This is a discussion on 1911 Question #2--New vs Used pricing within the General Firearm Discussion forums, part of the Related Topics category; Okay, the LGS called and said that they have the Auto-ordnance 1911 that I was looking at with US ARMY stamped in the side and ...
Okay, the LGS called and said that they have the Auto-ordnance 1911 that I was looking at with US ARMY stamped in the side and USA grips. It came in used yesterday and he said they'd take $538 for it. This surprised me as they sell new for $541 from them. When I pointed that out he apologized, looked it up and then said he'd take $500.
I plan to haggle a little here but a $41 break doesn't seem right for a used firearm with no warrantee. I know that we're not talking that much money but I wanted to float this out to see what you think. He deserves to make a living too but it seems like there should be a much larger difference between new and used here. Is that just the way it is with guns?
If he was any good, he probably didn't pay more than $350 for it. It's understood that he has holding costs and that usually comes out of the seller. He either has plenty of margin built into that $500, or he's paid too much for it.
A used gun selling from you to me will keep a lot of it's value. However, going into a display window, it's gonna take a hit.
Also, for what it's worth, I find that my LGS's usually won't barter with a stranger, but will cut the regulars pretty good deals.
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