They have a new policy. People have apparently been directing Gunbroker purchases to them for transfer without telling the store this is happening. This asshattery perturbs them, and I am totally on board with their peevishness. If you do that, you have to pay a higher transfer fee or they reserve the right to refuse to do that all together. $100 if you surprise them, $75 normally. I am on board with that. I'd even charge MORE than $100, were I them. $150 or $200 will put a stop to such rudeness with a quickness, and be profitable in the meantime. Way to antagonize a vital gunstore FFL resource, boneheads.
The policy is not the problem. It's the sign they have up announcing it. It says the policy, then "We are not the internet. GFY." I assume GFY means Go F*ck Yourself. Well, THAT'S classy. Sure to boost sales.
I don't begrudge them the policy, but the internet sales are going to grow, not shrink. There are gunstores in MD that still charge a $25 fee and welcome the little business AND the foot traffic. I know I buy stuff whenever I go into the store, even a box of ammo. But this is the second time in a month I've been in there and felt an unfriendly vibe. I started frequenting that shop BECAUSE they were the only one that treated me like a customer, not an annoyance. "Wait on that guy, he buys something every time he comes in here." I overheard a story while in there over a year ago about an attempted gunstore robbery. The bad guy handed them a note, like in a bank holdup. So I did something similar, right then, in response. I handed the guy a note that read "Sell me something..." But I knew them well enough to have fun like that. I don't think the current crew would 'get' that kind of joke from me.
The owner was also absent, again. But he isn't the only one there that knows me on sight.
What to do? I don't want to presume to tell him his business. And I understand why he is upset, of course. But still. I wish the situation was different. I want my old gunstore experience back, but am helpless to make it so and have no known local alternatives. Many gunstores are crotchety in their own way.
Worst. Caturday. Ever. - Perfectly Timed Photos has some good pictures.
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