Thoughts on home based FFLs

Discussion in 'The Club House' started by silverado113, Jun 29, 2012.

  1. silverado113

    silverado113 New Member

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    As the title states what are your thoughts on home based FFLs? If you called a number or emailed a business and found out the business was home based Would you go or find a different dealer? It seems I have scared off a few people and I'm considering not mentioning it when I receive emails or calls.
     
  2. hiwall

    hiwall Well-Known Member

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    I would not have a problem dealing with a home based business.
     

  3. linuxuser3890

    linuxuser3890 New Member

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    I prefer them because I order most of the guns I purchase.
     
  4. jordan89

    jordan89 New Member

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    I do most of my gun business in a garage behind someone's house. I don't mind it at all.

    Do you have a set up like that? Or do you actually have to go inside your home?
     
  5. silverado113

    silverado113 New Member

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    I have a walk out basement that customers go through. Problem is as soon as I say home based I get no response so I'm thinking I won't say anything unless asked.
     
  6. kfox75

    kfox75 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    The primary LGS that I deal with is in a renovated barn on the family game farm. Gun shop, archery shop, gunsmith, target ranges,and taxidermy all in one building, and if I call the house they will go to the shop and let me in to get what I need. I have no problem with home based shops, I run one myself. For fifteen years I have run a auto and MC\ATV\ snowmachine repair shop. And yes, being home based I have had potential clients choose to go elswhere in the past. On the other hand, the customers I have are loyal and more than one has said "Hey, ya gotta start somewhere." Don't take it personal, some people just don't understand that you can get better service and deals from smaller shops, others do.
     
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  7. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    i think it depends on the level of professionalism that the home based FFL operates under. i got shunned by a few several years ago, when i was trying to buy another AR. the several that i tried to contact by phone and email never would return my phone calls or emails. how can someone expect to sell something when they don't return messages left about a potential sale? now would this make me not want to do business with a home based FFL? depends on how he conducts his business. if he returned my calls and acted as if he wanted my business, possibly. never returning my phone calls or emails, well he just lost my business and i would go elsewhere.

    one of my new co-workers operates a home based FFL business. after working with him for the last few weeks, and getting to know him, i would definately consider doing business with him. i understand that some home based FFL dealers are hard working people who have a passion for guns, but also have bills to pay and work a full time job to support there families. so in a nutshell, a home based FFL dealer would not be a deal breaker for me, it would all depend on how he conducts his business.
     
  8. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    I do not have a problem with a home based FFL.

    But research is needed. Some are more helpful than the "Chain sports store" when it comes down to answering questions and such.

    Some are no good.
     
  9. Rick1967

    Rick1967 Well-Known Member

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    It depends on the dealer. If they know their business that is what matters. I would rather deal with a real gun guy or gal than to go to a big box store with a bunch of convenience store type of employees. I get disapointed quick when I have to explain how a gun works or the history of a relic to the person trying to sell it to me. No one likes incompetence.
     
  10. tri70

    tri70 New Member

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    I would not have a problem if it was a reputable dealer, low overhead. I went to one that has a nice shop and gun range with reloading supplies in nice clean looking enclosed garage. He also taught law enforcement training and cc also his wife teaches defense courses for women. Very nice and knowledgeable guy.
     
  11. Car54

    Car54 New Member

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    I don't have a problem dealing with a home based FFL. Whatever business I have to do, I can do without walking into stocked store/business location.
     
  12. gollygee

    gollygee New Member

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    From a different perspective, I read a thread on another forum on this subject in respect to the safety of having stangers into your home looking to buy guns. You don't know who they are or their real purpose of being there. Bought a pistol once from a woman dealer who worked out of her home. She required that face to face meetings be done by appointment only. When we got there, I realized why. A man answered the door & didn't take long to realize he was armed & there for her protection, just in case. Once they deemed we were legitimate customers he disappeared, but I'm sure he was still close at hand, in a back room. Just an added expense.
     
  13. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    That can work two ways. The home based FFL has to protect themselves, but after the first meeting, the FFL knows who you are when you return for the next transaction.
     
  14. silverado113

    silverado113 New Member

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    I have taken precautions for the safety portion, just wanted to get opinions on the transaction side. Thanks for the response.
     
  15. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    My clients are aware of my home based business.

    I try to work with others who are not home based, and have even gotten some of their business (at their recommendation to their customers).
     
  16. texaswoodworker

    texaswoodworker New Member

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    I don't have a problem with home based shops. I have bought ammo from them before, and I guess you could call the shop I do all my transfers through a home based. (his shop is actually inside his insurance company :D).

    Just try to make the place feel as friendly as possible. A lot of people feel uneasy about going into a stranger's house, so don't let it have that old creepy basement feel. Try to make it look professional.