistols and AR's are in the stratosphere right now, but you have to be diligent about looking.
     
  13. Arbor

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    People are still trying to sell guns at the prices they were going for 2 months ago, but people aren't biting anymore. Everyone who was wanted a gun bad enough to pay that much already got one. :rolleyes:
     
  14. raskolnikov_22

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    A lot of guns (and ammo) at the gunshows are way overpriced too. You have to look for the deals. Same goes for Gunbroker, except there are items you will never find at a gunshow, like Colt DA revolvers. Hell, of the three shows I've been to lately, I have only run across one Hi-Power (plain jane Mark III) and it was snatched up within minutes, but I've bought two superb examples (1977 and 2008) on Gunbroker for roughly the same price and am extremely pleased. I've really come to appreciate GB over the last six years of buying and selling there.
     
  15. wally

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    Yup, years ago I used to check Gunbroker before a show, they were always higher than the worst deal I'd see later at the show, so I haven't looked at Gunbroker in years.

    We are Lucky to have good gun shows and competing promoters in Texas.

    --wally.
     
  16. Runningman

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    Most of the rifles on gunbroker are way overpriced from what I can find locally. Seems like the market is saturated with normal hunting rifles and shotguns given the state of the economy.
     
  17. Hungry Seagull

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    GB is behind the curve. That too will deflate soon enough.

    If this is the case, then gun shops in general are not that far behind. Then just maybe things will settle down.

    I recently closed down Ebay pernamently, they have become unnecessary. The thrifts and flea markets are in plenty right now along with the pawn shops.
     
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    commonly available rifles & pistols will only get bids if its a good deal. the less common stuff gets bids unless its ridiculously overpriced & then sometimes it still sells. i collect pre-war sporting rifles & gunbroker is one of the best places to find them. i rarely see anything at the gunshows anymore thats even close to tempting but i could buy 10 rifles a day on gb if i could afford them.
     
  19. Uncle Mike

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    Haven't you been keeping up with current events...:D the economy is bust, it just plain ol' sucks out there.
    We have had hundreds of customers stop by to tell of jobs lost, layoffs, you name it... it is bad !:(

    Also, gun broker just plain ol' blows.. that's right! Overpriced to the max.:cuss:
    Not necessarily gun broker's fault... but it looks bad on them, and is bad for you...makes us a lot of money though!

    I think the market was fueled by obama fear, but now everybody is holding onto their cash... the recession has finally sunk in with a lot of folks.
     
  20. Clint C

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    Can't afford em. Lost my job and have a family.
     
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    I'll buy used guns from individuals, in person, and I'll buy Jeep parts and other misc. stuff on auctions, but I just don't have the nerve to risk getting screwed buying a gun sight unseen from an auction. I bought a FEG PA-63 blind from AIM Surplus, and a RIA Compact 1911 blind from Sarco, both were good deals and good guns. But auctions? I'm skeered.
     
  22. evan price

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    IN general, the deals on GB ae mostly gone. People wised up. Now what you see are the people looking to skin somebody. Or, you get the same types you see at gun shows- who bring great stuff but never want to actually sell it. Reserve prices or buy-it-nows set to 2x the NRA 100% value for a reblued 80% gun?

    If you look carefully you still find one or two deals. But you have to look very carefully, and a C&R gun on a C&R means no transfer fees.
     
  23. schlockinz

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    I saw some Dan Wesson 10mm on there that were good deals, I also saw Wby Vanguard .257 wby mags that were selling for 500+ dollars, bottom specs, that I could buy new at wal-mart for less.

    I'll stick to the stores around here, they have sold me a rifle and a pistol for less than I could get a hold of anywhere else.
     
  24. DRYHUMOR

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    The deals are there, it just takes a lot of time to find them.

    Models that were only made a short period of time, commeratives, certain calibers; those are the deals sometimes.

    Then there are the sellers that keep re listing over and over, and get tired of it or need the cash, then re list it with no reserve and a fair start price.
     
  25. Todd1700

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    The way I heard Gunbroker described best is that it now operates on the 'It Only Takes One Idiot' principle. Most of the people who list a gun on there now have a starting bid or reserve price that is ridiculously high. Why would any intelligent person pay more for a gun at Gunbroker than it would cost them to buy it at a local gun store. And then you have to pay shipping on the Gunbroker gun and have it sent to a FFL holder who will also charge you a fee. I think they know most people won't bid on them but like I said, "all it takes is one idiot."

    The other thing I find hilarious is when people say, "I won a auction at Gunbroker." Uhmm, no. You didn't win anything. I bought a raffle ticket on a shotgun 3 years ago at a NWTF banquet and they drew my name out of the bucket. That's winning a gun. Being the high bidder at a Gunbroker auction just means you bought a gun. And probably paid waaaaaay too much for it as well.
     
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