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Posted: 10/12/2002 10:31:35 AM EDT
I didn't want to hijack JAFO's thread, but it reminded me of why I support my local FFL. [url]http://www.ar15.com/forums/topic.html?b=1&f=5&t=148258[/url] I am a capitalist at heart. When I buy any product (guns or otherwise) I look to the value of the product. Does it meet my needs, can I afford it and what other services can I expect after the sale from where I purchased it. My local FFL has been in the business of selling firearms and associated bits longer than I have been of legal age to purchase or possess firearms. So, I could probably reasonably say that he "doesn't need my business". However, I do need his business. He always treats me with respect and there is a mutual friendship between the two of us. I have bought ammo from him on many occasions, but have yet to purchase a firearm from him, yet. He serviced my HBar for nothing while I was away on a business trip. He always offers a hot cup of coffee when I enter his store and allows me the honor of "being in back" to fill my own cup. He is always available for advise (firearms related or not) when I was looking at a new career path. It may be cheaper in the short term to buy my ammo at Wal-Mart/KMart/etc. It may be cheaper to purchase my next few guns from elsewhere. No where I could purchase a cheaper handgun would have the same level of service I get from my local FFL. Yes, I will save a few bucks buying my shotgun, rifle and handgun from somewhere else - but the money is going towards the pre and post sale support I have gotten from him. He's earned it and I am happy to pay him for it. Thanks, Tom. -934
Link Posted: 10/12/2002 11:21:58 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/12/2002 11:22:46 AM EDT by Bign]
I see where you're comming from, and I will do the same if I find one that doesn't charge double for ammo, and doesn't remind me of a used car salesmen... Our "dealers" will pull stuff out their ass when they don't have an answer for ya, it's obvious! A few of the dealers coudn't even tell me what a pre-ban is...
Link Posted: 10/12/2002 11:41:45 AM EDT
I support my local dealer as far as I can. I buy firearms and certain accessories. Reloading supplies are a different story. I can't justify spending $8-$10 more for a pound of powder or carton of primers.
Link Posted: 10/12/2002 11:50:04 AM EDT
I only get stuff from my local FFL when it is a must need ASAP. Or I only go there when I can't find it cheaper or they happen to have it at the same price as online (rare). Most of the time, I can get stuff offline still cheaper (and that's shipped too). My "regular" FFL (transfers, so forth) is a different story. He's my buddy and I'd buy a gun from him any day.... but he out of biz now, so back to online and transfering in.
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