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Selling Your Gun Made Easy

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by rick979, Jun 23, 2009.

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  1. rick979

    rick979 Active Member

    Feb 28, 2009
    It's is amazing that so many sellers just can't seem to understand what it takes to sell on the internet. I have sold over 1150 items on the internet and have been in sales/marketing since 1968. The same factors control internet sales now that dictated sales back then.
    First you need to STUDY the actual selling price of "comps". That is to say you do the legwork and study PRIOR to listing your gun for sale. In a free market buyers educate themself to price ranges and get enthusiastic when there is an offering at a great price but back off quickly when they realize the seller is just hoping to "get lucky". "Getting lucky" is having a price that is too high and just wishing for a deal. When you have had 2,000 to 5,000 hits on you add without selling the gun you have NOT done this step correctly. No amout of "bumping" and "top posting" will make the price more appealing. It just makes it obvious that you do not know the value of what you are selling. While you are trying to "get lucky" other posters are selling their guns. You have just made it easier for them to do so as YOUR price makes THEIR price look like a great deal.
    #2 Take some time to COMPOSE your add. Do NOT be in a rush. Very few buyers get excited by a brief two line add. Write a description that correctly describes the gun and its various attributes and deficiencies..
    #3 Take some time with a good digital camera and take some GREAT photos of what you would like to sell. Since we are all "visual" beings photos are the reason to either get more interested in the item or to move onto another opportunity. Photos are of no value if you don't post them in the add. It is not hard to learn how to post photos so learn to do it.
    #4 Communicate quickly with potential buyers. The window of opportunity closes quickly when a buyer can not get in contact with the seller.
    #5 After the gun deal closes write to the buyer and thank them. After all they could have spent their hard earned money with you when they could have bought elsewhere. They will remember this courtesy and you will have made a new friend.
    #6 Write a good report on the transaction and post it on TS.COM. This allows ALL of us to know who has good feedback on their dealings.

    Thank you all for giving me the opportunity to help. Rick .... Texas
  2. Dickgshot

    Dickgshot Well-Known Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    Worthwhile post, Rick. I also believe that when you're posting something for sale on a discussion forum, that people have the right to express an opinion about the product you're selling and the price you're asking.
  3. trapshootin hippie

    trapshootin hippie Well-Known Member

    Apr 9, 2007
    Texas, where else?
    dickgtax, what good would it do for you to comment on the sellers price and opinion on his product? Of course, anyone has the "right" to do that, but for what reason? I have never seen anyone tell the seller that his item is worth more than he is asking, but always quick to bad mouth the seller for the overpriced item.

    Gne J
  4. Hauxfan

    Hauxfan Well-Known Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    Great advice, Rick.

    Hopefully it will benefit somebody.

  5. PerazziBigBore

    PerazziBigBore TS Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    Might I add 1 very important thing.. Tell the truth.. Properly describe the gun.. and be hard on it.. Better for a buyer to say it's better than expected.. than to have problems.. Answer the unasked question.. ie.. Selling a mint MX-8.. 34" top single.. factory bore and choke .032.. excellent. clean stock.. bluing 99%.. release trigger $4500.... In reality.. an early cat2 gun..reblued poorly... colors don't match.. stock wood does not match.. and release trigger was poorly done..and is difficult to set.. All Good.. Mike
  6. pdq

    pdq Member

    Aug 24, 2006
    Also helps if you don't have a mindless subject line like: "Guns FS" as it won't get many peoples attention.

    You'll get much more attention if it's more specific such as:
    "Like New K-80 FS"

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