Fees For FFL Transfers

Discussion in 'NFA/Class 3 & FFL Discussion' started by cottontop, Oct 12, 2012.

  1. cottontop

    cottontop Guest

    What does your local FFL dealer charge to accept a gun purchase transfer? A local pawn shop near me charges $35. The LGS charges $25. Those prices aren't bad. These prices include the background check call. Another LGS charges $55. That is out- rageous. I seriously think that some of these guys can't see beyond the current sale in front of them. My best friend is a retired gun shop owner. I worked for him for a few uears doing his books. Anyway, he charged nothing to accept a fire arm. He did it for free as a service. As a result, these customers would always come back and spend money. He made up for his "loss" of charging zero for a transfer by increased sales from the customers he did the transfer for. I will never use the shop that charges $55 for a transfer. In fact, I don't see how they get any business at all. Give your customers good and friendly service and don't over charge and they will come back and spend even more. Wow! What a concept.
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  2. silverado113

    silverado113 New Member

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    I know some shops charge more depending on where it comes from i.e. Buds. I charge $15 but most around here are $25. When your friend was a shop owner what year was it? He probably made money on accessories and ammo. It's harder for mom and pop brick and mortars to compete with places like Buds, CTD and these other big internet dealers who a selling guns for cheaper than we (as dealers) can get them wholesale. I know a couple of dealers who have bought from Buds and added a couple bucks to make something because it was cheaper than the wholesaler. On another note gun owners can be some of the cheapest SOBs out there....:D
     

  3. Gatoragn

    Gatoragn Active Member

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    My current favorite LGS charges $20 for a long gun and $30 for a handgun. The extra $10 on handguns is due to WI's state background check fee on said guns.

    This LGS is very reasonable in his fees.
     
  4. Txhillbilly

    Txhillbilly Active Member

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    My LGS charges $25 for transfers,but another one nearby charges $40.I expect the one that charges $40 to be closing his doors pretty soon,the prices on everything in his store is MSRP or higher.
     
  5. drvsafe

    drvsafe New Member

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    I just picked up my new 1911 at my local range as both my other FFLs are out of town the next few weeks, and I paid $45 in fees before the $15 NICS call charge, $60 total. Brutal.
     
  6. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    If you go over to gunbroker.com, on their home page is a "find a ffl" function. Put in your zip, and it pulls up dealers that have registered as being willing to accept a transfer. Around here, some charge $15, average is $25, some charge $100.

    To me, it would seem a great opportunity to sell that buyer ammo, cleaning gear, a holster, etc. I DO understand the need to pay for the time and overhead of the shop, but- DUDE? $100???
     
  7. drvsafe

    drvsafe New Member

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    The FFLs I use charge $40and $45. I couldn't wait long enough for them to get back cuz my NJ purchase permit times out in a few weeks.
     
  8. gunnut07

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    $5 for my go to store. Plus because our first jobs are together he will sell me any gun he can order for $25 over his cost.
     
  9. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    my LGS usually charges $25 for FFL transfers. i have that availability, but as he will order just about anything i want or need, so far i haven't used his services yet. but i keep it in the back of my mind when browsing the gun auctions online, just in case i find something that can't be ordered new.
     
  10. nitestalker

    nitestalker New Member

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    Our LGS charges $10 bucks. :)
     
  11. okdonk

    okdonk New Member

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    My fav LGS charges $25 for up to 3 items. That's why i tried my best to order 3 items if i had to. And the next item 4th, 5th and so on, $5 each.
     
  12. huffmanite

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    Had a gun store open up near me a few months ago. My first visit to it one of the owners told me they'd charge only $10 to do a gun transfer. I was very much surprised by this. He thought it was ridiculous what most folks charged for a transfer.
     
  13. Car54

    Car54 New Member

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    My FFL does up to 5 transfers for $20, including the mandatory state call in fee of $5.
     
  14. willfully armed

    willfully armed New Member

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    From free to $55.

    I can't understand the rationale of a person who would frequent a shot who charged a ludicrous amount.
     
  15. fortinsj

    fortinsj New Member

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    There was a lgs in CT that tried charging $75 for a transfer.
     
  16. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    just curious as to why he feels the need to charge so much for a transfer?

    high side for a transfer in my area is $35-40 with $20-25 being the normal fee.
     
  17. fortinsj

    fortinsj New Member

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    No idea. Most in this area run $25-40. You just have to look around and find a reasonable price. I used to poke around that store but their prices have completely turned me off.
     
  18. purehavoc

    purehavoc New Member

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    My local FFL takes care of me for $5 so long as I have the paperwork filled out when I show up and all he has to do is put the serial numbers on it :) Anywhere else is $25-$35 around here
     
  19. willfully armed

    willfully armed New Member

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    The 4473 is supposed to be filled out in the presence of the dealer.
     
  20. purehavoc

    purehavoc New Member

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    Does it really matter when I have to show him a IL FOID card to buy a gun anyway ? its not like my info is going to be any different than whats on my card wether its filled out there in front of him or on my kitchen counter .