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Marci

Bristol, VA

#1 Aug 4, 2012
I can't find anywhere how much it costs to get in. Does anyone know? From what I've read about other gun shows, some places charge you to park as well.

I MIGHT pay $1 to get in, but any more than that just for the "privilege" to do business with dealer-priced items doesn't make any sense at all to me. I mean, are there that great of deals that make up for the price to get in?

Looks like if they really wanted to attract buyers, the price to get in would be zero. Am I missing some great advantage here? Because I can sit here and browse the internet for good deals.
widows son

Kingsport, TN

#2 Aug 4, 2012
Marci, I went to the show there last year and if I remember right they charged around $6.00. They did not charge for parking though and if you couldn't get a parking place close there was a free shuttle bus. Also, if you "carry" they will not let you in with it loaded. You have to leave the magazine in your car. I know what you mean though, seems kind of stupid to charge you to shop! I have been to "gun shows" in several differant states and they all charge pretty much the same.
Ahhh

Charlotte, NC

#3 Aug 5, 2012
Nothing is free; the cover charge has to cover renting of meadowview, advertising through radio, newspapers and insurance. In addition, you have to pay the workers, clean up crew, rent tables, pay for police protection to the city, etc. At a dollar, you would never make it. The dealers have to pay to be there as well, renting the tables to help offset the cost to the customer. The Internet will be the demise of many things. Folks are penny wise and pound foolish.
widows son

Kingsport, TN

#4 Aug 6, 2012
I was wrong, the cost is $8.00 but you can get a "discount" coupon for $1.00 off, Woohoo!
Marci

Bristol, VA

#5 Aug 6, 2012
None of the expenses are the customers' concerns. I don't pay to get into anywhere else I shop even before the internet.

The implied advantage of paying to get in seems to be cheaper prices / good deals. However I keep hearing people say the prices are pretty much in line with what you would pay at any dealer anywhere. I don't care about their expenses, I care about mine. I was just trying to figure out why I would pay to shop when I can just go to a local dealer.
Wazzup

Johnson City, TN

#6 Aug 6, 2012
Or you can just stay at home you cheapskate.
widows son

Kingsport, TN

#7 Aug 6, 2012
As a veteran of gun shows for many years now in several states, you can get some good deals at the shows. But with that said, it is like everything else. You have to be a wise shopper and compare prices. I have seen several dealers at the same show selling identical handguns for $50 -$75 less then the other guy. But, if you have a good relationship with a local gun shop you can usually get a better price there, plus service in the future. I have also found that as the show goes on you can sometimes get a better deal on the last day. The one big upside to a show is the variety of items all in one place. I am to the point now though that unless I am looking for something special, I do not go to any of the shows to just "look". It's not worth it and I have to agree with Marci that you shouldn't have to pay to shop.These big venues make enough money off the vendors to cover costs.
Dont be a cheepskate

United States

#8 Aug 6, 2012
In many parts of the country, flea markets have been charging admission for over 20 years. I guess they figure it keeps out the cheepskates like you, and leaves the place to the real shoppers. The ones that bring money with them.
Ahhh

Albemarle, NC

#9 Aug 7, 2012
Marci, take a lesson in economics. There is no such thing as a free lunch. Costs are built into every stage of commerce. In absolute terms, with a following like you have, in 20 years you will not have stores, everything will be ordered online because people are pinching every penny. It's clearly a race to the bottom. The real gun traders, those buying expensive guns, don't complain. Cover keeps out the trash that wants to come in with no money and just look around and handle products they don't intend to buy.

On another note, it's fun to watch the locals say "what's your best price on that". When you tell them to simply make a cash offer and that any offer will not offend, they walk off, clearly having no intention or ability to buy. Many quality things are not carried by local dealers due to the penny pinchers in the area.
Marci

Bristol, VA

#10 Aug 7, 2012
Ahhh wrote:
Marci, take a lesson in economics. There is no such thing as a free lunch. Costs are built into every stage of commerce. In absolute terms, with a following like you have, in 20 years you will not have stores, everything will be ordered online because people are pinching every penny. It's clearly a race to the bottom. The real gun traders, those buying expensive guns, don't complain. Cover keeps out the trash that wants to come in with no money and just look around and handle products they don't intend to buy.
On another note, it's fun to watch the locals say "what's your best price on that". When you tell them to simply make a cash offer and that any offer will not offend, they walk off, clearly having no intention or ability to buy. Many quality things are not carried by local dealers due to the penny pinchers in the area.
Haha - oh sure in TN we can't get pretty much any gun we want. And it's because of penny pinchers? Economics? Free lunch? I'm sorry but YES it's free to walk in the door of my local dealer. The question was about what you get if you PAY to walk through a door. People will ALWAYS look for the best price - what coma have you been in? In this economy you can bet your last penny that it will be pinched.

"Real" gun traders? Well if those "real" gun traders don't complain, why are they at a gun show trying to get a deal? They can just pay whatever at the local gun shop. A gun dealer can order whatever it is you need. And if you're wanting to actually hold the weapon in your hand before buying, that means you're still on the fence about it and walking away may just mean there was something about it you didn't like, didn't want, want to check other dealers, etc.. It doesn't just mean you can't afford it. If these "locals" (as in who else do you expect to attend a gun show?) don't have the ability to actually buy, why would they be wasting money paying to get in?

