Suppressor Transfer Fees question.

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Finally received an answer from the transfer shop. I've cut and pasted the entire response below minus my name and the gun shops name. The fee went up to $150 now for the transfer and the other $25 is now for Silencer Shop since I used their kiosk I guess.

Good morning XXXXX and thank you for your email, the price is your quoting are for regular transfer fees not NFA items, our NFA transfer fees are 150 this year +25 which is a silencer shop processing fee, any more questions feel free to ask. Also, There are no transfer fees if you purchase the NFA item through XXXXX FYI.
 

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That seems ridiculously high even if you bought from another shop and transferred to this one. I've seen some places do up to like $75 as a transfer fee for NFA items, just like they do $20-30 for transfer of regular guns, but $150 is stupid.
 

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Finally received an answer from the transfer shop. I've cut and pasted the entire response below minus my name and the gun shops name. The fee went up to $150 now for the transfer and the other $25 is now for Silencer Shop since I used their kiosk I guess.

Good morning XXXXX and thank you for your email, the price is your quoting are for regular transfer fees not NFA items, our NFA transfer fees are 150 this year +25 which is a silencer shop processing fee, any more questions feel free to ask. Also, There are no transfer fees if you purchase the NFA item through XXXXX FYI.
So is he saying that the $125 + $25 you were quoted was in error because that is just their normal/non NFA item transfer fee and the $150 + $25 is the corrected fee for an NFA item? If so, A) that's crazy for a non NFA item and B) sounds like he's just pounding you harder for questioning the fee as they clearly remembered to add the $25 extra for the kiosk the first time, and C) if they misquoted you the first time and they are already breaking it off in you, they could at least honor the misquote... Not like he's losing any money on that.

Is there any way to have it shipped somewhere else at this point? If not, I guess they know there isn't a lot of recourse.

Once you get this all squared up, it would be good to know the shop. Not to bash, but just to be aware.
 

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Well, all I can add to this conversation is that with the 7 suppressors I have purchased, I have never paid any more than the "standard" long gun transfer fee at any of the LGS I have used, normally $20 or $25, and if bought through Silencer Shop, which a few were, there was no transfer fee when delivered to a Silencer Shop "dealer".
I'm sorry to say this, but I think you are getting hosed.
 

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Finally received an answer from the transfer shop. I've cut and pasted the entire response below minus my name and the gun shops name. The fee went up to $150 now for the transfer and the other $25 is now for Silencer Shop since I used their kiosk I guess.

Good morning XXXXX and thank you for your email, the price is your quoting are for regular transfer fees not NFA items, our NFA transfer fees are 150 this year +25 which is a silencer shop processing fee, any more questions feel free to ask. Also, There are no transfer fees if you purchase the NFA item through XXXXX FYI.
Seeing your location is Noblesville, Let me recommend M and J firearms in Fortville for your next purchase. He is a silencer shop preferred dealer and I've never paid any fees to him for a Silencershop order.
 

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This is my first suppressor and there is a learning curve. I’m fortunate in that my job and position in life affords me the luxury of not worrying about money, but with that said I’m a tight ass. If everyone else said hay that’s the normal fee I would have paid it already. Seems to me that $150 is at least double what others have paid and I appreciate everyone’s contribution to the thread. But I have an issue with some anonymous keyboard warrior like him rattling uncalled for BS off on a message board that he would never say to me or anyone else face to face.
Yeah, well, I'm pretty sure more than one of us would say it to your face and your thin skin is just egging the rest of us on.

Lighten up, Frances. His point is valid. If you don't have to worry about money, just hush and don't worry about the money.
 

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Yeah, well, I'm pretty sure more than one of us would say it to your face and your thin skin is just egging the rest of us on.

Lighten up, Frances. His point is valid. If you don't have to worry about money, just hush and don't worry about the money.
Yet no one has…. Another keyboard warrior.
 

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Seeing your location is Noblesville, Let me recommend M and J firearms in Fortville for your next purchase. He is a silencer shop preferred dealer and I've never paid any fees to him for a Silencershop order.
Thank you. I end up in Fortville fairly often. I will check them out next time I’m in town.
 

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Well, all I can add to this conversation is that with the 7 suppressors I have purchased, I have never paid any more than the "standard" long gun transfer fee at any of the LGS I have used, normally $20 or $25, and if bought through Silencer Shop, which a few were, there was no transfer fee when delivered to a Silencer Shop "dealer".
I'm sorry to say this, but I think you are getting hosed.
Thanks for the information. I’m going to compile these responses and get them to the store and see what they say.
 

