Originally Posted by yazul42
I have found the best time to find deals at a gun show is usually Sunday afternoon about 2 hours before the show ends. People are starting to pack up their wares and it is alot easier to put cash in his pocket than to put a rifle back on his shelf at the shop. Not just firearms either,, I helped a buddy of mine get a good safe for about 600 bucks less than the guy's asking price on a Sunday afternoon. No checks, no credit cards, make sure you have cash. This has worked well for me several times in the past. The bigger the event, the better chance of getting a good deal.
This is exactly what I was saying earlier. All it takes is being in the right place at the right time, and flashing CASH. The last thing the dealers want to do is have to spend all that time putting everything that didn't sell away again.
But the very last thing they want is...after a weekend of selling/trying to sell/haggling prices/etc....is have someone come up who is window-shopping.
Know what you are looking for, know about what they sell for, specially in your area, know how much you are willing to spend, find the guy who has it, make an offer. If he comes back with "no" or asks for more than you want to spend, go find the next guy. Or you could slyly pull out about how much you want to spend, and slowly count it out...to yourself, but make sure he can hear you and see you. Chances are good you'll get your deal.