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list of places you will no longer buy from.

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Lush, Mar 21, 2013.

  1. Lush

    Lush Seattle, Washington, United States Active Member

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    I have a small (but growing) list of gun shops that i will no longer buy from because of their price mark-ups (yes i know free market, they can do what they want bla bla bla)
    the store that i will miss shopping at the most is Surplus ammo and Arms. "home of the $53 Pmag"

    another shop i will never go back to is Butches. i went in there a little bit ago and they wanted to charge me 14.99 for a box of 7.62x39.

    and the store that actually pissed me off the most is adventure sports in lynnwood. 2 of my buddys had a kel tec PMR 30 on back order (from october) one got it for what they quoted him at 369ish in december. and when the 2nd one came in they wanted 750.

    there are also 2 supporting vendors which i will no longer buy from, but becaue they pay the bills i wont call them out for being greedy.
     
  2. nwo

    nwo Southern Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Cheaper Than Gold...er I mean Dirt.
     
  3. solv3nt

    solv3nt Portland Well-Known Member

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    Hey, I grew up in Roseburg!
     
  4. Lush

    Lush Seattle, Washington, United States Active Member

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    Pro: West Coast Armory, was in there a few weeks ago were selling ARs from 899+ some places didnt have anything under 1.2k.
     
  5. Glock Jock

    Glock Jock Wilsonville , OR Well-Known Member

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    Pro: Willamette Valley Arms, Independence Arms (Texas), RRC.

    Con: (bunch of) Dicks, Impact Guns (Utah), any Discount Gun Store, Gun Zone, Cheaper than Missles
     
  6. renfield

    renfield Portland Active Member

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    North West Armory. $1999 for a used AR-15 the last time I was in there. Ammo and Pmags and GI mags were way up too.
     
  7. Botte Hork

    Botte Hork Camas WA Well-Known Member

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    Agree with Impact Guns. I ordered 3 mags for my Buck Mark, which were in stock on the site. Took 2 months or so to ship out. Same price, but I had to contact them instead of them contacting me saying "Well, we messed up with the site...". Cheaper than Dirt gave me a weird feeling when times were still good, and now I don't consider them anymore.

    Pro: Brightwater in Vancouver. Didn't go to extremes with their prices and are in general nice anyway. Bimart, although I haven't been able to find anything there, the fact they didn't go for the quick buck makes me like the place more. Unfortunately it's a little out of the way for everyday groceries.
     
  8. Mark W.

    Mark W. Silverton, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I got no list. I have always bought where I could get the best price or where they had what I wanted at a price I could handle. Nothing has changed

    Since I only buy .22 and shotgun ammo and have no need to worry about stockpiling (I have .22 ammo I bought in the early 80's) I make all my CF rifle and pistol ammo. I buy componets from On line classifed,s Bi Mart, Gun Shows, Sportsmans warehouse, Garage Sales, Friends etc. And when the prices went nuts I just quit buying. Since I buy constantly. I currently have more then I need.

    OH and I don't shoot just to hear a gun go bang. So I shoot a lot less then a lot of the black rifle crowd.
     
  9. lonegunman

    lonegunman Eastern Washington Active Member

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    There are so many places to hate, Cabela's customer service is a great place to start. We have a special place called "all American Arms" locally, that has plenty of stuff for sale at retail plus 100% or more.
     
  10. Burt Gummer

    Burt Gummer Portland Completely Out of Ammo

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    I just got an email from BulkAmmo on a special 9mm deal. Only $700 for 1000 PMC rounds. What a steal! Let's see here. An hour plinking with my 9mm AR and Glocks with a buddy should only run me about $300.00. Archery, maybe archery would be fun.

    In this ammo climate I wouldn't blacklist any company. If they've got it cheapest, I'm there.
     
  11. ATCclears

    ATCclears Seattle area, WA Well-Known Member

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    Pro: West Coast Armory in Factoria (Bellevue, WA) near I-90 and 405. I've been posting updates in The Den section (paying members). They have 9mm and .45 ACP ammo at Dec/2012 prices (e.g. $17 for a box of 9mm FMJ, $25 for a box of .45 FMJ).

    Peter
     
  12. rick benjamin

    rick benjamin USA, Or, Damascus Secure the drama Silver Supporter 2016 Volunteer

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    I like the Gun Zone.
    It's a small family business.
    Bought several guns and other stuff from Mr Hampto.
    They sell what the distributor ships them.
    They have no idea what's on the truck.
    Bought my AR Windham from the Gun Zone.
    Walked in and asked if they had any ARs.
    Mr Hampto said a box came in not five minutes before.
    We opened it to find a Windham Carbon Fiber R16M4FTT-CF1
    $895
    Fine folks, nice shop.
     
