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Gun show prices vs.?

Discussion in 'General Firearms Discussion' started by Voodoochild, Apr 27, 2016.

  1. Voodoochild

    Voodoochild Distinguished Poster

    I've bought several guns over the past three or four years, all at gun shows. I just realized it's always been from the same people. They always had what I was looking for, with a selection, at better prices than anyone else at the shows. So, being in the market for another gun, I thought I'd look them up. Sure enough, they have a gun shop not too far away. Thought I might go over and have a look rather than wait for the next show.

    My question is whether y'all think the pricing would be as good in the store as they'd be at the gun show.
  2. DoyleAlley

    DoyleAlley Distinguished Poster

    You have to remember that selling a new firearm is more like selling a car from a dealership rather than selling a fishing rod at Walmart. The dealer paid a certain price for that firearm at wholesale. At retail, any price above that is fair game. Some dealers are more rigid on their prices than others - that's their preference. That preference can and does change depending on his circumstances at that particular time. The only way to find out is to know going in what others are charging and try to work your best deal. Be prepared to walk away if the deal doesn't suit you.

  3. Vick

    Vick Distinguished Poster

    I suspect you'll find their prices similar in the shop as at the gun show unless they only carry items to the shows that have been on hand for a long time and need to be turned over. Even if that is the case, you might find what you want at an attractive price...won't know until you look! I have mixed luck finding what I'm looking for at shows; for example, a few years ago I wanted to try out one of Llama's newer 1911 copies since they had started producing a gun with general parts compatibility with other 1911's...I found that everyone at the next gun show wanted about $100 more for the gun than my local Academy, so I waited and bought it after I got home; but on some other items, noticeably ammo and used guns, I've done much better at the shows. Good luck on your shopping!
  4. Voodoochild

    Voodoochild Distinguished Poster

    Thanks. I guess I'll ride over and take a look.
  5. sand_man

    sand_man Grouchy Old Fart MSGO Supporter

    If they remember you or you remind them you've purchased several guns from them before the will probably give you a discount.
  6. CajunBP

    CajunBP Distinguished Poster MSGO Supporter

    I leave gun shows really happy or disappointed. It is my casino, I just love the anticipation of going to them. I really am just a kid in 52 year-old body.
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  7. HotRod61

    HotRod61 Distinguished Poster MSGO Supporter

    I think if you know what your looking at a gun show and for find it at a good price jump on it, that being said you must be willing to walk Away if it's at a higher price.
  8. rickymrtn

    rickymrtn Distinguished Poster

    Gun shows are a truly mixed lot. I've gotten deals from a couple of dealers and they are typically the only guys I deal with because their initial pricing is usually the best as well. With that said I've also walked because I knew I could get the gun somewhere else at a better price. You have to know what you want and what you can get it for or what you'll pay for it. Just going in blind can lead to serious overpaying.

    I'd rather be tried by 12 than carried by 6.

    If guns are outlawed only outlaws will have guns.