I'm totally disgusted with my local FFL. Many of you have heard me complain about my local dealers in many ways, from selection, to prices, to service, etc. but this latest incident trumps all of it, by far.
I made the decision a few months ago to begin making purchases online, so the owners may be more inclined to bargain with me, especially in regards to used firearms. The first transfer was interesting, they immediately showed me a similar gun, in slightly better condition, but different manufacturer for a close price. I actually would have preffered the gun at the store as opposed to the one I ordered, but oh well.
Now here's how the next one went:
I got a killer deal on a like-new GP100 from an individual on gunbroker. I really
wanted this gun to come with the Family and I this past weekend on our camping trip. I was gonna sneak off to shoot it in a safe area, practice with it using snap caps by the fire and just bond with it. . . you know. . . So I negotiated the seller to next day
the gun to my FFL. I haven't sent anything this way in quite sometime and did not realize the astronomical cost. . . $70.36
from MI to CO.
The seller was way cool about it and didn't complain, but I felt guilty as hell.
This was Monday. I called the gun store on Tuesday and was told it hadn't arrived. Blew it off until Thursday and called again. The "business manager" (23 year old girl) "forgot" to check their UPS that day, so I called again on Friday before we left for the Mountains and was told "no sorry, nothing from MI in the UPS".
I was pretty irritated, not just because the gun wasn't there, but I thought I was "misled" into believing the seller actually next-day shipped it and my guilt was unnecessary. I was even considering sending the seller half of the cost.
So I e-mailed the seller and simply stated "just to let you know, there is still no gun." He asked if I was sure and I said yes. Surly the gun had not arrived or I would know, especially since I had been bugging them all week long.
Well, the seller sent me the tracking # and it showed delivered on 8-17 with "proof of delivery". If that's not enough it was signed by the "business manager"
So not only did this poor guy pay for next day shipping, he had to spend extra time proving
he did his part and the buyer (me) didn't get his gun even the same week of purchase. All because this place isn't organized or just doesn't care about transfers. The attitude I get is that they aren't really "theirs".
I'm really considering a big "scene" when they are crowded and demanding repayment of the shipping cost to the seller. I know it won't happen, but this is really poor in my eyes.