SAXET Gun Shows are among the biggest and most popular trade shows around. These shows have firearms, ammunition, knives, tactical gear, and more. You can check it out when the show comes to the Richard M. Borchard Regional Fairgrounds on Oct. 21 & 22. There are a few things to keep in mind if you attend this show.
The SAXET Gun Show will have tons of vendors who are ready to sell you firearms and other items. Here’s a secret: many will give you a better deal if you pay with cash. Yes, they’ll take your debit or credit card without a problem, but you might pay a premium for that. If you aren’t sure how much cash to bring, think about the type of gun, knife, or tactical gear you want, and then head to the bank and withdraw the money. Bring a little extra just in case something else catches your eye at the show.
Know How to Barter
This isn’t Walmart. The prices aren’t set, so don’t be afraid to barter a bit. Here’s the thing, though. There’s nothing worse than insulting a vendor. If you insult the vendor with your offer, you won’t get a deal. It’s okay to go up to 20 percent below the sticker price, but anything more than that will be seen as an insult. Also, that’s just an initial offer, so don’t expect to get that big of a deal. However, if you make an offer that’s 20 percent below the sticker price, the vendor might go down to something more reasonable. The two of you can meet in the middle.
Bring a Bore Light
Used guns are often a great deal, but you need to check a used weapon before buying it. Use a bore light to check the weapon’s barrel for corrosion. Also, look at the chamber and check the timing function. If you see missing parts, rust, or cracks, pass on that weapon and look for something else.
Bring a Trade
Have an old weapon you don’t want anymore? Bring it to the gun show for a trade. Many vendors are more than happy to trade. Even if you can’t do a straight trade, you can bring the price down on another weapon.
We’re also more than happy to trade with you at Mike Shaw Toyota in Robstown, Texas. Bring your current vehicle in and let us come up with a trade-in value for you. Then, you can trade it in for one of our new or pre-owned Toyotas. It won’t be long before you’re tooling around town in your new ride.