Originally Posted by NGIB
I haven't seen a gun show in years that actually had any decent deals (with the exception of private sellers walking around). The shows I've been to appear to have morphed into a "let's rape the gun noob quick" environment. I'll continue to pass these up...
In defense of my fellow dealers that sell guns at those which I don't. Do you realize most are lucky to make $50.00 on a gun when all their costs are factored in?
Also I am going to dispute the claim that the only good deals are from those non dealers walking round. Many times I find they want more for a gun than the dealers would charge. Now there are times when some are desperate for cash or just don't know what they have and it's a great price they are offering.
I base this on my experience of selling at shows since 1995 in states like IL, IN, WI, MO, IA. I sell at 20 to 30 shows each year. My father and I have sold a variety of items in this time from antique firearms, custom gun accessories, knives, modern guns, and now books. My father has been selling at showing since the mid 1970's.
That being said there are plenty of people out there who would agree with you.