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Old March 6th, 2017, 03:36 PM   #1
 
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Match Champion pricing disparities ...

I have been monitoring MC prices from various brick&mortar and online dealers for the past several months, and saw the widest $ gap this evening. On the high end, $850 ... on the low end, $600-625 (online dealer). Advertised prices are for NIB MCs, and the various dealers all have significant positive reviews. I realize asking and getting are two different things, but does the low end price range sound legit? Or is this a case of if it seems too good, it probably is? My LGS recently sold a MC for $750, which seemed to be par for the course in my geographic area. The $250 disparity seems to be quite a bit, even for a limited production run, and understanding that online sellers like Buds, etc. will usually have lower prices than the LGS. A fixed sight MC is #2 on my shopping list, so I'm trying to find the best price without worrying about bait'n'switch, etc.



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I paid $690 for my fixed sight model not long after it was introduced. Then wouldn't you know Ruger comes out with the adjustable version which I would have preferred a few months later.
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I typically use buds gunshop prices as a baseline. Some times I pay a little more, sometimes about the same, but I have an awesome dealer near my hometown who just sells more or less as a hobby. I used to buy from another one, but this guy is much closer and handles much more reloading supplies. And if your into it, he build awesome precision rifles.
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I also use Bud's as a base line and also have good luck with "Grab A Gun".
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I just purchased a Match Champion a few weeks ago at the gun show and paid $650.
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I have been monitoring MC prices from various brick&mortar and online dealers for the past several months, and saw the widest $ gap this evening. On the high end, $850 ... on the low end, $600-625 (online dealer). Advertised prices are for NIB MCs, and the various dealers all have significant positive reviews. I realize asking and getting are two different things, but does the low end price range sound legit? Or is this a case of if it seems too good, it probably is? My LGS recently sold a MC for $750, which seemed to be par for the course in my geographic area. The $250 disparity seems to be quite a bit, even for a limited production run, and understanding that online sellers like Buds, etc. will usually have lower prices than the LGS. A fixed sight MC is #2 on my shopping list, so I'm trying to find the best price without worrying about bait'n'switch, etc.
Beware of the 2 different model #'s. The 1755 has fully adjustable Novak rear sights and Novak fiber optic front sights which will have a higher retail price whereas the 1754 with the Novak low mount windage sights are just a bit cheaper in price. Retail pricing depends upon whether the dealer is a direct buy from the manufacturer or going thru a vendor. Direct buy they get get extra discounts and volume purchase pricing and usually price accordingly to compete in the market. Go for the deals when you can and have an FFL receiver set-up beforehand before the transfer. You'll pay their transfer fee so ask first.
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I have seen this difference of price scenario myself at my local gun show, and the dealer that has the cheap price is a good reputable dealer too. It makes you scratch your head and wonder how other dealers ever get the higher price at the same gun show? Of course the good prices are often cash only no trades.
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To me it's just like buying a car. Used to be the little blue book was a big secret. Now it's all over the internet, so there's no reason to go shopping without preparing beforehand. The book still seems to be a bit secretive with guns, but I bet a guy could get one. The way it appears to me is basically 30% of msrp is really close to dealer cost. Msrp is easily found on Gallery of Guns. Then I just figure the seller needs to make a profit. If msrp is $800 I figure dealer cost is close to $550. I don't mind a dealer making 15-20% as they have to stay in business. I do buy at gun shows sometimes if there is something I can't get from my favorite local dealer, or if things are "allocated." Otherwise I try to stay loyal. However I did switch recently after about 5 years with the same one.
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I have seen this difference of price scenario myself at my local gun show, and the dealer that has the cheap price is a good reputable dealer too. It makes you scratch your head and wonder how other dealers ever get the higher price at the same gun show? Of course the good prices are often cash only no trades.
It's all based on their profit margin based upon their cost. Then consider demand which does drive costs up because their costs go up. The smaller dealer has no bargaining power vs the big guys that's why i dropped out with my FFL renewal and the fees.
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The MC is next on my list. Probably be the Adjustable sight 1755. I do like the look of the 1754 Novak tho. Hey Prisoner6, Where did you see the $600-625 prices? $669 was best ive seen with little to no shipping costs. Thanks Ron
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