Now that we've all had a chance to speak our piece, can we all please get back to the main topic of this post?
Which is: Selling our "cheap crap!"
Note: Yes, we sell stuff cheap. We do it for several reasons.....
1. We like money. $
Lots and lots of money. Our stock doesn't do us any good sitting on the shelf so we price it to sell. Yes, if we had a rare shotshell magazine in stock we would put it here to sell quickly (and at a reasonable price).
2. We have a website..... Not everything we have for sale is on the website. We've currently have a box of WWII and Vietnam radio parts sitting in a WWII land mine box waiting to be sorted through and put up for sale. Will any of it make it to the website? Probably not, we'll offer it up on the WWII and Vietnam reenactor boards first, or some of it may go on eBay or to a WWII/Vietnam historical reenactment. The Thompson stuff might have gone to eBay, but this forum and the WWII proboard was/is more likely to produce faster sales.
3. We want everyone to know that if we are not 100% positive if an item is original then it is priced as a repro. Have we sold rare original stuff as a repro, you bet we have. But we don't rip people off by selling something we don't have in stock or sell them a repro as real.
4. We get a lot of "window shoppers" and "tire kickers" online and at shows/reenactments who have big dreams and empty wallets who ask "How much?" and then vanish only to reappear a month or two later and cry, "But I thought you were holding that for me!" Sorry, but if you want an item bad enough, then buy it now.
I know how John feels, for I've done the same thing in the past when I was heavy into collecting Missouri National Guard and 35th Division items for my collection. More than once I've asked a dealer about an item, walked away from the table, then came back 10 minutes later to find the item sold. These events taught me a valuable lesson in collecting, "Strike when the item is available and don't wait if you really want said item."
So, if you want some decently priced Thompson mags, both XX and XXX, please let us know. We'll do the best we can for you. Some of you have purchased stuf from us already and we hope to sell more "cheap crap" to the rest of you.
Thank you for your time,