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Discussion in 'Events and Get Togethers' started by Joe Link, Mar 27, 2017.
That's seriously surprising about the prices.
That is what the 'gun show' has evolved into, at least the Crossroads shows. When I started out as an FFL, I was going to 3-4 gun shows a month. Then the Termark gun show exhibitor sold out to the Crossroads people--That reduced the frequency of the shows, and following that, I believe the Crossroads owners began raising the price of admission. IDK who raised the price of parking, but as a result, unless you are attending the Mesa or Glendale gun shows, you get to pay an additional fee to park your vehicle too. All the while, the vendors were raising their prices too
Unfortunately I'm too young to remember the 'good old days' of gun shows where deals could be had
I hear estate sales can still be good
Around here it seems they're all overpriced.
That just leaves garage sales,
I have heard fantastic tales (or lies) about the great low prices at some of them
When I sold my last house I had to rent ten roll-off dumpsters, cause I refused to
have a garage sale and let people pick over all my junk--I preferred to just toss it
all in the trash. I understand the garbage men get first crack at all the best used stuff!
The biggest shows are run by Crossroads of the West. There used to be many promoters, AAA, Road Runner, Termark, etc.. But most were gobbled up by the megalithic Templeton family. That was not necessarily a bad thing as Crossroads always spent more on advertising drawing more people. The biggest of the year is the 3 day SARS/Crossroads show which is a MUST SEE. Especially if your into NFA stuff.
I've been to their shows in Nevada also but their not nearly as big as the AZ shows. Private party sales are legal and permitted here which makes it more interesting. Gun shows were originally intended to be gatherings for enthusiasts not an adjunct for dealers. In fact, licensed dealers weren't permitted to do business at gun shows until the early 1980s. I think it's more fun with both.
The "Icehouse" show is coming up this weekend which is the second biggest/best of the year. I used to get tables for most AZ shows for years until disability got the better of me. If anybody wants to contact me for info I'm happy to oblige. What to see AND to avoid, places to stay, etc...
In my experience AZ does have better prices & selection for most part. Of course some of it is Groundhog Day like everywhere else; same old people with same old crud. I always find something new and interesting though.
I was there for that. It just happened to be show where Mexican govt. officials were there to observe! This during all the hype about cross-border traffic. Not a good representation for us. Fortunately no one was seriously hurt. Someone caught a splinter from shattered wood was all. Idiot responsible was banned for life from future shows.
Any dealer worth doing business with will let you leave purchases with them till you leave or hour before show closes. Most will also let you borrow their cart if you leave D/L with them as proof you'll bring it back. Bigger ammo dealers will also bring special order for you if you call it in month or so ahead. I used to stock up once or twice a year.
Business owners can avoid sales tax w/resale license copy. Only 1 big dealer I know of won't do that for you.
Great info @BlackFeather, thank you. I'm thinking I might be able to swing a trip down there during November/December if there's a show worth getting a booth at.
Joe unless you have an Arizona drivers license or Arizona ID card you won't be able to buy any guns anyhow,
so what's the point?
If you find something you really like you can have it shipped to a dealer in your state and complete transfer there. I've been on both sides of such arrangement. Most sellers are willing to do that provided buyer pays for shipping.
If you have an AZ address, friend or family etc.., you can get an ID card pretty easy but I would strongly recommend against doing anything considered "less than legal". If you spend a lot of time in the state but not enough to switch D/L I believe your entitled to one of these. Having a second residence being prime example.
If your thinking of getting tables for the big SARS show in December book EARLY! At least a few months because they go quick. Check extended weather forecast before taking any of the outdoor tented spaces. Weather is usually very nice that time of year but there was a total deluge one year that flooded everybody. Some years it's pretty cold out there in the mornings also. Of course cold to us Zonies means anything under 50 degs.
I had outdoor tables once and it was really nice. You also get some of the best foot traffic but it's hit or miss depending on weather.
In that case Joe, mebbe you better just stick with www.phoenixbackpage.com/SportsEquipForSale/
and just keep it off the books, so to say
The SARS show is worth seeing, it's the biggest gun show, really more like 2 or 3 shows and people from all over still attend, buyers & sellers
I'd like to get a table to hand out cards for the website. Won't be buying or selling anything, unfortunately.
That's good to know, thanks for the tip! Which show is the SARS show?
This year it's Dec. 1-3. Tables (8") are $130ea or $140 for wall location. You get $10 / table discount for paying 15 days in advance. They can provide electricity for extra but it's pretty expensive.
If your just handing out cards you might be able to get outdoor table by itself near the entrance. They do that for NRA, GOA and other "Info Only" vendors. Bring an umbrella if you go that route! For sun or rain.
Regular outdoor tables are under pavilion.
Crossroads phone: 801-544-9125
The Templetons are really nice people in my experience and easy to work with.
You can also book directly through Small Arms Review. If you want tables in their building you HAVE to book through them. Same costs and ticket gets access to both venues. It's sorta 2 shows in 1 kinda deal. Takes place at Arizona State Fairgrounds (both in same compound). Their website:
First year I did a gun show I reserved my tables in the SARS show room--I didn't sell much,
most of the stuff in the SARS room is NFA and nobody was looking for the regular stuff
I was selling in there. The guy in front of me had a Westinghouse electric machine gun,
it was even pre-86 but it cost more than my house so I had to leave it behind. I highly doubt I
could even walk the entire exhibit now, it is that big. Lotsa folks attend all three days, all the best deals
are on the first day--might want to bring some pain pills if you aren't used to a lot of walking, cause
just getting from the parking lot to the front door is a hike, unless you have a handicap placard.
Unless you have deep pockets by the time you pay for parking and getting it the door you ain't saving that much. It's more like wanting to see what's there.
This is pretty much how I view gunshows nowadays -- entertainment.
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