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Is it really cheaper to buy a new gun at the gun show?

Discussion in 'Lone Star Glockers' started by silverap1, Jun 29, 2007.

  1. silverap1


    Jun 12, 2007
    Houston, TX
    I'm looking to buy a new G26 and the best price I found is at Academy for $500 here in Houston.

    I've heard you can find better deal at the gun show but at the same time I've also heard it doesn't really make a difference if you're looking to buy a "new" gun.

    Which is true?
  2. Bitmap

    Bitmap Millennium Member

    Mar 15, 1999
    It can be true. Not always. Depends on which dealers are at the show and how many and how many people have been buying at that show. If there is a show coming up and you don't HAVE to have it now, why not wait?

    If there are two or more dealers at the show with similar prices you can use that against them. Something like "Hey, the other guy has it for the same price. Why not throw in a box of shells and I won't have to walk back over there?" The worst the guy can do is say no. Sort of like buying a car at a dealership.

    Now all the dealers here hate me.

  3. S9Man


    Feb 15, 2005
    Farm country
    When I lived in Austin, Texas back in the 90's the gun shows had several dealers that sold way under the local dealers prices. I always shop around and I like to buy used if it is priced right.
  4. Dobber

    Dobber Member

    Sep 18, 2004
    DFW, TX
    The gun show price for a G26 in DFW is $449. The best price I've seen in a local store was $479. I buy all my new guns at the gun show. You have to keep in mind that it costs $7 to get in but IMO it's worth that just to look around.
  5. uhlawpup

    uhlawpup Gentle Soul

    Nov 18, 2003
    I haven't been to a show for awhile, but the prices always seemed a bit lower to me there than in the shops.

    A friend suggested a great method of doing a show. He said we should walk the whole show with a pad of paper and a pencil in our hands, and write down what we see that interests us, the price, and, above all, the location. If it's gone when we get back, we were not meant to have it. If not, we get the best deal.

    I may just try that this coming weekend in Houston, as I have a .32 magnum revolver I want to get rid of and, with the money I get from it, maybe I'll find something to follow me home that I really like.
  6. shuckersfan

    shuckersfan No Blue Koolaid

    Sep 9, 2006
    Murphy, Texas
    You may be able to find one cheaper online. You don't have to pay sales tax, but you pay shipping and transfer costs. For me, anything over $375 and I'm ahead on buying online. For example, you can get a G26 from TopGlock for $459. $18.66 for shipping and $15-$20 for the transfer fee. That gives you $497.66. $500 + 8% sales tax, a guess don't know what yours is, gives you $540. Buy some ammo with the extra cash and it's all good.
  7. silverap1


    Jun 12, 2007
    Houston, TX
  8. silverap1


    Jun 12, 2007
    Houston, TX
    Wow, $449 is a great deal. Cheapest I've seem so far...:thumbsup:
  9. silverap1


    Jun 12, 2007
    Houston, TX
    Thanks for the tip, I didn't think about ordering one online....:embarassed:
  10. silverap1


    Jun 12, 2007
    Houston, TX
    Thanks you'all for the tips and advice.

    There's gun show coming up on July 7-8 and I'm going to see if I can find a G26 for $449 first. :)
  11. Dobber

    Dobber Member

    Sep 18, 2004
    DFW, TX
    I went to the GS today and several dealers had them. $449 standard sights, $479 OD with standard sights, and $499 with NS.
  12. 12131

    12131 Monkeyboy CLM

    Nov 17, 2006
    God's Country (Texas)
    Around the Houston area, the answer is yes.
  13. Walter45Auto


    May 26, 2004
    Dallas, TX
    I dunno about Houston, but sometimes it is true and sometimes it ain't. Depends on the dealers and what they have there. Shop around at the gun show and if you can't find what you want at the show, you can always get it from the Local shop.


    :reindeer: :50cal:
  14. wmailhos

    wmailhos Senior Member

    Sep 13, 2003
    Knoxville, TN
    You can find them all day long at the local DFW area shows for $450. Some bozos with private tables will try to sell used (and some are VERY used) Glocks for $500+. Even with local tax the new guns will only set you back around $490.

    Of course I try to buy clean used guns when I can. Last new gun I bought was from a local fireman here that I found on Glocktalk. He had won it and I got a great deal and didn't have to pay sales tax for my G19.
  15. Glenn E. Meyer

    Glenn E. Meyer

    Feb 27, 2000
    Academy is $499 but the shows prices quoted are standard about $449-459. I got a factory refurbished G19 for $399 and it's been fine for years.

    However, looks for a store that does a lot of police business. Sometimes they come up with a cache of used guns for $350!
  16. GLOCK35TX

    GLOCK35TX As seen on TV

    Jul 5, 2005
    Texas - DFW
    Best thing to do is take a pen and paper to a gunshow and make the rounds. Making notes of who has what and at what price.
    The dealers with the bigger tables seem to have the best prices on new pistols-since they buy in quantitiy. With a little luck I have seem some dealers get into a a price war at shows..saves you some money. But take cash as card sales usually add a surcharge to the price.

    As someone else also pointed out you will see a smaller table with police trade in pistols going for what you can buy a new one for...but it never hurts to look

    But sometimes you can run across someone selling a personal firearm just walking through the gunshow and something run into some really great deals...and no sales tax!