Three expensive letters: NIB

Discussion in 'General Sako Discussions' started by icebear, Mar 2, 2021.

  1. icebear

    icebear Sako-addicted

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    I continue to be amazed by the enormous premiums brought by older guns that are (at least claimed to be) new in the original box. Certain collectors prize this cachet of untouched newness above all else. The latest Sako example is an AIII carbine in .270 that sold on Gunbroker for a few dollars under $2,000. Now that is a desirable specimen, but A-series guns in .270 or .30-06 are the most common of the Sako carbines. A .270 in excellent condition is, at most, a $1000-1200 gun. That puts the NIB premium over excellent at 60-100%. And a collector who has paid that kind of premium is unlikely to defile his prize by actually shooting it, as that would be a very expensive first shot. I sort of understand the mind-set, but I just can't wrap my head around the idea of paying double the going price for a gun in order to not shoot it. You have something similar in Colt single actions, where guns with an unturned cylinder bring a big premium. It really gives meaning to the expression "too valuable to shoot." Personally, I just won't pay that kind of premium for a gun that's NIB. I buy guns to shoot.

    Here's a link to the .270.
    https://www.gunbroker.com/Item/892590450

     
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  2. gowyo

    gowyo Sako Junkie

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    With 41 pix, there's only two reasons why those God awful weaver bases were left on. Marring from the set screws...prove me wrong.
     
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    icebear Sako-addicted

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    A good point - and one that sort of negates the idea that it's really NIB.
     
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    Tomball Well-Known Member

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    I requested he remove the weavers to photo the top of the dovetails and he refused. He refused on other requests, could not prove gun was not shot and would not post anything to do with the barrel proving no copper fouling. Any new Sako rifle I have bought shows evidence of being shot at the factory.
     
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    paulsonconstruction Sako-addicted

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    Must be a lot of new uneducated Sako buyers come to the market recently or it's just another rigged GB auction. I pretty much ignore the bidding type sites like GB. At least on the sites where the owner lists a price, you can contact them with a possibility of negotiating or making an offer. Looks like it's time to be selling, not buying.
     
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    All previous comments are note worthy information for those who may not be educated yet on the world of collectible items for investments. The present market is being effected by many with deep pockets who are looking for a place to invest to protect value going forward. In the process many unwary pilgrims will be subjected to unscrupulous sellers looking for short term profit. As many of the collectors on this web site have always stated, "buyer beware".
    I have always been appreciative of the valued information and help that this group of collectors have been willing to share with those who are seeking information and help before making purchases.
    My sincere thanks to the folks that built and maintain this forum. Their work has improved the value and exchange of information for all Sako lovers around the world. Sakojim.
     
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    icebear Sako-addicted

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    The bidding pattern was kind of strange. The winning bidder was NR.
     

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