Best time/way to sell guns?

Discussion in 'Home Defense/Guns' started by Nimrod, Jan 7, 2018.

  1. Nimrod

    Nimrod Well-Known Member

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    I have to sell some of my guns to pay for the barn I'm building. I have to sell them in the coming year. Is there a best time of year to sell them?

    In the olden days you could just put an ad in the paper and sell them that way. Now nobody reads the paper and the paper probably doesn't accept ads for guns anyway. Craig's List and Ebay don't accept them either. Anybody have experience with Guns America, Gun Broker, or local auctions like Reinhardt? Any other ways to sell them?
     
  2. nctoni

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    I have bought and sold with good luck on Armslist.com. It is a classified page for this very thing. You can advertise for local sales only or go through dealers. good luck
     

  3. hunter63

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    I do remember the good old days....bought and sold many thru the paper.
    Your correct, not much of anyone reads the paper.

    Wisconsin still allows private sales
    Our paper does allow it, their are several listed right now....but don't seem to be getting sold.

    Of course. that are no deals and the acking prices are either retail plus any add-ons...
    Or Grandpa's gun that is old.... so must be worth a lot of money.

    I would not sell one on a internet ad, local bulletin board ...or in a newspaper any longer....too many things to go wrong...
    Don't want anyone at my house....or meetings at a remote parking lot at midnight.

    I use a guy that goes to shows....has the licenses......sells on consignment.......and has a large amount of traffic......
    Some LGS do take consignment...10% is about normal....so don't expect top dollar.

    Or word of mouth dealing with people I know.
    Have bought several from forum members,.. and had them shipped to "my gun guy"

    So far have not been burned.
    Online auctions seem to really pile up fees, shipping, licenses, transferes and state laws....have bought a few never sold one.

    Your best bet is a small local FFL dealer to help you out....
    You would need to have someone with an FFL anyway....To ship your gun
    Good luck...

    BTW what have you got?.....LOL
     
  4. Bearfootfarm

    Bearfootfarm Hello, hello....is there anybody in there.....? Supporter

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    If they are "hunting" guns, from August to January are prime times to sell, with early Fall being the best.

    Defensive types sell well year round.

    If you use an FFL they will likely want at least 10% of the sale price.
     
  5. Nimrod

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    Browning Superposed Lightning two barrel set in a case. Smith and Wesson 12 ga. model 1000 M waterfowler. Rossi 357.
     
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    Thanks....
    Good luck.
     
  7. JJ Grandits

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    Could you put up a sign at local gun clubs? Lots of guns are sold that way around here. In NYS you have to do a transfer through a dealer but it will get you an interested party.
     
  8. M88A1

    M88A1 Do it in the dirt

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    I use Armslist and haven’t had any issues. If I’m buying or selling I always meet during the day at a public spot.
     
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    When I lived down in Ga. I traded/sold a lot using these folks.
     
  10. Fishindude

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    I'd probably just put the word out to my gun loving friends and do a little online advertising.
     
  11. Jolly

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    There's still a local radio station here that does a "swap shop" show six days a week, that allows firearms to be advertised.
     
  12. dr doright

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    Would have sold better before the current president was elected. Back then they were considered must have insurance!
     
  13. wills

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    Never sell a gun, unless to use the money to buy another gun. Otherwise put the word out at the range, the gun club and among your friends.
     
  14. Texaspredatorhu

    Texaspredatorhu Well-Known Member

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    best advice EVER!
     
  15. Jolly

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    I sold one, a Ruger 77, stainless steel, laminated stock, 300 Win mag. With a trigger job, for all those who thought you couldn't adjust those triggers.

    I still regret that one...
     
  16. Texaspredatorhu

    Texaspredatorhu Well-Known Member

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    I have the same thing in 22-250. I love that rifle.
     
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    After hunting season and before the SHOT show (which seems like it's getting earlier than it used to be) or maybe just after, distributors will unload stuff they have too much of. I've been guilty of buying too many, because they were too good to pass up. The Ruger was one of those...I paid a bump over $300 for that rifle.
     
  18. Nimrod

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    I've only sold 1 gun in the past. Trap shooting became too expensive so I sold my 870 TB. Still regret it. Now I have to sell a few to pay for the barn I'm building.

    Thanks for the ideas. I'll still have plenty of guns left but I am going to miss the Superposed.
     
  19. Texaspredatorhu

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    That was a great deal! How much did you sell it for if you don’t mind me asking?
     
  20. Texaspredatorhu

    Texaspredatorhu Well-Known Member

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    Heck it’s hardly worth reloading shot shells anymore, you can get a box of 100 for about $18 bucks. However, usually about 3 weeks into the dove season prices on “dove” loads drop and you can get them even cheaper by the case.