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Jaiofspam
11-03-2009, 12:01 PM
just out of curiosity, how many of you haggle when buying a new firearm?

please share your story :)

professionalcoyotehunter
11-03-2009, 12:02 PM
I try but am usually unsuccessful on a new firearm but used is a whole different story.

L4D
11-03-2009, 12:03 PM
I haggled b4 at a shop to match the price through davidsons gun search. Saved nearly $100

sammy
11-03-2009, 12:11 PM
Canyon Sports overprices their entire inventory. I talked them down from $1800 to $1450 on a gun recently. They love it when folks come in and pay full price.

00BuckShot
11-03-2009, 12:24 PM
I haggle for a living....gun stores don't get a free pass from me.

CAL.BAR
11-03-2009, 12:26 PM
I don't buy at gun stores (they never have the OLL stuff I want). Usually have to buy off GB or Chris at Lanworld etc.

fed20
11-03-2009, 2:50 PM
Don't need to. I get great deals at Bright Spot Pawn. Dont believe me. Walk in and ask for the good guy deal. You'll walk out with a big smile on your face.

jmf_tracy
11-03-2009, 2:56 PM
I haggle for a living....gun stores don't get a free pass from me.

+1
MSRP is for suckers.

K1LLROI
11-03-2009, 3:08 PM
I did not know that..:confused:
I'll try that next time...hope I don't get laughed at..but then again maybe I get laughed at for paying MSRP..:D

Greg-Dawg
11-03-2009, 3:09 PM
Nope, I'm rich bee-yatch!!!

professionalcoyotehunter
11-03-2009, 3:12 PM
Buy me one then!

Rob Roy
11-03-2009, 3:18 PM
Sure, why not, worst thing can happen you pay MSRP.

Requiem
11-03-2009, 3:18 PM
Canyon Sports overprices their entire inventory. I talked them down from $1800 to $1450 on a gun recently. They love it when folks come in and pay full price.

I hate those guys with a passion. I was simply walking around in the store getting nasty looks from a guy cursing behind the counter.

bsg
11-03-2009, 6:10 PM
it is difficult to haggle successfully over a pristine w german sig, while saliva is dripping from your mouth and you look like you are going to have a seizure if you don't get THAT gun!!! but a few deep breaths later and possibly a trickle down the leg and OCCASIONALLY a few bucks cheaper or an extra magazine may result from said haggling.... depends on who's buying and who's selling.

Jonathan Doe
11-03-2009, 6:46 PM
I just ask politely if the price can be negotiated. Surprisingly, I have gotten some price break occasionally.

Jaiofspam
11-03-2009, 7:34 PM
lol interesting... ive never haggled at a gun store but i'll guess i'll have to try next time :D

Mason McDuffie
11-03-2009, 7:38 PM
Canyon Sports......*cringe* the horror!

I dont know why those guys there treat customers like that. And people keep going back.

CSACANNONEER
11-03-2009, 7:38 PM
It depends on the shop and the price. I've ended up with some guns at 50% of marked prices before. But, if the price is fair and I can afford it, I'll usually pay the asking price if I really want it.

jordan870
11-03-2009, 7:42 PM
are you guys talking about hagiling in like big5

CHS
11-03-2009, 7:43 PM
So, do you guys haggle at the grocery store, hardware store, wal-mart, bloomingdales, etc??

No? Then why the hell at the gun store?

bambam8d1
11-03-2009, 7:46 PM
haha yeah tried this for the first time this last saturday when i bought my new 1911... haha didnt work out so well. worth a shot though. never thought to do it before. got shot down. they all got a laugh though haha

Josh3239
11-03-2009, 8:16 PM
Only once. I got $100 knocked off an M1 Carbine. That was the first and last time I ever did it.

thedrickel
11-03-2009, 8:18 PM
Hell yes. I even haggle at the liquor store. "What do you mean this 40 is 3.25?"

rg_1111@yahoo.com
11-03-2009, 8:22 PM
Yeah, Most shops expect it.

4 Tay? thedrickel

SNEAKS
11-03-2009, 8:38 PM
I hate when people try to haggle with me at my shop, it happens all the time, so I dont do it when Im buying anything anywhere. I figure if its to much money or I cant afford it then I dont need to buy it.

elSquid
11-03-2009, 8:46 PM
+1
MSRP is for suckers.

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-- Michael

steelrain82
11-03-2009, 9:27 PM
I tried it once and got told don't like the price than go else where. That was at shooters paradise in Oxnard now I go to uncle pauls to for my gun needs.

Jel
11-03-2009, 9:40 PM
Back in the early 90's when I tried to get a deal on a Glock 22 and Glock 27 that I wanted to buy together, the guy behind the counter looked at me like I just insulted his mother.

This was at Reed's Sporting goods when they were on Alum Rock Ave. in San Jose.

