Has anyone used Internet auctions to buy their weapon? What were your experiences? Suggestions, comments, things to watch for?
Greetings Red! I agree. Once you factor in those fees, it usually is about the same in price.I've bought one off of Gunbroker and Auction Arms. Byt the time I paid transfer fees, shipping, and the background check, I basically broke even.
Service went down hill at Bud's. Their reason for not returning phone calls and e-mails is I'm to busy and understaffed. The problem is still unresolved. This was August 08 so it's pretty recent.When I went to purchase my Springfield Armory .40 XD, the local shops were charging over $550, tax not included. Vanceoutdoors.com had it for $400 and about $40 for shipping. Budsgunshop.com had it for $439 shipping included.
Tack on another $30 for transfer free and background check and I still saved about $100. I didn't pay tax on the Internet sale. I would have had to if I purchased it locally.
Any particular favorite for your online deals?Sometimes on-line prices are significantly better, sometimes not. The other issue is availability. I want what I want, not what the local shops think I might want. For example, if I want a black rifle other than an AR, there's a good chance I won't find it locally. I always check my local dealers first, but I still end up making most of my purchases on-line.