There are a number of do it yourself gun auction eBay type websites you can use to sell your guns. That option is available to you right now. To use those sites effectively you will need to:
- Know what your gun is worth or at least a good idea. Many people inherit guns and do not fully realize the value of your firearms. Let our specialist help educate you on gun values for free.
- Potential buyers will need to see good photographs of your guns. Good photography and presentation is key.
- Potential buyers will need a good description of the guns components. Do you know how?
- You need to know the law for selling and shipping firearms.
If you don't have the time and expertise to identify the guns and accurately grade their condition, write up the description and take the photographs, you are not going to get top dollar. Plus you need to know the gun laws, with regard to sales and shipping. Please do not sell off your guns cheap at the local gun shop or newspaper. Let us help you get top dollar. If you are in a rush contact us first, arrangements can be made financially with your collection.
The firearms auction business is truly a "niche" market. Attracting the attention of serious buyers is a challenge. We have been aggressive in doing so and are proud of our growing client base and strong marketing efforts.
We can sell you guns in one of our five firearms auctions we hold every year. You ship the guns to us, we have a Federal Firearms License, so shipping to us is no problem. We have specialists on staff that will review your guns and write up quality descriptions. We also have a full photography studio to take professional photographs. Your guns will be placed in our catalog and on our website. We do all the marketing for you. The photo on the right shows part of our 23,000 square foot auction facility. The Finest Firearms Auction Facility in the World.
Our marketing & advertising is tops! Do you see our competitors running full page ads in the Wall Street Journal
We keep it simple when you consign with Rock Island Auction Company.
Consigning is a decision with many concerns. It is our job to make it go smoothly and effortlessly. What you may consider overwhelming we handle as a daily responsibility - its our job.
- We keep the contract simple. There are no hidden charges for photography, insurance, etc. Our rates are some of the best in the industry.
- Getting items to Rock Island Auction Company is hassle-free. We are a Federal Firearms Licensed dealer. Items may be shipped directly to us or we can arrange for a pick up. Rest assured we will be with you every step of the way to get your items safely here.
- Once your items are in our possession and care they are stored securely and fully insured.
- We have an average sell-thru rate of over 97%.
Determining gun values:
This is one of the most difficult questions to answer on the phone. Typically what we do is have you tell us the Manufacturer, Model and type of gun that you have. Usually you can tell this information as it is many times marked on the firearm. Any markings or symbols you find can also help us. Photos are always very helpful, you can either email us photos, or send us copies of your photos in the regular mail. You also have the option of bringing us your guns where we can review them in person for the most accurate assessment of your items. We will discuss your guns with one of our on staff specialists, we can show them the photos you send us and provide you with a rough estimate of value. We also have a very large database we can reference that gives us a good idea of what we can sell your gun for in one of our auctions.
How do I Ship my Guns?:
First talk to us we have people on the road every month, it may be possible that we can pick up your guns right at your location. After you have spoken with someone here so that we know you are shipping your guns to us, make sure all firearms are not loaded. Next packing is very important. If its a small item like a pistol, use lots of bubble wrap, Styrofoam packing material. For long guns you may want to consider purchasing a plastic gun case, then packing that gun case in bubble wrap and heavy cardboard. Other things to do before shipping.
Insure your items for a value you feel good about. (its rare to have items damaged in shipping if packed properly)
In your shipping boxes please leave a packing list inside each box of what is included along with your contact information.
We use FedEx for most items, however any traceable method is an option (i.e. UPS, Registered Mail).
We are an FFL holder (federal firearms licensee) so it is perfectly legal for you to ship firearms to us.
Antique Firearms - Any firearm made prior to 1899, under federal law may be mailed or shipped between private individuals FFL not required by post office or common carrier.
Modern Firearms - Any firearm made after 1898, are subject to restrictions on mailing & shipping. Generally private individuals that do not have an FFL may ship modern firearms by common carrier to Federally licensed dealers or collectors holding an FFL license.
Mailing Modern Handguns - Mailing of handguns is permitted between FFL Dealers. The wording of this permission does NOT include FFL Collectors. FFL Dealers mailing guns to other FFL Dealers are required to fill out a special post office form on each such mailing.
UPS & FedEx - Both have policies that require handguns to be shipped only by the overnight method.
Call us and we will answer any questions on shipping.
Contact - Call or send us an email.
We have staff you can speak with. This is all they do everyday, speak with people like you who want to sell firearms and related material such as edged weapons, military artifacts and more. Call our number and ask for Rob or Leslie.
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