I've been looking at prices of various pistols in the Guns and Ammo annual, and was wondering how these 'recommended prices' compare with the actual prices at gun dealers in the States.
Either way, it looks like we're getting ripped off here in Denmark, as most of the dealers I've seen are charging a lot more than the prices in the G&A annual. For example a Glock costs around 5000 kroner which is around 1000 dollars.
Does anyone have any links to dealers who have prices on their site, as I'm curious to see what they're like?
Usually what you're seeing are MSRP's--manufacturer's suggested retail price. If you buy from the factory, the price will likely be just that. Dealers usually get a discount for volume and may adjust their prices accordingly-which in fact are almost always less than the MSRP. The end user is also able to take advantage of maufacturer discounts sometimes like being a member of the GSSF when purchasing a Glock pistol. Since you live in Europe-I take it things are similar to living here in the states. I live in Arkansas and pay the highest prices for chicken since most of it comes from here--we pay for shipping costs to Florida then back again--LOL! You shouldn't be looking at about half of what you're talking for a Glock pistol. Just the where and how is the question. Good luck.
As a purchasing executive for a large company I would alway advise that you find the most open forum for conducting pricing research. The most open forums available are "no reserve" auctions. You can go to http://www.gunbroker.com/ or http://www.gunsamerica.com to search for auctions on your favorite model. The MSRP's quoted in magazines and other publications, taken from the manufacturer's data are usually about 25% to 33% higher than the actual price for which you can purchase the firearm. It's very similar to car shopping in that newer, more desirable models will retain a higher percentage of their MSRP than an item that has been on the market for a few years.
I used the conversion of 5.2, but that means a Beretta 92 is selling for $1,880 (sells for $550 to $600 here) or a Ruger GP 100 is $957 (sells for $450 to $500 here), a Mark 2 Target is $669 (sells for $325 to $375 here) a Taurus PT99 is $913 (sells for $350 to $400 here).
Wow, those prices are way high. I know the dollar is down but man I didn't think it was that far down. Good Luck.
It has the smell of government involvement. I'd be curious to know what kind of import duties, VAT, taxes and tariffs your government slams on firearms.
That's why gas has always been so much more in Europe than here in the U.S.A. - higher taxes.
There is definitely government involvement! There'll be an import tax, and our amazing 25% vat on top of that, but even so either the dealers, the importers, or both, must be taking a good cut as well.