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Old 10-15-2018, 10:25 PM   #1
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3 years ago a guy we work with occasionally that my dad hunts and fishes with once or twice a year contacted us to let us know he was selling all of his hunting or fishing gear due to a divorce and needing cash right now. He was moving to Florida with his new gal and starting a new life.
Long story short, I bought a decent shotgun (scoped slug with a rifled barrel for MN metro slug hunts) for my wife and a few expensive rods and reels on the cheap end as he was eager to make a quick deal on a lot at once and raise some quick cash. He calls me out of the blue today, and basically says he's back on his feet, never left town and He wants to buy his gun back this week so he's good to go for deer season. Not being one to kick someone when they are down and hoping to be a decent person and maybe get the same treatment should my chips ever be down, I immediately agreed. I thought it was a bit presumptuous the way he asked, but remembered he's always been a bit rough around the edges, and figured it's not fun calling a guy the same age as your own kids and trying to buy a gun back that you've killed most of your deer with. My wife was happy when I told her, even though she killed her first whitetail with it. She confessed she never cared for it as she wants a Savage 220 instead. To the gun store we go! Funny how it's all coming full circle, as I did't especially care for the gun and had some buyers remorse and came close to trading it or selling it last season when my wife took the year off to take care of a newborn.
Am I foolish for selling it back for the same price, or just trying to do the right thing?
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Old 10-15-2018, 10:27 PM   #2
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Old 10-15-2018, 10:35 PM   #3
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I would do exactly the same ...you never know it may work out for the best
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Old 10-15-2018, 10:36 PM   #4
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Nope. You helped him through a rough spell. I say good on you. I bought a nice Remington 22 from a buddy several years ago. It had been his grandfathers. I told him when he got his stuff together, I would sell it back to him at the buying price. I did just that a couple years later.


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Old 10-15-2018, 10:37 PM   #5
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I did the same with a Marlin .357, except that I called my buddy back to see if he wanted it back. He did, and we are still very close friends.
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Old 10-15-2018, 10:39 PM   #6
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You did right, never know when you might need the help. Even if you don’t, you helped a guy out when down. Good on you.
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Old 10-15-2018, 10:44 PM   #7
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Yepp I think we have all been on either side of that deal and it’s good to help out.
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Old 10-15-2018, 11:11 PM   #8
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Lets say it was a factory engraved deluxe Winchester 9422 that was worth $350 at the time of purchase and $4200 now, plus your kids built memories with it.

I say Bovine Scat, they used to have a name for it, something like Native American trader.
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Old 10-15-2018, 11:13 PM   #9
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You made the right choice!
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Old 10-15-2018, 11:16 PM   #10
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He sounds like a jerk, frankly.
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Old 10-15-2018, 11:31 PM   #11
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It was the right choice you were honest on your words.
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Old 10-15-2018, 11:32 PM   #12
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Think you did the right thing and doesn't sound like you'll miss it too much. That being said, you paid money for it and its your property. You could've told him to pound sand. You did him a favor and he should've politely asked you for the opportunity to buy it back if you were willing to sell.
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Old 10-15-2018, 11:35 PM   #13
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Easy choice, especially considering you and your wife don’t particularly care for the gun. No reason to try and skin him out of extra money. You did him a favor back then, but you also got a good deal. Selling it back at the same price means you break even, plus he still owes you a favor if you ever need one. You basically got to borrow the gun for free for a couple of years while helping a buddy out at the same time.
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Old 10-16-2018, 12:32 AM   #14
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I think you done good, however, he shouldnt have asked for it back.
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Old 10-16-2018, 12:48 AM   #15
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If i really liked the rifle, I would have said no. If I didn’t like the rifle, I’d have sold it back to him at a profit. Why? He was gonna leave town with his gal after a recent divorce...that told me a lot. His ex wife prolly never saw a cent, he spent it on his new ho.

