I think a majority of it now os the fact of having to do a bgc. Why buy ised if you still have to pay close to new, and get a bgc. At least new you usually get a warranty
I can attest to this! I was in the market for a new “Springfield Hellcat” and I looked at used best I saw was $450 most were 500-550 (plus transfer fee) I just bought one BRAND NEW today for 585 after tax. There’s something to owning a gun and knowing your the only one that had used it. Especially if it’s a carry gun. You KNOW it’s been taken care of!Could be one, or more, or all of the factors you mentioned.
I think it has more to do with the excellent quality of modern firearms. Even most down-market guns have pretty good reputations for reliability. All of that quality and reliability is now available for 400 bux, sometimes even less.
I often buy my higher quality (more expensive) guns on the used market, most of my SGs, HKs, and 1911s have come to me that way.
Then I'll see a used XD for $400 and, as fine a gun as it is, l also know that l paid $375 for a BNIB 3.8" XDM (and got 3 free mags) just a couple of yrs ago.
I guess what I'm saying is that the paper thin margins of new retail purchases take the starch out of the deal when buying/selling used.
Anymore by the time you pay a transfer fee and waste your time meeting up most used firearms are just not that great of a deal. The days of passing cash along with a handshake in Home Depot paking lot or a garage sale are long gone.
My dad didn't buy guns. Well, technically he bought me some when I was 12. He has slowly come around, and owns a couple now. I might have given him one back when that was legal in another state that shall remain nameless.I was thinking back on the number of guns I saw in my small home town while growing up.
Not a lot of new guns.
Most were bought on the secondary market. For a somewhat reduced price.
Many were tools of past Wars that had been reconfigured, and pressed into service as inexpensive option to gather game.
People buy new it seems.
Could this be due to the proliferation of credit cards?
Or maybe the lack of quality surplus available today?
In any case. Men sure were more thrifty then I was young.