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Old September 23rd, 2018, 08:02 PM #11
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Why not? Many of the sellers have b&m shops. If someone comes in the store and make a reasonable offer they pull the GB listing. I bet it happens more often than known.
I did just that with an 11-87. Contacted the shop as they were in Coatesville and went up, haggled, and bought it.
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Old September 23rd, 2018, 08:36 PM #12
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While technically against the rules, I have done that. Saw a gun in MD that I wanted, emailed him, and we just did a face-to-face transaction.
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Old September 23rd, 2018, 09:02 PM #13
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Can nevee hurt to try, hell most of the guns on there they post for way over what they are worth anyways!
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Old September 23rd, 2018, 09:14 PM #14
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Everything is negotiable.
The worst they can do is say no.
If you don't ask, the answer is always No.
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Old September 23rd, 2018, 09:21 PM #15
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I bid pretty high for a handgun once that I really wanted as it was pristine and included a nice original holster. Bidding didn't reach the reserve. I contacted the seller to ask what what the reserve was, it was 50 bucks higher than I bid. The seller agreed to let it go for my bid.
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Old September 24th, 2018, 02:46 PM #16
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Got my Star B that way. Contacted the seller after watching it not sell because it's starting price was too high and asked the seller if he would sell to a C&R holder. I wanted it because it was made the year I was born and made a lower offer. The seller was impressed that I could tell him what year it was made and it's realistic value, he accepted my offer and both of us were happy with the transaction!

It never hurts to try negotiating. As a rule of thumb, I try to be reasonable with my offers and have a little fun with the process. Be mindful that some people love negotiating while others hate it and proceed accordingly.
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All they can do is say no.

And they might say yes.
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I have haggled online.

Make an offer that you think is fair if the item does not move, and give the seller your contact information like an email address.

Most of the time, you will get follow up questions. Once the seller does not have to pay the brokerage fee, then their wheels start turning.

The downside of doing this, is that you lose the protections of the brokerage if you get ripped off. So it is important to deal with reputable people.
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Anybody ever had success contacting a seller on Gunbroker and trying to negotiate a lower price on an item?

I'm looking for a police trade-in 11-87 and there are quite a few floating around on there which aren't going anywhere.
I did it with my 1866 Winchester. Guy wanted $1K. I messaged him and offered $900 shipped and he took it. I placed the starting bid of $900 and he sent it to my FFL.
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A little friendly negotiation is how I got my PS90 down from almost $2k (way overpriced) to around $1500. It’s certainly possible, just depends on the seller. I believe it’s against the site rules though, but meh.
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