I think the key is knowing your prices and going in looking for specific things.
AgreedI remember in the 80’s and early 90’s you could find deals at gun shows. Now it’s nothing but overpriced weapons, old ammo and assorted junk. Around here the bigger shows you not only pay admission but parking fees. It’s usually not even worth attending inlesx I have time to waste and just want to browse.
Last one I went to was a month before the election. It has literally been over 20 years since I had gone to one so figured I'd give it a shot. Wasted money on parking and admittance! Sure it was pre-election panic pricing but c'mon...some turkey was asking over $400 for a Taurus PT111 G2 when they were priced in the low $200's at any store! Walked out disappointed and will very likely not attend another. Waste of time and money. I get better deals on Armslist.It has been a long time since I have been to a gun show. The last gun show I went to I was VERY disappointed. There were a lot of Knick knack tables...flea market type of items. I have been reading that a lot of this has been cleaned up.
But I think my biggest disappointment was paying $10 or $15 per person to get in and finding that everything in the show was VERY over priced. It was during the time that gun sales and prices were through the roof but I could have driven to an LGS just down the road and paid considerably less for the ammo and guns that were for sale.
So I am curious if all of this has changed or will it be more of the same?? I remember a day ( loooong time ago ) where you could go to a gun show and find deals on things you were looking for.