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Posted: 3/15/2005 3:37:03 AM EST
Does not matter if it is a gun or not.

Yesterday, I went looking for a decent, not great socket set. I hit a couple pawn shops near Dobbins AFB. I found a 148 pc Crescent brand set, basically NIB for $39.00. The best I have found it for online is $65 plus shipping, so I figure I saved myself ~$40.00. Not a Craftsman, Kobalt, Husky, Snap-on brand (damn it) but it looks decent enough for a few years of home use.
Same pawn shop had a nice blued Taurus PT92 for $350 that looked about 98%. I just bought a house so if anyone wants a pointer on the Taurus, let me know.

What is YOUR best Pawn shop Purchase?
Link Posted: 3/15/2005 3:48:32 AM EST
Have never done business with a pawn shop....

oh.. wait! yes I did! I bought a TC Contender with a 10" 7mm TCU barrel on it ($250)... but it was because my friend worked there.

I kept the frame and gave him the barrel for his birthday.
Link Posted: 3/15/2005 3:50:46 AM EST
I never thought to look in pawn shops for tools. That's a damn good idea.

(I never go to pawn shops)
Link Posted: 3/15/2005 3:52:00 AM EST
I bought a brand new HP 4150 Pocket PC for $90, a few months ago. The cheapest I could find a new one online, was $350.

Generally, guns are too expensive in Metro Atlanta pawn shops.
Link Posted: 3/15/2005 3:55:19 AM EST
Bought last monday (but haven't picked up yet) a stainless Colt Delta Gold Cup, which I would conservatively put at 95%, for 817 total, including taxes and paperwork.
Link Posted: 3/15/2005 5:03:21 AM EST
Govt. Model Series 70, blued, 85%, $275.00, (1994)
Link Posted: 3/15/2005 5:11:15 AM EST
Most of the pawn shops I've been to have old used crap that's priced the same as if it was new...

Usually no good deals that I've seen.

One of the worst deals I got on a gun was from a pawn shop as well...

Link Posted: 3/15/2005 5:15:22 AM EST
I picked up a pair of Advent speakers, and a nice Kenwood Home Reciever for $200,

Of course I know the guy that runs the shop so negotiating is easy.

"Hey so and so, what do you have to have for that?"
Link Posted: 3/15/2005 5:23:31 AM EST
DeWalt rechargeable drill 14.4v, $40.00. NIB

Link Posted: 3/15/2005 5:25:20 AM EST
Chinese AK 75-rd drum -$75.00

Norinco SKS sporter ( takes AK mags) for $250 OTD

Link Posted: 3/15/2005 5:27:39 AM EST
We generally dont have killer deals here unless its something they dont know about but Ive got alot of cheap tools. It bothers me that most are stolen though
Link Posted: 3/15/2005 5:31:20 AM EST
East German AK Drum $50 - Last Christmas
Stainless Ruger 10/22 w/Trashco scope for $90 - 2 years ago
Link Posted: 3/15/2005 5:36:59 AM EST
I got a M-9 PHROBIS bayonet and scabbard in very good condition for $20 at a local pawn shop.

I never pay the price listed for an item. I frequent Pawn shops in my area and just see what's there. Sometimes you find something interesting, other times you find junk. Be friendly to the proprietors. Most folks treat them like crap. When you find something you want, and if you are polite, ask " Is this the best you'll go on this________________(name of item)". You can usually get a good deal.
Link Posted: 3/15/2005 6:10:50 AM EST
During the AWB, I bought 15 30rd M16 mags for $2 each. They were selling over $20 at gun shows at the time. The pawn shop was next to Ft Stewart. I wonder where the pawn shop found such cheap mags?
Link Posted: 3/15/2005 6:17:19 AM EST
Doucheatron3000 from the Colt Handgun Forum scored a 10mm Colt Delta Gold Cup for $750, what deal.
Link Posted: 3/15/2005 6:21:48 AM EST
K98 German Mauser S/36 no import marks , pristine bore =$100
1903 Springfield, SA excellent condition =$350
Remington Model 7 .243 youth rifle with scope Like new $269
Browning Auto-5 12 ga. $250
Leaky boat = $500 - sank, lost them all.
Link Posted: 3/15/2005 6:23:28 AM EST
Got a Colt SP1 last year for $600 and prebab Cobray M11 for $150.
Link Posted: 3/15/2005 6:23:57 AM EST
Ruger 44mag Semi Carbine for $218.00 OTD.
Link Posted: 3/15/2005 6:25:10 AM EST
2 Ruger M77 MkII's
a .308 and a .30-06
both wearing Aetec's, both stainless on synthetic

