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Old 12-13-2012, 02:15 AM   #21
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I have two local pawn shops and both of them are very hit or miss. Prices are always bad as well. The price is usually what the gun would be going for new online and seems to be based on the MSRP which I NEVER see a gun being sold for in real life.

That's a bad position to start haggling from on a new gun. Seems easier to just go buy it new somewhere or hit up GunBroker.

Shame, because I'd much rather do the transaction in person.

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Local pawn shops around here have experienced dealers working the counter. They know what they have and what all of it is worth. No insane deals to be had out of them but they do price it all fair. One in particular I trade with quite often has always done me right. Yeah. Honest pawn broker. Go figure.

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Local pawn shops around here have experienced dealers working the counter. They know what they have and what all of it is worth. No insane deals to be had out of them but they do price it all fair. One in particular I trade with quite often has always done me right. Yeah. Honest pawn broker. Go figure.
the one pawn shop i deal with on semi regular basis, has done me right on many firearms. last year, i bought an older Remington M700 in 30-06 for $250 that was initially priced at $400. it needed some rehab, but shot a ragged 5 shot group at 100 yards. funny thing is, it was the twin to the M700 in 270 that i had bought there about four months earlier for $325 that was listed for $425. if they won't haggle on used guns, then i just won't waste my time. if i am going to have to pay the price of a new gun, then i will just buy it new instead.
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If I go into a pawn shop and see ridiculous prices. I turn back for the exit.
Most of the over priced shops around here have shut down. They were clueless on how to operate a pawn shop.

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I've only been in a pawn shop a couple times looking at guns....I left because they wanted damn near new price for old wore out guns.

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My beloved Mossberg came from a Pawn & Gun & surplus shop, on the way to dove hunt, $100 with a free box of shells and LOTS of miles on it; i have never regretted that deal.

My local spot for guns is a Pawn & Gun run by a former cop; dude seems about as honest as a guy in his line of work can be and not starve. I went in one time to look at a Ruger GP100 (6" blued) that he mentioned when i called about available revolvers. It was new but had a spot by the hammer where some oil had stained the blueing, not a big spot but i can see it; it also had a very faint turnline from being handled at the shop. As i was counting my money to pay him the $400 or $425 to buy it, i asked if he had gotten in anything nice in trade lately or if he could tell me what he would sell a CZ75b for. He went in back and returned with a low miles CZ75b with that wierd goldish finish on the frame and black finish on the slide, explaining that he had recently gotten it in on trade from a guy who didn't shoot it much due to the narrowness of the slide (harder to grip?). He showed me that if you held it up to the light a faint discoloration was visible on a couple areas of the slide, and explained that it had probably sat in a drawer on something that accumulated some moisture. I bought it for $400 or $425 and left the store VERY happy. I later bought a lil Bersa Thunder .380 from the place after he moved a little closer to town. His stock is mostly value-priced brands; man has more Judges than the supreme court.

I will be in his shop after Christmas; i hear he has a nice coach gun in the rack of trade-ins.

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