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Need advice - selling a rifle on an auction site
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Has anyone here sold a rifle on an auction site? I just upgraded to a Colt and have a Bushmaster to sell. Looking for some info:

* Which auction sites are the best for selling?
* How do you package an AR for shipment?
* What's the best way to mail it?
* Aside from receiving payment, is there anything else you should do before mailing it to their FFL?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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#2
scruff;56938 Wrote:Has anyone here sold a rifle on an auction site? I just upgraded to a Colt and have a Bushmaster to sell. Looking for some info:

* Which auction sites are the best for selling?
* How do you package an AR for shipment?
* What's the best way to mail it?
* Aside from receiving payment, is there anything else you should do before mailing it to their FFL?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

A few tips from experience:
  • Have an FFL ship it to reduce legal liability. If you opt to ship it direct to the buyers FFL, make sure the buyer's FFL will receive from non-FFLs before you ship.
  • Take a clear, hi res photo of the package contents before you wrap in case there's a claim. All kinds of things can happen before the buyer receives it. There are reports of unscrupulous dealers removing accessories (called "dealer loss"), a photo will help forestall this.
  • Clearly list the terms of sale, including acceptable payment terms and return policy. Kind of like what you'd like to see from a well-thought out sale.
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#3
I use Gunbroker exclusively. They have high traffic and I've never been disappointed in an auction. Being that your selling an AR-15, you can probably get by with a 3 day auction right now but I don't make any auction over 5 days.

Take a lot of pictures since people can't actually handle it and look at it. Load the pictures up to a picture hosting sight and insert the code into your description. The pictures will be a lot better than what Gunbroker will display for you if you upload them directly to them.

If you have any questions as you go, I can talk you through a Gunbroker listing, just send me a message and let me know when you'll be listing it. I'll make sure I'm at the computer.
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scruff;56938 Wrote:Has anyone here sold a rifle on an auction site? I just upgraded to a Colt and have a Bushmaster to sell. Looking for some info:

* Which auction sites are the best for selling?
* How do you package an AR for shipment?
* What's the best way to mail it?
* Aside from receiving payment, is there anything else you should do before mailing it to their FFL?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

I've sold a bunch of guns on gunbroker. That's the only site I would use. I just package rifles in a box (unmarked), I use a bunch of tape, and mail it usps with delivery confirmation and insurance to their FFL. The ffl will usually require you to include a copy of your DL. I also agree with the 3 day auction. ARs are flying off the shelf right now. I doubt you will have any problem getting what you want for it.
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#5
Don't send to an FFL unless you have a copy of his paperwork. UPS, by me, won't send it unless they can confirm that it is going to an FFL and you don't want to get screwed! Double check the info that they give you against the BATF database. Good luck. You will make a killing.

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spblademaker;57005 Wrote:Don't send to an FFL unless you have a copy of his paperwork. UPS, by me, won't send it unless they can confirm that it is going to an FFL and you don't want to get screwed! Double check the info that they give you against the BATF database. Good luck. You will make a killing.

https://www.atfonline.gov/fflezcheck/

What do you want for it? Might save you all the trouble?

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unclejumbo;56991 Wrote:I use Gunbroker exclusively. They have high traffic and I've never been disappointed in an auction. Being that your selling an AR-15, you can probably get by with a 3 day auction right now but I don't make any auction over 5 days.

Take a lot of pictures since people can't actually handle it and look at it. Load the pictures up to a picture hosting sight and insert the code into your description. The pictures will be a lot better than what Gunbroker will display for you if you upload them directly to them.

If you have any questions as you go, I can talk you through a Gunbroker listing, just send me a message and let me know when you'll be listing it. I'll make sure I'm at the computer.

Just helped a dealer list some lowers today, they are selling within the hour.

I'd suggest 1 day auctions right now for anything black rifle.
People are looking at the newly listed and the ending soon, anything in between is just wasted time IMO.
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#8
All good info. Having my FFL mail it definitely sounds like a wise idea. I also found a large mirror box at Uhaul that can be cut down to fit an AR-15 box inside.

unclejumbo, I appreciate your offer, but being an eBay veteran, the gunbroker process looks familiar.

Thanks guys for the great advice!
scruff, proud to be a member of pa2a.org since Sep 2012.
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#9
Thanks again for everyone's advice; it's been quite an auction. I listed the Bushmaster lower w/Ace skeleton stock in one auction, and the CMMG upper in another. Threw in a new PMAG with the lower. Did 3-day auctions, listed with opening bids of $.01 with no reserve. Linked the upper to the CMMG web site showing the $800 list price. Paid a few bucks for some upgrades - subtitle with key search terms, featured listing, bold face, thumbnail pic. Got home an hour after the auctions ended, ran to the computer, logged on, and.......

























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So this:
[Image: AR1.jpg]

has magically turned into this:
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plus $1,000! Smile It's been a good day.
scruff, proud to be a member of pa2a.org since Sep 2012.
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#10
You know, I hate reading these posts. I keep looking at my $700 AR15 and thinking "Hmmmmmm...???"

Can't bring myself to do it though. It's the only one I have.


Good for you though!

I signed up on Gunbroker yesterday just so I could make a purchase.
There's a guy who sells accessories for the GSG guns and I bought a folding triangle stock for my .22LR GSG-AK47. The lowest I could find one online was $75 + $10 shipping.
His price - $40 + $12 shipping. (buy it now price)
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