Advice needed on selling a shotgun

Discussion in 'General Shotgun Discussion' started by RoBear, Dec 10, 2011.

  1. RoBear

    RoBear New Member

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    Hi guys, I need a little extra cash for Christmas and I am considering selling one of my shotguns. It's my first time selling a firearm so I want you advice.

    The gun is a Remington 870 Marine Magnum, 12 gauge, nickel finish. The guns been lightly used and well maintained. I paid $700 for it about 2 years ago.

    Here's the question. I am really hoping to sell it locally to avoid shipping and other headaches. Where should I go? Local gun store? Classifieds? I know Craigslist does not allow firearms. Is there another online option like that?

    And also, for the experts, what do you think is a fair price for it?

    Thanks for all the help!
     
  2. trip286

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    I see many people in my area use the local classifieds. Some have more success than others, usually depends on how much they're asking for a particular gun. Like the guy I've seen asking 1200 for a GLOCK 19... It could have been the most souped up competition GLOCK ever, but it just said in the ad... GLOCK 19. His ad ran for a few months.

    Can't help you with the value, but once you figure a good selling price, just make sure you give a good description and why you think it's worth what you end up asking for it.

    Also, make sure you know your local laws about private sales.
     

  3. RoBear

    RoBear New Member

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    Great advice. I'll see what I can dig up on the local laws.
     
  4. hiwall

    hiwall Well-Known Member

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    I see Bud's gun shop has them for $637 with free shipping. Also on Gunbroker.com there are many for about $600 but none are selling. One on there is currently selling at $421. Just to give you some idea at the selling prices.
     
  5. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    another option would to be see if any of the the LGS's in your area allow consignment sales. mine does ans he handles all the FFL paperwork too. if this is an option for you, he would probably be able to give advise on a good price to ask for it and with them taking care of the FFL paperwork would be keeping everything nice and legal.
     
  6. vincent

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    Here's the link to FTF's classified section, you might get lucky and find a buyer in your state. I think you have to have a certain amount of posts to sell here as well, 25 maybe? Good luck! :cool:

    http://www.firearmstalk.com/classifieds/
     
  7. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    vincent, i think it is 25 posts minimum before you can post to the clasiffieds, unless they changed it when they changed up the classified section. might check with Notdku about it.
     
  8. trip286

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    Either way, it doesn't take much to hit 25 posts. That rule is really only to keep people from dropping in, posting a classified, and the disappearing never to be heard from again.

    It's seems to me that it's just to make sure the poster has the intention of at least sticking around long enough to sell whatever it is they're posting.
     
  9. aandabooks

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    I see guns go up on Craigslist all the time. Usually one or two every couple of days.

    I'd put it up on there and see if you get a hit on it. Hit up the local gun stores if you have anybody that you deal with regularly. They might put some cash in your pocket, knowing that you'll be back to do business with them in the future.
     
  10. RoBear

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    You guys rock. Thanks for all the advice. I had no idea there was a classified section! And I respect the 25 post requirement. I'm pretty active on an automotive forum and we are constantly plagued by spammers. Assuming I haven't already sold it, I'll post the shotgun up when I reach 25 posts.

    Thanks guys!
     
  11. vincent

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    You sure about that???

    craigslist | about > prohibited items

    See line 3...maybe you're not in the US? I don't know where the other side of yonder is...:confused:
     
  12. hiwall

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    I also see people post guns on Craigslist. Yes they are prohibited but they stay on for a day or two so everyone who wants to contact you to buy can do so before it is removed. I would never do so but it not like they will throw you in jail for it. You CAN use armslist.com. It is a free guns listing service.
     
  13. Muliemaster

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    Figure on close to half of purchase price is most of what people will spend on used guns remember that its only worth what someone will pay so half yo 2/3 retail
     
  14. mrbirdguy

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    I usually don't want to sell my things like my guns can I suggest setting your self up a Christmas club with your bank soon so you can have a few dollars for next year I hate buying something like a gun or tool and getting half what I payed for it later I just assume keep it
     
  15. Muliemaster

    Muliemaster New Member

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    Very true no sense in takin a hard cut on selling price like u have to these days
     
  16. aandabooks

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    I'm in Illinois. I see them on Craigslist all the time. I know they are prohibited but people still list them. Look in sporting goods. They usually survive until someone reports them and the ad gets taken down. If the right person sees the ad in the hours it is up, the gun will get sold.

    Apparently selling gun parts on Craigslist is ok. I saw a Ruger .40 recently that made it several days. The seller was selling the parts for the pistol but since they were pretty attached to each other they would have to be bought in one lot. He included 4 pictures with a different part of the gun in each picture. The whole thing added up to $400.
     
  17. vincent

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    Yes, that's interesting...I learn something every day...never seen any myself but apparently it happens...:cool:
     
  18. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    i see them advertised on craigslist all the time too. usually they get flagged by the people who frequent craigslist as there are just too many ads for them to police and edit out. i've seen them last a few hours to a few days, usually in the sporting goods or barter sections.
     
  19. Virginian

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    Hard to beat GunBroker in my book. That's where people looking for guns look. I have yet to list anything that didn't go fairly quickly, but I did do my homework and had reasonable expectations. I have also bought several. You can ship a long gun thru the Post Office yourself, to an FFL holder. Accept ONLY a Postal Money Order as payment. There are a slew of people running scams thru PayPal based on contacts I have gotten trying to sell items on Craigslist, primarily on high dollar items.