It seems that I’m the first to dissent from the group think, so flame away.
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Old 10-16-2018, 01:01 AM   #16
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I’d be happy with the fact that I could get the dude his gun back. It may have sentimental value. I’d sell it back to him without hesitation
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Old 10-16-2018, 01:43 AM   #17
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Ive done similar a few times when people I knew where selling guns because they needed money. Told them they could buy back for the same whenever and I promise not to sell for a year. I dont have to loan out money, I get a new toy that I can always sell later or keep if i like, and they can still get it back if things work out.
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Old 10-16-2018, 04:57 AM   #18
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done it a couple times with buddies, i just stick it in the safe and basically hold them...they eventually buy em back. actually one of the few times i can openly buy a gun in front of my wife............
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Old 10-16-2018, 05:05 AM   #19
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You got your use put of it and you aint losing money. Id do the same I believe.


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Old 10-16-2018, 07:24 AM   #20
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No harm no foul. You got to test drive a gun you found out wasn’t what you wanted, and gave cash to put towards one you might like.
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Old 10-16-2018, 07:41 AM   #21
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Think of it as a free gun loan
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Old 10-16-2018, 07:51 AM   #22
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If you want to keep it, keep it. He sold and gave up all claim to it

If you don't like it, sell it back to him

You are not obligated in any way to sell it back regardless of how he feels
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Old 10-16-2018, 08:20 AM   #23
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Sounds like a blessing in disguise.

Iíve got a few guns I wouldnít mind selling back .


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Old 10-16-2018, 08:59 AM   #24
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If you value him as a friend sell it back for what you paid. Its a classy move. Considering his circumstances. Friends are FRIENDS.
Now I have a friend who sold a me a factory folding SS mini 14 back in 1985. Hes been begging me to buy it back now for 10 years. I promised it to my middle son who always called it the golf club gun due to the shoulder part of the stock looking like a putter. As much as I would like to satisfy my friend, It is no longer mine.
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Old 10-16-2018, 09:02 AM   #25
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I think you did the right thing.
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Old 10-16-2018, 09:34 AM   #26
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I've done the same with some buddies and sold it back at same exact price.
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Old 10-16-2018, 09:36 AM   #27
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While you certainly had no obligation to do so, you did the right and moral thing and I applaud you for that. It warms my heart to see so much of the same sentiment here in the responses. Just one of the many reasons I love the green screen.

There is already way too much hate and greed in the world.


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Old 10-16-2018, 09:43 AM   #28
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He sounds like a jerk, frankly.
This^^especially if that's how "matter of fact" he was about it..
My actions at that point would have greatly depended on his attitude..

Was there an agreement before hand that once he got back on his feet that he had the option to buy back??
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Old 10-16-2018, 10:05 AM   #29
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If i really liked the rifle, I would have said no. If I didnít like the rifle, Iíd have sold it back to him at a profit. Why? He was gonna leave town with his gal after a recent divorce...that told me a lot. His ex wife prolly never saw a cent, he spent it on his new ho.

It seems that Iím the first to dissent from the group think, so flame away.
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This^^especially if that's how "matter of fact" he was about it..
My actions at that point would have greatly depended on his attitude..

Was there an agreement before hand that once he got back on his feet that he had the option to buy back??
x2, sounds like a jack wagon.
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Old 10-16-2018, 10:14 AM   #30
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Similar thing happened to me several years back, but was 76 acres of land that is worth about 4 times what I paid for it then. Not looking forward to a call from him.
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Old 10-16-2018, 10:16 AM   #31
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Weird deal but it was your call. Iíd be happier if the guy would have just asked you that if you still have the gun and ever plan on selling it to touch base bc Iíd be interested. But thatís just me.
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Old 10-16-2018, 10:22 AM   #32
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Am I foolish for selling it back for the same price, or just trying to do the right thing?
Sounds like it worked out perfectly.
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Old 10-16-2018, 10:35 AM   #33
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I have done this deal with several friends over the the years. I bought their guns when they were down and out and later sold them back to them for the same amount. However, I too was in a bind once and sold a nice rifle to a friend, he was going on a moose hunt in Alaska and he needed a larger caliber and I was short on a deer lease payment. So I sold it to him with the understanding that I could buy it back in the future. A year later I tried to acquire to get the rifle back and he balked on the deal. I even offered to pay more money and he said that was never the agreement and I could go jump in a lake. I told him I was sorry he misunderstood and if he ever decided to sell it I would at least like to get the first chance, knowing he knew full well the agreement.

