Topsail Gun Gal: How to be the perfect customer

Published: Friday, September 20, 2013 at 03:19 PM.

In no other business, short of a yard sale or used car lot, have I encountered the art of negotiation like I have in the gun world.

I would never walk into a clothing store, pick out a blouse and go to the casher and say, “I’ll take this blouse if you throw in the skirt and a pair of matching earrings.” I would probably be laughed out of the store, but in the gun world, it happens all the time.

But to be the perfect customer you must understand some simple facts.

First, your conduct makes all the difference. If you come into a shop and demand unrealistic discounts, you most likely will not get it.

If you come prepared with options, perhaps flexible with the caliber, and are willing to work with the salesperson to find the right gun for you at the right price, you should leave a happy, satisfied customer.

Don’t come into a shop expecting to buy a $1,200 Kimber for $400. It’s not going to happen. If you are not realistic, you will not be happy in the end. It’s the same thing when you are buying a home and your budget is $125,000 and you want to see everything in the $300,000 range. You are setting yourself up for failure. Be practical.

It is perfectly fine to admit that you (or a family member) are just beginning or are not an expert and could use some advice. This is where a good salesperson comes into play. Make sure you make yourself clear and make sure the salesperson understands your needs.

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