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Cheaper Than Dirt stays in the gun game (with new, high prices)
Guns.com ^ | 12/28/12 | Max Slowik

Posted on 12/31/2012 11:35:13 AM PST by Impala64ssa

Cheaper Than Dirt recently shocked the gun community with their post-Sandy Hook announcement that they were suspending future firearms sales online. They would continue to sell sporting goods and shooting supplies online, but only sell guns at their retail location.

The outrage was palpable. It should be mentioned, for those who do not know, that online sales do not circumvent any gun laws or background checks. It is functionally no different than buying from a dealer in person, except you have a larger number of options with wider product availability and price selections. Guns bought online must still be transferred through a gun dealer and the buyer goes through the same process as everyone else. There was, on the surface, no reason for Cheaper Than Dirt to quit selling guns save for the elephant in the room, Sandy Hook.

With everyone’s jimmies thoroughly rustled, Cheaper Than Dirt either changed their position or finally clarified it, saying that their system could not handle the volume of sales they were facing, and it required renovation before they could begin selling firearms online again (which, at the time of writing this, they have not yet resumed).

This isn’t unbelievable, as the massive spike in sales has caused even larger companies’ checkout systems, including Brownells, who sold more magazines in three days than they did in the previous three years. The sales boom caused many customers to purchase products that were already sold out, causing confusion and frustration.

But the other thing that Cheaper Than Dirt did was raise prices. Even before the availability of guns, accessories and in particular, magazines dried up, they raised their prices. Normal prices for PMAGs then were about $12-14, and they had them marked up to $60.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: banglist; firearms; guns
When gas stations and convenient raised their prices post Katrina, it was called price gouging. What's Cheaper Than Dirt's next stunt? Put Michael "2 dinners" Moore and Rosie O'Dumbass on their board of directors?
1 posted on 12/31/2012 11:35:18 AM PST by Impala64ssa
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To: Impala64ssa

I was on their site this morning and it said they do not sell guns.


2 posted on 12/31/2012 11:37:03 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum ("Democracy is indispensable to socialism. The goal of socialism is communism." --Vladimir Lenin)
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To: Impala64ssa

I went back, and can find zero guns.


3 posted on 12/31/2012 11:39:29 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum ("Democracy is indispensable to socialism. The goal of socialism is communism." --Vladimir Lenin)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Guns or no guns, shop somewhere else.


4 posted on 12/31/2012 11:40:36 AM PST by bgill (We've passed the point of no return. Welcome to Al Amerika.)
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To: Impala64ssa

Let the market work. Higher prices will encourage more production and competition.


5 posted on 12/31/2012 11:41:22 AM PST by bigtoona
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

They will be out of business soon


6 posted on 12/31/2012 11:42:37 AM PST by barmag25
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To: Impala64ssa

7 posted on 12/31/2012 11:43:08 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum ("Democracy is indispensable to socialism. The goal of socialism is communism." --Vladimir Lenin)
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To: bigtoona
When need state AGs to come and regulate price gouging!!
Odd number plates can buy guns on odd number days only!
/sarc

if your NICS check is delayed it's “redlining” and if it goes through immediately it's “predatory selling”!

8 posted on 12/31/2012 11:45:13 AM PST by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

You sure your talking truth?
Looks like misinfo to me:

http://www.cheaperthandirt.com/DealerInfo.aspx


9 posted on 12/31/2012 11:45:47 AM PST by 9422WMR (Life is not fair, just deal with it)
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To: 9422WMR
http://www.cheaperthandirt.com/product/7-G19220
10 posted on 12/31/2012 11:47:53 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum ("Democracy is indispensable to socialism. The goal of socialism is communism." --Vladimir Lenin)
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To: 9422WMR

Can you find a single firearm on your page of links that does not lead to a screen that says?

CheaperThanDirt.com does not sell firearms.


11 posted on 12/31/2012 11:52:41 AM PST by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: Impala64ssa

“Cheaper Than Dirt stays in the gun game...”

Not MY gun game.