I see him once or twice a month in a local eating establishment. He won't make eye contact with me now. I have absolutely no dealings with that individual anymore.

I think you are doing the right thing. A man's word is a mans word and a handshake is handshake.
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Old 10-16-2018, 10:44 AM   #34
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Similar thing happened to me several years back, but was 76 acres of land that is worth about 4 times what I paid for it then. Not looking forward to a call from him.
No way on earth I'd do that. At absolute maximum I'd give him a slight discount from current market value.
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Old 10-16-2018, 10:46 AM   #35
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I think you are doing the right thing. A man's word is a mans word and a handshake is handshake.
Unless I'm missing something, a same price buyback wasn't part of the original deal.

That said, on a gun, I wouldn't really care unless I felt like I was being taken advantage of.
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Old 10-16-2018, 10:46 AM   #36
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Good on you. I would have done the same.
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Old 10-16-2018, 10:49 AM   #37
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Similar thing happened to me several years back, but was 76 acres of land that is worth about 4 times what I paid for it then. Not looking forward to a call from him.
You do realize that youíre not obligated to sell it back for the same price you paid for it?
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Old 10-16-2018, 10:28 PM   #38
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You do realize that youíre not obligated to sell it back for the same price you paid for it?
On that note you are not obligated to sell it back at all unless you agreed to when you bought it. It's nice to read so many do or would be willing to. But you don't have to and the person should ask if you would sell it back not tell you they are buying it back like the OP's story.
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Old 10-16-2018, 11:12 PM   #39
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Clarification: I’d sell it back to a friend that was down on his luck at one time. It’s the right thing to do. If I bought it from a guy who ran off with a younger woman and left his wife high and dry...he’s gonna have to kick in more money than what I bought it for.
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Old 10-17-2018, 12:06 PM   #40
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Clarification: Iíd sell it back to a friend that was down on his luck at one time. Itís the right thing to do. If I bought it from a guy who ran off with a younger woman and left his wife high and dry...heís gonna have to kick in more money than what I bought it for.
because you're the arbiter of justice?

so you'd leverage the opportunity to profit off of his behavior? lol
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Old 10-17-2018, 01:18 PM   #41
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Someone that makes you feel obligated, guilty, or displays the attitude the OP portrayed, ain’t a friend. They are more likely a user/abuser with no regard for someone else.

Even a Pawn shop has rules, fees, time constraints, and boundries.

We all have these takers and users in our life, whether we keep them around or not is personal preference.

I had one yahoo that borrowed my table saw for three years, I needed it but it was broken. He bought me a new one for my job then borrowed it again. I haven’t seen him of my saw in six years.

Many stories about folk like that and the ones who mistake kindness for weakness.

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Old 10-17-2018, 01:38 PM   #42
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There is a time to make a point and there is a time to cut bait and run. I'd be annoyed if somebody was presumptuous about being able to buy something back. I'd definitely say no, if I wanted to keep it. But, since you don't want to keep it. I'd definitely sell it back. As far as the price. I like to deal reasonably... I'd just sell it back at the same price I was sold it. I don't see the need to make a profit of everything in life.

now the land thing from a different poster - no way I'd sell it back at the same price. There is the principal of time value of money - and when you tie up money in land, and that land appreciates... there is no way I'd sell it back at the same price - if I were to sell it at all. A $200 gun is a different story.
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Old 10-17-2018, 05:37 PM   #43
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I would have done the same
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Old 10-18-2018, 02:00 PM   #44
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I did something similar. My daughter Needed money for Christmas for her kids & sold me a Winchester 94 she inherited from her grand father. Never asking for it back, I gave it back to her a couple years ago for Christmas. After I had used it with success on a couple deer!
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Old 10-19-2018, 10:13 PM   #45
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I would’ve sold it back BUT I’d be way more bitter about it than you are.
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Old 10-21-2018, 02:27 PM   #46
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I've done the same.

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Old 10-21-2018, 02:39 PM   #47
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You did the right thing.
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Old 10-23-2018, 12:18 PM   #48
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I bought the same gun from the same guy 2 different times and kept selling it back to him for the same price.
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