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    Gun show question

    Since I managed to get this tax thing taken care of, and now that we have a few extra bucks, my wife and I agreed to allow me to get an M1 Garand. I know they are pricey... I'm not looking to spend more then 1K on one. I've never bought anything at a gun-show and I'm not sure how things work. Say someone is selling an M1 for $950... would it be proper or right to offer $800 cash in hand and say I'll buy this if you will take this $800 now?

    Is there a certain etiquette, or is it basically a big yard sale? How do you haggle at a gun show?

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    I just throw out a number I'd be comfortable with. honestly though, on a gun like the M1, you're not going to find any "killer" deals at a gun show. Almost anyone with a gun like that is going to know what its worth.
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    One thing to know.....it never hurts to ask. Plain and simple. Gun shows or anywhere for that matter...cash in hand is always a good thing. Your mouth and your wallet are the best bargaining tools you have. Use them wisely. Go with your goals in mind and don't walk in with a burning hole in your pocket, nor be upset leaving empty handed. There will be other opportunities.

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    I've never had any success dickering over prices at gun shows.

    The owner's reply is always the same: Take it or leave it.

    On the other hand, my local gun shops always treat me right. Personally, I'd rather give the local guys my business.

    That is, unless, I find something I REALLY want at the gun show.

    My advice: Just ask the guy "Is that your lowest price? Could you come down if I paid in cash? "

    Also, if you can wait until closing time, that might be a better time to wheel and deal. A seller just might give you a better price because he doesn't want to haul stuff home.
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    My experiences are opposite of Pattis. I've had good luck bartering at gun shows. Most dealers expect you too. I've had dealers come down almost a hundred dollars just by asking what their bottom dollar is.
    Enjoy the haggle.
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    While trying to talk someone down on price at a gun show might work, most of the time it doesn't.

    Another option is purchase one through the CMP:

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    Hmmm....interesting. I am the same as Patti -- I just love my favourite local gun store down the road because they treat me right. But it would be nice to be able to haggle price too if I can. This post is actually very timely for me because we are going to the gun show this coming Saturday. I just might use some of the tips here. Thanks guys...
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    I've haggled $20-30 bucks off at gun shows, but never $100's.
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    I quit going to gun shows years ago. The two gun shops I support always treat me fairly.
    If I were to want something special, either shop would find it for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by varob View Post
    I've haggled $20-30 bucks off at gun shows, but never $100's.
    I've never had them come down 100's of dollars either.
    The last pistol I bought the seller at the gun show came down 95.00 dollars. It was a GP 100 and I walked out with it for 265.00. Used but great shape.
    Late in the day is the best time to try to haggle a little, especially if the show has been slow. Sunday afternoon when they are starting to think about loading up their merchandise.
    Go prepared. Know what you are interested in and what is available in your area. Check local prices, as well as on line. As a previous poster said; don't be afraid to walk away.
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    would it be proper or right to offer $800 cash in hand
    Absolutely. Know what you are willing to pay and start lower. As has been said, some won't haggle, but many will. If he says "no", you can always walk away. I may stop by again on my way out the door for one more try, though.
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    I'd try the CMP. You have to jump through a few paperwork hoops, and wait a few weeks to a few months (depending on what you order and how busy they are) but you will save hundreds of dollars. The least expensive (and worst shape) M1's are ~$500 and the most expensive (and best shape) are ~$1000. Service Grades are about $600 and probably the best deal (in my opinion).

    Either way, they are really a lot of fun to shoot. Enjoy your purchase.

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    Quote Originally Posted by archer51 View Post
    While trying to talk someone down on price at a gun show might work, most of the time it doesn't.

    Another option is purchase one through the CMP:

    CMP Home
    I considered that. It's out of the question now. It's too much work for a rifle, there are no CMP certified ranges within 50 miles around here and I really don't feel like waiting 90+ days to get it. I could drive out to OH and was planning to, but didn't want to go all that way and use all that gas... I'd rather find a deal around here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CopperKnight View Post
    Absolutely. Know what you are willing to pay and start lower. As has been said, some won't haggle, but many will. If he says "no", you can always walk away. I may stop by again on my way out the door for one more try, though.
    +1 to this!

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    I've always haggled the price down at gun stores, either new or used. Don't be rude or insulting, work a laugh or two into the conversation. I do the same with cars. I will admit however, many cannot haggle. Maybe it's an art form. Nonetheless, I agree you may not get a lower price on that particular rifle. One thing is for sure, if you haggle the price down to your liking, you better buy it on the spot. Good luck.
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