By Michael Deming
With fall and all the major hunting seasons just around the corner, it might just be time to get yourself a new rifle, shotgun or pistol. Sportsman’s Warehouse is truly the very best place to get this done as they have a vast selection of all of the above. If you need to get rid of an old gun prior to purchasing a new one, Sportsman’s Warehouse doesn’t take Trade-In’s. So, that just might put you in a position as to finding the best way to get rid of your current inventory, so that you can get that shiny new one. GunzMart is probably one of the very best resources to get this done legally, quickly and with a high level of customer service.
GunzMart.com is a premier auction site for guns. It was created by shooters and outdoorsmen after disappointing experiences at other online gun auction sites. It was concluded that the “guns online” experience should be much easier and satisfying. As a result, they decided to build the best online auction site for gun lovers and sportsmen possible. It was designed as a place where gun enthusiasts, target shooters and hunters could gather to sell and exchange new and used handguns, rifles and shotguns.
From the end users standpoint, they made the site mobile friendly and they are committed to providing the best customer service possible. Owner Brock Kaufman says, “If you need us, we’re available to answer your questions and make your online gun buying experience as smooth and satisfying as possible”. Since he has personally sold guns online in the past, he knows the challenges that face sellers. “We have worked hard to make it as easy as possible to offer, track and sell your firearms online and to help you keep the money you earn from these sales”, Brock continues.
Some of the questions that often arise about selling firearms often keeps people from doing it. GunzMart has taken the time to answer all of your questions. Brock says, “We went the extra mile to make sure we do this 100 percent right from the ground up. This company took an extra two years to launch because of our attention to detail in all of these matters. We wanted everything to be a great experience whether they were a seller or a buyer”.
Is GunzMart legal? This is one of the most common questions asked and rest assured, GunzMart is legal. This is a must when dealing with firearms transfers in today’s market. GunzMart.com provides the platform and process for those who want to buy or sell their firearms though the auction process.
Gunzmart does not transfer any firearms. A typical firearms transaction must go through a legally authorized FFL dealer which involves visiting the dealer. You will have to fill out the legal paperwork and pay a transfer and background check fee. After a waiting period, you go in and pick up your new firearm. Using GunzMart.com, you still have to go through the same legal process of transferring ownership of that gun as if you were buying the gun from the dealer.
The biggest thing that GunzMart provides is a connection with sellers to buyers. Think of it as a world- wide gun show on the internet. They bring sellers and buyers together even though they don’t handle the transfer of the firearm. It provides a bigger pool of consumers to sell your guns to and also helps you to hopefully get the best price possible.
The best way to understand the process is to walk you through a transaction on GunzMart.com. Whether you are a seller or a buyer, you will need to register on their website. To sell or buy here, you must be legally allowed to own a firearm. You must be an adult who is able to enter into a contract. Anyone desiring to purchase a firearm must be able to pass the NICS-FBI background check, which will be conducted by an FFL holder when the buyer picks up the firearm. There are age limits on the sale of certain items and certain types of items are illegal in specific regions or states. The GunzMart.com site has links that allow their members to view relevant ATF information.
Once you have become a member of the site, you can list your firearm for sale. You have the ability to post pictures of your firearm as well as a complete description of the firearm. Your listing will be for a set period of time and during this time, prospective buyers will have the ability to view the items, email you to ask specific questions and most importantly, to bid on your item.
The people bidding on your item/items will know that this is a legally binding, irrevocable offer to purchase the item at the winning bid price. Once the seller accepts the bid, the buyer is legally obligated to complete the transaction. Failure to comply with this obligation is a breach of the GunzMart.com User Agreement and may be legally actionable by the seller. To place a bid on GunzMart.com, you must provide a valid email address and User ID.
Once the bidding starts on your listed item, the prospective buyer places the maximum amount they are willing to pay for the item. This amount is kept secret from the seller and from other bidders. As other potential buyers place bids, GunzMart.com’s auto bidding will automatically make incremental bid increases on the bidders’ behalf up to their maximum amount. In the case of a tie for the highest bid, the earliest bid will take precedence. Once a bidder has confirmed a bid, without exceptional circumstances, it cannot be withdrawn: These circumstances include the seller materially altering the item description after a bid or clear errors in the auction description take place. If another buyer outbids the current high bidder, they will be notified via email, though an auction may end before you receive notification. This process insures that you get the highest possible dollars for your item. You can always check the status of a bid by checking your account page.
Once an auction has been completed, GunzMart sends the winning bidder an email that contains the seller’s user name and email address along with the winning bid amount. From the time the auction closes, the buyer has a maximum of seven days to contact the seller at the email address located in the notification sent to them. The seller must contact the buyers as well within the same seven days. The seller is required to send instructions on making payment and will request the address or the FFL’s address for shipping. Your local gun shop will have this information and is a good place to ship to. Typically you will be required to prepay using a money order or a certified bank check, although some sellers will take credit cards, personal checks, COD, etc. Make sure that you follow the seller’s payment instructions very carefully. GunzMart suggests that you use a US Post Office money order and send payment by US Mail. This way, the US Post Office will be able to help you in case of problems with the seller.
If there is ever any sort of problem, this is where GunzMart truly shines. They are firm believers in customer service. There is always someone there to take your calls and walk you through the problems you are having. Whether it is loading photos of your gun or gathering buyers’ information on a finalized bid, the GunzMart team is there.
Once you’ve got that old firearm sold, you can then head to Sportsman’s Warehouse and pick up the latest and greatest for the upcoming season.