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Re: RIAC auction
Posted by Ken on Tuesday, 18 July 2017, at 2:29 p.m., in response to Re: RIAC auction, posted by Dan on Tuesday, 11 July 2017, at 12:58 p.m.
Speaking as a novice and only occasional collector who acquires guns at a mix of pawn shops and gun stores well off the beaten path (i.e., rural areas), off gun broker, and a few times off RIA I can say my experiences are about equal at Gunbroker and RIA. That is, sometimes I feel good, and sometimes I am not terribly happy. I have bid on and won guns that had parts substitutions or broken springs, etc. not mentioned in the description or shown in the photos. Other times I have won guns that make me very happy. Us absentee bidders are trusting souls. To the buyer Gunbroker is cheaper. However the bid action is worse, often with a flurry of last minute bids coming in the last 15 minutes which sometimes double or triple the price shown only 16 minutes earlier. I mostly buy my antiques with the intent of shooting them at both a range and also while hunting, so I don't usually bother with the fancy engraved stuff with gold inlay and pearl grips. Nicks on the stock and worn spots on the blue is just fine with me. Where I get annoyed at RIA sometimes is silly descriptions. As an example last auction I looked at a stainless steel Ruger revolver which was described as having intact bluing. (!??). Cartouches on military stocks may or may not be mentioned, but are also only rarely shown in the photos. So if we buy it and there are no cartouches, we have no complaint, but conversely when we buy it not expecting to see any cartouches and find the stock covered with them, we tend to be somewhat pleased. LoL Absentee bidding can be a lot like drawing a hand at Blackjack. One should understand that before jumping in the pool. Regarding the original complaint, I have indeed purchased guns off RIA at a price less than the maximum of my bid price. If no one is matching the bid then of course my bid beats the lower bid and I have not felt in any way I was gouged as the amount charged was several hundred lower than the amount I had set as my maximum.
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