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So I go to a small gun show this past weekend, I get at least 1 a month in my hometown, and I bring the picture revolver just to see what attention it may get. It’s a 29-2 6.5” 3T, the Dirty Harry deluxe. A guy at a table (I understand the vendors always try and undercut) has a look at it and decides to “do me a favor” and give me “$800 cash money right now.” The audacity of this man to even think that in 2023 even a desperate man would depart from this piece history for $800 was infuriating. For the first time at a gun show, amongst my gun loving brethren, I could only respond with “just give me my -censored- gun back.” Now, did something happen that I’m not aware of that made SW .44Mags cheap paperweights?
I have a 40 year old hammer. Out of date by modern standards and no one knows it's value but me. Will you give me what I think it's worth? It's just a tool; it's not a person.
Don't take it personal that someone is trying to earn a living. Plus, you're at a gun show and not in a fair market place.
My response is, "Thanks for the offer, but not at this time."
Swearing/cussing/profanity/being rude is on you -- you behaved worse than the low bidder. Be courteous and, even, cordial will help you get what you want without raising your blood pressure. Remember, after all, that you asked the vendor for an offer -- don't get mad at the vendor when you caused the incident.
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You over reacted............He's not gonna pay you retail for a product he has to resell for a profit.
I’ve been enjoying the buy/sell/trade game the last year, been fun and I’ll keep doing it. But that offer was flatout dishonesty and ripoff attempt. The truly irritating part is their isn’t a vendor that doesn’t know me since I go every month, they all know that I bring high quality guns and know the value
St. Paul said, "quit you like men" which means in today's terms "act like an adult and not a child".
You do you and let the vendor do the vendor. No one is forcing you to do business with the vendor.
My suggestion: quit whining and change your behavior. No one like a grouch.
 

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I would have said, no I'm not selling the grip panels separately.

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I had a table at the February 2023 San Antonio Gun Show. I did not make a big profit; however I didn’t sell any guns for less then I paid for it. Sunday afternoon I got home and totaled my sales. I came home with $15K; enough to buy the Rolex I wanted and a nice oval Blue Lapis Lazuli pendant with 47diamonds around the border - for my wife!

People, including FFL Dealers, wanted to know how I was able to sell so many guns. They said the operative; “SELL”. My goal was to raise enough money to buy the Rolex Watch that I wanted; the wife said if I could come up with the cash she would let me fly to Chicago (to a friend’s jewelry store and buy it! Done!

Without pointing any fingers at anyone I said I was here to Sell some of my gun collection. I also said I didn’t overprice any of my guns; you know who I’m talking about; has a nice revolver; overpriced by $500; and when someone says what’s the best price you’ll do and they say I‘ll knock $50 off the price! At my table if you were polite and passed (my personal checks) I would work with them. If not the price on the gun was what I was going to sell it for.

I will be there again (San Antonio Shrine Auditorium) from 14 - 16 April with more guns and some custom made knives for sale!
 

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Really it wasn’t even the offer, I’ve had people offer me expensive RC cars before, it was the “do me a favor” part. I forgot to mention (definitely should’ve been a huge part of the original post) he had a 29-2 6” on his table already for $2,000 in the same condition.

but at worst I’ve kept my 29-2 to shoot another day or shop at another show. A fellow does have a box and tools for sale in town but I’m not sure I want to spend any extra on it if I may sell it off soon. Gun decisions are tough
I get it. Some people's attitudes/personalities just rub me the wrong way.
 

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I went to a gun show yesterday, and thought about this post. The only revolvers I saw that were in the $400-500 range were Taurus and old Smiths/Colts in obscure calibers like .32-20, a few model 10s and 15s for around $550. One guy had two used 640s for $800 each. One guy chastised me for rotating the cylinder of a nickel plated Python because the plastic zip tie would “kill the value” :/

I found some reloading supplies and made a useful contact. Spent less than half of what I brought.
 

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I went to a gun show yesterday, and thought about this post. The only revolvers I saw that were in the $400-500 range were Taurus and old Smiths/Colts in obscure calibers like .32-20, a few model 10s and 15s for around $550. One guy had two used 640s for $800 each. One guy chastised me for rotating the cylinder of a nickel plated Python because the plastic zip tie would “kill the value” :/

I found some reloading supplies and made a useful contact. Spent less than half of what I brought.
I get that firearms are always going up in value, but here lately it’s been cheaper to buy something brand new rather than used for what you see on a table (if it’s a production gun). I saw a 686-6 on a table for $1,200, no box or any of the factory stuff, I can go to a gun shop and get one brand new for less than a grand
 

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It's probably already been said, but the guy is gun seller not a fellow collector/enthusiasts he's looking to increase his profit margin. He does give a rat's rump about the pedigree of the gun. It's nothing personal it was the opening offer in a business deal. For maximum return you need to sell it, to bare the risk and do the work. This comment isn't meant to be mean or rude. It's just a reminder that everything is a matter of perspective. Good luck!
 

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It's probably already been said, but the guy is gun seller not a fellow collector/enthusiasts he's looking to increase his profit margin. He does give a rat's rump about the pedigree of the gun. It's nothing personal it was the opening offer in a business deal. For maximum return you need to sell it, to bare the risk and do the work. This comment isn't meant to be mean or rude. It's just a reminder that everything is a matter of perspective. Good luck!
Very true. Plus the dealer had to pay for tables, hotel rooms, gasoline, etc.
 

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I go to a lot of gun shows and enjoy the buy, sell and trade fun. A table holder should want to pay a fair wholesale price, which is about 25-30% below retail- you may do a little better selling to someone walking. Asking for offers is an open invitation for a low-ball offer- start the negotiation with an amount you set.
 
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