WeekendWarrior
11-04-2009, 12:49 PM
WWRTW

xxdabroxx
11-04-2009, 1:01 PM
You always haggle at the gunstore. Its like buying a car, the dealer and you both know it is marked up quite a bit from list price. They want to sell you the gun, and you want to buy it. They would rather drop a little money off the top then let you walk out. If you shop around, this is the only way to go. One shop I go to has absurd mark ups on their guns, I tell them i know I could get a much better price, list a source and say I would rather shop local. They will cut me a deal.

To clarify - they were trying to charge me $1000 for a USP + DROS out the door. I told them this price was ludicrous, well because only someone who had not shopped around would buy it for that much. They cut it down to 900 including DROS and gave me 6 free range passes (worth $10 each).

They also tried to sell me a Remington 870 for $500 plus DROS, again I called them out on it and they cut it down to $450 out the door.

If the price is decent I wouldnt try haggling, but if they are on the upper end of the price spectrum it is the only way to go.

I saw a wingmaster with not so matching wood for something like $1100 at a local gunshop. And people expect you not to haggle. $1100 for a not so pristine 870, i think not.

D53
11-04-2009, 1:10 PM
I pretty much always get a good deal when I go to River City Gun Exchange and I always buy guns from there on layaway ( 1/3rd-1/2 down and pay the rest when my dros is over) and I have never walked out of there not happy.

phroggunner
11-04-2009, 3:29 PM
Nope, if their prices aren't fair, they don't get my money. Plenty of other places for me to shop.

TexasAggie
11-04-2009, 3:45 PM
As an FYI, we always haggle, unless of course if what we're buying are small items. We haggled with BestBuy a while back and saved some $700 on a washer/dryer/refrigerator purchase we made from them. The price we agreed to was not a sale price, but a negotiated price between the store and the consumer.

Know your strength. If you're buying big ticket items from any place, demand they work with you on the price.

I always haggle on gun purchases.


TexasAggie

Spaceghost
11-04-2009, 3:49 PM
+1. I went to a local shop to do a PPT transfer recently. I know it is a pain for the gunshop guys to do, so I was trying to shop around for something to buy to make it worth their while. I asked to see the 7.63x39 Saiga on the wall. I almost choked when I saw the price. 699!!!! Maybe 450 to 500, at 699 I will never walk in that shop again.


Nope, if their prices aren't fair, they don't get my money. Plenty of other places for me to shop.

Clayface
11-04-2009, 5:00 PM
Only once while purchasing my latest handgun. I got the sw460 and the guy agreed to a free box of 460 ammo worth 35 bucks.

Mickey D
11-09-2009, 9:08 PM
I hate those guys with a passion. I was simply walking around in the store getting nasty looks from a guy cursing behind the counter.

The best thing Ron Kennedy can do for his business is get rid of Zack.
He turns off so many folks with his attitude.
I stopped in last week to look for some scope rings. The first thing out of his mouth was "You going to by something this time"? Right there is the reason I don't buy anything there. Hello, Midway?

jamesob
11-09-2009, 9:59 PM
The best thing Ron Kennedy can do for his business is get rid of Zack.
He turns off so many folks with his attitude.
I stopped in last week to look for some scope rings. The first thing out of his mouth was "You going to by something this time"? Right there is the reason I don't buy anything there. Hello, Midway?

your response should have been "not now a-hole"

GrayWolf09
11-09-2009, 10:57 PM
I saw a wingmaster with not so matching wood for something like $1100 at a local gunshop. And people expect you not to haggle. $1100 for a not so pristine 870, i think not.

I'll sell you my wingmaster for only $1,000. Throw in an extra stock to boot.

Look Wat I kAn DO !
11-09-2009, 11:40 PM
When i went to buy my 9mm. I wanted the Glock 17 but it was 600 . I asked the guy can u go lower he was. WTF? this gun is hard to get if u don't pay it some one will. I was wtf? So i got a xd 9 for 500.

rod
11-10-2009, 4:03 AM
I haggle at gunshows and parking lots, but not in the gun store itself. Really don't need to. They'll order anything I want from the internet and not mark it up. They'll also meet any price I can find for the same gun.

wash
11-10-2009, 7:42 AM
I've tried but not had what I would call success. If I go in to a shop and they have a gun I want but the price is too high, I'll ask if they can do anything on the price. Usually they will offer to come down a little but never to a price that's reasonable.

I saved about $400 on a $600 gun buy ordering it online and transferring it at a kitchen table FFL. That's right, I would have paid about $1,100 if I bought it from an FFL with a store front. It did need to have a mag lock installed before it entered CA but I got it done and transferred for about $700 total. It sucks paying $700 for a $600 gun but it's a hell of a lot better than spending $1,100 or even $1,200 if I hadn't asked about the price.

Most of the time if the price of an item I want is not reasonable at the gun shop (I will allow a little mark up for their overhead), I don't bother haggling, I just find a way to order online or use a kitchen table FFL.

I dearly want to support my local gun shops but they make it hard with their pricing.