Gun prices

Discussion in 'Centerfire Pistols & Revolvers' started by 76Highboy, Aug 2, 2012.

  1. 76Highboy

    76Highboy Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    The wife and I went to Cabela's tonight. They are always high on gun prices (everything actually) but I thought I would wander throught the gun section. About a year ago a standard Ruger single action revolver was $549.00. Today they are $629.00. This amazes me because they are selling like hot cakes. It's just not the Ruger's that are high, it's everything. The thing is this, Sportsman's isn't as high. Normally they are 20-40 dollars low on handguns, and long arms can vary. As for my LGS who I buy most of my guns through, they are still around $549.00. I see some great Cabala's ads offering a $20.00 savings on most handguns, but my LGS is still about $60.00 cheaper even with the Cabela's coupon. In Cabala's there were empty holes all over the gun shelves, mostly on the handguns and it wasn't that way last week. So this tells me that people are willing to pay these prices. However, my LGS is plenty stocked and ready for honest business with great prices. I just don't get it.

    Two more points to ponder. In the used gun cabinet at Cabela's there were quite a few big bore revolvers. Like new, well polished. I mean almost more then they could get in their gun cases. Same with the gun library. Dang those big guns look nice. Wish I could cart them all to the range. I guess people buy them, pull the trigger and decide they kick like a mule. I just love those mules.

    Then, I was looking at a beautiful Smith and Wesson model 57, 41 mag. Mint, mint, mint, with box, $799.00. Too much money but I looked anyway. The drag lines on the cylinder were almost nonexistent and the blueing was near perfect on the rest of the gun. I handed it back to the guy behind the counter, with the cylinder open and my thumb through the frame like it should be passed from one to another. Then the guy does what makes me cringe. He takes the revolver in his right hand and flips the gun sideways slamming the cylinder closed. He wouldn't last a day in a LGS.

    That's my two cents.

    I sure appreciate my LGS.
  2. Zane71464

    Zane71464 Well-Known Member

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    I hear ya Highboy!
    I usually deal with 3 gun shops here (was 4..they went under) and I dont stray to far.
    Between the three, they either have, or can get anything I'm looking for at a resonable price.
    (I believe I'd'a reached across the counter and smacked the dumb-ness right out of the feller that mistreated that S&W!!!)
  3. LDBennett

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    Yes, there are gun shops and then there are GUN SHOPS. Unfortunately for me, in my semi-rural area, all gun shops are tiny. I have to drive 25 to 50 miles to one of consequence. One of these bigger shops is run with military precision and a bad outlook towards the customers. Their prices are good on sale items, guns I would never buy. I don't buy from them anymore. Then there is one close to my daughter's house, 75 miles away. They are an old fashion gun shop with tons of guns, tons of used guns, but with plus pricing. I buy from them anyway because they have the guns in stock that I want.

    It appears that there is another election year gun/gun stuff hoarding thing going on. It happened before and shortly after Obama was elected and I think the fear of his re-election is causing the same to happen again but this time maybe not so brutally. With about 50% of the people in the USA paying no taxes, meaning a large part of that group gets government help of some kind, his re-election is looking more and more like a shoe-in as those people don't want a president that will upset their apple cart. With nothing to loose this time I think he will push for more gun control. I hope I'm wrong but fear I am right and others must think the same way as there is a gun rush.

    LDBennett
  4. Sig Willy

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    Maybe Calbela's have credit and payment plans that the local GS can't offer?

    Just a thought.
  5. 76Highboy

    76Highboy Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    I fully agree with you Bennett. The good thing about the presidential rush on guns is next year there will be a bunch of good "Used" gun deals on the magnums and snubbies. That in itself is a good thing.
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    I have a local Cabela's as well. They are always sold out of guns. They are unwilling (unable?) to order you specific guns. They will in most part not negotiate on the price of a used gun. The people behind the counter vary from very experienced, polite and helpful to the guy who flips the cylinder on that revolver. Yet, the gun counter is always busy. I think it's 2 things, people do like the security of shopping a national chain and they do have in house credit. Secondly, the internet. You can shop guns all day on the internet, but unless you want to go through the whole FFL transfer thing, you can't buy guns on the internet. You can tho, shop Cabela's on the internet, then actually go buy the gun. Also, look at a lot of the folks at that Cabela's counter. Soccer moms/dads that think they'd be intimidated at the LGS. They're used to buying Bermuda shorts and fur-lined tent stakes (for roughing it) on the other side of Cabela's so they'll feel ok strolling over to the gun counter where the guy behind it may or may not know more than they do.
  7. therewolf