  13. salmonriverjohn

    salmonriverjohn N.W Oregon coast, Gods country Well-Known Member

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    Tillamook sporting goods, Ebenezer Hathaway always was over priced and when thing ran short they were the highest on the coast.
     
  14. Silver Hand

    Silver Hand Southern Oregon Coast Well-Known Member

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    The gun industry is political as heck.
    I support Bi-mart and other smaller mom and pop shops that try to make a fair living buying and selling. I have an Idea what the small guy is up against.
    For instance Bi-mart can sell firearms cheaper than I could ever purchase them for. Forget about ammo, during the best of times I received an order for 175,000 boxes of .22 cal LR bullets for a rifle range. Honestly, Direct from Remington and every supplier I could muster with an order that big, I research for two weeks and could not beat Bi- marts every day price. Why? Ammo suppliers were not impressed with the number of 175,000 boxes of 50 LR. They wanted 250,000 minimum order for the first price drop. This was back in the late 1970s or early 1980s. Can't beat um Join um.

    I chose one clear example, I can recall several S & W and other Examples also.

    Mini 14 series 181 in SS, whole sale direct was $210.90. The market was dry for several years for the newly developed SS firearm.
    Market to a FFL Dealer with no pull was up to $650.00 wholesale and with very limited availability.
    I knew some folks back then who supplied arms to Bi-mart and other valued points of distribution. They were selling to there favorites this same firearm for $210.90 dealer. My cost was $650.00 Distributors from shot gun news and a few small distributors would sell to us. I was denied availability from the same powerful suppliers the big boys used no less than three times. At times I was buying guns from Bi-mart on sale waiting for the price to go up then putting them in the rack for resale. There is good reasons I can quote these prices I wanted a small gun shop in a small town so I tried my hand as a dealer involved with gun repair part time, for about fifteen or more years.

    I never forgot the pinch or the politics involved in staying big.

    Some of those over priced folks are crooks, others just want to get by and hope to go on vacation once every five years or so. After things normalize Don't forget the folks that might be your neighbors trying to pay for the building, parking lot and the hidden taxes the state requires them to pay that you as a consumer never have to reason with.
    Silver Hand
     
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    samuelm16 se pdx Well-Known Member

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    Ive never shopped there and never will after watching crisis gouging as soon as they could after newton, watched there face book for "gooddeals". Bobs
     
  16. Velzey

    Velzey Estacada, Oregon Gunsmith Gunsmith Bronze Vendor Bronze Supporter

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    Northwest Armory! For selling their bulk packs of 22LR on auction using JacktheDog! And not having any in their store.

    Pathetic! I will never spend another dome there!
     
  17. unklekippy

    unklekippy In The Mountains Near Sprague River Well-Known Member

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    I spent my last dime at NW Armory about a year ago. I went through my old receipts and found I was spending over $10,000 a year($18,000 in '09 alone) just for them to treat me like bubblegum. They can kiss my ***.

    Fisherman's Marine won't get my money either. They sell their hot items to friends out the backdoor to sell to you for 3x retail. I have seen it with my own eyes too many times, no matter the weak denial from a manager that hasn't a clue.

    The Gunbroker will not get any more $50 transfers out of me. If I ship 4 guns, I pay a $50 transfer per. Ridiculous.

    Apparently owning a gun store affords you the right to live like royalty off the backs of the people. Do I even need to mention The Gun Room?
     
  18. Velzey

    Velzey Estacada, Oregon Gunsmith Gunsmith Bronze Vendor Bronze Supporter

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    Do it, mention the Gun Room..I need a good laugh today. When I think of gun shops in Oregon I never even consider the gun room! DO they even sell stuff? I thought it was a museum!!
     
  19. salmonriverjohn

    salmonriverjohn N.W Oregon coast, Gods country Well-Known Member

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    It looks to me like good old BI-mart has made a bunch of fans of late.+10, they always had most of us here. They may not carry AR's and hand guns any longer, but they have always been good to their customers, and that's a bunch more than can be said for some. And as a side note, I fully understand how hard it is for the little guy to pass on the savings that BI-Mart does, but Hathaways in Tillamook was never the "little guy. They have been the biggest retail outfit on the NW coast since their conception. They just know they can, so they (he) does. Ever drive past that two Million$ plus gated home on the west side of the road on Netarts bay?
     
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  20. Velzey

    Velzey Estacada, Oregon Gunsmith Gunsmith Bronze Vendor Bronze Supporter

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    Oh Yah Ive seen that place.....fancy fancy..Built just for spite. They plan on never living there! Or at least thats what a friend tells me that owns a B&B in the area.