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Collectors West PDX Show

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by Moduspocus, Jun 8, 2013.

  1. Moduspocus

    Moduspocus PNW New Member

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    What a difference a few months makes! Observations

    Way fewer people than in early 2013
    Fewer dealers
    Ammo prices are sinking fast, but still high. Saw cases of 5.56 for around $600. The same stuff Bi-Mart sells for $400. Most 22 bricks are $50 or so. These prices are about half of what they were early in 2013
    Most of the dealers were sitting around with nothing to do
    ARs were 1/2 to 1/3 of peak prices

    I went window shopping. Looked at Ruger 22/45 and various 308

    Bought a Diet Pepsi and a bore light.
     
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  2. Sgt Nambu

    Sgt Nambu Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Collectors West............Eh.
     
  3. boarder4life81

    boarder4life81 Eugene, Oregon Active Member

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    So where does that place them at this point? It's been so long since I've looked I'm not even sure how high they got.
     
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  4. Bill Siegle

    Bill Siegle Oregon Active Member

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    I went today too. Picked up a PPK mag and bought a soda. I was happy to see the prices returning to "normal" but I think the dealers have a couple more months before they see much more of my money. Some of that is due to panic prices but mostly it's due to nothing really exciting on the tables.
     
  5. tiggers97

    tiggers97 United States Well-Known Member

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    When I first got there this morning around 10, I had to double check to make sure I had the right day, or it was canceled or something. A BIG near empty parking-lot greeted me.

    Like boarder4life81 said, prices for AR's were 1/3 to 1/2 what they were earlier this year. Lots of stripped lowers. One even going for $99. I did spy some .223 a little lower than the $600. So all good :) I'm just hoping myself that the build kits for AR's start to show up again at good prices.
     
  6. blackgunsdan

    blackgunsdan Clackamas, OR Active Member

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    That was the deadest Gun Show I have ever seen in the last 10 years!
     
  7. Trailboss

    Trailboss Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    Was there around 11:00 and counted only six other people in the long isle I was in. Felt like I was all alone.

    A few dealers asked if I needed ammo. I said "no thanks, not at these prices." They looked a bit shocked and then dismayed. I smiled and kept walking. Hit a rummage sale on the way home that was more exciting.
     
  8. OcelotZ3

    OcelotZ3 Corvallis Active Member

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    The show in Rickreall was pretty thin too. Not as many dealers there (some were probably up in Portland), and there were quite a few tables that weren't selling firearms-related items.

    Prices similar, cheapest 22lr was $45 and they had sold out. Quite a few boxes for $65 on up.
     
  9. tiggers97

    tiggers97 United States Well-Known Member

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    Stuff like the stills, jerky, some camping stuff etc. Ok. I can see how that fits in with the crowd. But I think one was a water filter exibit???? I think he got confused and was supposed to setup in the Spa expo lol
     
  10. dobeman

    dobeman Hillsboro Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    maybe Rose Parade competition? it was dead on Saturday for sure. Keiths had no line. Wow.
     
  11. Norwestr55

    Norwestr55 Monmouth OR Deplorable Silver Supporter

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    I was there 9:30 or so and was surprised there was so few people. Saw some bricks of Rem Thunderbolts for $30-$35 but higher quality stuff was pricier. I was hoping Keith's would be there since I've been craving a CZ 455 or maybe a trainer but nope. Grabbed a 1/2 brick of 22 mag HPs ($47.59) and left.
     
  12. tacticalgunner

    tacticalgunner Wilsonville The Man, The Myth, The Legend Bronze Supporter

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    Just read that gun shows nation wide are not gettinga turn out. People are protesting ammo and gun prices nation wide in efforts to get things normal. The craze is over folks
     
  13. Hardwood floor guy

    Hardwood floor guy Beaverton Active Member

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    I won't go as long as they want to gouge for ammo prices. and when I do go back I will remember those who tried to rip me off.

    I also remember the $750 glock 21 at "discount"gun store in Beaverton everytime I drive by now. I won't even step foot in that store again
    trying to take someone for a ride in bad times will cost them much more in the long run.
     
  14. locobob

    locobob Beaverton, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    I'm not surprised and I think gun shows will be pretty dead for a while to come. During the height of the panic dealers did like 3 years worth of business in 3 months, that means that buyers spent 3 years worth of spending cash in 3 months. Most of those buyers got what they wanted and are now out of funds and done buying. It's going to be tough times ahead for the small dealers who aren't diversified. Ammo supplies should catch up and be back to normal pretty soon. Once everybody has reached their "stockpile" comfort level then folks won't be inclined to pay inflated prices anymore. Most will just curtail or stop their shooting. I've cut way back, only been to the range a couple of times this year because I refuse to shoot up my supply when I can't replace it at a reasonable cost. I think a lot of people are doing the same.
     
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  15. 3MTA3

    3MTA3 DMZ between Liberty and Tyranny Behind Enemy Lines Bronze Supporter

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    Why bother to go and pay parking and admission, when you know there is nothing but overpriced crap? I have better things to do with my money and my time. At this point its the vendors who are ruining things for themselves. Hopefully the organizers/vendors can get things back on track before they go out of business. Gun shows are only fun when there is variety and reasonable deals.
     
  16. crimsonfog

    crimsonfog Battle Ground, WA Member

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    The show was dead, but I prefer it that way. I can see what I want to see without hovering over other customers. Most prices were still a bit more than online, but there were a few accessories I did find at a good price.

    I did see a lot of customers that look pissed off and looking to be negative before stepping in the doors. That kind of attitude feeds into how the dealers treat people.

    I don't mind paying the admission or parking. It's a show. And I would consider myself fortunate to live in an area where they are pretty frequent and laws that are friendly for hi-cap mags and AR's.

    Did you guys see that 14 round shotgun? Similar to the one in the Aliens movie. Wow.
     
  17. phatdoughnut

    phatdoughnut The Gorge Active Member

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    It's probably the new gunshow background checks that are keeping people away. :p
     
  18. JoeZeon

    JoeZeon Portland Member

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    I was pleased to see prices drop since I was last at a gun show and despite what some say, I prefer when shows have as many people as CW had.
     
  19. longcolt

    longcolt Zephyrhills, FL Active Member

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    Doing exactly the same thing. Also buying dies and trying to reload what I shoot but am finding that most other folks are doing the same thing and primers, powder, bullets and brass are hard to come by and priced at high levels.

    But I watch for deals and will buy when it makes sense. I guess we all need to stock 10,000 rounds of our favorite calibers to float through these crazy times when these nuts choose to shoot up a school or movie house. So I certainly do understand why gun owners want to put up a Mormon level 7-10 year supply of shooting equipment.
     
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  20. pdxcat

    pdxcat Sellwood Active Member

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    I went there both Saturday and Sunday to visit a good friend at his table. He was kind enough to give me a badge so I had to pay for parking only. I had a good time chatting with people but I too had the impression that stuff was not moving at all, with the exception of Keith's and NW Armory. Keith's had by far the best prices on new guns and the best selection.
    I got myself a 10/22 Takedown for less than retail.
    XDSs in 9mm flew off the table.

    One lady had a Tavor for 2400.00. While overpriced, I was sort of surprised to still see it there at the end of Sunday.

    I also got some Ghost Chili flavored beef Jerky. I really like that stuff.