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    They sell the guns at these prices, because goobers

    constantly come in who are willing to pay those high prices,

    effectively pricing you and me out of the market.

    The down side of supply and demand, unfortunately.
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    Yep! They don't know where John's gun shop is, or that John will sell them the same gun for a lot less money. They do know where the BIG stores are, because they advertise. And most of these goobers don't have a clue as to how to handle a firearm, much less hit anyting with it!
  9. 76Highboy

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    I think you pretty much nailed it. It is kind of like a one stop shop. As for the used guns, I used to go into there every Friday and watch the guns. Then after the 30 day mark I would offer them a low figure (they negotiate the price after 30 days, and I always deal with someone that I know and have a good repor with). If they would not take my offer I would not buy it. Then I would come back the next week and give the same offer, until they said yes. Then I would flash the "Save XXX amount of money for XXX amount spent" coupon on the cash register and get an even better deal. Some times it would be save $75 on $500 spent. That was a good one. But now their coupons say "not for use on used guns." I guess they figured me out.
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    I only buy guns at Cabela's when they are on sale. You can get good deals when they are on sale. Standard retail is always to high at there stores. They also price match any competitors adds.

    When the run a sale you have to be in the store the 1st day of the sale by noon they will be sold out. I bought a Beretta 92 on sale there last year. I got to the store at 9 am when they open. There was a line waiting to get in. By the time I made it to the gun counter they were 4 deep. When I finally got my gun it was 11 am. The sales guy at that time told me they only had the display gun left.

    If it's not on sale I drive a few miles down the street to Gat Guns. I can save $50 to $75 on any gun there. They also offer a life time parts and labor warranty for $25 on a new gun and $50 on most used guns. I always get the warranty.
  11. 76Highboy

    76Highboy Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    When our Cabala's has a sale, Sportsman's is still cheaper, and then the smaller LGS's are still even cheaper then that. But you are right, when they run an ad, those guns grow wings and fly off the shelves.
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    I worked at the Big "C" and can give some insite on why they do so well.

    1. the Cabela's Card. It's less than 10% interest, you earn point on every purchase, $20 off on your first purchase.
    2. Largest selection and variety period. As one of the largest gun sellers in the US you get lots of guns. $1.2 million per month sales at the store I worked at.
    3. If you trade or sell a gun to them you only pay tax on the differance.

    So if you shop a sale, like a door buster, sign up for the card, trade a gun toward a purchase, and get reward points you beat that $60 you LGS has on the gun you want (that he dosen't have in stock).
  13. aa1911

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    the only time I ever bought a gun at Cabela's was my latest 870 shotgun, it was on sale for $309 a couple years ago. I would have gladly paid the extra 50 bucks to not wait for TWO AND A HALF HOURS!!

    I took a number and waited for over 45 minutes (on a random tuesday afternoon). and it wasn't like I was checking out various guns, deciding what I wanted. I walked up when it was my turn and said, "I want to buy that one, thank you". Took forever to get rung up and pay, can't imagine how long it would've taken if I had been 'purusing'.

    Then they had to walk me to the door with the gun, store policy.

    "you know I already have two loaded guns on me, there's really no need to escort me to the door with a dissassembled unloaded shotgun" (I was also in uniform at the time)

    So I buy from a local shop that's 4 miles away, it's in an old church no less. They do military pricing so I get rockin' deals on most guns.
  14. jericho

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    I don't know why more people don't purchase firearms over the internet! The best prices. No tax. Low to no shipping cost. Find a cheap/local FFL (mine is $20.00).
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    But the used ones lately are hardly any cheaper than new.....
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