I finally won an on-line auction for a pistol!

Discussion in 'Centerfire Pistols & Revolvers' started by WHSmithIV, Aug 17, 2012.

  1. WHSmithIV

    WHSmithIV Well-Known Member

    May 3, 2012
    Moore, Idaho
    So, a week ago I was surprised. I've been making bids on pieces I'm interested in for months since I found the only two auction sites worth actually using. I research all of the pieces before figuring what my absolute top price will be, taking into consideration the shipping cost and the FFL transfer cost. Those two costs will add for sure anywhere from $50-65 on your final winning bid. Lo and behold I won a 38 Special revolver for $53. Now, this isn't the top of the line, greatest piece in the world, it was made by Rohm in Germany back in the early 70's, but it is in great condition.

    Before anyone buts in and says that the Rohm guns were crap, the model 38S actually wasn't - just don't fire +P loads though it. By the time Rohm addressed their problems and came out with higher quality, their reputation was so bad that they couldn't fix it. So, my total cost is just about $100 - not to bad since I live in the middle of nowhere and just to go somewhere to browse used firearms costs $35 in gasoline.

    I'm looking forward to this piece getting here :)
     
  2. gdmoody

    gdmoody Moderator Supporting Member

    Sep 7, 2007
    Athens, Georgia
    Great score, if that is what you want.

    It is probably going to cost you $35 in gasoline to be able to pick it up from your FFL dealer, unless you have an FFL yourself.
     

  3. BETH

    BETH Well-Known Member

    Jul 10, 2009
    naugatuck,Ct.
    nice going good luck with it
     
  4. WHSmithIV

    WHSmithIV Well-Known Member

    May 3, 2012
    Moore, Idaho
    Actually, in the tiny town of Arco we have 3 FFL dealers (only one of them actually sells guns and only new ones) which means I only have to drive 5 miles :)
     
    Last edited: Aug 17, 2012
  5. time2shoot

    time2shoot Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    Jan 17, 2012
    Brandon SD
    glad ya got what ya wanted. enjoy it.
     
  6. ampaterry

    ampaterry *TFF Admin Staff Chaplain* Staff Member Supporting Member

    Dec 20, 2008
    West Tennessee
    Nice going!

    Just for the record, though, did you factor in the cost of bidding on the ones you did NOT win on? Kind of an overall cost of getting one through a pay-to-bid site?
     
  7. steve4102

    steve4102 Former Guest

    Jan 27, 2006
    Minnesota
    Pictures and range report to follow?:)
     
  8. tuckerd1

    tuckerd1 Moderator Supporting Member

    Been a LOOOONNNNGGGG time since I have bid on an online gun auction. But you have to pay to bid now!?
     
  9. gdmoody

    gdmoody Moderator Supporting Member

    Sep 7, 2007
    Athens, Georgia
    That's good, I thought you would have to drive to that "browsing store" to pick it up.
     
  10. wv hillbilly

    wv hillbilly Well-Known Member

    May 20, 2012
    mountains of wv.
    auctions are easy to win. you just keep raising your hand or keep pressing the keys on your keyboard:D
     
  11. WHSmithIV

    WHSmithIV Well-Known Member

    May 3, 2012
    Moore, Idaho
    No, I wouldn't be so stupid as to even consider using a 'pay to bid' site. Sites built on that concept are all scams. I only bid on a traditional style auction site.
     
  12. WHSmithIV

    WHSmithIV Well-Known Member

    May 3, 2012
    Moore, Idaho
    Pictures and range report will follow - after my pistol arrives early next week :)
     
  13. woolleyworm

    woolleyworm Well-Known Member

    Feb 23, 2009
    SW Fort Worth
    glad to hear that. I agree, penny auctions are bad news.
     
  14. glens67

    glens67 Well-Known Member

    Dec 19, 2010
    Middleton, ID
    WHSmithIV Moore Idaho? I'm in Middleton.
     
  15. WHSmithIV

    WHSmithIV Well-Known Member

    May 3, 2012
    Moore, Idaho
    Middleton isn't very close to Moore :) --- about 3½ hours I'd guess. But, at least it's the same state!
     
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