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Have you ever heard this?[ on a gun sale?] Today.

I went to a big sporting goods sales store,here in Lycoming Co.
I ask the clerk" Do you have any Marlin X7's,i could look at?" He told me,are you ready," We can't sell them,our store is too big and Marlin won't let us stock them!They only want small stores selling them !"
If this is true,whats up with that??????

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Re: Have you ever heard this?[ on a gun sale?] Today.

I seen a Marlin ad stating All x7s will no longer be sold to chain stores. Dealers only. So I would say this is true.
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Re: Have you ever heard this?[ on a gun sale?] Today.

sounds like they don't want to be known as a wal-mart special

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Re: Have you ever heard this?[ on a gun sale?] Today.

Go see Sauers in South Williamsport. Nice guy, one man show, he will be good on price and treat you right. I have owned hundreds of guns, bought exactly two (2) at big boxes. Try to support your local gun dealer, Dicks, Cabelas, Gander Mtn. will survive nicely without new gun dollars !

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Re: Have you ever heard this?[ on a gun sale?] Today.

Agreed on patronizing smaller gunshops, as that is where I have bought the majority of my firearms (mostly used ones), over the years.

I have bought one new firearm at a "chain" store (Dick's) and that was because it was the last 1022 they had in stock and couldn't find the box, paperwork, etc. So I paid $179 for it back then ($10 off, they were on special @ $189).

That said, if Dick's and other chains take offense at being "deprived" of that particular Marlin rifle, they can always counter by refusing to sell any Marlins?


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Re: Have you ever heard this?[ on a gun sale?] Today.

I am wondering why Marlin is cutting off a major way to move firearms?

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Re: Have you ever heard this?[ on a gun sale?] Today.

There has been a big tug of war between big box retailers and small sporting goods shops for many years.

Years ago the large big box stores just branded their own firearms. For example Ted Williams or other proprietary names. Then the big box stores would only handle those brands.

Then WalMart got involved and demanded better pricing from the Mfr., and refused to deal with the middle man distributors. That was back in the 80's. And some companies went that way. With their entire line, or with just part of their line. And they have been tugging back and forth with WalMart, and bigger stores since the 80's.

Remington was the first company to go big box store with their entire line, and they sold directly to WalMart for a lower price, and took out the middle man. The other companies followed. But you can blame Remington for the biggest part of the problem.

I remember when Ruger said they would never sell to WalMart. Then the following year WalMart was full of Ruger's. They go where the market goes-it is that simple.

Big box stores have been going away from firearms. So Marlin is realizing the new trend. And is marketing their products in that direction. And small stores do a better job marketing firearms. So it is simply a vicious circle. And it is the small dealers turn-again.

So to answer your question. YES. Mfrs. will limit certain firearms to certain retailers. Tom.
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Re: Have you ever heard this?[ on a gun sale?] Today.

Gander Mountain had a used stainless xl7 a few weeks ago. My cousin bought it and the guy behind the counter said they cannot sell new ones since Remington bought out Marlin. He said Remington does not want to compete against themselves by selling the xs/xl's against their entry level rifles.
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Re: Have you ever heard this?[ on a gun sale?] Today.

Could be, but I've heard some pretty weird tales from "guys behind the counter" over the years, at both gunshops and chain stores.

And that was long before the internet was available as the "impeachable source" of all such wisdom and lore.



My favorite is still the long, convoluted yarn one guy gave some years ago, in answer to the customer's question, "Why is the BOSS available on both the Browning amd the M70?"

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The kid wanted to know why the dingbat behind the counter hadn't just said that, instead of making things up? Told him "'Cause he probably doesn't know that" and was being creative.


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Re: Have you ever heard this?[ on a gun sale?] Today.

Not that tough of a decision for the manufacturers. Bottom line is sales and net profit for them and while we like to support the local or independent dealer, which I do at every chance, many won't. Take John Deere for instance, they have a pretty well established dealer network but "sold out" those dealers for Lowes and Home Depot - not all models but most popular ones and why - Lowes and HD order and sell at least twice as many units as the dealers do. At least Deere supports the local dealer as they do pay them a fee for everyone sold in the area of responsibility by the chain stores.
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