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I was watching these, both from the same seller, and was shocked that they went so cheap.  In my mind, they are worth near double the final bids.  Am I missing something?  I’m actually kicking myself for not bidding…

https://www.gunbroker.com/item/1043135243

https://www.gunbroker.com/item/1043135914

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The rifle has a fair amount of bluing loss on the underside of the receiver, so is not as nice as one’s initial impression.

Both are in .32 Special, which is, unfortunately, much less desirable than any of the other calibers.  

A decent deal for both if you live in a no sales tax state.  But if you have to add in sales tax, and in most states, it’s 6% or more, plus $50 shipping, there’s not much meat left on the bone.

 It’s the .32 Special that hurts these.  Plus, Gunbroker was more fun before there was sales tax on purchases.

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April 1, 2024 - 11:38 am
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I agree, sales tax on GB is a deal breaker, I almost never even look there anylonger. .0862 tax here in crap NY

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Don,

I was watching those two also, and for whatever reason I didn’t bid either.  The SRC is very high condition for the price.

Al

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I cant seem to find the final bids. Mine is only showing current bids $2500 and $1700.

 Rick C 

   

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That is the final bids. I think to see bid history you might have to be signed in.

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Ok thanks Bob. I have to agree with Don and they seem to have sold reasonably cheap imo also. 

 Rick C 

   

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The rifle has a fair amount of bluing loss on the underside of the receiver, so is not as nice as one’s initial impression.

Both are in .32 Special, which is, unfortunately, much less desirable than any of the other calibers.  

A decent deal for both if you live in a no sales tax state.  But if you have to add in sales tax, and in most states, it’s 6% or more, plus $50 shipping, there’s not much meat left on the bone.

 It’s the .32 Special that hurts these.  Plus, Gunbroker was more fun before there was sales tax on purchases.

  

Ah, I knew this factor would pop up.  

I’m not the only one here who would hold the chambering against them, but I do admit we are not the majority Wink

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Steve, Don’t feel too bad.  I particularly like the .33 Win in the model 1886!!  We all seem to have our quirks!!  Laugh Tim

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Gunbroker sometimes offers bargains for those who (a) are very knowledgeable about the brand and model; (b) who have done their homework; (c) and looked at all the photos on a big bright monitor at several diameters magnification; (d) who have carefully read the description text, noting particularly what is NOT said; (e) who have also gritted their teeth and parsed the dry but possibly treacherous Additional Terms of Sale; and (f) most importantly, who have studied all the seller’s feedback, not just his rating.

Although buying a high dollar item from anybody with 2 transactions for cleaning patches and who doesn’t write fluent English is doubleplusungood. 

Assessing the value of  the seller is a necessary precondition to being able to assess the value of his wares. Ask him lots of questions, politely. Be persistent but friendly.  If you get a bad feeling, even a tiny one….walk quietly away.  And remember the bastard’s name. 

I will say I have dealt with almost nothing but nice, honest folks on GB, both as buyer and seller, over the last 24 years. As in most commercial transactions, the key is lots of communication, both before and after a successful bid. 

It should be noted the most expensive single item I’ve ever bid in at an online auction was about $3200 USD, which should temper the value of my opinion. Unlike the ordinary, casually dishonest slob, your serious grifter doesn’t take risks for such pitiful vigorish. Walker Colts with grips carved from pieces of the True Cross, are more like it.

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tim tomlinson said
Steve, Don’t feel too bad.  I particularly like the .33 Win in the model 1886!!  We all seem to have our quirks!!  Laugh Tim

  

I was mulling over a response consisting of posting a numerous .32 Special and .33 WCF photos.  Then I realized I was experiencing an emotional reaction Embarassed

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