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I've got a newer 3rd gen saa I'm going to sell, my problem is I really don't want to ship. I hear a lot of horror stories and I just don't want to deal with it. I want to do an in person deal. I'm thinking of an ad in the classified section here but I live in northern Minnesota, kinda far from the big money spenders. Any other suggestions ??
 

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Just state willing to sell FTF (Face to Face) in Northern MN. If the price is right it should sell. Actually I fish Crane Lake and Lake of the Woods every May but I guess that is a long ways off.
 

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Use armslist when listing request whoever emails you back to add their phone number so you can call them back. Talk to the person make sure you feel comfortable before you meet and pick a mutually convenient place where there are lots of people. I have had many nice encounters on armslist and met a lot of nice people. If it doesn't feel right Dont meet. Make sure and request them to fill out a bill of sale and show their id which is not required but I always ask. Hope this helps
 

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I'd recommend Gunbroker over any of the other sites, myself.

A newer 3d Generation SAA is decent property - you'll get a decent price, but in the eyes of many, it's not a 'big money' gun, so look at what sells on GB and price accordingly.

Any FFL guy can ship it for you for a fee, but face-to-face is less of a hassle.

Good Luck!
 

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Speaking of big money, what do you think is a fair price? Serial # puts it about 2011, blue with great case colors, 5 1/2"- 44-40 appears to be unfired but cant be sure because I didn't buy it new. Has blue box with all papers and lock. Once I get pics I'm starting with an add here. Thanks for the replys.
 

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Speaking of big money, what do you think is a fair price? Serial # puts it about 2011, blue with great case colors, 5 1/2"- 44-40 appears to be unfired but cant be sure because I didn't buy it new. Has blue box with all papers and lock. Once I get pics I'm starting with an add here. Thanks for the replys.
Does the cylinder have a turn line? If it doesn't have a turn line, appears unfired, and you have the outer white sleeve with serial number, you can probably get at least $1,500 for it, given the shortage of factory SAAs these days. If you're willing to take a chance on Gun Broker and ship it, you may get more.
 

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No turn line I can see but no white sleeve either. I wont ship..thats why I'm posting. I'm going to try to get pics tomorrow in the daylight and put a PTP ad here and give that a try first.
 

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You get the price you want with self-discipline, but the amount of time it takes requires an audience. To do it quickly for an SAA requires Gunbroker. I’d encourage anyone to get over some of the common hang-ups about selling online and shipping.

List it on GB. Sell it. Use Fedex internet to make a 2 day label to the FFL its going to. Box it with a copy of your driver’s license. When your payment comes, drive it to a Fedex location in Bemidji or Moorhead or Grand Rapids or Hibbing or Duluth. Set it on the counter and say “’I’ve got the label taken care of, just want to see it scanned into the system.”

2 day label costs about $35 usually to anywhere in the continental US.
 

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You get the price you want with self-discipline, but the amount of time it takes requires an audience. To do it quickly for an SAA requires Gunbroker. I’d encourage anyone to get over some of the common hang-ups about selling online and shipping.

List it on GB. Sell it. Use Fedex internet to make a 2 day label to the FFL its going to. Box it with a copy of your driver’s license. When your payment comes, drive it to a Fedex location in Bemidji or Moorhead or Grand Rapids or Hibbing or Duluth. Set it on the counter and say “’I’ve got the label taken care of, just want to see it scanned into the system.”

2 day label costs about $35 usually to anywhere in the continental US.

If you did this, and something happened to it wouldn't you be in a bind for not shipping it overnight per FedEx policy? There is a huge difference in price, and I'd like to do the same but worried about the risk IF something happens and try to claim insurance.
 

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Don,

Gun Broker is a good place to sell as others have said. There are some things that must be done to bring higher prices however. One is to offer a return w/refund. Another is to have a high positive rating with lots of sales. The third is to have excellent pictures. Outdoor overcast light is best, but blued guns are still tough. Lastly, penny start, no reserve auctions seem to bring higher prices. Big risk however if you're honest and don't shill bid. I usually set no reserve and a starting bid at my minimum. I've bought and sold quite a few guns on GB and have been satisfied. Shipping through the US Postal Service is the cheapest, but handguns must go from dealer to dealer. I can tell you from experience that if you do not follow USPS rules to the letter your claim won't be paid. Shipped Priority, a handgun usually can be done for less than $20.00 minus insurance. I do not know about UPS or FedEx claims, but their rules require overnight shipping which is expensive. FTF is often easiest, but with gas prices in my area, it can be cheaper to ship across the state than drive for a pickup.

Jim
 

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Don, sounds like you are risk averse concerning selling shipping. A face to face sale is certainly possible. I would suggest planning a trip to the Twin Cities to take your SAA to one of the gun shows. Or, google "Minnesota gun shows" to see what other gun shows might be closer. If you carry it around in its box, I can guarantee someone will show interest. A dealer will probably offer you 60% of its retail value, but they need to make a profit. Make up a sign that says "Colt SAA for sale"' , pin it on your shirt, and you WILL get interest.
 

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Ketch, I'm going to the Duluth show with it, and I'm thinking of getting a table at the Bemidji show. This may sound dumb but I don't really want to get rid of it, but I'm looking for a 1st gen and since I have a 2nd gen NIB already that I cant shoot I don't need another safe queen so I thought if it sells, its money towards a 1st.
 
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