Gunbroker, or gunbroker.com is an online web-based firearms auction broker company, based in Atlanta, Georgia. This company was established in 1999 by Steven F Urvan who is the Chief Technology Officer and CEO of the company. The Chief Operating Officer is Donald Hall. Gunbroker does not sell weapons, but makes provisions for third parties to conduct the actual transactions of buying and selling of firearms.
All transactions on the company website are supposed to be legal, so it is mandatory for members to be authorized to buy and sell firearms. Buyers should also have a license for using and possessing firearms. The company uses authorized agents in weapon dealing called FFLs (Federal Firearm License) as agents for conducting and authenticating transactions. This way, the credentials of those entering transactions are authenticated, which ensures safe and secure transactions at all times.
In 2008, as a result of a change in eBay’s policy of banning all firearm-related transactions, there was an exodus of customers who moved from eBay to Gunbroker. As a result, Gunbroker was adjudged as the third-largest company in the United States in the “Shopping and Classified – Auctions” category. This ranking was certified by Hitwise, a service that specializes in the measurement of websites.
Products and Services of Gunbroker
When you visit Gunbroker.com, the first thing you see is an abundance of firearms products for sale. It is difficult to cite specific products that are available, since this is a buying and selling portal, and the transactions are of a highly dynamic nature. However, some generalizations should be sufficient to give a fair idea of the products that are usually available on this website. The products advertised on Gunbroker.com may be used or brand new – you can browse the website to buy stuff specific to your requirements.
Registering with Gunbroker
Fees and Charges
There is an activation fee of $1.00 upon registering with Gunbroker. If users of free email services are flagged up as ‘suspicious’ by Gunbroker, a charge of $2.00 will be charged to cover a detailed security check. There are no recurring membership fees, but sellers also are required to pay a $2.00 fee for a security check. Sellers will also be charged a “final value fee” after the item has been sold, which is based on a percentage of its final selling price.
All brands of pistols are available. Some of the brands that are currently available are Springfield (Mod.2™), Smith & Wesson (422 4.5″ .22 LR and M&P PC – 9MM Compact), and Colt (Double Eagle series). You can get a good deal on a branded pistol in the range between $300 and $900.00. The final price would be determined by the counteroffers proposed by other bidders.
Gunbroker.com has a great selection of assault rifles from which to choose from. Again, the exact models cannot be determined due to the dynamic way that this portal works, but, generally speaking, branded weapons can be bought at prices of about $900 to $1,000. The rifles that you are likely to see for sale are both factory-new as well as used weapons. Some of the most common brands are Ruger, Gwinn/Bushmaster, and DPMS (Arctic Panther assault rifle). Other iconic brands like Remington, Winchester, and Kel-tec are also likely to be available with Gunbroker.
Accessories and Ammunition
There is an exciting variety of accessories available at Gunbroker. You can get sights & optics, holsters, hunting gear, clothing, bags & wearables, furniture (like gun safes) and all other accessories imaginable. You can filter your search for all items listed on Gunbroker by category, which is a very convenient facility, if you are looking for something specific. There is a separate category for ammunition, which you can also search for accordingly.
Gunbroker: Testimonials and Reviews
Despite being well-established in the global firearms market, there is a lot of negative criticism for Gunbroker. Here is what some buyers have to say about Gunbroker:
Multy (online name), who was a customer for nine years says, “I found early their customer support people are arrogant, rude, condescending and not helpful at all.” The customer terminated the contract due to inappropriate language use by the customer service staff.
Sacorbi (online name) was charged double by the seller. The breakup of charges was not provided. Although Sacorbi brought all this to the seller’s notice, the seller posted negative feedback on the website and refused to send the item. Ultimately, Sacorbi received a postal money order in the via US Mail.
Doit26 (online name) experienced a case of false advertising in the case of an early model Remington 700. The buyer, a seasoned gun expert, immediately realized that the product was not a 1971 model as claimed by the seller, but in fact, a late 70s model. However, all attempts to bring this false representation to the attention of Gunbroker fell on deaf ears and ultimately, “…they just allowed someone to purchase a firearm for a high premium through false advertising. The gun is worth no more than $300-$350, but the winning bidder just paid $630.”
In a more positive note, an anonymous buyer bought a non-chrome barrel from Gunbroker for using on a new prototype weapon, and the barrel held out well and was still accurate after 6,000 rounds being fired through it.
Gunbroker – the Final Verdict
For what it is, Gunbroker is a good company. It is a good place for buying and selling firearms and accessories. However, Gunbroker’s customer service is very poor and does not provide adequate help. The policies of the company tend to put the buyer at a disadvantage, although some excellent products and good deals are available. The bottom line however is that if you buy from Gunbroker, proceed with extreme caution, keeping in mind the legal term, Caveat Emptor, which means, “Buyers, Beware!”
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