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What's the deal with "buyer pays transfer fees"?

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by Cardoff, Jul 19, 2016.

  1. Cardoff

    Cardoff Polk county Member

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    Here's my question: why do so many classifieds say "buyer pays transfer fees"? I'm a simple man so perhaps I just don't understand. However, it seems to me that if the gun is registered in the owners name, it would be their burden to have it removed from their name. Or at least a 50/50 split.

    Just looking for some insight as to why that seems to be the standard?
     
  2. Slobray

    Slobray Yelm, WA Well-Known Member

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    Both OR and WA have required background checks for all, but very few, firearm transactions and they are stating that the buyer has to pay said background check fees.


    Ray
     
  3. NWGlockgal

    NWGlockgal Oregon Well-Known Member

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    It's really up to the seller whether they want to build the cost of the transfer into the price of the gun or not. The buyer can agree and buy it or disagree and take a pass on it.
     
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  4. Cardoff

    Cardoff Polk county Member

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    I agree, it just seems kinda used car salesmanish to not include it...

    And I still see the burden on the owner.
     
  5. Diamondback

    Diamondback A cold, wet green Hell Well-Known Member

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    Because fees may vary at the buyer's FFL. If you bake in a $50 transfer fee but my FFL only charges $15, you've just screwed me out of $35.
     
  6. Cardoff

    Cardoff Polk county Member

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    That's a good point.
     
  7. deadeye

    deadeye Albany,OR. Moderator Staff Member

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    What is this "registered" you speak of? Not one of my firearms is registered.
     
  8. bmtm09

    bmtm09 olympia, wa Well-Known Member

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    well...you are buying a gun and not paying tax on it so spending 20 bucks to transfer a 1000.00 gun is a pretty good deal
     
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  9. Cardoff

    Cardoff Polk county Member

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    Lucky!
     
  10. Cardoff

    Cardoff Polk county Member

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    To use another's phrasing: What is this tax you speak of? We don't pay tax down here.
     
  11. bmtm09

    bmtm09 olympia, wa Well-Known Member

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    no its included in your prices...so in a round about way you do pay taxes you just dont see it that way, thats why y'all come up here to shop...Gotta get a Orygun license...lol
     
  12. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I beg to differ on going up to Washington to buy stuff tax free.
    Have you been to a Home Depot or Costco on the Oregon side of the Columbia, particularly in the Portland area. All I mostly see is Washington license plates in the parking lots.
     
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  13. bmtm09

    bmtm09 olympia, wa Well-Known Member

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    but its just so pretty down there...and with such liberal gun laws I cant imagine why anyone wouldn't go there.....
     
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  14. ThemGunsThough

    ThemGunsThough RIP City! Well-Known Member

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    To the OP, I hear ya and ive been on both sides of the coin. As a seller I want to get as much adms I can out of what I sell so generally ill just mark up my price with an included transfer fee factored in. the average is around 25 + $10 background fee. As a buyer, shoot I dont wanna pay more than the asking price. I find it fair in most cases to at least split it in half but its really up to whoever ;)
     
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  15. etrain16

    etrain16 Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    My view of it is that it's up to the buyer to decide where they want to do the transfer. I have included the transfer in my price before, but my requirement then is to meet at my FFL, which folks often don't want to do, and the FFL they choose is sometimes more expensive.

    I've sold guns with and without the transfer/BGC included, it doesn't seem to matter how I list them, they sell either way. It's an unfortunate part of the process now. I'd rather complain to the state morons who put this law in place rather than complain about sellers on this forum, just my 2 cents.
     
  16. P7id10T

    P7id10T Cedar Hills Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Call me daft, but I really don't get where you're coming from. Tell me of any shop in Oregon or Washington where you can buy a gun and you do not have to pay a transfer fee.
    There's nothing used car salesman-like about it. The seller is being up front. A used car salesman would bury the fee in the cost of the transaction and then charge you the same transaction and transfer fee a second time.
    The transfer fee is a service that the FFL charges for enabling you to engage in the sale legally. If you pay it, the money never gets into the seller's hands.
     
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  17. Sgt Nambu

    Sgt Nambu Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Want the gun? Pay the transfer fees!
    Don't want the gun? Don't pay! Seems simple to me!
     
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  18. bolus

    bolus Portland Gold Supporter Gold Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    The background check is on the buyer, not the seller. Just like buying at a dealer, I'd expect to pay the background check.

    What if the buyer does not pass the background check? I would not want to be a seller who just paid for someone's background check and have them delayed or denied
     
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  19. Lance Jacobs

    Lance Jacobs South Willamette Valley Oregon Well-Known Member

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    The owner does not want the rifle anymore. You do.

    Just find a dealer that does not charge that much. Infidel Armory only charges $25. Carl West in Monmouth only charges $20. Cougar Gulch Firearms only charges $15.

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  20. Flopsweat

    Flopsweat Slightly right of center Well-Known Member

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    Some used car salesmen would do that. Not all of them. I've known several who were fine people. You're not profiling, are you? ;)
     
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