And for the record, I've never paid to go to a flea market and never will. People GO to flea markets to save money. When you go to shop, you may or may not find what you are looking for so who would be interested in paying just to come back with nothing? That's...you know...life. You want customers? You give them incentive, not remove it. Must be some kind of vortex or other going on there in NC.

Thanks widows son for the information I was clearly asking about to start with - that was very helpful. That answered my questions. Sheesh, getting a direct answer Topix is almost like work sometimes.

For the rest of the substance-lacking answerers wanting to rant on feeding your self-importance, go get your narcissism kick somewhere else because since I've got the answer I was looking for, I won't be giving myself further headaches by checking back here. Whew!
Marci

Bristol, VA

#11 Aug 7, 2012
"Oh yeah?! Well, blah blah blah blah blah blah blah!"

There. Answered for ya. I didn't get the last word. Congratulations. The container view of your simple world is intact. Bye, now.
Dont be a cheepskate

United States

#12 Aug 8, 2012
If you shouldn't have to pay to shop, why does "Sam's Club" have so many members?
Ahhh

Stanley, NC

#13 Aug 8, 2012
The real traders of quality guns don't buy new guns. Give one example of something you can buy at the local gun shops that's quality. Gun shows have been reduced to flea markets. When I ran my shows, I would not even allow new guns to be sold, only collector guns. It's not sophisticated buyers as it once was.
kuntry

Johnson City, TN

#14 Aug 13, 2012
Marci,
local shows are just what you indicate .... not worth the price of entry.

Ahhh, from Skyland, is spot on .... what was once good has been morphed into nothing more than " new gun" sales disguised as " gun shows " and thus quality of selection went down as price ( overhead ) went up.

Bigger areas ( Knoxville, Atlanta, Charlotte ) tend to have better "shows" , drawing true collectors of vintage, quality firearms.

But for most .... just go to your local store or internet sales .... most purchasers have no knowledge of firearms beyond the advertisements in magazines and gain nothing at " shows".
felon

Jonesborough, TN

#15 Sep 27, 2012
I've been to Meadowview twice for gun shows. As a wise man once said, "Fool me once, shame on me. Fool me twice...won't go back again."

Basically that gun show is dirty old coots with broken down guns trying to cheat other dirty old coots out of their broken down guns.

I don't trust that many of the boxed guns are brand new. I don't trust that the reloaded bulk ammo is filled with gunpowder and not sand. And even if I did trust the seller, the prices are retail + 10%. The only worthwhile aspect is to test out some guns for balance in real life. Otherwise, I'll stick to gunbroker dot com.

The sellers must get charged a lot, because there's not too many things there priced to sell. Given how much materiel weighs, why would you want to pay to constantly trailer all that crap back and forth. Sell it if that's your goal.
Steve johnson

Johnson City, TN

#16 Nov 10, 2013
Well I have plenty of money so I enjoy the show and buy what ever I like
gun lover

Elizabethton, TN

#17 Nov 10, 2013
people like this "marci" make me sick!! as a proud American I went to the gun show paid to get in took 2 guns & left with 5 guns. people like her need to grow up & get a life. just cause ur a damn idiot doesn't mean everyone else is!! drop dead!!
Marci

Kingsport, TN

#18 Nov 11, 2013
Thanks mr. gun lover. That was mature. Nanny nanny poo poo to you too. As a proud American, I am sorry there are apparently "grown up" people like you who can't carry on a conversation without throwing stones.

And I'm glad we proud Americans still ask questions instead of accepting jerks like you who would like us to bend over and take it. All I was asking was why I had to pay to get in the door. If you can't explain yourself, go to Germany. "Damn idiot" pretty well paints a picture of your post.
Bloody thumb

Kingsport, TN

#19 Nov 12, 2013
Ahhh wrote:
Marci, take a lesson in economics. There is no such thing as a free lunch. Costs are built into every stage of commerce. In absolute terms, with a following like you have, in 20 years you will not have stores, everything will be ordered online because people are pinching every penny. It's clearly a race to the bottom. The real gun traders, those buying expensive guns, don't complain. Cover keeps out the trash that wants to come in with no money and just look around and handle products they don't intend to buy.
On another note, it's fun to watch the locals say "what's your best price on that". When you tell them to simply make a cash offer and that any offer will not offend, they walk off, clearly having no intention or ability to buy. Many quality things are not carried by local dealers due to the penny pinchers in the area.
Another fun one is to say "I'd take $6 for it" and watch them start grabbing for their purse, and then say. " I said I'd take $6 for it, but I'm not the owner. I think the owner wants $200."
One day at one of these gun shows, some gun is going to misfire, starting off a chain reaction of rapid and automatic gunfire throughout the facility leaving as many as 100 dead Teabaggers. That's why I say NO children should be allowed inside
Larry

Kingsport, TN

#20 Dec 6, 2013
Bloody thumb wrote:
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Another fun one is to say "I'd take $6 for it" and watch them start grabbing for their purse, and then say. " I said I'd take $6 for it, but I'm not the owner. I think the owner wants $200."
One day at one of these gun shows, some gun is going to misfire, starting off a chain reaction of rapid and automatic gunfire throughout the facility leaving as many as 100 dead Teabaggers. That's why I say NO children should be allowed inside
Yeah, that's kinda stupid. But it does represent what you lib/progressives view as "valid intelligence".

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