FUCTD


12 posted on 12/31/2012 11:53:41 AM PST by moovova
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To: barmag25
"They will be out of business soon"

They deserve it. I won't order anything from them again.

13 posted on 12/31/2012 11:55:11 AM PST by Azeem (There are four boxes to be used in the defense of liberty: soap, ballot, jury and ammo.)
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To: Impala64ssa

That is easy to solve, stop doing business with “Cheaper than Dirt” just like when Smith and Wesson made a deal with the Federal government and people stopped purchasing Smith and Wesson firearms!

Use the free market while we still have a partial one anyway!


14 posted on 12/31/2012 11:56:45 AM PST by paratrooper82 (We have been deserted by this WH and left to fend for ourselves in Afghanistan! Both hands tied!)
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To: thackney

There are multiple companies operating through that website,
You can purchase guns through an FFL that will ship to your FFL.
CTD sells at the walk in store, another dealer sells online.


15 posted on 12/31/2012 11:57:57 AM PST by 9422WMR (Life is not fair, just deal with it)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Same with me. I pulled out my last catalog from them and they had zero firearms in it. They had a lot of parts and a lot of uppers, but no lowers and no complete firearms.


16 posted on 12/31/2012 11:58:42 AM PST by jim_trent
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To: Impala64ssa

My guess is that one or more of the weapons at the Sandy Hook shooting scene were purchased from Cheaper Than Dirt. That is merely a guess on my part and not based on any info. other than CTD seems to have a sudden ‘no guns’ posture.


17 posted on 12/31/2012 12:04:03 PM PST by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America (IMPEACH OBAMA)
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To: thackney

At the bottom of the “Buried in orders” message near the top of the page, it says that online firearms sales will resume once they have updated their process.

http://www.cheaperthandirt.com/


18 posted on 12/31/2012 12:04:44 PM PST by ltc8k6
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To: Impala64ssa

My dad had ten M1 carbine mags in his shopping cart at CTD. Right after Sandy Hook the price jumped from $7ea. to $20.00ea. They changed the price in his cart.


19 posted on 12/31/2012 12:06:42 PM PST by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral.)
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To: Impala64ssa
http://grabagun.com/
20 posted on 12/31/2012 12:13:51 PM PST by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America (IMPEACH OBAMA)
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To: 9422WMR

Look at the title on that page- “Cheaper Than Dirt! doesn’t “sell guns.

All the gun links take you to other dealer pages.


21 posted on 12/31/2012 12:28:19 PM PST by mnehring
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To: ltc8k6
it says that online firearms sales will resume once they have updated their process

Not to me they won't. I updated my purchasing process and it doesn't include suppliers that respond to crisis with the sudden claim they don't sell firearms.

I've purchased many items from them in the past. I will never purchase another item from them. There are too many suppliers willing to support the 2nd amendment in all situations.

22 posted on 12/31/2012 12:37:36 PM PST by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: Impala64ssa

Does anyone have a good ammo site that actually has ammo?


23 posted on 12/31/2012 12:46:57 PM PST by manic4organic (It was nice knowing you, America.)
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To: Impala64ssa

The prices listed at CTD for these items are way too high. Thank goodness I presently have adequate ammo and certain firearms items on hand so I can wait out this craziness. I think the proposed limits and bans will not go into effect as long as enough in Congress don’t cave into the hysteria. Then supplies will be back and prices down.


24 posted on 12/31/2012 12:52:19 PM PST by RicocheT (Eat the rich only if you're certain it's your last meal)
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To: SkyDancer

.30-06 Golden Bear ammo has gone from $11.59 for 20 cartridges (pre-Sandy Hook) to $17.19 (today). And it is flying off the shelves.


