(sponsored post) Tyler Capobres writes: If you’re like me, you buy guns, and spend even more money customizing them. I have one shotgun that cost nearly $2000 — once I was finished customizing it how I wanted. Don’t forget you’ll also need ammunition for those guns . . .
If you’re lucky, your local retailer might have a few boxes on the shelf. If not, you have to start calling around or buy it online. Next, you’ll want some more magazines, speed loaders and additional equipment, because nobody wants to spend half their day at the range reloading.
Add it all up and you’re paying an arm and a leg to various retailers for all the guns, ammunition and gear you want.
What if I told you that you’ve been going about it all wrong this whole time? Would you believe me if I told you I was in the same boat, until I found a way to save 15-40% by buying it at wholesale prices?
Whether you believe me or not, I’ve done it. I’ve purchased $145 60-round AR15 magazines for $110. I’ve purchased name brand optics for $70 cheaper than the lowest online prices. If you’re willing to put in some time and effort, it will pay off dividends.
The Benefits of Buying Wholesale
I’ve worked in retail, and I can assure you that there isn’t much markup being added onto ammunition and guns themselves, but gun accessories and tactical gear are a different story. You can expect a minimum markup of 15-20% on most items, and that doesn’t include sales tax.
That may not seem like much to you, but it certainly adds up.
Let’s say you buy a pair of ear muffs for $19.98. Assuming the markup is “only” 20%, that’s $3.33 you’re giving to the retailer. On top of that, you’re paying sales tax on the retail value of the item. Where I live that’s an additional 6%, so add another $1.20.
You’re now paying $4.52 more, which you could’ve spent on something else, or just saved the money for later. It doesn’t seem like much, but when you add up all the purchases you make in a week, month, year, etc., I think you’d be surprised at how much you’re giving to the retailers.
While online retailers try to lower the cost of shipping, they can only go so far before it starts cutting into their profits. Yes, there are websites that will offer free shipping if you order over a certain dollar amount,. But I’ve never had luck finding a one-stop-shop website where I could combine ammunition, gun accessories and tactical gear into one purchase to get free shipping on all of them, together.
Some wholesalers will offer you flat-rate shipping. There’s one I use that charges me $9 to ship practically whatever I want. No, I haven’t tried ordering an entire pallet of ammunition, but I have ordered several magazines, several boxes of ammunition and a knife or two. Care to guess what I paid for shipping? You guessed it: $9.
Even while writing this book, I received an email from one of the companies I purchase from, informing me that shipping has been reduced. Ground shipping is now $9.95, and only $14.95 for 2nd Day Air.
Sometimes you’ll find shipping costs are cheaper ordering online, than through wholesale channels. There have been a number of occasions where I found myself in such a situation, and ended up purchasing through retail channels because it ended up saving me a few dollars over wholesale costs. When you see those opportunities, take them.
Shipping costs really come into play when you combine them with larger inventory selection.
One dealer I use has average shipping costs, which sometimes end up being more expensive than through retail channels, but their selection is what keeps me coming back.
In one order I can purchase a 50rd drum magazine for my Ruger 10/22, 1.25” 12-gauge buckshot, hearing protection, magazines and any upgrades or gun replacement parts I want. Their inventory is so large that I can do that, whereas elsewhere it would require me to pay 4-5 different retailers to buy the same things. I’d also have to pay shipping costs to each retailer, which would set me back anywhere from $30-50.
It’s cases like these where a large inventory, combined with discounted or flat-rate shipping, allows you to make your money go further.
Show me the Savings!
Now that I have your attention, I’m sure you’re curious just how much I’ve saved using this system. Let me show you some examples. For purposes of simplification, I am only comparing the savings without shipping charges.
Interestingly enough, this category has the least savings involved, depending on the type of ammunition you buy. While I did save some money over places like Ammo Seek, there are often times online deals that cannot be beaten.
Speer Gold Dot 9mm 124GR 20rds per box
Savings: $2.21 (10% savings)
American Eagle 5.56 XM193 150rds per box
Savings: $6.53 (12% savings)
This is the largest area where you will save a lot of money buying at wholesale prices. The markup on these items can easily be double what you pay at wholesale.
GSG 22LR 110rd Drum Magazine for Ruger 10/22
Savings: $27.58 (40% savings)
Lula Loader for AK47/Galil
Savings: $7.84 (29% savings)
Smith & Wesson Shield 9mm 8rd Magazine
Savings: $6.50 (19% savings)
Surefire AR-15 60rd Magazine
Savings: $38.70 (30% savings)
Walther PPQ M2 4” 9mm
Savings: $99 (16% savings)
Obviously, the savings you get depend on the manufacturer, popularity, demand, etc. Due to length, I haven’t listed all of the purchases I’ve made using this system. After going through invoices, I calculated I had spent $480.88 on ammunition and gun accessories. Using the same method above, I came up with the following:
Savings: $118.60 (19% savings overall)
Now you’ve seen the markup retailers are charging that you could be saving. I’m not demonizing retailers by any means. They provide an important service for our communities, and their desire to make a profit isn’t wrong. Our society thrives on capitalism and I wouldn’t have it any other way. My system will walk you through how to create your own business with your state, apply for sales and use permits, and start setting up wholesale dealer accounts so you can start saving money.
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