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Gene LGene L Senior MemberPosts: 12,460 Senior Member
I'm losing my enthusiasm for guns.  I don't shoot as much and am not turned on by many guns any more.  I have decided to sell a corner-full of mostly shotguns, doubles, to clean out my house and I fully realize I'll lose a lot of money.  If I was younger, I could sell them on Gunbroker, but I don't have the means or desire to do that.  They don't eat anything, and I've been putting off selling them for a couple of years.  Any suggestions?
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  • Big Al1Big Al1 Senior Member Posts: 8,328 Senior Member
    When I left town after Hurricane Michael I packed up all my guns, because of all the looting that was going on, and took them to the BIL's in Alabama. I then decided it was time to thin the herd. There's an LGS there I trust and he will put them on consignment and/or sell them on GB, for a 15% commission. That would be an option for you if you have a local LGS you trust!!
  • earlyagainearlyagain Posts: 7,928 Senior Member
    Consignment at your LGS sounds good. If you felt like it, you could write an article about any one of them you thought unique and submit it to Gun Digest or simular. Get a freind to do the photos if your not skilled at that.
  • Elk creekElk creek Senior Member Posts: 7,121 Senior Member
    Local GS or post some here. 
    Aim higher, or get a bigger gun.
  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 24,757 Senior Member
    Don't feel bad - I've had many interests come and go in my life. When its time to say goodbye, you'll know it and exactly "how much".
    -Zorba, "The Veiled Male"

    "If you get it and didn't work for it, someone else worked for it and didn't get it..."
    )O(
  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 24,757 Senior Member
    Don't feel bad - I've had many interests come and go in my life. When its time to say goodbye, you'll know it and exactly "how much".
    -Zorba, "The Veiled Male"

    "If you get it and didn't work for it, someone else worked for it and didn't get it..."
    )O(
  • Big ChiefBig Chief Senior Member Posts: 32,995 Senior Member
    I need to sell off some guns too. I keep thinking what are my daughters gonna do with them. Many I don't shoot anymore or very often. Mostly rifles.

    I do have a couple nephews to pass some on to. 

    I haven't lost interest in guns or shootin, though.

    LGS/consignment sounds like a good way to sell and let them deal with the paperwork. 
    It's only true if it's on this forum where opinions are facts and facts are opinions
    Words of wisdom from Big Chief: Flush twice, it's a long way to the Mess Hall
    I'd rather have my sister work in a whorehouse than own another Taurus!
  • Uncle FesterUncle Fester Senior Member Posts: 1,524 Senior Member
    A few years ago, I found a local FFL who sold two of my guns on Gunbroker fora consignment fee.  I was very happy with how the numbers worked out.
  • earlyagainearlyagain Posts: 7,928 Senior Member
    Big Chief said:
    I need to sell off some guns too. I keep thinking what are my daughters gonna do with them. Many I don't shoot anymore or very often. Mostly rifles.

    I do have a couple nephews to pass some on to. 

    I haven't lost interest in guns or shootin, though.

    LGS/consignment sounds like a good way to sell and let them deal with the paperwork. 
    The ones you keep, you could write up a record of what they are and how/why you have them for your daughters reference. I have something similar on an old laptop for my son. I can update it as I go.
  • DanChamberlainDanChamberlain Senior Member Posts: 3,395 Senior Member
    I've already started thinning the herd. 
    It's a source of great pride for me, that when my name is googled, one finds book titles and not mug shots. Daniel C. Chamberlain
  • Big Al1Big Al1 Senior Member Posts: 8,328 Senior Member
    The other thing I've done is gifted a few of my rifles to my nephew. I had several hunting rifles that I built and since I don't hunt anymore I didn't need them. I hadn't shot my 7MM STW or .338 Mag in over twenty years, so I took them to the range for one last time, they were still sighted in. They were his wedding present last year.

  • MileHighShooterMileHighShooter Senior Member Posts: 4,922 Senior Member
    Consignment at your LGS is your best bet
  • snake284snake284 Senior Member Posts: 22,429 Senior Member
    edited December 2018 #13
    Gene L said:
    I'm losing my enthusiasm for guns.  I don't shoot as much and am not turned on by many guns any more.  I have decided to sell a corner-full of mostly shotguns, doubles, to clean out my house and I fully realize I'll lose a lot of money.  If I was younger, I could sell them on Gunbroker, but I don't have the means or desire to do that.  They don't eat anything, and I've been putting off selling them for a couple of years.  Any suggestions?
    Yes, but all I can say is what I would do, and that is, " Take a deep breath, have a beer or two or three or if you're not into alcohol, some tea and relax. The urge to sell tem will go away. Then just sit down and make a list of all your kids, grandkids, or whatever and then figure out who gets what. Pass 'em down, keep 'em in the family. It can be fun figuring out who you give what to. That is another facet of enjoying your guns, figuring out who to give what to. They will love you for it and you will have a great feeling of satisfaction knowing the guns you once loved and cherished are still in your family, being enjoyed by your family.
    Daddy, what's an enabler?
    Son that's somebody with nothing to do with his time but keep me in trouble with mom.
  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 24,757 Senior Member
    Hey Wambli, you did "it" again! ;):D
    -Zorba, "The Veiled Male"

    "If you get it and didn't work for it, someone else worked for it and didn't get it..."
    )O(
  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 24,757 Senior Member
    Maybe going into the dictionary and deleting "loose"? Dunno if that's even realistically doable...
    -Zorba, "The Veiled Male"

    "If you get it and didn't work for it, someone else worked for it and didn't get it..."
    )O(
  • ilove22silove22s Senior Member Posts: 1,477 Senior Member
    Gene L said:
    I'm losing my enthusiasm for guns.  I don't shoot as much and am not turned on by many guns any more.  I have decided to sell a corner-full of mostly shotguns, doubles, to clean out my house and I fully realize I'll lose a lot of money.  If I was younger, I could sell them on Gunbroker, but I don't have the means or desire to do that.  They don't eat anything, and I've been putting off selling them for a couple of years.  Any suggestions?

    Sorry to hear this.

    But i understand completely.  Since ive been traveling, thats what my passion and focus is now.  I didnt even shoot this year. 

    Ive been selling off my collection  a few pieces at a time.  No rush.  Right now i stopped due to the holidays but will start up after the new year.

    consider you may not want to sell your guns on GB, but why not?  Its not like you MUST sell everything at one time.  Sell off 1 or 2 at a time and use the KISS principal.  Thats what i do.  but i will sell something different from the other im selling.  So if i sell a Colt NF in 22, i may sell something else like a RUger or S&W or a rifle. 

    If you dont have the www connection i can see that being an issue.  Can any friends do it ?

    Yes you will get some noobs that wont know what you are selling, but there are many others that will.  The way i see it is that you have to put up with the ~1% that dont know anything to sell to the 99% that do.

    If you have any favorite gun shops in your area you may want to see what they will charge for consignment.  Or if you have any gun shows, look at the cost of getting a table.  I find putting it on the www give you way more exposure and the chances of getting (more $$$) is a better bet.

    again, its not like you must sell them in 1 shot unless you want to.


    The ears never lie.

    - Don Burt
  • DanChamberlainDanChamberlain Senior Member Posts: 3,395 Senior Member
    I'm keeping a couple "Collectibles" for heirloom purposes and my defensive weapons to ensure I have some heirs to loom too. 

    It's a source of great pride for me, that when my name is googled, one finds book titles and not mug shots. Daniel C. Chamberlain
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