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Old January 17th, 2017, 07:04 AM   #16
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Been to a few in the past couple of years but don't go to the shows anymore.

Why would I pay $12 entry fee to see what is essentially the same vendors. Yes, I can usually find good prices on ammo -and some ammo in calibers that are hard to find - but I'd rather spend my day at the range or out with my wife.



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We have a Dixie show coming up this weekend in Raleigh NC. I thought about going but probably won't. I have gotten some decent buys before but you definitely need to know your prices.
Gun shows aren't what they once were. Then getting in the shows for a couple bucks are a thing of the past.
I do better going to the local dealers not to mention not having to deal with the crowds.
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The prices for the big show here that is up by the airport is $12 per adult, but we try and get the $2 off coupons. I just hate getting up there late and having to run through the show after dropping $10 a person and not getting to really take my time and check it out. The next show, I want to take my time and really see what's there for my ticket money.
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The prices for the big show here that is up by the airport is $12 per adult, but we try and get the $2 off coupons. I just hate getting up there late and having to run through the show after dropping $10 a person and not getting to really take my time and check it out. The next show, I want to take my time and really see what's there for my ticket money.
I haven't been to one since one of our late members was tragically killed in a auto accident. We met him there at the show. That was the first Dixie show I went to so it's been a couple years or so since I've been to one. I want to say getting your tickets early it was something like 8.00 to get in. That may have changed by now.
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If nothing else, gun shows are second only to major airports as "people-watching" venues.

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Old January 17th, 2017, 08:40 AM   #21
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About the only deals I've ever seen at a gun show were from individuals that brought in guns they wanted to sell. Scratch me out for wanting to pay $8 to see the same dealer stock and prices I can see at their stores for free.
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In the end the folks that set up at the gun shows are trying to get the most bang for their buck. This show I went to cost $50 per table as I recall so they need to make a profit on each gun just to cover the daily table rental. Also the folks setting up shop there are never in close proximity to where I live so being able to look, feel and talk about new stuff makes it somewhat worth while ...

But finding a deal is few and far in between ...
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Gun shows, even if it is at the Legion Hall or something similar, well, the building still has to be paid for. Like everything else, those rental prices have gone up. If table sales don't get it done, parking or entry has to make it up. The club, or whoever is putting it on are out to make some money, or they wouldn't be doing it.

As far as pricing, with the internet, REAL gun guys know what everything costs, be they sellers or buyers. So the days of going in and seeing tables full of smoking deals, just isn't going to happen, especially if the displays are mostly from retail places. Plus, if just the average guy has a table with decent bargains, the other dealers will buy all that stuff up before the show even opens to the public. The guys selling, they sure don't care if the public or a dealer buys, they just want to move it. So by the time it's open to the public, the only thing left on Billy Joes table is the stuff dealers didn't want.

And believe it or not, those shows are still full of people who have decided to go to the gun show and are not real savvy. They will pay what we think are high prices. You guys who talk about the same old dealers at same old prices are selling enough, or they would lower their prices. It's really that simple.

What I DO find decent prices on at shows at times, is parts and used optics. Seldom do I find a screaming deal on a used gun and you will NEVER find that on a new gun. You have to be realistic on your expectations.

My best deals have been found on used guns as of late at the local flea markets, where the guys just walk around with guns for sale and don't have a table. BUT if it's a Sat, Sun flea market, you better be there at daybreak on Sat if you expect a deal. The guy still walking around with that rifle on his shoulder at 10 or 11am has it priced too high. Yeah, it's usually just cheap or beat up stuff at these markets, but I have found really nice stuff at times. You don't know, unless you go. You can't really complain about no deals to be found unless you get out and scrounge for them.
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Since we have waiting periods on firearm purchases here in the DPRI, the only ones worth buying at a gun show here are the C&R eligible items.
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