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  • rl96ss

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    Feb 20, 2013
    Cen -Tex
    Just curious as to why anyone would buy locally. With the exception of Academy I have yet to see anything that can't be found online cheaper. 5.7's for over $1400 , AR's the list goes on and on. I know some people like to see what they're buying, but with no sales tax (out of state) I've its way cheaper. The only firearms I buy in state are from individuals with the exception of a Benneli I got a deal on.

    Interested in yall's opinions


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    Mar 25, 2013
    Fort Worth, TX
    I tend to agree though I know many would say we need to support local businesses or they will go away and then there will be no place to go and handle a firearm before purchase.


    Ginger Avenger
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    Jul 31, 2011
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    Because there is no online retailer that can match the customer service of my LGS and I don't know of any that would put a few boxes of ammo back for me till I get paid on Friday.

    I can post much more on this later.

    Robb in Austin

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    Jul 26, 2012
    As someone with limited exposure to firearms growing up, as well as an adult, I want to put my hands on stuff before putting hard earned money down. Also, I want to support the locals as Younggun stated. It never hurts to ask a LGS to match online pricing, or to get close, too.


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    Aug 27, 2009
    San Antonio!
    I've also bought both ways, and prefer buying in person simply because it gives me a chance to look the firearm over before handing over my money.

    You can also sometimes negotiate a deal when buying face-to-face, even with a vendor or store. Personal sales are the best because they always involve some negotiation.

    Lastly, if you buy locally you always have the ability to go back to the seller if there's an issue. It seems like the only firearms I've needed to return have been from online sales.

    So my bottom line is that I am willing to pay a little more to buy something in person than online; but if I can't find it locally or discover a much better deal online, I will certainly go that route.


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    Apr 15, 2013
    Do whatever you want. When buying online you pay shipping and FFL transfer fees.

    I have purchased both ways.

    me too. I just look at some used guns online and think how tight does the cylinder lock up? is there hammer push off? Sometimes I just pass on online guns because I can't handle them first.
    Usually if I can buy the identical gun locally for up to $25 or so I just buy locally. Sometimes, I ask the LGS is they can come down some to match. But if I do that I am ready to buy right then and there. I won't be "that guy" who dillies around on price and then walks out with out buying.


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    Dec 26, 2009
    north-north Austin
    At the time I purchased my Kahr PM9, I saw NO online price better than the retail price at GT. IF you get no tax, free shipping, no CC fee and have a reasonable FFL cost, it can add up to significant money savings in many cases. I've just never found an online deal that beat the particular deal I was looking for locally(but I'm talking handguns under $700 in my personal experience). That tax savings is considerable on a $1500 weapon ;)

    I'm willing to pay for certain aspects of a FTF purchase; but I surely can be swayed by significant differences in cost. On the other hand, I'll sometimes balk at paying what I consider to be 'crazy' prices for small items. For example, I never saw a local price under $50 for a particular 22lr mag I wanted. Found it online for $34 w/free shipping(plus tax since it was a Texas dealer) and went for it. Wasn't something I 'needed' immediately, so it worked out fine. That $16 savings will buy me another trip to the range ;). Heck, if a local dealer had offered 10% off for the holiday or as part of another purchase, I might have jumped earlier, not knowing about that particular online price at the time.
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    Jan 7, 2010
    Washington MI (glorious in summer)
    * sometimes it's nice to inspect guns face to face for fit and finish, even if it's a premium.
    * sometimes a local sale, even including sales tax, is lower, or close enough to the cost of an internet purchase adding shipping, FFL, and gas money getting to FFL.
    * Right now, I interwebz most purchases but I'm never opposed to local sales given the price and service is in line.
    * I never interwebz a used firearm unless it's from a sight that has feedbacks like gunbroker.
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