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Have You Ever Knowingly Overpaid for a Gun?

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About a month ago I bought my first 1911, a LNIB Ruger Commander. I found it at a LGS, and being something that I lusted after when it was released, I bought it pretty much right on value. I shot it a couple of times, and liked it, but found that I’ve been shooting my .22 more since it’s so much cheaper.

Last week I was in another shop looking at (and purchasing) a S&W Victory, and this gun was sitting on the used shelf. I’m a sucker for an old blued gun, and as lame as it sounds, it just kind of spoke to me. Long story short, I purchased my new Victory, and went back the next day with my Ruger and traded for the Colt. It’s a ‘71 LW Commander, and in the end, I figured with what I lost in the trade, I overpaid by around $100. I left thinking I’d regret it the next day, but I’m happy to say that I’m almost a week out, and am still super excited to pick it up when I get it added to my license.

I guess it’s just not in my blood to overpay for something like this, but I’m surprised with how little buyers remorse I have. Have you ever knowingly overpaid for a gun because it’s what you wanted?
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More than once. Recently even.

Did a straight swap for an Aero precision ar9 pistol. Swapped a nice Wyndham for it that I had not pulled the trigger on in 3 years to a DAV friend who wanted a rifle but had no coinage.

Brought it home, handed it to the wife, and all was right with the world.
 

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Yes I have. I bought a used 2019 date coded CZ75B that had a few more rounds on it than I would usually buy, I figured I overpaid $50-$75 more than the pistol would usually sell for, but I had been wanting a CZ75 for quite some time. (I buy gently used 100-200 rounds from private buyers and save hundreds). I figured it wouldn't hurt to pay a bit more in this instance.

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If you factor in the cost of gas etc, just look at it like you'd waste more than 100 bucks in gas trying to find it at a better price, so you actually came out ahead. Besides, it's a Colt,. The way they keep going up in value, I doubt you're going to get hurt on it.
 

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Most of my gun purchases are near or below market. However, I have overpaid for a number of guns that I really wanted and I wanted to make sure no one else got them. Anyone that says they have not overpaid for a gun either has a few hand me down guns or does not have a collector gun. I have some very prized guns. Yes, I shoot them ALL.
 

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Have you ever knowingly overpaid for a gun because it’s what you wanted?
Shoot, you kidding me? Most of the used guns I've bought, I know I overpaid for. But my rule is, if it's in mint condition, function checks fine, and I know what the "reasonable" asking price for it would be, I don't stop to ponder things very long. For old Colt and S&W revolvers and good 1911s, I'll pay over what Schwing's, the Guntrader's Guide or Fjestad's Blue Book gives as a price range -- IF I believe it'll be a permanent resident in my collection (and I know it'll appreciate in value).

For commonly found and mass-produced, readily available modern production revolvers or semi-autos (and especially polymer strike pistols), hell no, I'll negotiate down to a price I know I'm stealing the piece, or I'm walking away.
 

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Shore have.... but, like I told one feller when he was saying "we've had it around for years and I don't know if it fires" you weren't listening to me, I WANT IT!!!!!
And the way I look at it, at least I'm not buying RV's that depreciate 30+% a year.....

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Yes Sur I have. Sadly during the mid-year of 2021. Prices were at MSRP or slightly more. Will I do that again? No plans but I also don't regret it since I trained with those handguns for armed security and marksmanship drills which I did improve at.
That said, nice trade!
 

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Yes I have knowingly overpaid for a gun when I wanted a certain one really bad. I think that everyone would do it too. Now then one gun I got has a high price to start with, so maybe they only did a limited production run or something.
 

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To me, I factor in the overage by the scarcity of the gun and probability of finding another one in said condition?
If it's "livable" I'll pay the overage if it's a gun on my bucket list I've been keeping an eye out for.
 

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The way I see it is its all about how bad you want something. Especially if it’s a hard to find gun. I have a lot of folks ask me what something is worth. I usually respond with a price range, but tell them truth be told it’s worth what you can get for it. So have I overpaid yes, do I typically kick myself for it no. No one put a gun to your head and made you buy it.
 
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