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Im looking to buy a new pistol and I've been searching on gunbroker.com
I was hoping that some HPAers could help me out in regards to how it works
Are there any catches or tricks that I should be aware of before registering and bidding?
Thanks in advance

Steve
 

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Nope, I've bought and sold about 35 guns on there throughout the years. All of my transactions went very well with no hitches. It's nice and easy to find the best prices on there.
 

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I've bought many guns on Gunbroker..Add approx $50 to the price of your winning to account for the shipping and transfer costs..Figure this when you are bidding..The good thing is there is no sales tax if your purchase is from out-of-state.
Most bids will come within the last minute of the auction if it is a HOT item..Make sure you see enough pictures and pay close attention to them..Ask the seller questions before you bid.
 

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one heads up. make arrangements with your local ffl before even bidding. that way you know his proceedures and costs. no nasty surprises.
 

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Big Ken said:
Most bids will come within the last minute of the auction if it is a HOT item
A late bid may come in but the auction will always extend at least 15 minutes from the last bid, so there really can't be any last minute bids. It's not like ebay.

I buy and sell and have listings on it now. It's a good place to sell because there are no listing fees unless you use the premium features and the listing can be setup to automatically relist. I think the sell fees are reasonable too. The biggest problem for a buyer is some/many ffl will no longer accept a shipped gun from a non-licensee. So you need to have an ffl that will accept a gun or be prepared to also pay the senders ffl fee along with your receiving fee and the shipping. But that would apply selling here or anyway else too if you need to ship interstate or a handgun.
 

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I was looking for a particular muzzleloading pistol and one kept coming up on gunbroker from the same dealer in western maryland. I would bid a fair price right off and I noticed three things. My bid would be beat during the last 10 minutes and the exact same gun would be listed two weeks later with the note that the successful bidder failed to pay. The third time it happened I emailed a complaint to gun broker. The gun stopped showing up, but I never got more than a form response. Frankly I think that seller was trying to run up the bids. (A felony in PA, IIRC) I got another gun of that model from another seller for less, so I'm happy. I purchased several guns, mostly muzzleloaders though,.
 

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Another question
I noticed a ruger 9mm that went to the end of the auction with no bids and no reserve price
Is this the kinda deal that you want to jump on or is there usually more to the story
It seems as though there are a bunch of items that go to the end of the auction with no bidders. Is it common.
 

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Sure its common. Means no one is finding the item attractive at the starting price. When you search for something click on "completed auctions" and you'll see many items that have been relisted many, many, many, times with no bids. When you list something it defaults to 50 automatic relists, so basically it will relist for a year. Not unlike a gun sitting on a shelf in a gunshop waiting for the right person to come along.
 

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one heads up. make arrangements with your local ffl before even bidding. that way you know his proceedures and costs. no nasty surprises.
Yep, and if you're buying from a private (non FFL) individual seller, make sure they have an FFL shop they can ship from, because some shops here will only accept from another FFL not an individual.
 

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I buy a couple guns a year off of gunbroker.Be careful the good sellers will have lots of good clear pictures and a good description.Fuzzy pictures and vaque descriptions watch out
 

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no tricks. I've bought several guns off there and all were smooth transactions
 

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I just made my 1st purchase on there about a month ago and everything went smoothly.Like others said ask the seller lots of questions most people on there will tell you right out if they are an FFL holder or not
 

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I,ll never deal with g/broker.I wanted to sign up last year to bid on a m/loader and in the sign up process they asked questions that I did not want to answer.for security reasons.
 
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