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The Best Way to Sell Your Guns Online

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04/06/2018
By Joel R. Kolander

What is the best way to sell your guns online?

Sometimes you have to sell a gun. Most of us don’t like to, but there are a number of valid reasons to do so. Fortunately, there are an even greater number of outlets with which to sell your guns. Sure, you could take your gun to your local gun store (LGS) or the nearest big box store, but you’ve decided to avoid the middle man (and his cut of your profits), and decided to sell your firearms online.

First off, good for you. You’ve already made one decision that makes you more money, but what other decisions can you make to help you earn more for your collectible firearm? To sell it on your own, one of the most popular and growing methods is to sell your gun online. To do this, you can sell through any of the numerous websites for such a purpose, or you can sell with Rock Island Auction Company. Here are some of the pros of each.

Liberator-pistol-with-box

This cheaply stamped little pistol might not look very glamorous, but its value may surprise you.

 

Online Gun Auction Advantages

  1. Less waiting.

These auctions are literally going on all the time. Some auctions can be as long as 15 days, but others can be as short as three. If you utilize a “Buy It Now” option, you item could sell even more quickly, though you may wonder if you earned the most possible money for your gun.

  1. Some offer a lower percentage to sellers.

Many popular online retailers offer a sliding scale with low percentages, a minimum charged fee, as well as fees for “optional services.” These lower fees make sense since you, the seller, are doing all the work except for hosting the listing on a website. However, some sites still assess a fee to list your item regardless if it sells or not.

 

Singer M1911A1 pistol

Is your collectible firearm a commonly seen gun or a collectors’ Holy Grail?

 

Selling Your Guns Online With Rock Island Auction Company Advantages

  1. There is a lot of work selling guns online. We do all the work.

This is a huge consideration if you’re selling lots of guns and other items. Listing one item online might not seem like such a big deal. What if you’ve inherited 20? Or 500? Can you imagine taking detailed photos for all those items, creating a listing for each individual item, answering buyers’ questions, and then packing and shipping them with insurance, lest anything happen to the gun. Make sure you know the laws where you are shipping your guns. If you do not take good photographs and provide a good detailed description you will not provide confidence to others to bid up your guns. Dealing with disputes after the sale when your buyer finds an undisclosed fault you may not be aware of. Let us do the work for you.

Good Photography of your gun is required: As the old saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. On this page there are photos of guns taken right off our online catalog listings. Good photos give buyers confidence to bid more. Compare two photos of guns for sale. The photo up above is a of a Colt 1911. This next photo below is another Colt 1911, it was taken randomly from an online gun listing at another company. Which photo represents the gun better? Which photo will give the bidder more confidence to bid more money?

Poor photo: Selling guns online Requires Good Photography

Poor photography like this does not give buyers a sense of confidence to bid or buy.

When you consign with Rock Island Auction Company, you “Ship the gun, and then you’re done.” For larger collections, we can even come pick them up. After that, there’s nothing left to do but wait for your check. We securely house the gun, as well as professionally photograph and describe the gun – things that make a big difference when enticing buyers.

With RIAC, your guns appear in both a physical and online catalog for buyers to search. We spread these catalogs far and wide to tens of thousands of qualified buyers and collectors, reaching even those collectors who choose not to shop online. We also market in numerous publications and websites – exposure a simple online listing could never hope to have.

  1. We know the gun laws. You must follow the all the laws when selling guns.

Rock Island Auction Company fully complies with all Federal and state laws. Do you know your buyer’s state laws? Have they changed recently? Is your buyer eligible to purchase the item you’re selling? Are you completing a legal transaction? For example California and other states have some very strict and different laws. Violation of these laws can be a very serious problem for you. Are the guns you’re selling part of a trust or estate? We can help you with how to ship your guns. We have mountains of experience with all these scenarios and more.

  1. We know what guns are worth. Find out what your gun might be worth.

A question we get more than any other is “What is my gun worth?” We have heard many stories of how people with rare guns (sometimes they don’t know they have rare guns) were taken advantage of by buyers. RIAC has been the #1 firearms auction house in the world since 2003 and which gives us a lot of data and first-hand knowledge about what prices guns bring from real buyers. Our experience keeps us well-informed on the current values in any genre of firearm, and our thousands of registered bidders are knowledgeable as well. Don’t guess on a value and lose out on money. Let our expertise and passionate collecting clientele get you top dollar for your collectibles. We have thousands of qualified buyers waiting for each auction we build.

 

RIA Top 50 guns

If you have a very rare gun we have the buyers for it. Check out or top 50 recent sales over the last 5 years.

  1. No scams

When you sell your guns with Rock Island Auction Company, you never have to worry about the “other guy.” Will he pay? Will his method of payment be good? Do we have to meet in person? RIAC pays you via check or ACH 35 days after your gun sells at auction.

  1. Selling guns online and Earn the most possible money

We know collectors. We have an army of loyal, repeat buyers who know where to come to find the guns they want. Not only that, but we’re constantly advertising and aggressively marketing for new buyers. We advertise in major newspapers such as the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Chicago Tribune, as well as dozens of industry publications and websites. RIAC also attends the nations’ largest gun shows and events. We do things the online gun auctions simply can’t match.

If you were selling a $250,000 collector firearm, would you still sell through an online gun auction? How about a machine gun?  No? Why not? Because more money is at stake and you would want your firearm to get the most possible attention. Why would you settle anything less with the guns you own?

late WWII VG1.5 Volkssturmgewehr rifle

Crude? Thrown together? This German “Last Ditch” World War II VG1.5 Volkssturmgewehr rifle sold for $51, 750 in 2011.

 

  1. No “extended user verification” fees. Or any fees!

If you try to sell on some sites, they want a credit card number and a fee so they can perform an “extended user verification.”  When you sell with Rock Island Auction Company, there are no fees, no hidden charges, and no surprises when you get your check. We take our flat percentage that was agreed upon prior to receiving the gun and that’s it. You will never see a separate charge for photography, insurance, storage, bold type for your item’s headline, placement on our homepage, or for “extended user verification.”

Some online auction services also assess their charge to list your item whether it sells or not! Unfortunately, this is not uncommon as online listings must sit out there until the item sells. The more times you have to list it, the more charges you will be assessed.

Winchester "Double W" bullet board

Even non-firearms items can be quite valuable. This Winchester bullet board sold for $31,625 om 2017.

These are just a couple of the benefits to selling your collector firearms online with Rock Island Auction Company when you choose to sell online. We do the work, market your gun to hundreds of thousands of qualified buyers around the world, and ensure a legal, scam-free experience. We also deal with trusts, estates, interstate and international transactions, and the world’s top collectible firearms. Let the world’s #1 firearms auction house do the work, while you sit back, relax, and rest assured knowing that you’re seeing the highest possible return on your collectibles.

Ready to sell your firearms online with Rock Island Auction Company?

Start by finding out an estimate of what your guns are worth , or might bring at auction.

We also attend many gun shows.

Check our events page for gun shows we attend. Bring your guns to our booth for a free review and estimate.

 

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