Does MSRP still mean anything to the consumer ?

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    Does MSRP still mean anything to the consumer ?

    Been watching ShotShow videos/ blogs for a week.

    Lots of MFGs are quoting MSRP on their new products.

    I saw several "black rifles" for $1000 - $1200 , handguns for $500 - $600..

    Many will be on the shelves in Feb-March.

    How will this translate to store retail prices?

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    It seems in my area that usually MSRP is $100-$200 more than what you'll see in a store.

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    ...that's been the norm here, too...but there's been a foul wind blowin' from the NE, and I don't think we're in Kansas anymore, Dorothy...

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    Everyone seems to be gouging on semiautomatic rifles. The few I've seen in store or posted online are 10-15% above MSRP when they used to be 10-15% below.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AKsrule View Post
    Been watching ShotShow videos/ blogs for a week.

    Lots of MFGs are quoting MSRP on their new products.

    I saw several "black rifles" for $1000 - $1200 , handguns for $500 - $600..

    Many will be on the shelves in Feb-March.

    How will this translate to store retail prices?

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    The value of MSRP depends in part on the pricing scheme the mfgr uses. As an example, not gun related, Samsung, Panasonic, and a few other flat screen TV makers recently switched to a new pricing structure that basically forces all retailers to adhere within a small margin to their MSRP pricing, else the company yanks the rights of the seller to carry their products. Other TV companies allow on-line retailers to sell at whatever margin over cost they like, which leads to a less than fair advantage for the online retailers over brick and mortar storefronts.
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    It does to me. I can wait until prices come down.

    So many people complain about others being sheep and then join right in with the mass buying hysteria. I'll just sit and wait to buy a gun from the guy who overspent and is now broke and looking for an easy buck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bombthrower77 View Post
    Everyone seems to be gouging on semiautomatic rifles. The few I've seen in store or posted online are 10-15% above MSRP when they used to be 10-15% below.
    Yup. It means wait for a better deal.

    My local Gander Mountain regularly prices above MSRP. When I call them on it, they kindly inform me that they are listing the "going price". I tell them I'll come back when they bring prices down to full retail. Still, you can reasonably expect 10-15% below MSRP without feeling you are low balling the seller.

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    It isn't gouging it is basic economics. You price your product at what people are willing to pay. If you price it above that you won't sell anything. If you price it below that you'll quickly run out of stock and have nothing to sell and may not have made enough money to order new supplies at a higher price from the supplier.
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    When people are in a panic they're willing to pay anything.

    Today on Gunbroker a hard to find 4" Ruger SP101 with an MSRP of $699 sold for $1103.99!

    I'm a Ruger fanboy but there is no way that a stock Ruger is worth anywhere near that much.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rammerjammer View Post
    When people are in a panic they're willing to pay anything.

    Today on Gunbroker a hard to find 4" Ruger SP101 with an MSRP of $699 sold for $1103.99!

    I'm a Ruger fanboy but there is no way that a stock Ruger is worth anywhere near that much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smilinswordsman View Post
    so many people complain about others being sheep and then join right in with the mass buying hysteria. I'll just sit and wait to buy a gun from the guy who overspent and is now broke and looking for an easy buck.

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    Does MSRP still mean anything to the consumer?
    Only if it's an Apple product. :-)
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    MSRP means

    10,000X higher than Amazon

    haa
    Well atleast the stuff thats available on there

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    If you see MSRP on a sticker, just walk away from it. You'll find it cheaper somewhere else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nmuskier View Post
    Yup. It means wait for a better deal.
    Usually this ^

    It means basically paying full price.
    Not getting a sale or discount.

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