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It seems a little wrong that we pay to try out a potential new firearm at the range. We don't pay a fee to test drive a car or to sit on a couch at a furniture store. So why pay to test fire a firearm. I understand the range fee and needing to use in-store ammo, but it seems like that should be it. I was just mulling this over yesterday and thought I'd throw it out there for comments.
 

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Because they bought the gun and took it out of their sales inventory for the express purpose of being used. When you test drive a new car and don't buy it, they don't have to move it over to the used car lot and reduce the price. Same with couches in a store. They can still sell those items as new.
 

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Vaild comparisons, especially cars.

A related thought, why do the car repair places add on a fee for "shop supplies"? (I hate crap like that, just charge what you gotta charge up front)
It would be like McDonalds adding a fee to their posted prices for "kitchen supplies".
 

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I agree with the 'joyrides' statement above...:yup:
 

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The average car sale mark-up is a couple thousand dollars, there are few dealers in an area that carry the same cars, the average firearm markup is about 30 -50 dollars,
The car taken for a test drive is usually resellable with little to no depriciation, the gun, not so much.
 

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I'm betting the markup on new guns is more than 30-50 dollars. Retail prices are often "keystoned," meaing twice the wholesale cost. $30-50 per firearm would never cover overhead.
 

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Vaild comparisons, especially cars.

A related thought, why do the car repair places add on a fee for "shop supplies"? (I hate crap like that, just charge what you gotta charge up front)
It would be like McDonalds adding a fee to their posted prices for "kitchen supplies".
Auto shops charge shop fees to cover the things that it is nearly impossible to charge for outright, IE:
Paper towels, shop rags, wire, cleaners, the plastic they put on your seats and floor, nuts and bolts, tape, rubber gloves, dust masks, etc etc. All of that stuff costs money and a lot of it is not cheap. They have to make the cost up in some fashion, and charging a flat fee is easier than itemizing your repair bill for rubber gloves and paper towels. Also, things like oil and tire changes cost them money because they have to pay someone to come and dispose of it. Now.... back to the regularly scheduled thread.

I would rather pay 20 bucks to rent a gun and find out i dont like than drop 500 bucks on it to find out I dont like it. Once you buy it, its used.
 

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Several ranges I have been to will put your rental cost toward the price of a firearm if you purchase the same day. Otherwise, as the others have said, cuts down on joyrides and defrays the cost of the firearm and maintenance.
 

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Vaild comparisons, especially cars.

A related thought, why do the car repair places add on a fee for "shop supplies"? (I hate crap like that, just charge what you gotta charge up front)
It would be like McDonalds adding a fee to their posted prices for "kitchen supplies".
I many cases, they do this so that they can advertise a lower price on certain services, like an oil change for 19.99 plus shop fees. It makes their prices look lower because the prices use to inlcude overhead like shop supplies. Instead of raising prices for the services, they start charging for shop supplies.
 

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Pep Boys doesn't have shop fees for oil changes, standard brake jobs, and a couple other smaller things. But, it's a percentage of the total ticket up to $35 to cover lift maintenance, cleaning supplies, cleaning shop rags, floor mats, seat covers, keeping the scan tool and alignment machines computers updated, servicing air compressors... Nobody likes them, but without shop fees a lot of shops would really just suck because nothing would actually work.

With a range gun, they have to cover the cost of the gun coming out of inventory somehow. After that, it's all extra income- and who would turn that down?
 

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I think it's more like renting a canoe at the lake. Some people rent so they can shoot several different guns. Like noway2 said the rental at the local range/gun store I go to the rent is cheap and you can shoot as many different guns as you desire. Some just want to shoot and don't own a gun. Not that big a deal.
 

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If you rent and then buy there, if the store does not automatically deduct it, I would negotiate the rental fee in to the price of the purchase. Remember, as with buying automobiles, everything is negotiable!

My LGS will not only throw in the cost of the rental but will even credit the range fee. That's pretty generous, in my opinion.
 

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Because they bought the gun and took it out of their sales inventory for the express purpose of being used. When you test drive a new car and don't buy it, they don't have to move it over to the used car lot and reduce the price. Same with couches in a store. They can still sell those items as new.
True, but they should disclose that is was used as a demo and adjust the price in some manner.
 

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Because it's a business, not a charity.

We could make a lot of comparisons between that and different types of businesses. If we are going to do that, I guess I'd lead off with this question: Do you always remember to tip the RO and guy behind the counter?
 

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I've driven a new vehicle at an auto dealer before and then told them afterwards I'd take the same thing in a different color. Some things you have the luxury to try before buy at no costs; some things you don't.
 

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Because they bought the gun and took it out of their sales inventory for the express purpose of being used. When you test drive a new car and don't buy it, they don't have to move it over to the used car lot and reduce the price. Same with couches in a store. They can still sell those items as new.
Meh. I demo (at no charge) high-end video equipment to customers who may or may not buy from me. Once I take it out of the box, I can't legally sell it as new.

Some of the manufacturers offer special demo pricing (dealer cost of $8,995 vs. $10,999), with the proviso that I can't sell the item for 6 months. I don't think the LGS gets 'demo pricing' on the guns they use for rentals (demos.) The LGS is just trying to recover the cost of a gun they can't sell as new - and making money on the rental. Nothing wrong with that.
 
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