View Poll Results: Where do you normally purchase for the BEST deals?

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  • Online Auction Sites (gunbroker, gunsamerica, ebang, etc)

    28 11.11%
  • Local gun store

    210 83.33%
  • Straight from manufacturer

    1 0.40%
  • Gun Show

    13 5.16%
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  1. #21
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    The last few handguns I have both bought and sold have been over the net. I have a local dealer that has great prices on order in new guns. The problem is he doesn't take trade ins nor does he have any used handguns. Then I have another shop close that I frequented for many years. The prices were good to start then he started taking more mark up. Every time I walked in the door he was complaining about not making any money. Then he would start telling stories of his recent hunt to Africa, bear on Kodiak Island, elk out west and pig in Tennessee. For a guy who claims not to be making any money he sure seems to get around taking all these hunts in the same year!

    The last straw fro me was when he found out I bought a HK custom combat online. A mutual friend informed him. When he confronted me about it, he felt I should have still purchased it from him even though he was $200 more expensive. I don't have a problem spending $50 more on a $800+ gun to buy local; but $200, that's nuts. Needless to say, I haven't been back.

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    Wow, thats unreasonable. That guy is way out of line here. You have the right to purchase anywhere. If he wants to make the sale, then he needs to be competitive.

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    I do all of the above. I tend to use the auction sites if there is a fire arm I want but am not in a hurry. When I find what I like I will bid what I am willing to pay. If I win great, if not I can wait. Most of my interest are on unique items anymore. I buy direct from manufacturers thru my local FFL for receivers and frames for firearms I am building for myself. I check out gunshows for items that are hard to find.

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    Local shops in the Raleigh area really price-gouge. When shopping for a Beretta 92FS one shop didnt have any in stock and when I asked how much to order he said "oh, figure on paying around $600", another bigger store didnt have it in either but gave me a code to go online and order it from their "distributor" at a cost of $585. Budsgunshop.com had it in stock ready to ship for $468 with 3 mags! A little while later I bought a Kel-Tec from a guy on GunBroker and have established a relationship with him and will probably give him first dibs on future purchases.

    I would love to support the local stores, but when they are 30% higher, I cant justify it to myself or my family. If it was $20 or $30 on a $500 purchase then maybe I could, but not $100 or more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blanco720 View Post
    Wow, thats unreasonable. That guy is way out of line here. You have the right to purchase anywhere. If he wants to make the sale, then he needs to be competitive.
    +1...If it was me, I would show him the receipt with the price I paid. Tell him to get reasonable and then we could talk about purchasing from him.

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    I have a great local shop, Tomball Pawn, for purchasing guns. Great service and the best price..... all the gunshops here hate them. My XD was $150 cheaper there than at one of the gunshops.....and $90 cheaper than the cheapest local shop.

    I am getting into reloading, so I will be supporting another gunshop now, for all my reloading stuff. A little more than online, but not much, so I will buy it at his shop.

    I will pay a "little" more to support my local shop, but when its way out of line.....I cannot justify it.

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    I always try to buy from my local gun shop Frontier arms. Ive bought 2 guns there already and looking into buying a new 1911 there now. They are very good people and have good prices. I will most likely buy my ammo over the internet though becuase nobody around here carries bulk ammo and i prefer buying a 1000 rounds at a time and saving 10+cents a round for plinking ammo.

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    Local gun store for me as well as reputable forum members who list in the classifieds.

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    I generally go to local stores if it's reasonable and they have what I want. The local guy is knowledgeable and friendly. I don't mind paying a bit extra for the convenience and knowledge.

    I had some friends with photography hobbies. They would go to the local camera store, gab gab gab, handle the samples, and then buy online. The local store sold out to Ritz, all that's left are kid sales types who know nothing, and the local knowledge guy is gone. Knowledge and service have value as well and should be taken into account along with the price. If that added value is still priced too high, go elsewhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dannyb View Post
    I generally go to local stores if it's reasonable and they have what I want. The local guy is knowledgeable and friendly. I don't mind paying a bit extra for the convenience and knowledge.

    I had some friends with photography hobbies. They would go to the local camera store, gab gab gab, handle the samples, and then buy online. The local store sold out to Ritz, all that's left are kid sales types who know nothing, and the local knowledge guy is gone. Knowledge and service have value as well and should be taken into account along with the price. If that added value is still priced too high, go elsewhere.

    I feel the exact same way. I encountered that problem with a local auto parts store. They had staff that knew what they were doing and a machine shop. The big box stores put them out of business. I didn't mind paying a few bucks more for a part to support a LOCAL busines. Plus you couldn't beat the conversations.

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    I try to get to my local gun store more often than not. But if it's just practice ammo I'll hit Wally world or Bass pro. (although that's getting tougher to do)

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    Local gun store. I won't hesitate to buy from a big retailer(usually my rifles), but I try to stick to too local stores here in SC for my handguns and the rest of my stuff.

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    A local store as here on the LEFT COAST you have a hard time buying from anyone but FFL

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    I always try to support the "little guy" by buying most of my stuff at local gun shops. For the most I tend to get better deals from the local shops too. They tend to make their money in volume and repeat customers. They may not sell the volume of the big outfits but also dont have the huge overhead either.

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    I bought my guns from gun stores. The law enforcement discount certainly helps. I do not remember what I paid, but I remember thinking that the price was decent at the time. I still prefer to talk to a human, see the selection of various new guns, and hold one in my hand before I buy one, even if there is a lower price available on some website; you do not really know what you are getting on a website, anyway.

    I do not know anything about gun shows, anyway.

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    I try to by local to support local businesses, but sometimes the prices are just too different for me to justify. I think I'd pay $50 more to buy local if it came down to it. When I was looking to buy a P30L, I saw one at a gun show for $930. I tried to talk them down to $930 OTD but they woulnd't... CDNN had them for $795 and even after all shipping and FFL it was like $830. I am kind of glad the show place said no after I realized the price difference.

    For that big of price difference, I will buy online; if they are fairly close locally I will try to buy there.

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    I would much rather go to the LGS, so my guy can let me know when any good deals come through. you can find "used" guns that are really brand new, because the person that had it never used it. I've saved plenty doing it that way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mike#9 View Post
    I too shop and shoot at Shoot Straight. Great guys, and fantastic product lines.
    i go to shoot straight as well, i didnt buy my handgun there but i did go with a friend this week to pick up an AK, they chopped $100 off the price for us, great guys and great selection. the range in casselberry is the only thing i dont like, havent tried to apopka one yet though.

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    I said local as I'm all for supporting a good local dealer.. but I did wind up with the latest purchase from a show, due to availability, price and I liked the dealer's helpfulness and attitude. He was somewhat local so applies to buying from a local dealer as well somewhat.

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    I'm planning on buying from a local dealer, but I am shopping around on the internet and auction sites

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