$300 a piece
Link Posted: 3/15/2005 6:38:33 AM EST

Originally Posted By ironoxbows:
2 Ruger M77 MkII's
a .308 and a .30-06
both wearing Aetec's, both stainless on synthetic

$300 a piece

Are they in the NCIC database?
Link Posted: 3/15/2005 7:50:25 AM EST

Originally Posted By HillBillySasquatch:
DeWalt rechargeable drill 14.4v, $40.00. NIB


I am currently stalking the same sort of deal for a DeWalt or Porter-cable.

Another comment about the stolen nature of a lot of tools. This is true, I hate to feed the stealing beast, but I do like to think I am giving an orphaned tool a good home and a nice second life.
Link Posted: 3/15/2005 7:57:27 AM EST
I always see overpriced crap at Pawn Shops.
Link Posted: 3/15/2005 7:57:35 AM EST
[Last Edit: 3/15/2005 7:58:18 AM EST by VLODPG]
Prrchased a Devine TX M1A from the pawn shop I worked at! The owner would not let me buy it! I had my buddy(FFL) come in & purchase it at full tucket ($750.00) Then he sold it to me!

When I 1st saw it ,the owner knowing that I know guns asked me what I thought it was worth! I didn't tell him about the barrel markings making the rifle more valuable! When I asked him if I could buy it, he said No! I just started working there & he didn't want his new employees gleaning all the "Good Stuff" At the time the blue book said about $750.00 for 98% He only paid $300.00 for the pawn!

IMO Pawn shop owners in general are scumbags!
Link Posted: 3/15/2005 11:07:46 AM EST
Chinese SKS - paid $42 for it. The shop owner knew me from having bought a fair amount of electronic stuff from him before.

Story: I spotted it on the rack and asked to see it. Pawn shop guy hands it to me and says, 'Darn thing is broken...' I look at it and realize 1) it is dirty as hell, 2) it was put together wrong, 3) all the parts are there, and 4) it was NOT broken. He offers $50, out the door. At the time, call-in for guns in FL was $8. Therefore, gun price was $42. Actually, if you fiogure 6% sales tax, $39.62.

I took gun home, stripped it right down to the stock and un-f**ked the the damn thing. About three hours of work, cleaning, and reassembly total. Test fired one box through it and sold it a week later for $150. Net profit - $100.

Link Posted: 3/15/2005 11:10:38 AM EST

Originally Posted By Admiral_Crunch:
I never thought to look in pawn shops for tools. That's a damn good idea.

(I never go to pawn shops)

Some of the tools are even sold by the pound around here. Sockets, wrenches and such.
Link Posted: 3/15/2005 11:11:13 AM EST
Picked up an Oly Arms XM177 look a like in 94' for $450. Shot it for a couple of years and sold it for $1000.....
Link Posted: 3/15/2005 11:13:30 AM EST
2@ Bose 201s and a 5 disc Sony CD changer: $100

S&W 686 LNIB: $280

Browning HiPower 9MM, hard chrome model: $375

REALLY nice Black Sheep brand gun case: $5

80-200MM zoom macro lens for my Pentax 35MM SLR: $50

TREK 800 mountain bike: $65

ALL from the same pawnshop. Hell, they know me there and I get a little extra discount nowadays.

I've seen some really great deals in the pawnshops here but sadly didn't have the cash to act upon them.
Link Posted: 3/15/2005 11:14:24 AM EST

Originally Posted By skid2964:

Originally Posted By ironoxbows:
2 Ruger M77 MkII's
a .308 and a .30-06
both wearing Aetec's, both stainless on synthetic

$300 a piece

Are they in the NCIC database?

Whatever do you mean???

