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sell rifles with scopes or without scopes?

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by carlos6466, Aug 10, 2011.

  1. carlos6466

    carlos6466 location Member

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    i've got several rifles that i will be selling and am wondering if i should leave the scopes on them or sell the scopes separately...
     
  2. madcratebuilder

    madcratebuilder Ardenwald, OR Well-Known Member

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    Offer it with scope and a discount without the scope. A lot well depend on the rifle and the scope you are selling.
     
  3. joken

    joken Corvallis Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Typically you can make more $$ selling the scope seperately unless it's a cheap tasco that adds little or no value.
     
  4. One-Eyed Ross

    One-Eyed Ross Winlock, WA Well-Known Member

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    depending on the rifle, too....
     
  5. greydog111

    greydog111 peoples repubilik of Oregon Active Member

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    Was told by a consignment dealer that the scope is a throw away item. Usually does not add to the buy. Greydog.
     
  6. CAL30M1

    CAL30M1 Longview, WA Active Member

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    Most buyers want to use their own optics unless you have something on it that's of real good or high end quality.
     
  7. Spitpatch

    Spitpatch Forest Grove, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Madcrate and I once again agree on something other than Savage 99's. Joken got a good dig in on Tasco (I gave them at least the respect of capitalization). Cal30 kind of hit it on the head: If the gun sports a scope that is complimentary towards the gun (in other words, THE scope for the gun), then you might realize your value selling it all as a package, especially if the mounts are of like quality. Saves the buyer a lot of male cow excrement toward getting what he wants. If it is a good gun with a crappy scope (little t), then you might offer the scope merely as an option to close the deal without really expecting much from the addition.
     
  8. Greenbug

    Greenbug Bend Well-Known Member

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    As a general rule, if you can sell your items individually you will see more profit. The cost of that profit is the additional time it may take to sell the items individually. In short you have to find more than one willing buyer for your items to make most money, thus more work finding the buyer to match the gear you are selling. The shortcut is definately to sell it as a package, but generally you will have to sacrifice some $$$ to sell the package as a whole. Unless of course all the stars have aligned and you stumble into the shopper who is looking for EXACTLY what you have... IMO you might as well invest in lottery tickets.

    Another option is to list it as a package, but give price break downs for each item in the package, so few people do this, but I think it's probably the best option.:thumbup:
     
  9. oldcars

    oldcars North Central Oregon Member

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    I have found that it all depends on your market. If you are selling a "gun person" type gun, unless it's a high quality expensive optic (leupold, etc) it really ads no value BUT if you sell a hunting rifle in the local paper to a once-a-year shooter, that elcheapo $20 scope can make the deal.