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 Pricing your gun for sale 
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I think if you treat collector firearms like art you do fine. Fine art fluctuates like mad and often it's just getting two interested parties together at the auction. Can be the difference between $5,000 and $50,000. Most art has ZERO intrinsic value. Most firearms have very little from an investment perspective.

Not sure if you have this lingo in your write-up (I did read it all!) but collector firearm = rare and not making any more of them. It's not a collectible until that point. You can try and guess which ones will fall in that category...and then the gun maker makes more. Or some alternative comes out that kills any collector value of a certain model.

I don't get bugged out when people put outrageous prices on common guns anymore. Or the Facebook posts where people want an "asalt rifal" in trade for their dirtbike or non-running "musclecar" e.g. 1974 T-Bird with avocado metalflake paint. I spent all those months running a blog dedicated to making fun of those guys and got burned out! I just laugh.

But as a guide to people who have no idea how to price a used gun...awesome resource there Soly.

"Wherever you go, there you are."

Fri Sep 25, 2015 7:12 pm
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I thought this article was fairly accurate—until I saw the date it was written. I remember several posts, whether on waguns or armslist, from people criticizing the “high priced” guns. But they kept selling. I myself sold several like new Glocks (Gen 3 and 4) for $500-550. And I usually sold it within 2-3 days.

Although I respect the obvious knowledge of the author, it was clearly out of touch with the market demands of 2012. Many were willing to pay dealer price for a used gun, just to avoid the tax, paperwork, or both.

Fortunately, almost 6 years after its original posting, it has become relevant (or accurate) again. In fact, he may be a little high on the AR estimates. But it was an interesting read.

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