I coldn't decide if the gal at the pawnshop didn't know what she had or if somebody needed some cash real bad.....maybe both.
Either way, I got a good deal.
Link Posted: 3/15/2005 11:20:02 AM EST
missed a Spas 12 at the PS for 450...
Link Posted: 3/15/2005 11:25:10 AM EST
Winchester 94 lever gun. 0 finish left on it, got it for $75. Parkerized it later and use it as a truck gun.
It's still good and tight. Just had no finish on it.
Link Posted: 3/15/2005 11:25:27 AM EST
The best deal I've ever gotten from a pawn shop was a MAC 90 for $155.00.
Link Posted: 3/15/2005 12:39:28 PM EST
I hit all the pawn shops near Ft Campbell a couple of time a month. The best deal I ever made was on a US Divers two hose SCUBA regulator that I bought for $10 and ebayed for $354. Last month I got an Eotec 551 for $225. I've bought tons of stuff from the local pawn shops.
Link Posted: 3/15/2005 12:45:54 PM EST
Bought my first used gun a few weeks ago. Beretta CX4 Storm in great condition for $525.
Link Posted: 3/15/2005 12:49:38 PM EST
I found a pair of Gen III nightvision goggles at a pawn shop for $2400...didn't buy them...but still cool.
Link Posted: 3/15/2005 1:08:10 PM EST
I picked up a stainless Ruger P89 with Houge grips for $170 at one. It's hard to find good deals at the pawn shops around here.
Link Posted: 3/15/2005 1:15:11 PM EST
[Last Edit: 3/15/2005 1:15:59 PM EST by pale_pony]
I got a GB Mini 14, factory folding stock, flash hider and bayo lug, receiver still factory marked "Oklahoma Highway Patrol" in 95% condition at a "Cash America" pawnshop a few years back. The price was not marked so I asked the pimply-faced burger-flipper behind the counter how much it cost. He had to look it up on the computer and just looked up "Mini-14" and not GB Mini-14. I had cash in my hand as soon as he read the (incorrect) price. And yes, the serial # cleared NCIC.

I gave $250 for it on the spot including tax, sold the folding stock on ebay for $300 and later the rest of the rifle at a gunshow for $800 (during the ban).

I'm probably going to hell for that one.
Link Posted: 3/15/2005 1:26:31 PM EST
In 1995 in a pawn shop in Morgantown, WV I picked up an Alvarez Artist acoustic guitar for $150 including a hardshell case. It's a super sweet guitar that has the best action I've ever played.

It stays in tune for months at a time and is loud too.
Link Posted: 3/15/2005 1:46:49 PM EST
Best deal I ever got was from a boat dealer that would take in anything as part of a deal. It was located on Michigan Ave in Kalamazoo Mi. I believe it is now out of business. For 350 bucks bought a National Match Gold Cup in 99+ condition, SS ultimate finish, I doubt if it had a full box of ammo thru it. Dealer would not take a deposit so I hitailed it back to Jackson, hustled down to the Sheriffs dept. right after work, picked up a purchase permit, and hauled butt back to K-zoo. Made it before the shop closed that night by 10 minutes. It now has many 1000s of rounds thru it and still has all the original parts. The other was a Colt 1911A1Natl Match Gold Cup mark III in 38 special, 2 mags, reloading equipment, several thousand rounds, original hand made herritt bullseye grips plus the originals, [circa 1967] in 96+condition easily, for $550.
Link Posted: 3/15/2005 1:57:54 PM EST
[Last Edit: 3/15/2005 1:58:38 PM EST by Sturmwehr]
Pawn shops here sell Yugo SKSs for $375 and buys at $150 (if you're lucky).

Mostly just beat-up shitpieces that I wouldn't throw a quarter at. Also, the required overpriced AR/M1 Garand/other desirable firearm that sits on the shelf for years because no one is stupid enough to pay the price on the tag.

Oh, yeah, I don't go to pawn shops to buy - obviously. There's some shops that will do transfers, but usually at too much.
Link Posted: 3/15/2005 2:01:16 PM EST
$250 for a Springfield 1911A1 LNIB
$250 for a Ruger Security Six 90% Blued.

Sold the 1911 to someone for the same price a few years later. Now the perosn wants $450 for me to buy it back
Link Posted: 3/15/2005 2:01:37 PM EST
Armscor m1600r for $75 and a savage 12ga bolt action for $80. I've had better luck at garage sales.
Link Posted: 3/15/2005 2:07:37 PM EST
I've done well.

Imbel/Israeli FALO...400.00
Norinco 84S...400.00
Swiss K-11...$75
GEW98, sporterized but uncut metal with all matching parts...70.00
Colt New Army 1905...80.00
French Mod92 Ord Revolver...75.00
Russian SKS, complete, all matching, original...200.00
Sauer&Sons all matching 38H...200.00
Systema 27 complete matching...300.00
Swede M96 all matching...100.00
dozens of cheap milsurps at half of their resalable worth

Know what you want and what you are willing to pay.
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