Just recently a few local gun guys and I were discussing the worst parts of buying, selling, and trading firearms. This mostly has to do with using Armslist. Armslist is a site I love, and appreciate. The people presented have nothing to do with the platform itself. It’s more of a reflection on gun culture than Armslist. Shortly after our discussion I ended up on another one on Reddit, but it encapsulated cell phones, computers, tvs, guns, cars and pretty much everything on internet buy, trade, and sell groups like Craigslist. Then out of nowhere, the Firearms Blog did a post of something similar here. So I figured I’d throw my hat into the ring, with the Five Weird People on Armslist.


Lowest Price guy / Lowest trade

This one was the subject of the Firearm Blog’s post. The guy that starts a negotiation off with, what’s the lowest you’ll take for the gun?


If you are one of these people stop. Regardless of what gun I put on Armslist I always get this kind of email. “What the lowest you’ll take?” I generally take one of three routes depending on my mood.


  1. I increase my price. So if I want 500, I want 525 from them
  2. I ignore them outright, until they email me twice.
  3. I explain to them I don’t negotiate from the bottom, and they can make an offer, but I don’t haggle against myself. (This is when I’m feeling nice.)


One I feel Patrick R. left off is the low trade guy. Let’s use the Glock as a measuring stick. I put a Glock 19 up for a reasonable price and wait. I get at least one or two ridiculous trade offers. Often someone asking if I’ll trade my Glock 19 for a pot metal junk gun, like a Lorcin, an old German Rohm Revolver. Or I put up a nice SIG P226, and someone offer a Taurus PT111. I’m not hating on Taurus, but they are nowhere equal in value.