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I Want to be an Arms Dealer

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Edrof, Jun 12, 2019.

  1. Edrof

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    Hello all!

    After a health scare I'm now following my passion for bringing historical weaponry to the masses (in an interior design context) and I'd like to set up as a dealer. I already have a website and a bit of a following on Instagram, I can source products quite easily and I have a clear set of goals but, like many people trying to follow their dreams, I have no idea about the nuts and bolts side of things so I'd love a bit of advice from anyone who has set up as a shop.

    Do I need to get an accountant or is it easy to get your head around the books and taxes yourself?

    Lastly, you chaps are probably slap-bang in the middle of my target audience (dear God) so I'll probably be doing some market research on you in the future.
     
  2. Feek

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    *looks at signature*

    ;)
     
  3. Maccapacca

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    Are you wanting to buy from these then mount and display for others in a LL-B type of fashion? Would you consider using your own stock plus others and maybe set up a stall to try and sell them before you fully commit?

    If you look at D&B and WWA their niche is they deactivate their own under licence and controls. they source from around the world and import themselves, it's hugely complicated I assume that's not the line you want to follow?

    Will you be wearing a beret, scarf and tweed jacket?
     
  4. Diddums

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  5. touch

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    It'll be very difficult to set up an online shop. PayPal, SagePay, and most other payment provider won't even talk to you if you're selling weapons. Even deactivated guns and other completely harmless things will cause issues.

    I know of a shop who sell small parts for guns (springs, washers, bolts, etc) and they got banned from paypal even though they dont actually sell guns - or any other weapons.
     
  6. Eurofighter

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    Do you sell Mac 10s? And how fast can you get them?
     
  7. Mr Badger

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    You really do need to do some market research before wasting time and money on this. If you want to make the big bucks online then Gucci belts are where it's at.
     
  8. Maccapacca

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  10. Thekwango

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    quarterstaff for the win - no need to reload, no risk of jamming. admittedly it's more difficult to conceal but you could pretend it's a really long walking stick. :p
     
  11. Maccapacca

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  12. Mr Badger

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    Remove the pommel.
     
  13. Quartz

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    Get an accountant. You don't know the laws or the rules.

    Given your specialism, I take it you are aware of Matt Easton of Easton Antique Arms and Schola Gladatoria?
     
  14. Marky

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  15. Dis86

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    Wait...You are a shop?
     
  16. LEUVEN

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    I think it was the 3rd picture I scrolled to was when it clicked and I had a little chuckle.
     
  17. MonkeyBasher

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    The OP did say weapons. His site has many pictures of pistols and rifles that all predate 2016.
    I expect there is a different UK legislation for bladed weapons.
     
  18. Edrof

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    LL-B?

    I have a Barbour wax jacket already and a flat cap so I'm ahead of the game. I will be concentrating on antique European and Indo-Persian weaponry, no firearms as they just complicate things, and presenting them as investment-level interior design features (with framing options, proper photography, professional write-ups). Frankly, I want to move these beautiful and historical items from the musty militaria fairs and into the modern home.

    Thanks for that. I don't plan on having a proper checkout system just yet but many other militaria dealers do have a method in place so there must be a solution.

    No, but I plan to be the main UK source for antique boxing stances.

    Indeed. I have some deactivated examples but I won't be buying and selling them.

    I think an accountant might be the way to go, at least at first until I know what I'm doing. I do know Matt, yes.
     
  19. Maccapacca

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    Laurence Llewlyn-Bowen :p

    My wife and kids bought me a potato masher for fathers day this year. The parcel is in the hall I'm not allowed to touch it yet :mad:
     
  20. Feek

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