How to Sell A Gun Collection
Those of us who hold the second amendment as sacred have likely faced the challenges of purchasing and selling a firearm. Buying a used gun is easy on sites such as D4guns.com. Selling a gun can be easy, too, but does the task become more challenging when selling an entire gun collection? Gun shops, pawn shops and private buyers are always looking to exploit gun sellers who may not know how to optimize the sale of their guns. Due to the volume of guns that we at Cash My Guns purchase from law abiding Americans, we’re able to offer outstanding deals for people looking to sell an unwanted firearm. You might not guess it, but we offer even better deals to people selling off a gun collection. In this article, we discuss the difficulty of finding a gun collection buyer, the pain of appraising your own gun collection, the tall task of maximizing your gun collection’s sale price and the mystery behind what motivates gun collection buyers.
Finding a Gun Collection Buyer
Finding a buyer for your gun collection is easy. Finding a buyer for your gun collection that isn’t looking to cheat you is another story. Plenty of gun enthusiasts are looking to purchase a single used gun, and they’re willing to pay a fair price for it. When you try to sell an entire gun collection, though, the pool of buyers looking for a fair price astronomically decreases.
Why are honest gun collection buyers harder to come by?
For one, there isn’t usually an immediacy for selling a single gun. When neither the seller nor the buyer is in a big hurry to initiate a transaction, the selling price often winds up being pretty reasonable for both parties.
When a person is looking to offload an entire gun collection, the sharks of the gun buying world are opportunistic. It’s common for a non-gun enthusiast, widow or young person to inherit a sizable collection of guns that he or she knows nothing about. The prospect of becoming not just an owner of one gun, but a bunch of guns, can be intimidating to someone who doesn’t relish the scent of gunpowder in the morning. Gun buying sharks easily detect when a gun seller is especially eager, in some cases desperate, to not be responsible for weapons that can be dangerous to the uninitiated.
Another factor that can make it harder to sell a gun collection is location. Selling a gun collection in Texas might be a piece of cake but selling one in California or Massachusetts might raise some eyebrows. If there aren’t any gun shops or pawn shops in your part of town, do you really feel comfortable transporting them over a sizable distance? If you get pulled over, are you allowed to be transporting so many guns? If a criminal discovers that you have a bunch of guns in your car, are you prepared to defend yourself?
We at Cash My Guns solved the ‘pressure of sale’ problem and the burden of gun collection transport. We are licensed to buy and ship firearms under our Federal Firearms License (FFL), and we follow the rules laid out by the ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives). Our FFL allows us to help you sell your firearm without going to a local firearms dealer in person.
You can sell your gun collection from the comfort and safety of your own home using Cashmyguns.com. Once we provide you with a free appraisal of your gun collection, we won’t badger you. We’ll let you sit on that information and approach us when you’re ready to pull the trigger.
It can’t get easier, right?
It can, actually. Much easier. We pay for the shipping and transaction costs associated with selling a gun. We pay to have the shipping supplies sent to you. Our firearm transfer methods are approved by the ATF and major shipping carriers. By using Cash My Guns, you save money in fees, not to mention the time and resources needed to sell a firearm private party.
Can I Appraise My Own Gun Collection?
To properly appraise your own gun collection, you need to begin by answering a series of questions.
- Where did each gun in the collection come from?
- Who was the original owner of each gun in the collection?
- How did you, the current owner, acquire each gun in the collection?
Establishing ownership history for single guns and entire gun collections can inform the prospective buyer of a number of things. Guns that can be proven to have seen historical events, war for example, or cultural events, a movie set for example, can possess additional value beyond the same make and model that holds no historical or cultural significance. Should a gun be passed down and cared for through multiple generations in a family, that may also be of interest to a prospective buyer.
In a similar way that there exists the desire to learn about a used car’s ownership and accident history, prospective gun buyers seek assurances that the investment they are considering is a good one.
Cash My Guns has a great article specifically on determining gun value. In case you haven’t read it, here’s a quick recap of the factors that determine a gun’s value: make, model, caliber, condition, original or modified, popularity, and supply / demand. The same article includes some great gun appraisal resources for those who enjoy sometimes tedious research.
Cash My Guns can help you identify and appraise your firearm. It can take years to develop expert level appraisal knowledge of firearms. Cash My Guns can quickly and accurately appraise your gun collection, eliminating your need to continuously research gun value factors. Our process is safe, legal, and hassle-free. Your satisfaction is 100% guaranteed.
