Buds Gun Shop: Yea or Nay?

Buds Gun Shop: Yea or Nay?

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    Buds Gun Shop: Yea or Nay?

    Recently, I wanted to order a firearm from Bud's Gun Shop. Their prices appear great...then you read the fine-print: "Price reflects a 3% cash discount". What a stone-age policy. When you're buying a $500 gun, that 3% amounts to an extra $15. When you factor in the "non-cash" price, you might as well order from somewhere else, that doesn't charge a CC surcharge.

    Just on principle, I will not order from them again/ever. Just my 2 cents!
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    You see that a lot at gun shows and I understand it to a degree. It's expensive to process plastic when you are a little guy. Either Bud's THINKS they are still a little guy or they are trying to gouge.
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    I've seen the surcharge quite a few places online, not to mention at the gas pump. I like using them to compare prices tho and keep the LGS honest. I bought a PPQ from a local guy with his dealers license and ended up getting it cheaper than anywhere online, with no surcharge, tax, or shipping.

    Those places are nice for window shopping tho. But it seems that surcharge is pretty commonplace. Sucks though.

    I probably wouldn't buy from Buds after all the bad customer service reviews tho.


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    Just their way of selling cheaper than their competition. As long as you know that before committing to the sale you can determine whether or not the price is worth the extra effort of sending a MO/CC. It burns me when the fine print is not disclosed or noticed until after I commit then have the extra inconvenience and delay to deal with that I was not counting on. I bought from them without the cash discount and the gun was at my FFL in 2 days. I was pleased.
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    it's very clearly advertised as the cash discounted price. yes it's small print but it's right under the price. hard to miss.
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    Businesses are charged by the credit card companies for transactions.The amount varies with different companies. As for Bud's the free shipping offsets what you are charged for credit card purchase. I see no problem with it.
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    I ordered a Mosin Nagant from Bud's a couple months ago. Got it for $114 incl. tax. Insurance, and shipping. Didn't include a bayonet so I emailed them and the sent me one immediately. Good prices and good cs imo. GL


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    I bought a couple of guns from them recently. I did the complete purchase online. No problems, never spoke to a live person (IIRC). I'd consider ordering from them again.
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    I purchased a gun from them, no problems. Used their layaway program, very convenient.
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    I bought a few guns through BGS in February. Although my card was charged immediately (with that 3% fee), the weapons didn't arrive at my FFL for 13 days! No more for me. I buy locally.
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    They're one of the places I buy ammo from. I bought a case of 9mm from them about three weeks ago. My only gripe was with the USPS not updating tracking info....ever, but that isn't Buds fault, although it would be nice if they offered a UPS option.
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    I fell for the sign up for an out-of-stock pistol ploy. In two years I have never been contacted about coming to the top of the wait list for the pistol, but I can't get the junk email stopped. I bought the pistol somewhere else ages ago. Most places op out of email process works. Bud' does not work for me so I just filter it to spam. My non transaction with them was a pia.
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    I have bought from Bud's and sent them a check. I didn't pay the 3% and my gun shipped the same day the check got there. I think the whole thing took about three extra days of my time.

    For me getting the right price was more important than instant gratification.... I know, I'm cheap. : )
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    I think you can even use a E-check for a faster transaction without the 3% surcharge. At any rate, I bought from them and liked how they handle my order. I will buy from them if needed another gun.
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    Nay. I dont buy guns without seeing them in person.
    Stop whining and go do something that makes a difference!
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