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Old 07-12-2013, 04:14 AM   #41
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Sorry I worded that statement wrong. I do know what I'm talking about and not trying to act more knowledgeable than I am. I am quick to admit when I don't know something about guns because I genuinely want to learn about all guns. I would love to ask but how do you know the sales person you're asking is knowledgeable about what you're asking and not just making stuff up.
You don't. That is how they can build your respect. There are two sides to that coin. If they are not being truthful you should be able to spot it. If it sounds like BS, don't call them on it until you know enough to be able to do so knowledgeably. Just nod your head and listen.
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I would love to ask but how do you know the sales person you're asking is knowledgeable about what you're asking and not just making stuff up.
Go in having done your research if possible, so you have a pretty good idea about what you're looking for. If you get turned on to something you don't know much about, get the info from the salesman, tell them you need to look into it a little more and that you'll be back tomorrow. Do your research, then actually show up tomorrow and tell him your decision either way. That way he'll know your seriously looking, you can talk intelligently about why you chose not to purchase something, and hopefully you'll have a lead on something else you want to look at. If it turns out the salesman was jacking you around, politely call him on it stating you couldn't find any information on his claim but found these other facts. You are in no obligation to work with a specific salesman - find someone else first and see if they will talk straight with you. Remember, it's a sellers market right now - buyers are a dime a dozen, and they are used to having noobs walk in their store (everyone was a noob once - remember that). All buyers are idiots until proven otherwise in this market. Sad, but I think true. Not the best way to do business either in the long run.
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Don't think it's just because your young. I've met quite a few folks who work in GS's who think everyone is an idiot until they get to know them.
Here lately I am starting to think that everyone who works in a gun store is an idiot until I get to know them!
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Go in having done your research if possible, so you have a pretty good idea about what you're looking for. If you get turned on to something you don't know much about, get the info from the salesman, tell them you need to look into it a little more and that you'll be back tomorrow. Do your research, then actually show up tomorrow and tell him your decision either way. That way he'll know your seriously looking, you can talk intelligently about why you chose not to purchase something, and hopefully you'll have a lead on something else you want to look at. If it turns out the salesman was jacking you around, politely call him on it stating you couldn't find any information on his claim but found these other facts. You are in no obligation to work with a specific salesman - find someone else first and see if they will talk straight with you. Remember, it's a sellers market right now - buyers are a dime a dozen, and they are used to having noobs walk in their store (everyone was a noob once - remember that). All buyers are idiots until proven otherwise in this market. Sad, but I think true. Not the best way to do business either in the long run.
And I would add that you should always check pricing before throwing your money down. Never, and I mean never allow anybody to pressure you into a sale "right now", with firearms or anything else. if you are standing there at the counter and the guy starts to pressure you, take out your smartphone and start doing the research right there in front of him. Many gun stores have signs saying "No Cell Phones" on the door (and I agree with this policy) but if they are going to play the pressure game then you can respond in kind (they are being dicks so you can be one too, but only if they started it and you are responding in kind).

Likely the above scenario is going to end up with you walking anyhow, but don't let it get you down. you will learn from it.

And finally, let us know what happens. Be honest with yourself above all.
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On one hand the GS employees deal with untold numbers of DB's who spend 19 hours a day playing COD and other 1st person shooter games. They get very tiresomw.

On the other hand, many GS employees are genuine azzhats.

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Most shops that I've been in seem to not be the most friendly when they don't know you. Couple that with the heard of young and older people that go in to look at cool stuff and not buy and you get people that are tired of wasting time and become a little jaded. Talk to them, ask questions, and if you really want to get their attention spend some money. Repeat customers are treated much better.

But you have to be comfortable with them too. There is a local shop here I wouldn't buy gum in. They shop owner is a total tool and unless you are one of the 4-5 friends that hang around in there all day he doesn't want to waste time on you. Addin his prices are horrible and it's a recipe for not getting my business.

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Gun stores like older people with money,not gazers just looking.

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I'm 21 and have owned and bought around 20 or so guns I'm not a gazer but yes they act like that to me to until I found a shop I really like now they get all my business and academy of course.
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Visit a pawn shop, they will make you appreciate the a-holes at the gun shops.
Omg how right are you I was looking at a pistol been wanting asked the guy to see the gun twice I had cash in hand you know what he was doing he said hold on twice because he is playing stupid ass candy land
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I'm 21 and have owned and bought around 20 or so guns I'm not a gazer but yes they act like that to me to until I found a shop I really like now they get all my business and academy of course.
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Omg how right are you I was looking at a pistol been wanting asked the guy to see the gun twice I had cash in hand you know what he was doing he said hold on twice because he is playing stupid ass candy land

A little punctuation goes a long ways when you are trying to get the respect of your elders. You could learn a lot about that from the OP.

Just sayin'.
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Gun shops as a rule are like mice. They are every where and have a short life. These businesses are often owned by poorly financed people who hire tattooed drop outs. In most cases these gun experts learned about combat weapons watching old "Cop" shows on TV.
If you have the money and know what firearm you want to buy you are ahead of most of these clerks. Why concern yourself with the lower end of the food chain?

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