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Cabelas buying guns from ?????

n/an/a Member Posts: 168,427
edited November 2011 in Ask the Experts
Anyone know the procedure for Cabelas or other large store for buying guns from the manufacturer or do they buy them from a jobber? How is this done?

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  • fordsixfordsix Member Posts: 8,722
    edited November -1
    if you buy enough you can buy from manufacture i have done it
  • pirate2501pirate2501 Member Posts: 1,851 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    Well if they're buying from the manufacturers then they're collecting the middleman's cut too ! [;)]
  • nmyersnmyers Member Posts: 16,788 ✭✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    Which explains why it is so difficult for a small gunshop to stay in business today. They may have to pay more for a specific model gun than the big box store down the street is selling it for!

    Sadly, a lot of folks would rather patronize the big box stores to save a few dollars, rather than support the local guy who can give advice, mount a scope, or repair a broken gun.

    It gets more complicated than that. A distributor uses the hard-to-get guns as an incentive to his best customers, so the gunshop that orders guns one at a time is unable to get the "hottest" items. And, a gunshop owner who orders a large quantity at the beginning of the year will get a discount.

  • machine gun moranmachine gun moran Member Posts: 5,198
    edited November -1
    I once worked for an outfit that was 'direct' with several manufacturers (Ithaca, High-Standard and others). The usual discount on the guns was referred to as '25, 20, and 5'. This was the 25% wholesale discount from retail; the 20% distributor discount from wholesale; and the 5% jobber discount from the distributor price.

    Additionally, the guns were often received under a 'dating' system: this meant that the guns were shipped to the outfit at no cost, with the bill for the guns coming due months later. This gave the outfit the advantage of being able to sell the guns before paying for them. The volume of guns which went through, was huge. The outfit also operated a retail outlet from which guns were sold locally to the general public, often at well below wholsale prices (Browning, however, did not want new products sold to the public by any dealer at anything below full retail, stating that they also wanted the customer to receive absolutely full service from the dealer when returning anything that was defective). Colt gave generous additional discounts when putting in the FULL line of Colts, including oddballs like Detective Specials in .32 New Police.

    It is true that the operation severely distressed some other area gun dealers, but the owner had actually done only what the others always had the opportunity to do, and didn't, some for decades.
  • wpagewpage Member Posts: 10,203 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    Since Cabelas is large it can get opportunities and capitalize better than most retailers. If you have something for them contact at...
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