How do gun shows work? Do u gotta pay any type of fee to get in?
Firearm & Gun Forum - FireArmsTalk.com > General Firearms Forums > Gun Shows > How do gun shows work? Do u gotta pay any type of fee to get in?

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 05-08-2012, 03:17 AM   #1
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 1
Default How do gun shows work? Do u gotta pay any type of fee to get in?

I'm in the process of obtaining my FFL an I just wanted know how gun shows work an what are some good gun distributors that wholesale firearms that's cheap

__________________
Breez is offline  
 
Reply With Quote

Join FirearmsTalk.com Today - It's Free!

Are you a firearms enthusiast? Then we hope you will join the community. You will gain access to post, create threads, private message, upload images, join groups and more.

Firearms Talk is owned and operated by fellow firearms enthusiasts. We strive to offer a non-commercial community to learn and share information.

Join FirearmsTalk.com Today! - Click Here


Old 05-08-2012, 03:54 AM   #2
10-32
FTF_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
mountainman13's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 11,525
Liked 2917 Times on 1718 Posts

Default

Typically you have to pay in the area of $10 for entry.
Welcome to FTF. You should drop by the introductions thread.

__________________

I don't need No stinking signature.

mountainman13 is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 05-08-2012, 04:11 AM   #3
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
sputnik1988's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: The Bluegrass state
Posts: 2,873
Liked 709 Times on 462 Posts
Likes Given: 1945

Default

My local show is anywhere from $10-$18. Usually $12

__________________
sputnik1988 is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 05-08-2012, 04:24 AM   #4
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
jordan89's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Defiance,Ohio
Posts: 1,255
Liked 69 Times on 49 Posts
Likes Given: 37

Default

The gun shows that I usually go to are $5 to get in.

If you want to set up a table it's something like $25 for one day $40 for two days.

__________________

Everybody needs a little Devastation!

jordan89 is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 05-08-2012, 05:15 AM   #5
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: wyoming
Posts: 1,799
Liked 61 Times on 55 Posts
Likes Given: 15

Default

Many of the Big shows charge $100 bucks a day for tables. Too bad many gun shows are not that great any more.

__________________
Durangokid is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 05-08-2012, 05:29 AM   #6
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
jordan89's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Defiance,Ohio
Posts: 1,255
Liked 69 Times on 49 Posts
Likes Given: 37

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Durangokid
Many of the Big shows charge $100 bucks a day for tables. Too bad many gun shows are not that great any more.
Wow! $100 a day seems crazy. Although I can see it with big gun shows...the show that I frequent is kinda small.
__________________

Everybody needs a little Devastation!

jordan89 is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 05-08-2012, 07:00 AM   #7
Retired
FTF_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
danf_fl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: LA (Lower Alabama),FL
Posts: 10,274
Liked 2890 Times on 1668 Posts
Likes Given: 1239

Default

Table, booth, or what ever....
The cost varies from sponsor to location.
There may not be a "one price fits all".

And as far as distributors, the search function here is your friend.

Are you going to just sell and transfer?

__________________

Amendment II:
"A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."

Life Member NRA
Life Member NAHC
Former President of the ECPT (Eifel Combat Pistol Team)

danf_fl is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 05-08-2012, 12:11 PM   #8
Moderator
FTF_MODERATOR.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
c3shooter's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Third bunker on the right,Central Virginia
Posts: 16,718
Liked 8883 Times on 3846 Posts
Likes Given: 1391

Default

Bro, it sounds like shows are new to you. Before you decide to go set up a table, you want to take in a show or two as a spectator. Then find yourself a friendly local dealer at one of those shows, and volunteer as free labor to help at a future show, to give you a learning experience.

Things you may have not considered as yet- How you gonna do a background check from inside the show? When you are regretting having that Dr. Pepper Big Gulp, who watches your table while you do the 100 yd dash to the potty- WAY over there? Got a reference book to check prices on the gun that customer wants to trade you? Got business cards for followup business? Want a hot dog? If you buy a gun, is it legal in YOUR area to immediately put it up for resale?

__________________

What we have here is... failure- to communicate.

c3shooter is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 05-08-2012, 12:27 PM   #9
10-32
FTF_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
mountainman13's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 11,525
Liked 2917 Times on 1718 Posts

Default

I completely misunderstood the the question. I thought you just wanted to go to one. I would do as C3 recommends.

__________________

I don't need No stinking signature.

mountainman13 is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 05-08-2012, 01:31 PM   #10
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
wjnfirearms's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Portersville,Pennsylvania
Posts: 336
Liked 4 Times on 4 Posts

Default

c3 is right on the money...again. Damn, fella, you're good.

Shows vary in vendor fees from show to show. You need to consider the other factors like accepting credit cards and how to do it portably, bringing enough seed money to make change, having a good cellular signal to do NICS checks and how you'll handle running your phone battery down and having a decent enough phone in the first place, whether you will do trades and how to offer what you'll give for trades, and the rest. Basically, you'll have to prepare a mobile shop for the shows and have everything to conduct business there. Not every show venue has the option to have electricity at your table, so you'll have to prepare for this in advance. Even the basic question of taking breaks from the table needs to be addressed in advance. There are vendors that do shows that do not accept plastic and ones that just go to sell whatever they can out of the shop. What you'll have to decide in advance is how seriously you want to sell at shows and what you'll be willing to do to prepare to do it correctly. Your expenses will be deductable as costs of doing business tax wise, but you don't want to be upside down at the end of the weekend. That just isn't good business. The trick is to keep costs down at all times. Overhead is the nemesis of all business. You want to walk away at the end of the event in the black.

There's one point that you have to remember and get comfortable with from the start. You will not make any profits until you recoup your expenses first. I could never get this across to my wife's stepfather when he did another of his business schemes. He would spend money on stuff and not take his gas and time into account, but tell me how much he made profit wise when he was still as upside down as one could get. Drove me crazy! Every dime you spend vendoring is an expense. You have to make those back first, then the profit.

Another thing to consider on the topic of trade ins and selling used. The books of value are all well and good, but there's one primary rule to selling used and antiques that one must consider. Nothing is worth any more than someone is willing to pay for it!! I've seen items that the books value at X$, but the merchant stayed married to the item because nobody was willing to pay X$ for it. Guns are no exception to the rule. I dabbled in antiques when my ex-in laws had an antique shop, I bought and sold classic car parts, and now am an FFL. I know of what I speak. You need to learn the market as an FFL. To be successful at shows, this is important also.

__________________

Last edited by wjnfirearms; 05-08-2012 at 01:45 PM.
wjnfirearms is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Firearms Forum Replies Last Post
Gotta let it go... DoyleTheDog Revolver Handguns 19 04-20-2012 10:54 PM
You gotta see this! jpattersonnh The Club House 9 04-11-2010 09:15 PM
Guns You Gotta Have.... Bexar The Club House 7 02-15-2010 11:23 PM
I've just gotta ask... boatme98 The Club House 28 01-06-2010 06:08 PM
Telestock on Type 21S / Type 97S Bizzox Auto & Semi-Auto Discussion 6 05-22-2009 11:10 AM