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How much does an idiot mark reduce value.

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by Climbhard, Oct 10, 2012.

  1. PhotoFeller

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    The scratch is such a common problem, experienced by many (an oops moment) but mostly by people new to 1911s. Spend a little time on the 1911 Forum and learn how many people have experienced or want to avoid the problem. Newbies, like I was, learn the correct way to reassemble and pick up a few easy tips (credit card, tape, etc.) to avoid the scratch.

    The reassembly scratch is easier to accept than other scratches and dings because it doesn't indicate misuse. I just wouldn't want one on a high-end pistol unless I put it there.
     
  2. PhotoFeller

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    This is probably a good rule unless you know and trust the seller of a used 1911.
     


  3. MD357

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    I'm just gonna go get a bucket and walk by with it..... you guys that are worried about scratches and "value" .... have your man card read to turn in.



    To the OP..... if I'm buyin.... at least half. :supergrin:
     
  4. faawrenchbndr

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    Killin' me Brother,..........
     
  5. MD357

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    Simma down naw and take that gorgeous little Rogers gun to range... :cool:
     
  6. faawrenchbndr

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    You will be the first one to get pics the first day I carry it. :supergrin:
     
  7. DaveFJ80

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    LOL at some of the responses and what people expect to get a gun for if it has an idiot mark on it.

    I've owned numerous 1911's and never had an idiot mark on my guns, except 1 time on a brand new, very tight, Springfield TRP in a stainless finish. The scratch was actually barely noticeable since it was so light and not even that long on the way on the frame, and you wouldn't see it unless the right light hit it.

    Point being, me being me, I decided to sell the TRP at a reduced price because of my only small mishap, even though the gun was pristine and only had 70 rounds through it (I wanted an armory kote TRP instead), so I took a considerable, and what i felt acceptable, loss on it by selling the new TRP for $1050. Funny thing was that I had more whiners wanting a LOWER price, than I had interested buyers, even though the high res pics barely showed anything (high res detailed pics). Kind of had me both chuckling and face palming at the same time. Some people are just too touchy.
     
  8. MD357

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    :embarassed:

    I'm pretty sure Chuck would want one too.
     
  9. fnfalman

    fnfalman Chicks Dig It

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    Are you going to disassemble and reassemble it in the darkness of the night with your hands full of soil made muddy by spilt blood?
     
  10. FLIPPER 348

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    How did you get covered in mud and where were your flashlights??


    ....I hope they gave you a nifty 1911 merit badge after all that!
     
  11. paulbow

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    I bought one 1911 with an idiot scratch and it bugged me the entire time I owned it. Never again.
     
  12. faawrenchbndr

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    Yes Drill Sergant!!!!!,......sounds like FUN!
     
  13. ca survivor

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    and everyone who see it, will think you did it :rofl:
     
  14. Batesmotel

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    No, The Marine Corps did. My Pistol Expert Badge.
     
  15. TTM65

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    This post amazes me with the comments and speculation on other peoples stuff. I was looking at classified ads on a florida site and saw this
    " if your gun have take down marks, I will not be interested in a trade"
    People crack me up, I guess different strokes for different folks.
     
  16. faawrenchbndr

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    Would you buy a car that has been eyed without haggling on the price?

    Didn't think so,............:wavey:
     
  17. El_Ron1

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    The arched scratches on the slide from the slide stop horrify me. Some people need to stick to Play-Doh and crayons.
     
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  18. jwnic

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    Alright.. I'll bite..

    What is an "idiot mark"??
     
  19. El_Ron1

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    itisbruno likes this.
  20. faawrenchbndr

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