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gunbroker.com -- are the prices competitive?

Hi, all -

I'm new to hunting, and am looking around for some equipment. I find gunbroker.com a rather puzzling place...it's set up as though it's an online auction house, but it seems that in reality, 95%+ of the stuff on there is set at such high minimum bids, that it's really more like classified ads than auctions.

The prices seem cheaper than my local (NorCal) gun shop, but not hugely so...it looks like I can save about $100, for example, on a Remington 700 CDL...but I'm wondering, are there better places to buy? Any "real" auction sites?

Thanks...

mz

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gunbroker.com -- are the prices competitive?

The prices are reasonable, just remember to check and see if it's new or used items. New items are not going to be lower than the stores cost.

Also all firearms from gunbroker have to be shipped to a FFL holder.

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gunbroker.com -- are the prices competitive?

HI there, Gunbroker is a good place to start looking. Compare prices at your local gun shop. Remember to take into account shipping costs and sales taxes. I usually find that you can pick up items off their site cheaper than my local area can provide. The down side is, it is an auction site and you may have to wait a couple of weeks to get things from start to finish. It is also a good place to find hard to get things and collectables. Remember, most of the sellers are gun dealers, very few private sales. And most of the collectors know what their stuff is worth, so you may not find any real good deals there. If you want to know what your local guy is selling for, try out this site. http://www.galleryofguns.com If your local dealers are buying from them they will list their prices under the firearm locator section of the web site.

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gunbroker.com -- are the prices competitive?

Gunbroker is a good site. One tip: if the auction is going to end w/o any bids or not reach the "reserve", many times if you send the seller an email explaining you would like to buy the gun but do not want to pay for shipping, they may agree. I have paid for shipping only once ;-)

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gunbroker.com -- are the prices competitive?

Yeah...I was even thinking of taking this a step further. If the auction closes w/o bids (as the majority seem to do), I was thinking of contacting the seller and making an offer lower than his starting price.

Hey, all they can do is say no, right?

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gunbroker.com -- are the prices competitive?

Hi there. I work for a website, http://www.bidnapper.com that helps you place bids on GunBroker. I came across this post and though I would mention it. It places your bid near the end of the scheduled endtime to give you a competative advantage, similar to eBay.
Frank

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Gunbroker is a great place to watch for what your looking for. I have gotten phenominal deals off it. Don't think you have to bid on a gun just because there is only one. There will be more for sure. Just have a price in your head of what you are willing to pay and wait, unless you just have to have it now. There are plenty of other sites to watch as well.http://www.gunsamerica.com/ There is http://www.auctionarms.com, http://www.gunrunner ,http://www.elitedealseeker.com, Out of all of these I prefer Gunbroker. And don't hesitate to make offers just like some one else said I have gotten great deals and not paid for shipping. Times are tuff and some people need the money so there are deals to be had. And like ebay make sure you do not send money Western Union. Make sure you know who you are sending your money to. If they say there an FFL look them up and make sure the address and name matches. If there not an FFL ask them to take it to an FFL for shipping. That way when it gets to an FFL for shipping you can talk to them prior to make sure you are getting exactly what your paying for. There are scammers out there so use good judgement.

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I agree

 

There are too many variables to say that prices are fair all teh time, but it can give you a good general idea - a starting place to begin gathering info from anyway.

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I have never bought anything

I have never bought anything off of gunbroker and don't really plan to but I have used them extensively as a reference tool when pricing other guns foor sale locally or figuring a value for something I own or am thinking about selling.

Some of the prices are high but some are really good and if you take an average of a few I think you get pretty close. It has helped me to get a better price on a few by printing the sale prices there and bringing it with me on a potential purchase.

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I frequently sell on gunbroker

I've found that it's extremely cut-throat and very difficult to make much profit on there.  I'm an FFL, by the way, so that includes buying at wholesale prices.

You're competing directly against people who are just looking to dump guns too, so that's why I almost never buy and sell synthetic stocked rifles that aren't unique in some way.  There's just way too much competition for exactly the same gun to do anything but shop on price.

However, I've found that I've gotten good prices as a seller by selling on competitive, no reserve auctions instead of just listing for a specified minimum starting bid.  Basically everyone just uses those prices to cross shop anyway.  Also, I stick to wood stocked rifles for the most part so that customers can shop on wood quality instead of a standard photo from the manufacturer.

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