it is easier to buy in person...the real secret to buying anything is being able to walk away if the deal isn't right. Patience, research and perseverance. I was able to obtain a Ruger GP 100 for $400 once...it was used but in great condition. A gun show with a person selling his private collection on the last day of the show...I had cash and we sealed the deal. A day before, and I would not have closed that deal...for every one of those, there are 10 others that don't work out in my favor.
Man once surrendering his reason, has no remaining guard against absurdities the most monstrous, and like a ship without rudder, is the sport of every wind.
-Thomas Jefferson to James Smith, 1822.
We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.