Anybody ever accidentally buy a gun?

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    Anybody ever accidentally buy a gun?

    So two days ago I accidentally bid on a gun on gunbroker... and won. I had a bunch of similar tabs open in IE from doing a search on gunbroker. Apparently I was spaced out, as I really shouldn't have bid on anything (couldn't really afford it), but I meant to bid on what looked like a 3" Ruger Speed Six with Pachmayr Compac grips that had no bids, no reserve, and a really low price (presumably because the listing had few details, and the one picture was blurry... it might also have been a 2.75" one, but it would have been a good price for one of those, too... I was willing to bid on it because it would have been a STEAL for a 3" one).

    So I said to myself... if I took my M&P9c into the gun store and added that to all the cash on hand, I'd have enough to bid.

    So I made exactly one bid.

    ON THE WRONG FREAKIN GUN. Don't ask me how I missed the fact that the pictures were different (the bid price on each was the same) or how I skimmed past the "Your bid is a legal contract" popup without thinking.

    And then... I won. None of the other bidders would snipe me.

    So now I am the (not quite proud) owner of a 4" blued, post-151 series, .38 Special Ruger Service Six, which is a nice gun at a good price... that is, it would be a good price if I had any desire for this specific gun. Instead it's like buying a $350 spare TV because it was on sale from $400.

    And because I only had that much money, I now can't buy the gun that I was actually looking to bid on.
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    DOH. That's a mistake I would make. Hope you can find someone who wants it more that you didn't know you did Try armslist?

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    I've done that on minor items on Ebay before but not on a firearm...yet.

    I've popped off and accidentally ended up with a gun I hadn't really intended to purchase at gun shows before. Have had a Winchester Model 70 .375 H&H Magnum for over 20 years now because of that. I once ended up with a rare, collectible Colt revolver (though in poor condition) because it was badly mislabeled by GunBroker seller who incorrectly described it as a completely different and very common Colt model. I figured that one couldn't go wrong with the $50 opening bid. The seller and I both may have been had on that auction.
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    I bought a gun one time but the accident was when I got home and told my wife about it; I accidentally got hit with a pan

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    Could have been worse.
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    Yep, I bought a Benelli on accident. I thought for sure someone would out bid me.

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    Could have been worse. You could have bid on a Time Machine THose that watch Big Bang Theory will get it.
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    I have done that on ebay, but not with guns. The conversation with my self goes something like this:

    "Oh man...that is the best price I have seen on that yet."

    "Hubby said to slow it down on ebay."

    "Yeah.....but look at that price."

    "You know he will gritch."

    "I won't be able to live with myself if I don't. I have to at least make the minimum bid on it. Some one will out bid me."

    "Are you sure?

    "Pretty sure."

    Bid put in and 5 seconds to go.

    "Come on! That is a great price. Someone out bid me.....PLEASE."

    Congrats you win.

    "Told you so."

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    Did it last month on a local auction. Bid low on several guns I wanted but couldn't really afford. Bid on a .25 Barretta and won it. Only have 130.00 in a gun taking up space in the safe. very little space. Guess it better than winning a HiPoint.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spirit51 View Post
    I have done that on ebay, but not with guns. The conversation with my self goes something like this:

    "Oh man...that is the best price I have seen on that yet."

    "Hubby said to slow it down on ebay."

    "Yeah.....but look at that price."

    "You know he will gritch."

    "I won't be able to live with myself if I don't. I have to at least make the minimum bid on it. Some one will out bid me."

    "Are you sure?

    "Pretty sure."

    Bid put in and 5 seconds to go.

    "Come on! That is a great price. Someone out bid me.....PLEASE."

    Congrats you win.

    "Told you so."

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    That's basically what happened! LOL

    With the added twist of me then proceeding to bid on the wrong gun.

    It's a nice-looking gun... if it were a .357 I would strongly consider keeping it just to have something in wood and blued steel back in my collection.

    My wife was actually really good about it. I'm sure I lost good husband points, but fewer than I thought I would, and she said if someone was willing to take it off my hands for the same price (a friend of a friend on facebook is interested), she'd let me take it out as a 'loan' from our checking account instead of selling my M&P for the cash.

    Now, I might sell the M&P anyway, since I bought a Shield that has since completely replaced the M&P9c as a carry gun.
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    Nope, never made that mistake. I have bid more than I probably should have but luckily I have been outbid each time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SamRudolph View Post
    So two days ago I accidentally bid on a gun on gunbroker... and won. I had a bunch of similar tabs open in IE from doing a search on gunbroker. Apparently I was spaced out, as I really shouldn't have bid on anything (couldn't really afford it), but I meant to bid on what looked like a 3" Ruger Speed Six with Pachmayr Compac grips that had no bids, no reserve, and a really low price (presumably because the listing had few details, and the one picture was blurry... it might also have been a 2.75" one, but it would have been a good price for one of those, too... I was willing to bid on it because it would have been a STEAL for a 3" one).

    So I said to myself... if I took my M&P9c into the gun store and added that to all the cash on hand, I'd have enough to bid.

    So I made exactly one bid.

    ON THE WRONG FREAKIN GUN. Don't ask me how I missed the fact that the pictures were different (the bid price on each was the same) or how I skimmed past the "Your bid is a legal contract" popup without thinking.

    And then... I won. None of the other bidders would snipe me.

    So now I am the (not quite proud) owner of a 4" blued, post-151 series, .38 Special Ruger Service Six, which is a nice gun at a good price... that is, it would be a good price if I had any desire for this specific gun. Instead it's like buying a $350 spare TV because it was on sale from $400.

    And because I only had that much money, I now can't buy the gun that I was actually looking to bid on.
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    I've claimed to have accidentally bought a gun before...
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    not quite like that but......

    at the store---me--"that looks interesting"
    salesman hands it to me--my 1st mistake is acepting it

    now, i've been investigating and looking at guns from that time period so we discuss it....
    we discuss it till money changes hands. hmmmm...

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