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#596968 05/17/2021 4:38 PM
by Hal M Hare
Hal M Hare
I have some rifles and shotguns that I no longer have an interest in--and no one in the family does either. I would like to sell them. What would you suggest?

I don't care to display at a gun show with the public.

Has anyone had luck with auction houses with the more common firearms? Is it worth the effort for items in the 500.00 to 5000.00 range?

Thanks for sharing your thoughts,
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#596982 May 18th a 12:22 AM
by Tamid
To me auction houses have become a slimy rip-off. I wasn't that long ago the hammer fall was the price you paid plus tax and perhaps shipping. The take from the auction house was between 25-40%. That percentage hasn't changed. But now there is a buyer's premium. That will run the buyer somewhere between 15 and 30%. Then pay the tax on that. You may also be charged over phone fees, absentee buyer fees, internet auction fees, etc. Seems to me the internet should make it cheaper with reduced overhead (ie. no in house auction, less rent and on and on). AND when I've challenged the auctioneers they jump up and down claiming no one is getting rich!
REALLY!! What this is really doing is creating an artificial inflation on the price of each gun sold in an auction.

Well I haven't done it yet but sit down with a gun you would like to sell figure out a price you get from the auction and figure out what the auctioneer gets. 50-50, 50-60, 55-65?

There has to be better ways to keep the money in the hands of the seller instead of the middle man.
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#597009 May 18th a 11:08 AM
by Hal M Hare
Hal M Hare
Thanks all for sharing your thoughts and your PM's. I will get some good photos and test the waters of auction alternatives.

Best wishes,
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#597023 May 19th a 12:01 AM
by builder
If the auction house charges the buyer he will bid less. Ridiculous fees charged to sell is not right. If you have a thousand dollar gun and the buyer offers 800 because of a 20% fee and you pay 25% you get $600. Why not sell it here or another site and discount what you think it is worth and it should sell. You have to ship no matter what anyway. The only real extra work is taking pictures and answering a few questions. No reason you cannot say "as is" also. I am sure many of us have guns we bought years ago and have not shot it since then.
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#597007 May 18th a 03:13 AM
by battle
Why not sell them yourself? Plenty of internet platforms to sell from, including here.
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