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Yesterday, my son and I attended the Western Trails Gun and Knife show at Texas Station Casino here in North Las Vegas. As we were walking the isles, I spotted a Sub 2k Gen 2 on one of the tables. I picked it up and checked the tag and they wanted $650.00 for it. I just bought mine from a local dealer (Spartan Arms) for $480.00. I guess the old adage of "Buyer Beware" still holds true.
 

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Very true, and exactly why you should know the MSRP of whatever you're purchasing at a show. Of course you may be willing to pay above MSRP for a hard-to-find item, but that's excessive to say the least.
 

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You get that at every gun show or gun shop also. Know the price of what you are looking for and pass on the rip offs. They are everywhere. Buyer beware. There are deals out there but it takes awhile.
 

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I've always thought a man has a right to ask what ever he wants for a gun . I also think it's my right not to buy it from him it I don't agree with his price. Am I missing something here?
 

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Before I bought my gen 2, guy at gun show in Ohio had it listed for $599! I told him the price is a little high, he said thst is what people are willing to pay and I will never find it any cheaper than his price!! HA, well I found it for $379 at. Local shop!! Found 4 of them!!!!
 

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Patience paid off for me. After coming across a few at insanely markup scored mine for near MSRP and at a store I never honestly thought I'd find it at either. Unfortunately for others since Academy got that huge batch of them they've not yet made another appearance on their racks. Glad I just happened to be at one at the right moment some were being pulled out of the box and onto their rack.

I've since seen a few more at the local shops and the show for the same ridiculous prices I saw before. Betting 20 bucks the same serial numbered firearm too. I don't think people now are willing to pay the premium like they were when these were first hot right off the assembly line.
 

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You are absolutely right. I just hate seeing people try to take advantage of others. Knowledge is your best defense.
 

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You are absolutely right. I just hate seeing people try to take advantage of others. Knowledge is your best defense.
I live in the NW area of Vegas, and did not hit that show. However, I did attend last year's show at the Santa Fe Station, same promoter, I think. Man, it was the worst show I have ever been to. Saw a new sub2K in .40 there for $599, and busted out laughing. I will not go again.

I am not a big fan of shows anymore. Up until about 8 years ago, I always went, and always found bargains. Now, it is just so much black-rifle crap made in China. AND, the entry prices are ridiculous.

The preceding is JMO....
 

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well, thanks to this interwebs thing, the days of someone who sells stuff for a living not knowing what it is worth are past.

One of my favorite pawn shop haggles was for a compound radial railed arm saw. We had some space between us and he said 'well, the blade is worth $50". It was a Freud diablo blade, but used and just a 7.5" one. $15 at BEST. I said 'Great, pull the blade, and sell it to me for 50 bucks less'.

If you wade into the used market, you need to know your stuff. Be that vehicles, tools, or small island nations.

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I agree that a seller absolutely has the right to ask whatever he wants for anything. It's not a 'rip-off' unless the item is not what it's supposed to be - a replica, damaged, used, whatever. Also, there can be a very valid reason for showing a high price - it allows the seller to refuse to negotiate when the buyer does not suit him, or to negotiate when one does. I have done this myself. The danger in it is that legitimate buyers may be put off by the price and keep on walking. So the take away here is to always ask when the advertised price is high. You might get a good answer.
BTW, what I'm talking about here is 'profiling', in case anyone didn't get it.
 
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