Internet vs. gun show vs. in store prices

Kbear

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I have supported a local gun shop in my home town for years and have made several in store purchases over the years; handguns, long guns and ammo.

They have gotten big time and set big tables up at gun shows. I was interested in a handgun, but did not have cash on hand. I thought "no problem" I'll pick up some cash and pop in to the store next week for the purchase. When I got to the store I was told that the same hand gun was $65 more. When I asked why, the clerk said they have gun show prices, internet prices and in store prices. In store being the most expensive.

I told them I'd been a customer for years and supported there shop when it was small and local, was there any way I could get the gun show price. The clerk told me there was NO HAGGLING! Haggling my ass, they will never get another dime from me.

Am I wrong to feel this way?
 

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Nope your not wrong. A gun should be the same price no matter where its at. I've found my last 2 guns at gungenie.com for less than local shops want for the same gun. I don't agree with the price changes from a gunshow to the shop either. I think that if they advertise a price at a gunshow that would be the price all the time. I can see lowering prices at gun shows for certain items, but I would think guns should be sold at retail value regardless of location.
 

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I order on the internet to save on the tax.I usually pay $20 for shipping and $20 transfer fee.I also get a good price when I order online so even with the shipping and transfer fee I get a great deal.I bought a Para 1911 for $570 on the internet then saw the same gun for $799 at a gunshop.$200 profit is wrong , I work at a good gunshop that gets only about $25 to $50 profit.I know times are hard but trying to get more money from the customer is wrong.I also work at the gunshows but our prices are already lower than our competitors.The only thing I see that is wrong with the gunshows is that once you leave with your gun they do not know you if you have a problem.I like dealing with Davidsons(gungenie)because of the lifetime replacement but their prices are high.I get good deals from centerfiresystems and budsgunshop.
 

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+1 I do not how cheaperthandirt.com started selling guns but the prices are outrageous.Cdnn and J&G are ok but they never seem to have what I want in stock.
 

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It's all about knowing how much stuff costs.

I beat the internet pricing at a gun show last month.
 

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$200 profit is wrong
How is that wrong? Is something wrong with free market? If the retailer has too much margin, he will go out of business, same as if he has too little margin. When there are willing buyers, is something wrong with profit?
 

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I am not against profit but outrageous profit seems to be the norm lately.Thats why I shop via the web.
 

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I order on the internet to save on the tax.I usually pay $20 for shipping and $20 transfer fee.I also get a good price when I order online so even with the shipping and transfer fee I get a great deal.I bought a Para 1911 for $570 on the internet then saw the same gun for $799 at a gunshop.$200 profit is wrong , I work at a good gunshop that gets only about $25 to $50 profit.I know times are hard but trying to get more money from the customer is wrong.I also work at the gunshows but our prices are already lower than our competitors.The only thing I see that is wrong with the gunshows is that once you leave with your gun they do not know you if you have a problem.I like dealing with Davidsons(gungenie)because of the lifetime replacement but their prices are high.I get good deals from centerfiresystems and budsgunshop.

Certain dealers online offer free shipping so I try to find one that has free shipping when I buy. I also try to find the dealers with the lowest transfer fees. Doesn't cost that much to do 5 minutes of paperwork, normally shouldn't even take that long.
 

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Also try Welcome to SportingArms.com, your source for discount firearms, ammo, and accessories. Brands such as Browning, Kimber, Remington, Sigarms, Colt, Winchester and more.

They beat out of state on-line prices on Kimbers I had quoted. They're here in the DFW area and re great people to deal with either in person if you're lucky to be close enough, or on-line. They are a Kimber Master dealer which is why they can do so well on Kimbers.

I've discovered a lot of people in forums around the country that have used them for years with great luck.

You'll pay tax, but I still found Becky and Tom had better pricing, and the pull of Master Dealer.
 
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