25 posted on 12/31/2012 1:32:14 PM PST by NTHockey (Rules of engagement #1: Take no prisoners)
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To: Impala64ssa

A Cheaper Than Dirt brick and mortar store is two different stores under one roof and they even have two different names and operate independently of each other. The catalog store which puts out the catalog and from which you can order online is a separate store, physically and financially, from the counter from which you can buy firearms. You cannot see something in the catalog and go buy it at the store front for that price even if they stock it. The separate Cheaper Than Dirt Sporting Goods back counter sells, delivers and warehouses the catalog sales. Much of the time, the physical store front is cheaper on a duplicate item than the back counter/catalog! The physical front of the store has not changed any sales practice of which I am aware.


26 posted on 12/31/2012 1:38:26 PM PST by TexasRedeye (Eschew obfuscation.)
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To: Impala64ssa

Whoa! The price of dirt must have really gone up!

Glad I put my new lawn in over the summer. I bought 20+ yards.

Maybe they should change their name to “Cheaper than a lot of things.”


27 posted on 12/31/2012 2:08:09 PM PST by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: NTHockey

Give it time. Just like after Obamagabe was elected first time the same thing happened. Things will normal out after a bit.


28 posted on 12/31/2012 2:15:27 PM PST by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral.)
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To: Impala64ssa

Just curious, but why would anyone buy a firearm on-line from CTD in the first place? By the time shipping and the local FLL’s fee is added in, the cost of the firearm is about the same, if not hgher than buying direct from a local gun shop.


29 posted on 12/31/2012 2:24:55 PM PST by Labyrinthos
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To: Impala64ssa

They were always high.


30 posted on 12/31/2012 3:47:57 PM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Labyrinthos
"By the time shipping and the local FLL’s fee is added in, the cost of the firearm is about the same, if not hgher than buying direct from a local gun shop."

You took the words right out of my keyboard...so-to-speak...{:-)

31 posted on 12/31/2012 3:52:00 PM PST by SuperLuminal (Where is another agitator for republicanism like Sam Adams when we need him?)
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To: Labyrinthos

I bought a rifle for my son for Christmas; it was left handed. No local store carried it. I have seen low prices on some of their guns. Shipping for the rifle was $12.00 and the transfer fee was $15.00 so not a big expense.


32 posted on 12/31/2012 4:36:22 PM PST by suthener
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

In regards to Cheaper Than Dirt, it’s about more than firearms. Many people remember their price gouging tactics on ammo a few years ago, and now I think I saw them offering a 30rd AR-15 mag for $50+ dollars, I’ve read rumors that Magpul has refused to supply them with magazines because of their price gouging. CTD can KMA. I wouldn’t piss down their throat if their guts were on fire.


33 posted on 12/31/2012 4:38:25 PM PST by WP Lonestar (No matter where you go, there you are)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
http://www.cheaperthandirt.com/product/7-G19220

So just how long do you think that disclaimer has been up there?

34 posted on 12/31/2012 4:45:20 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (Jab her with a harpoon.....)
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Cheaper than Dirt = More Expensive than gold.. They jacked up prices in 2009 so I took them off my list.


35 posted on 12/31/2012 4:51:17 PM PST by newnhdad (Our new motto: USA, it was fun while it lasted.)
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To: thackney

I’m going to wait and see what CTD’s side of the story is before I decide what to do.


36 posted on 12/31/2012 4:53:49 PM PST by ltc8k6
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To: Hot Tabasco
It's been up for a couple of weeks because I have been in the market for a new bolt-action rifle the last couple of weekss and guns keep coming up on google from there, but when I follow the link to CheaperThanDirt it always says CTD does not sell guns.

You wouldn't happen to have a heavy-barrel .223 for sale, would you?

37 posted on 12/31/2012 5:14:35 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum ("Democracy is indispensable to socialism. The goal of socialism is communism." --Vladimir Lenin)
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To: ltc8k6

When they responded with “CTD does not sell firearms”, I decided then.

If they make a good story, maybe that will be good enough for you. Not for me.


38 posted on 12/31/2012 8:19:13 PM PST by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: Impala64ssa

A good alternative to CTD is Bud’s Gun Shop online. They’ll probably be getting more of the overflow from the news about CTD not selling guns or ammo.


39 posted on 01/01/2013 7:04:54 PM PST by Blue Highway
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