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Old 03-13-2012, 03:58 AM   #1
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Gun show just blew out of Arizona this weekend.

I was at walmart buying some ammo and some POS comes right behind me and buys all the .45 and .40 boxes of ammo.

100 count WB is 34.00 at walmart. He tells his wife we'll sell em for 50.00. He had a calculator and eveyrthing!

This a-hole has no over head, no expenses. Just ripping off hard working people is what they do. A carnie gets more respect from me than gun show guy.

Remember the next time you go to buy .45 ammo at 18.00 a box at walmart and see none. gun shop guy and gun shop guy are bending you over. Just don't buy it from them.

Now, specailty ammo sure. That's cool for gun shop guy or gun show guy. I mean that's what we expect. But not Winchester WB at a 25-35 mark up. for no reason

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I sell raffle tickets for the FNRA at gun shows. Does this mean I am a low life or a POS? One POS does not make everyone a POS by association. I have met some very decent people at the shows and some not so nice ones too. Know your prices and know how to tell a dog from a pony. Private sales are legal here so I watch out for the people selling privately. I have picked up some good buys. You always get someone who wants all the money they paid for the gun including the taxes but they usually go home with their gun. By the way, they do have overhead and expenses. They have to pay for their table and since they are on the road they will have a hotel or RV park plus meals. Buying up all the ammo at Walmart is not so nice but they will have more next week and you know not to buy from him if you see him.

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I picked up 1,000rds of .45ACP 230gr ball for $290, out the door, at the Ventura Gun Show on Sunday. That worked out to $13.25 per 50, plus tax.

And the seller was very friendly.

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Ya, that is a bunch of bs, there's a guy like that at my local gun show, the one thing I'm always on the lookout for is the best deal on primers at the show, usually can get em for around 30 bucks a 1000, then you get to this guys table and he sells the same ones for 55, I won't buy anything from guys like that

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Yeah I've noticed this too in michigan. I try to hit the stores that sell ammo just to check prices before I go to a show. The lgs here in jackson is kinda high too. Dunhams and dicks sporting goods have the best prices. 45-70govt are just over 30 at dicks but go for 40 at the shows

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The LGS just can not compete with box stores. I still buy small quantities at the LGS when I need them. They are higher on primers but shipping eats you up if I order. I know they are getting hit with price increases too.

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Unfortunately, you'll see this behavior. It's a black mark on our passion and as a member of the industry, I don't like it. Still, he has the right to do it and if someone has the lack of knowledge to pay what he asks, it's on them. Better to allow free enterprise than to restrict it. By this way to stock his tables, you see who is just being mercenary and who is in the business. If he had wholesale accounts and was really in the business, he doubtfully would have been replenishing inventory at Wally World, though stranger things happen. Even a hobby businessman can set up wholesalers to buy stock from. You just need to have the proper credentials.

You'll see this attutude no matter where you go. People, fortunately the minority, will try to take advantage of any market that they can attempt to make a buck at. We see that in those that sell at gun shows where you see the same prices you can get over the counter at any shop, if not more. You see it every single day on eBay and even now on the firearm auction sites. No bargains there for the most part. Occassionally, but not like there used to be. I saw it when I used to buy & sell classic car parts and I vendored at swap meets. You'll get those that feel they have gold plated whatever on their tables and ask ridiculous prices for the same. They'll learn eventually when they find themselves married to their inventory. It's up to us to be educated consumers. I'm gratified to see that more and more firearm enthusiasts are just that. Yes, I sell guns and want to see people understand the market and pricing. If you're fair with people, they'll see that and it's good for business. Better to have repeat clients where you make less per sale but create more sales and have them refer you to their friends and family than to make a few sales and rake in bigger profits a few times. This shows who has business sense and who's just in it for a while to make a cash haul while they can.

Bottom line is that if you go to a show and see this guy selling, just walk away from his table.

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I was told the ammo at walmart had a W or something in the item # and could be identified. Anybody know if that is true? That might be something to watch out for, if you don't keep current on your ammo prices.

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