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On Line Gun Purchase
« on: February 04, 2013, 08:42:37 PM »
Has anyone bought or have feed back about purchasing a weapon or merchandise from Gun Broker.com????
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Re: On Line Gun Purchase
« Reply #1 on: February 04, 2013, 09:01:43 PM »
As long as the seller has good feedback you will usually be ok.
I have bought 4 guns via Gunbroker and all have proven to be excellent purchase.
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Re: On Line Gun Purchase
« Reply #2 on: February 04, 2013, 09:06:11 PM »
I never have purchased a gun from a auction company.  How did your experience go....
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Re: On Line Gun Purchase
« Reply #3 on: February 04, 2013, 09:32:33 PM »
GunBroker has a first-time buyer FAQ section you should read up on.

There's no real way to "rate" GunBroker because it's literally the gun-version of eBay: The site has nothing to do with the way the sellers operate, because they don't do any selling. People use the website to sell and pay a hosting commission to the website for being allowed to post their auction there. As a new member, you're going to have to link your account to a debit card (IIRC) and have it verified before you're allowed to do much besides look.

Just like with eBay, do some detective work on the person that is selling something you want. Ideally, you want to buy from someone with lots of previous transactions that has 100% feedback. or as close to it as possible. If they've had negative feedback, check and see what the cause was: Was the seller at fault, or the buyer, and what was the extent of the problem? Also, ALWAYS make sure to ask what shipping costs are before you bid/buy an item -- some unscrupulous sellers will hit you for $50+ in shipping costs for items that should only cost $25-$30 to ship, even overnight. Lastly, consider the whole song and dance you have to do with FFL transfers before you buy. If you're buying from an individual, make sure the person(s) doing an FFL transfer for you, will send a copy of their FFL or accept shipments to/from private parties, because most don't -- and remember to factor in the cost of an FFL transfer (nobody ever does it for free) when you buy.

Don't assume because someone has 100% feedback  means they're legit: in the past, people have set up dummy accounts to post 5-6 things that are "sold" to other dummy accounts they own, and then when someone else bids on an auction, they send the money and get ripped off. Ironically, on the other end of the spectrum, lots of people with 1-2 transactions in their history ARE legit, but are just people that use the website very infrequently.

I've bought a Mauser off someone on it before with no problems, but again, the smoothness of the transaction depends on the person that is selling. I'd suggest making sure to opt for shipping insurance for anything over $150, because even though GunBroker has a scam protection policy will refund you up to $250 of the cost of an item, you only get $250 back (even if you lost $900 on say, a FN-FAL, for example), and they have a deductible of $150, so that leaves you with only $100 refunded off the $250 they cover you for.

Finally, it's up to you to decide if the cost is worth it. GunBroker's gotten a bad rap recently because the panic buyers and the profiteers that prey on them have flooded the markets, in the wake of the recent gun control scares; if you're looking for 15-round Glock Magazines, GFL, because I've seen an auction for 3 of them going for like $308 with 2 days left still.

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« Reply #4 on: February 04, 2013, 09:37:55 PM »
Bought my 22 TCM through Gunbroker. No problems with the transaction. I did check up on the seller's feedback as I do for any online purchase from a vendor I have no history with. Had it in hand inside of a week.

I didn't buy the cheapest listed. Tather I picked the best deal for myself. I'm not big on mailing money orders, so I rarely do business with folks that don't take plastic or paypal.  If they list a phone number, I call and take note of how the phone is answered.

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« Reply #5 on: February 05, 2013, 08:18:57 AM »
I've bought a couple guns on there.  Never had any issues, and if I've had questions about the items, the sellers were quick to respond.  My only rule is that I won't do business with something that doesn't take credit cards.   

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Re: On Line Gun Purchase
« Reply #6 on: February 05, 2013, 06:57:11 PM »
I've purchased a  bunch of accessories but only one firearm. 

The firearm purchase went extremely well because the seller was scheduled to be at a Houston gun show.  We both agreed to wait a week or  so and then I picked it up there.  That allowed me to forego shipping and a transfer fee.

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« Reply #7 on: February 05, 2013, 09:42:24 PM »
I have had mostly good experiences on gunbroker. I received one used revolver that isn't quite right, but every other time has been great. I got a great deal on my first Colt 1911 (used) from a first time seller but several emails back and forth prior to bidding eased my concerns. The rest have been with businesses with hundreds of positive feedback reviews.
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Re: On Line Gun Purchase
« Reply #8 on: February 05, 2013, 10:58:40 PM »
I've had good experiences with Gunbroker but as mentioned above, TRIPLE CHECK THE SHIPPING FEES. I almost bid $500 on an AICS 1.5 (worth about $750ish) and the guy had shipping set at $700. I'd have ended up with it because everyone else seemed to notice before bidding. I barely caught it.