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I have a local gun shop that I have been buying my ammo and my last gun at. I have a good relationship with the owner. I'm looking to buy a gun that he has for sale about $70 more than cabelas. My question is would it be rude to ask him to lower the price a little? I'm probably going to buy the gun from him anyways, but I am young and every dollar saved helps. I just don't want to be rude. Thanks guys

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I buy most of my guns from a local guy. He knows that I do my research and know availability and price of the gun at the big brick and mortar stores, and internet gun stores. He also knows I prefer to do business with him. Tell him you've been looking for a while. He knows very well what Cabela's is charging. You don't have to tell him. He probably will come down a bit, and give you a better price on ammo. You will likely spend far more on ammo over time than the cost of the gun.

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Thank you. That makes sense. I buy ammo from the guy once a week. I just didn't want to be rude about his prices. 

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Had a similar situation with a store here in our town.  I always felt like being honest was the best policy.  "I want this gun, but it's hard to pass up $70 less if I drive over there."

Most likely, they'll move/understand... But, if he holds firm maybe be willing to sink the $70 this time to keep a small, local shop in business.

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Just like with fishing gear, unless you're in a pinch don't ever pay retail for a gun. When I bought my first handgun it was at a local place and ABOVE retail. As I got more into it I learned that place was the biggest ripoff around and places within a comfortable driving distance routinely have most of their stock's everyday prices anywhere from 10-20% below retail. Not implying your local store is like the one I referenced... just that there is a lot of markup in guns and they should definitely be able to work with you.

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$70 is a fair chunk of change. You're talking 6-7 boxes of 9mm with that difference. 

I try to haggle with mom and pop shops all the time whenever it comes to purchasing a firearm. If they won't come down in price, ask them if they'll throw in ammo instead. More often than not, they'll budge some for you. Especially if you're a loyal customer. 

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Thanks guys. Ended up getting the gun and a scope and he cut me a deal on both. I ended up spending less than I would have at one of the big stores!

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1 hour ago, bclark7b said:

Thanks guys. Ended up getting the gun and a scope and he cut me a deal on both. I ended up spending less than I would have at one of the big stores!

That is one of the reasons dealing with a local guy is a good idea. Having dealer with an FFL that you can trust is also a good thing if you ever need to have a gun from out of state transferred to you. Enjoy your new gun.

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