What is your gun selling/trading philosophy?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by B27, Nov 9, 2012.

  1. I trade money for gun, once gun is mine it stays mine.
  2. gvw3

    gvw3 Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    Oct 16, 2011
    Chicago IL Area
    I just went over to my safe and looked at my guns. I don't own one I would sell. If I were ever to get a great deal on a gun I really didn't want I would buy and resell. I have yet to see a gun I really didn't want yet.

  3. firefighter1635

    firefighter1635 Well-Known Member

    Jan 4, 2012
    FEMA Region V
    I don't sell here, only buy.
  4. wolfdog

    wolfdog Active Member

    Jul 7, 2007
    I try to get the best deal I can without shafting anyone. If someone offers me a firearm for way less than it is worth, I will tell them that is the case. Most of the time I still get a good deal, if not what I could have got it for. Some times I get a pig in a poke for a good price, i.e. something that needs work and not really sure if it will come out okay I will not offer much, some work out well and if they don't I am not out much.(and if they turn out to be real junk I take them to one of the gun buybacks)
  5. sub-moa

    sub-moa Member

    Jan 25, 2012
    I feel like I am at least fair to most. By that I mean Better than many. I recently had a neighbor aproach me about buying three of his pistols. He had been to a local gun shop and a pawn shop and was insulted, but desperate. I wound up giving him exactly twice what the pawn shop offered him and he was thrilled. Since then I have sold/traded all three pistols and have 75.00 cash profit. plus a Glock 17 gen 3 . We are both happy.
  6. Fast Forward

    Fast Forward Member

    Jul 16, 2011
    Chaska Minn
    Strange this popped up,,,Just had a Win Win happen to me,,, A new gun dealer was opening up in my area and began posting info about his Shop on the local Gun forum,,,I asked about a certain Firearm thats been on my Bucket list ,,,on line shopping gave me an idea as to what the gun sells for,,the big box stores want full retail,,,The new Gun dealer gave me a price of 150.00 less than Big box and 150.00 more than the on line dealer,,,Not bad,,,,I had a couple of guns that I seldom shoot and asked if he would accept a trade in,,,,no Problem as they are both in excellent shape with all paperwork and some added acc,, Grips mags etc,,,,I had an idea as to what I thought they would be worth and with that in mind I waited for them to open up and brought my guns in to be appraised for the trade in value,,I was really surprised that they offered me more money than I thought they would and made the deal,,,,A word to the wise here,,,if you want top dollar for your gun,,Clean it,, if you have the warrenty papers and instruction manual bring it,,part of the reason I think I got that extra dollars is because I included the few extras that helped me get a better value and I also made the tradein easier for the dealer to sell ,,,
  7. soundguy

    soundguy Well-Known Member

    May 8, 2012
    buy guns?

    if I buy, i keep in mind what I could sell for.. thus buy lower than regular sales avenue.

    if I see a piece and someone wants to sell it to me, and i'm not hot onit.. I tell them. I also tell em truthfully that I got 12 at home just like it or better.. and I will buy it if the price is right.

    I've picked up some decent deals just being bluntly honest with people like that.

    I have a decent selection of jap rifles and mauser pistols. too many really. could never get another and I got too many. that said. i see one for sale at half 'retial'' I'm inclined to buy it.

    I have had people try to get me to take one.. and again.. I tell em. I got xx at home.. but will take it if they want to sell it right.

    sell guns? that's crazy talk.. :)
  8. I've learned my lesson.

    I'll sell them when liberals openly admit that they've been wrong about gun control.
  9. lonewolf204

    lonewolf204 Well-Known Member

    Apr 10, 2011
    Me either!:D
  10. marlin795

    marlin795 Well-Known Member

    Aug 11, 2011
    Northern California
    I just sold my 12 gauge pump today. Last gun that I didn't get grandfathered from my father or grandfather. Oh well.
  11. FlashBang

    FlashBang Member

    Mar 5, 2012
    In the past 30 years I have only sold 1 gun. I buy all the time though. I pay a fair price based on condition, what it is and how bad I want it.

  12. WHSmithIV

    WHSmithIV Well-Known Member

    May 3, 2012
    Moore, Idaho
    I do not 'sell' any of my firearms. I had to do that when I moved from what was 'free California' back in the later 80's to what was then Communist Mass. (and still is when it comes to firearms). I had to sell ALL of my firearms to go help my Mom fight cancer. Including my Uzi.

    Then, I left my country. In Finland I did not buy any firearms. Very complicated to do so. Moved back after 23 years and moved to Idaho. I will never sell one of my firearms again. I did make one trade though - I traded my SKS carbine with composite stock that I bought at a gun auction for $250 (I bought my 30/30 at the same time then had to come back home and tell my wife "well - oops I know I only had permission to buy ONE but... the SKS came up first so I bought it - I didn't think I would get that 30/30 which was what I wanted and when it came up I made only one bid and I got it too... I'll sell the SKS") - I traded it straight across for my 1911 that fires perfectly - as an old Indian would say "Hmm Good Trade" :D

    Then, I was able to explain to my wife (who is Finnish) that "well, yes, you were right - I didn't need two rifles but, we do need a pistol - so we have to keep this one" :)

    Now, we have two more pistols - and I am applying for my C&R FFL - my wife is deciding what kind of pistol she wants for herself :) ... I did pretty well I think!
    Last edited: Nov 10, 2012
  13. Zhurh

    Zhurh Active Member

    Mar 19, 2010
    Upper Yukon, Alaska
    Hey WH, do the hunt the caribou migrations in Finland? I read somewheres that gun ownership was quite high there and they got good hockey.
  14. Fast Forward

    Fast Forward Member

    Jul 16, 2011
    Chaska Minn
    Both Guns I traded are readilly available and will never have a collector Value,,,,and if I don,t use them why not let someone else,,,also The trade made a Wheel Gun I would have to wait another year for available
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