Remember that a gun is worth whatever someone is willing to pay for it, and we at Cash My Guns pride ourselves in offering free appraisals, fair prices and transparent value assessments. If you want to know why we offer you a particular price for your collection, just ask! We’re a group who appreciates responsible gun ownership, historically and culturally significant guns, weird and eclectic guns, sustainable hunting, the second amendment and honing the skill of marksmanship.
How to Maximize What You’re Paid
The resources we listed above are a great place to begin assessing the value of single guns in your collection, but when does the whole become greater than the sum of its parts? In other words, how does the value of a gun collection differ from the value of single guns?
First off, selling a collection of guns generally attracts more buyers. Purchasing one gun comes with a series of procedures, usually contingent upon where and from whom you buy the gun. Gun collection buyers avoid the hassles of several background checks, several wait periods, several transactions, etc. by buying more than one gun at a time.
Further, consider the economies of scale associated with purchasing a gun collection. Let’s say you have five guns in your collection. Let’s say it costs $40 per gun in shipping costs. That amounts to $200 in shipping. Should the buyer purchase all the guns in the collection together, the seller could aggregate the shipping units into one for a cost of only $100. The buyer and seller can both benefit from this aggregated set-up. Put simply, the shipment cost per gun decreases as the amount of guns in the transaction increases. We want to make the process of selling your gun collection as easy and lucrative as possible for you, so when we save money on shipping costs, we pass those savings on to you!
Quantity isn’t the only factor that influences the sale value of a gun collection. The configuration of the guns in the collection is also relevant. As satisfying as it might be to alter and modify guns in a collection, maintaining original factory condition is generally the safest best in combating depreciation. Although some modifications can increase value (adding a quality scope), most modifications will decrease value (sawing off your shotgun).
You might not guess it but selling guns in their original boxes and with their original manuals and accessories can greatly increase their value. The ‘complete package’ is always going to be more attractive than the partial package.
Lastly, What Motivates Gun Collection Buyers?
People buy guns for all sorts of reasons. Trying to tap into your prospective gun collection buyer’s motivation will allow you to make your collection more attractive, should you choose to do so. Following are just a few of the reasons why someone would want to purchase a gun collection.• Is the buyer looking to preserve a piece of history?
• Is the buyer looking for ornate display pieces?
• Is the buyer looking to shoot the guns once, a few times or often?
• Is the buyer looking to hunt or target shoot with the guns?
• Is the buyer looking to flip the guns for profit after purchasing them from you?
• Is the buyer looking for related guns?
Example 1 – Guns used in WWII > Event-related
Example 2 – Guns of the 1800s > Period-related
Example 3 – Guns made by Samuel Colt > Maker-related
Example 4 – Guns with high-stopping power > Power-related
Example 5 – Guns produced in Switzerland > Location-related
Example 6 – Guns of a specific type like revolvers > Type-related
We are licensed to buy and ship firearms under our Federal Firearms License (FFL), and we follow the rules laid out by the ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives). Our FFL allows us to help you sell your gun collection without going to a local firearms dealer in person.
You can sell your gun collection from the comfort and safety of your own home using Cashmyguns.com. We professionally appraise every firearm that comes to us. We can also help you identify the guns in your collection if you’re unsure of their makes and models. Gun appraisals follow strict guidelines based on: make, model, metal finish, wood & composite finish, overall condition & functionality, rarity, and comparative sales. Our appraisals are always fair, and we are always willing to explain our value assessment upon request.
We pay for the shipping and transaction costs associated with selling a gun collection. We pay to have the shipping supplies sent to you. Our firearm transfer methods are approved by the ATF and major shipping carriers. By using Cash My Guns, you save money in fees, not to mention the time and resources needed to sell a gun collection private party.
We allow you to track your gun shipment during the entire process. You can feel safe knowing that your firearm collection will arrive at our warehouse quickly, safely and that you get paid.
Cash My Guns makes it as easy as possible for you to sell your unwanted firearms at no cost. Once your gun collection has been received, we send you a check for an agreed-to value. Not ready to ditch your whole collection? No problem! Dip your toes and explore our process by starting with the sale of one gun, but remember, you’ll get more bang for your buck when you sell in bulk!