I want to answer that question, and I'm going to try and make it as simple as possible. As many people are aware, buying guns online is a growing trend. But does it really save you money, and if so, how much would it save you? I'm going to compare prices of online vs. LGS attempting to give a legitimate view of prices. This is assuming that a particular gun is available in-store and online. The items are considered NIB at both places. It's not uncommon to find guns online for a relatively cheaper price. We're going to assume that the guns are $30 cheaper online
For the online purchases, we are going to assume that shipping is $25 and the FFL charge is $25, giving a total of $50.
For the in-store purchase, we are going to assume sales tax is 7.00%. It's a nice round number.
Scenario 1: You find a 22 handgun you like at your LGS for $350, but you can get it online for $320.
-Online price: 320+50= $370
-In-store price: (350*.07) + 350= $374.50 (tax was only $24.50)
-Conclusion: At that price range, unless the online price is less by $35 or more, It's not even really worth considering. If the prices are the same, you pay more from buying online.
Scenario 2: You find a nice large caliber handgun for sale at your LGS for $550, and you find it online for $520
-Online price: $520+50= $570
-In-store price: (550*.07)+550= $588.50 (tax was $38.50)
-Conclusion: At this price range, you start to save a decent amount of money, but it's really up to you if It's worth it. If the prices are the same, you pay more from buying online.
Scenario 3: You find a nice deer rifle for about $800 in-store, and you find it online for $770.
-Online price: $770+50= $820
-In-store price: (800*.07)+800= $856 (tax was $56)
-Conclusion: At this price range, you begin to save a substantial amount of money by buying online at $30 less than in-store. If the prices are the same, you pay more from buying in-store.
Scenario 4: You find a beautiful handgun or a decent AR-15 in a store for around $1200, and you find it online for $1170.
-Online price: $1170+50= $1230
-In-store price: (1200*.07)+1200= $1284 (tax was $84)
-Conclusion: At this price range, you can start saving a measurable amount of money, especially if you can find a larger difference in price (which isn't hard to do). If the prices are the same, you pay more by buying in-store.
As a side note, at 7% sales tax, you will begin paying over $50 in tax (the cost of shipping and FFL transfer) at $715 and up.
I hope this helped some people, and I hope even more that I didn't screw any of this up! Let me know If I need to change anything, please