How much money do you spend every year on your firearm collection?
There’s a perception out there that gun collecting is a rather expensive hobby. And… yes, there might be some truth to that, especially if you’re on the hunt for rare and valuable pieces. But buying firearms doesn’t have to break the bank, especially if you are smart about it!
Yes, you could go to gun shows, firearm stores, and gun forums to look for your next piece, but that’s going to result in a big hit to your pocketbook. Thankfully, we have some tips you can follow to make your “firearm fund” go much, much further!
If you have some cash to burn, then going to every gun show and visiting every gun store is a financially-viable method of building your firearm collection. But for those who are working with more modest incomes, you might not be able to afford it.
The problem is that you’ll be dealing with businesses that are intent on making as big a profit as possible. If you go to them looking to sell a piece from your collection, you’re likely to get lowballed, only to see that same gun on sale for twice the price the next day. That’s totally understandable, as it’s how they make their money. But it certainly doesn’t help your bottom line!
Purchasing your firearms online through GTA Guns auctions can prove to be a much more financially-secure way to buy your guns. In our auctions, you can bid what you want on an item, taking a chance on lowballing it or bidding high to try to close the deal ASAP! Now, we aren’t saying there won’t be bidding wars that will drive up the price of the listed items, especially in the case of rarer or more valuable firearms. But there are always tons of hidden deals and values in every one of our auctions—you just need to find and bid on them!
A few of those “hidden deals” might be firearms that are in less-than-ideal conditions.
Whenever someone brings us a gun to list in our auctions, we run it through our proprietary GUNCHECK™ and CYCLECHECK™ systems, inspecting the firearm, both inside and out, to determine its condition. We then take high-resolution photos of the item so that everyone can see exactly what they’re bidding on. Sometimes, the firearms are in flawless condition. Other times, they might need a little work.
In those cases, you might be able to find a diamond in the rough! If you see a piece you’ve always wanted that isn’t in prime condition, you can choose to purchase and restore it. For a hobbyist who has restored firearms in the past, this can actually be a more desirable option than paying full-price for an item in better condition. But even if you don’t know the first thing about how to restore a firearm, we can set you up with GTA Guns’ licensed gunsmith. Repairing and restoring old firearms is a fantastic way to get rare guns into your collection at much lower prices!
One of the ways that some collectors use GTA Guns auctions is to “flip” their firearms.
You’ve watched home flipping shows, right? In them, someone buys a home, fixes it up, and then sells it at a much higher price. The same can be done with firearms!
If you purchased a firearm last year, it might have appreciated in value since then—it could be worth hundreds more by now! If that’s the case, you can use GTA Guns auctions to sell it for a profit, pocketing the difference or putting it towards another firearm purchase. Many collectors have built up the value of their collections this way, progressively purchasing more and more valuable guns over the years.
All you need to do is contact us at GTA Guns to arrange a dropoff of the piece you want to “flip.” We’ll check over your gun, put up a listing, and all you have to do is sit back and wait for the bids to come in!
Working in this business, we’ve lost count of the people who bought pristine firearms, only to get a shock when they come to us looking to relist them a few years later. We put the guns through GUNCHECK™ and discover that the interiors of their firearms have rusted. Unfortunately, that is what can happen when firearms aren’t kept in conditions at an optimal level of moisture and temperature.
You have two solutions here. You can invest in a gun safe designed to maintain a constant humidity, but if you have an extensive firearm collection, that will require you to buy multiple safes. That can get expensive… fast.
The far more cost-effective solution is to use GTA Guns safe storage. You simply drop your entire collection at our secure storage facility, and we store your collection for you. The facility is kept at optimal temperature and humidity levels, ensuring that your firearms remain in the exact condition as when you brought them to us. Our fully-insured facility is monitored 24 hours a day, meaning that if anything unthinkable happened, your firearms would be fully covered. It is, by far, the most cost-effective option for safe long-term firearm storage.
If you’re thinking about building up your collection of firearms, you can depend on GTA Guns to provide you with a cost-effective solution. If you’d like to learn more about GTA Guns auctions, Secure Storage, or any of our other services, please feel free to contact us. We can’t wait to help you build up your collection while also saving you money!
GTA Auctioneer December 17th, 2019