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Discussion in 'NFA/Class 3 & FFL Discussion' started by danf_fl, Sep 26, 2010.
Anyone done business with them? Pros / cons?
I have ordered a couple of Rugers from them with no problems. Their shipping is super fast.
I do business with them from time to time. They are good people to work with.
If you don't have an open ACH account you will need to send a certified check. That slows the order process. There is a buy-in for an open account.
Their shipping prices are fair for small orders. Their pricing is usually somewhat higher than most of my other distributors. They will take allocation orders. I may get a call 4 months later saying the guns are in. It is not a back order. They just go down the list calling any dealer who had items on allocation. Like most distributors, if they don't have it most others won't either so I usually stick to the distributors that have large inventories and the lowest prices.
Thanks. I registered with them today.
I forgot to mention, they are one of the few distributors who are open on Saturday.
Once you get approval, you will need to call your account rep. in order to get a user name and password for on-line dealer pricing.
If you buy ten guns from them, they will let you have use of their database.
for your website, if you have one.
I got the user name and password.
I've been working without a website. Everything is word of mouth, and (thanks to the current presidency) business is good.
I recommend you sign up for their email. It is just one more thing to delete but they do have some decent specials from time to time.
Thanks, I'll do that.
Davidsons has a lifetime warranty on all there items, even if the manufacturer's dont have a lifetime warranty. I have used it several times with no questions asked. That right there makes them my main wholesaler not to mention the excellent customer service. They are more expensive then a lot of wholesalers but its worth it in my opinion. I highly recommend them.
As Bigcat Hunter pointed out, Davidson's offers a Lifetime Warranty on every gun they sell. In my gunstore I have used the warranty twice, once on a Taurus
that was broken when I took it out of the box and again a few weeks ago when I discovered that a new Walther PK-380 that I had just received had a broken frame. Both times Davidson's shipped me the replacements right away. As earlier mentioned, Davidson's prices can be $10-$15 higher than other distributors, but I find my customers are willing to pay a few bucks more in order to receive the Davidson's Warranty!
The warranty is good. I don't limit myself to one distributor. Davidson's prices can be more than $40 higher just for pistols than my lowest. This is also somewhat dependent on a particular manufacturer. I am not referring to manufacturers specials, just normal pricing. All in all they are a good source for small purchases if you can absorb the additional cost.
They are good to deal with but check around for prices. Be preparred to get a phone call once or twice a week from them. Lew Horton will also do that. Interstate Arms will ring the phone off the wall, they call about 3 times a week.
The point is their speicals are not really specials most of the time and they can burn up alot of your day pushing there products.
I have posted some of my comments about Davidsons.
I would like to add a general note:
Beware of distributors who also sell Retail. Some do it openly such as CDNN, Midway and Graf & Sons. Davidson's is Wholesale but appears to be moving into retail as well.
Other distributors do it on the sly, mostly via on-line and catalog sales under another name. It is usually easy to find the owner of a website. Sometimes the address is even the same as that of the distributor. Other times, you can do a whois search of their website to find owner names.
This is legal but understand that when your distributor does this he also becomes your competitor and will usually be hard to compete with.
Davidsons does not retail. They have a system where customers can get a price quote from them. They contact retailers in the area and the retailers give competitive prices for the customer which gives the retailer business.