Any good reason not to buy a gun online?
This is a discussion on Any good reason not to buy a gun online? within the General Firearm Discussion forums, part of the Related Topics category; Ive purchased several on line, different sources, all worked fine, until my local FFL bumped his FFL fee from $15 to $30 overnight, so I ...
October 4th, 2019 01:09 PM
Ive purchased several on line, different sources, all worked fine, until my local FFL bumped his FFL fee from $15 to $30 overnight, so I went back to a local pawn shop that did my first ever FFL transfer 10 years ago at $10 .... heís still at $10 to this day.
Main suggestion is secure your local FFL first & know their charges. Most pawn shops around here are FFLís & donít get twisted over you buying on-line & using their service, like a conventional LGS might, since most deal in used firearms only,
IF you can find free shipping & a $10 FFL, then your good deal is still a good deal. If you get slammed with $25 s/h & $30 FFL, then your good deal Just went out the window.
Keep us posted how your deal went ....
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October 4th, 2019 01:11 PM
Lots of good advice. Last weapon I purchased was an O&U 12ga for my daughter for her Skeet & Trap team. I found what I wanted online, took the price to my Local Gun Shop, and they matched it for me. We all won. I walked out with the weapon, they made a sale, and I didn't pay too much. BTW, NONE of my LGS's charge a transfer fee for a weapon I purchased from them. Must be something that those behind enemy lines have to put up with because those of us in Free States don't pay for paperwork from the LGS. Heck, my go-to Pawn Shop for online weapons purchases charges me a total (out the door) of $0 for the transfer.
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October 4th, 2019 01:13 PM
Over the years I've made probably a dozen online firearm purchases for Gunbroker and Bud's.
Any good reason not to buy a gun online?
All went seamlessly.
There's no reason not to.
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October 4th, 2019 01:40 PM
Buy the gun from your LGS. Support him or he may not be around in the future to help you. I have bought guns from 3 LGSís and they did not charge extra for the background check. Also if you buy locally if there is an issue with the gun it is much easier if itís the LGS instead of an internet dealer.
Last edited by BillG174; October 4th, 2019 at 03:39 PM.
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October 4th, 2019 01:48 PM
In any case, forty dollars seems high for a transfer. Here near Cincinnati the going rate is twenty-five, and I know one place that does it for fifteen.
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October 4th, 2019 01:50 PM
You can buy the parts on-line and make your own
Some gun parts you can print and make at home with a special printer, special is good, Iím special
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October 4th, 2019 01:53 PM
Always ask the ffl first as most are not happy with online sales esp on a gun they are selling .
I feel my ffl never minded as 99% of stuff I was into was rare or not made /imported anymore so not something he could call up and get ..
But if it something commen I would maybe ask first or find a dealer who you dont use a lot to do it ..
Also dont forgot the dealer might have to send over his FFL to the seller if not on file or the like ..So that can add time and effort
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October 4th, 2019 02:52 PM
I can only think of a couple of reason to buy locally rather on-line...
1. You can not look at the "fit and finish" of the particular one that you are getting.
2. You are able to get a better price locally (not the case here).
3. You have a local shop that you use regularly and the relationship you have built up over time is more important to you that the savings you would get by purchasing on-line.
In most cases I find that is is less expensive to buy on0line, but I also like to see what I am getting before I actually pay for it.
October 4th, 2019 03:06 PM
I typically buy online. It's a vicious cycle.
You buy online to save money since the brick and mortar stores can't compete with online pricing which is one less sale for the local store. Less sales is less volume meaning less discounts so your price is higher as a result.
It really sucks however I'm a consumer first and foremost. I'm not just going to pay more, sometimes a significant markup, just for the sake of keeping it local. If there were even some type of flexibility, I would love to support the local mom and pop, but I've yet to get anyone to budge when I show them an online price.
October 4th, 2019 03:10 PM
You can refuse any gun you purchase online at the FFL. I received a Gen 4 Glock a while back that had some splotching spots on the slide finish when inspecting. I refused the shipment.
Originally Posted by BlackJack
Said online gun store paid for shipping back on the bad one and overnighted a new one.
I've purchased enough from one particular website that I've emailed asking if there was any wiggle room on a price and the vendor made an exception for me and knocked another 12.5% off the listed price.
You can build a relationship with some online vendors too.
October 4th, 2019 03:25 PM
I've purchased 13 guns (11 new, 2 used) through Gun Broker with zero issues. I have a local FFL that only charges $10 for the transfer and $10 for the NICS check. None of the on line purchases have resulted in sales taxes (TN = 9.25%). I have also bought through local gun forums as person to person sales, and these have also had zero issues. At least with a person to person sale you can examine the gun before purchasing and either choose to go through with the purchase or not.
I no longer have what I would consider "my local gun store". Most sales locally seem to be big box stores. Those small LGSs that are nearby seem to be charging close to MSRP for guns. So I continue to buy on line. The big box stores seem to do quite well with sales to people who are clueless there are alternatives.
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October 4th, 2019 03:45 PM
Wow, lot's of responses in short order. Thanks for all the input.
Originally Posted by KimBobTex
That's reassuring to hear.
Originally Posted by Texas Red
I'm sure it probably varies greatly depending where you live. I think the price is fair since it's still saving my $78 overall.
Originally Posted by rotorhead1026
Originally Posted by WrongRecroom
That's the way I see it too. If it were a matter of $20 or so I'd stay with the local guy, but $78 is too much to throw away. To be honest I didn't even ask about price matching as the difference was so great.
Originally Posted by Rooster
October 4th, 2019 06:39 PM
Have you checked with pawn shops?
I just bought an AR lower and had it sent to a pawn shop for the FFL. $15 plus tax, where the other pawn shops and LGS's charge anywhere from $25 to $40 for a transfer.
October 4th, 2019 09:49 PM
I buy on-line and ship it to my LGS. He charges the mark up he receives as if he ordered it. He can't match the prices of the big sellers. We both win. He's happy. i'm happy.
Originally Posted by BillG174
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October 4th, 2019 11:21 PM
When I lived in a city that had a few gun stores competing for business I would buy locally. Now there is one 37 Miles away and charges way too much. But there is an FFL 60 miles away that charges 25 for the first gun and 10 bucks for each additional gun in the same transaction.
So I will normally order a gun and a few recievers at the same time. I figure the "local" pawn shop is getting their cut and the owner is pretty nice.
He still asks me every time I come in how my 358 Norma Magnum is doing. That was the first transaction.