Free shipping on all firearms...

Discussion in 'Kyle's Gunshop' started by khufford, Apr 15, 2011.

  1. khufford

    khufford XDTalk 100 Member

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    We got the dreaded "MAP Pricing" call from Glock last week and they told us if we didn't adjust our pricing to MAP that we would be added to their "do not sell" list. We were selling 3rd gen 9mm's and 40's $10 below MAP and Gen4 guns and .45's $20 below MAP. We don't want our supply of guns cut off, so we have complied with their request...

    However, in order to make it as painless as possible for our customers, we have changed the way we do shipping on firearms. We used to charge a flat rate of $15 for all firearms but have decided to include shipping in the price of the gun. This works out better on some items than others. For example, a Glock 19 3rd gen was previously selling for $489.99 + $15 shipping ($504.99). We now have it listed at MAP price ($499.99) and shipping is included, so you save $5. A Gen4 19 was previously priced at $529.99 + $15 shipping ($544.99) but we now have it listed at MAP ($549.99) and free shipping, so you lose $5.

    You'll be happy to know, we have raised prices on all XD's and XD(M)'s by only $10 and changed the shipping to free on those as well, so on XD's you save $5. We make less money this way, obviously, especially on XD(M)'s because the cases are so large they won't fit in a flat-rate box. We often times end up paying between $17-25 to ship an XD(M) just due to the size of the case. We are committed to being very competitive on price, so the hope is that the better pricing will result in more volume.

    Shipping for ammunition and accessories has remained unchanged. Even as shipping prices have gone up pretty much across the board due to higher fuel costs, our shipping rates have stayed the same since last year.

    We hope you guys like the changes, feel free to comment...

     
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    XDfense XDTalk 1K Member

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    I'm in the retail business too and MAP pricing can't be avoided for the reasons you stated above. However, there are numerous "creative" ways to abide by the rules yet still be very competitive and it looks like you've taken those measures. To me, it shows you want to have the best prices to move more product and also be able to help your customers by having the lowest prices. I'd say it's a win - win.
     
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    Yep, and no credit card fees like the other guys charge. The price on the website is the price you pay... :)

     

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