7 Ways to Save Money Buying Guns Online

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Buying a gun shouldn’t break your wallet. (Photo: Don Summers/Guns.com)

The internet is a great place for saving money on everyday items and guns are no exception. If you’re willing to do a little extra leg work, there are ways to pinch pennies and get more bang for your buck.

In our efforts to better help our readers save a little cash, we’ve compiled a list of our top seven ways to save money while purchasing a gun online.

1. Look for People Willing to Wheel and Deal

Though a straight-up deal is always a nice find, it’s even better when you discover a seller willing to negotiate. Much like you’d wheel and deal to get the best price on a used car on Craigslist, why not talk price when buying used guns.

While some online dealers don’t allow for price negotiations, Guns.com knows that sometimes you just want to be upfront about what you’re willing to pay. For that reason, we’ve made it easy to make an offer on all Certified Used Guns from the Guns.com Vault. Try it out – you might be surprised at what deals you can walk away with.


2. Look for Bundles


This particular P320 comes with three extra frames and three extra mags.

Let’s be real, when you buy a gun, you rarely stop there. It’s a given that you’ll also need accessories like optics, magazines, and ammo to go along with your gun purchase.

For pistols, you’ll want to stock up on extra mags for training at the range. For revolvers, a speed loader comes in handy if you’re putting shooting reps in at the range. Not to mention you’ll need a holster if you intend to carry. Even long guns come with their own set of extras like bipods, scopes, and slings.

When shopping used, look for guns that come bundled with accessories. Grabbing a used model with a spare holster and extra mags take the extra work out of finding these items on your own.

The Guns.com Vault, for instance, has plenty of guns full of sweet cases, nice holsters, optics and spare mags that will save you money in the long run. Whether you’re looking for a Sig Sauer P320 with interchangeable frames or a long-range rifle with a mounted scope we got you covered under any budget.

3. Always Look for That Rebate

Manufacturers run sales throughout the year which leads to some pretty sweet deals on newer guns and even additional goodies, like lights/lasers and holsters. These happen year-round for both firearms and ammunition, though you’ll likely find bigger rebates circling around busy shopping holidays.

We try to make things easy for shoppers on Guns.com which is why we assembled a place to easily view rebates from popular manufacturers. Rebates are sorted and also list expiration dates for your convenience. Rebates are an excellent means to top off a gun you already own with upgrades or grab a new gun altogether.


4. Buy used from the Guns.com Outlet

Guns.com Outlet

You will find deals browsing the Guns.com Outlet.

If you’re looking for some truly great deals and also want to support brick-and-mortar gun shops, check out the Guns.com Outlet. Offering listings from dealers nationwide, pricing on Outlet guns is set by individual dealers, so you may not see that handy “Make an Offer” button on all Outlet listings. Though you might not be shopping local to you, you are shopping local to someone and this helps brick-and-mortar gun stores thrive.

Besides showing love to local FFLs and getting great deals, the Guns.com Outlet also houses a nice array of rare and antique guns listed in our Collector’s Corner. A variety of gun dealers on Guns.com means that you’re bound to find rare and highly sought-after collectibles and antiques that often can’t be found anywhere else.


5. Look for Sales but Don’t Wait

You can always count on a sale around Christmas time, but do you really want to wait that long? (Photo: Jacki Billings/Guns.com)

Yes, you can count on sales around Black Friday, Independence Day and Memorial Day but there’s no guarantee the gun you’re pining over will be in stock. Acting fast, when you see a price drop, is the best way to ensure you don’t miss out.

With a healthy stock of new and used guns, it’s prudent to keep an eye on Guns.com as we often run sales throughout the year. See what sales are happening right now by clicking the button below.


6. Don’t Get Nickel and Dimed on Fees and Shipping

Once you’ve secured your gun online and before you hit that final checkout button, make sure you understand all fees associated with the transaction. This is the time to read through the fine print to prevent being bamboozled by hidden fees.

Though some websites charge exorbitant amounts for shipping and broker fees, others like Guns.com, cut the costs. Guns.com, for instance, uses a flat shipping fee and a $10 broker fee so you know what you’re paying upfront. Additionally, we take the extra step of handling shipping and transfer paperwork so there’s less headache on your end. Time is money, after all.

Also, keep in mind that with any gun purchase online there will be transfer fees when the gun hits your FFL’s door. That being said, if you feel like your FFL transfer fees are too high, contact Guns.com and we’ll help you find a new FFL.

7. Sign up for Promotions

We get it. We hate unnecessary, excess emails as much as anyone but sometimes those mailing lists lead to great deals. While you don’t need to sign up for every mailer, some sites, like Guns.com, deliver info on weekly deals, sales, and cool content.

Our Guns.com email subscribers, for instance, gain access to special sales only available if you receive our emails. So, what are you waiting for? See our latest promotions and sign up for our email list by clicking the button below.


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