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7 years 20 weeks ago, 12:07 PM


tmag300's picture

Join Date:
May 2010
near The Dalles -97058, Oregon, United States

Yes I'm a TOTAL newbie but I did fill out my profile and a "introduce yourself post".

and YES... I fully intend on sticking around as it looks like a great group here.

I have a nice little Glock 19 3rd gen. with rail, Jp trigger and mag release, ISMI steel guide rod, MMC adj sights, slug plug, 4 factory hicap mags (2 15rd. and 2 17rd) and a spare mag holder for 2, and a C.O.M holster .

And I need to sell it and have the cash in hand by this Friday.

It's in great shape with light to moderate use. I bought it used (still almost new) from a pretty serious competition shooter who got it and set it up for his wife only to find out she liked something else much better. I myself have put less than 1000 rds. through it in the 5 years or so that I've owned it.

I am getting ready to head into Portland and sell it at a gun shop...unless any of you have some better ideas. Obviously I'm selling it because I need the money and I need as much as I can get without exceeding a "fair price" for the buyer. But I DO NOT want to get ripped off either.

I'm looking for wisdom - insights - sound advice - ideas - suggestions etc. - Please!

I know I'm at a disadvantage here, but any words of wisdom will be HIGHLY appreciated!

Thanks - Jeff in Oregon

7 years 20 weeks ago, 12:17 PM


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Secretary of Defense
Join Date:
Jun 2008
Airstrip One, Oceania

check your private messages

"Proelium Comminus Auctoritate" "Sometimes the light at the end of the tunnel is a muzzle flash."
7 years 20 weeks ago, 5:47 PM


ecaman's picture

Join Date:
Jul 2009
Payson, UT, United States

The basic rule of thumb for a pawnbroker or gun dealer is that you pay 60% of a gun's retail value when you buy it. Exceptions are something for which you're sure you have an immediate buyer, you can go a bit over 60%, because your money won't be tied up long. If the piece is very popular and similar/same things sell well, you can go a bit over. If the piece has limited appeal, no matter how good it is, or how much you personally like it, you don't pay a penny over 60%.
Also, no matter what you (tmag300) paid for it, or for any improvements/enhancements, the amount a dealer will pay is determined by what he can sell it for.

If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and a man. (Mark Twain).
7 years 20 weeks ago, 5:52 PM


Schuyler's picture

Join Date:
Nov 2008
Bainbridge Island, Washington, United States

since you can get a brand new virgin gun for $500 or so. I'd be interested to know how you make out on the sale. Please do report back and tell us.

"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." - Edmund Burke
7 years 20 weeks ago, 5:54 PM


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President Pro Temp
Join Date:
Dec 2008
commiefornia, United States

reaper is in the house? what gives, why would you be slummin over here boss man!!

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7 years 20 weeks ago, 5:55 PM


Vaquero's picture

General of the Army
Join Date:
Dec 2009
West Texas

Spot on.
Any extras or improvements may also be looked upon as liabilities.
Add ons will narrow the field of potential buyers, dealers want a broad clientel.

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