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Yet no one has…. Another keyboard warrior.
We're nowhere close to war, Frances. But you're not getting the picture when it has been presented with subtlety and good humor. Please be aware that I've spared your tender sensibilities further devastation. A word to the wise should be sufficient. Yes, you're getting taken on the transfer fee. Could be it's your own fault for not doing the research going in. Could be you let slip to the transfer agent that money was no object. Perhaps?
I'm trying to be nice to you. I am sorry you are out those $ but having a hard time caring deeply after the info you gave us.
Please, be well and prosper.
 

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If you buy something from their store from their inventory and they charge you a transfer fee they are crooks and would never buy from them ever again. If I could cancel the sale if I could. I would post the name of the shop and tell everyone not to do business with them.
$125 for a transfer for an item from another dealer is high. My guy would charge $50 sometimes $25. When trying to find a place to transfer an item ask others who they have had good experiences with also call around and ask how much they charge.
If the agreed on price was $125 and he decided to ad the extra $25 tell him you agreed it was $125. Either way never use him, post his business on forums and explain his crook like behavior. Tell everyone you know that they never want to do business with him.
I had class 1 FFL I used to do transfers. He changed price on me and lost a lot of potential and previous customers. Business owners who try to screw over people don’t deserve to have customers
 

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Thank you. I end up in Fortville fairly often. I will check them out next time I’m in town.
Apologies if I’m a little late to the thread. I’ve also had great experience with Silencershop purchases transferred through Martin at M&J. He also has a silencershop kiosk to make things even easier.
 

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Probably should have all of that figured out before you bought. Does your local shop sell suppressors?
I see no issue with this ^^^ comment or the question.

It's called "doing your homework" or "due diligence" ahead of time.
It is best to do "it" before you show up to school (or get schooled).
 

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100% OUT THE SHOP!

I’m still newish to the area and have thus far only given any business to the shop down the street from me (though probably well over $10,000 in less than two years)...but should I start to venture out more, I’d like to avoid doing business with places that upcharge if they know that they ‘gotcha’.

Gun shops in general have had a weird past two years, but I doubt they’ve got a lot of reason to dick over customers on transfer fees. They made their payroll and paid their bills and then some...not to say that making a profit is a bad thing, but not when porking an ill informed consumer (though it IS ultimately the responsibility of the consumer to do their homework first).

All the rest of you guys adding to the off-topic chatter, the teaming up and dog-piling here is really childish...let the gentlemen settle the matter amongst themselves and mind your business.

This site has a LOT to offer. Thanks to everyone with helpful responses. I learn something new every day I surf here.
 

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Parabellum in Avon is a Silencershop dealer. Anything you buy online from Silencershop.com can be transferred through Parabellum with no fee. If you want to buy a can elsewhere and transfer it in, they charge $75 for NFA transfers. They also allow you to shoot your silencer at their indoor range while you wait for ATF approval.
I have no idea if that's a "normal" practice of dealers that also have an attached range but that sounds like a great perk and business move for Parabellum! I would strongly consider something from Silencershop just to be able to use it while waiting. Gonna have to pay for that lane time anyway...win win! I'll certainly keep that/them in mind when I'm shopping for suppressors. Cue the music with the shooting star...The More You Know!!
 

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I have no idea if that's a "normal" practice of dealers that also have an attached range but that sounds like a great perk and business move for Parabellum! I would strongly consider something from Silencershop just to be able to use it while waiting. Gonna have to pay for that lane time anyway...win win! I'll certainly keep that/them in mind when I'm shopping for suppressors. Cue the music with the shooting star...The More You Know!!

The range seems to be common practice for the facilities that can support it. Highsmith Guns on the east side of Indy allows for you to use your silencer at their indoor range while you wait for ATF approval, but their indoor range is limited to pistol calibers only. They are not a Silencershop dealer, but they will help you with your paper Form 4. Indy Arms Company in Broadripple also allows for using your Silencer at their range, but they make you purchase their rifle ammo and they aren't a Silencershop dealer. Silencershops website indicates that a few of the shoot point blank locations have Silencershop kiosks. You could always call them and ask about silencer use while waiting for ATF approval at their indoor ranges.

If you are within an hour of Parabellum, I would recommend using them. Most of their staff owns silencers, so they are knowledgeable about the process and the current commercial offerings. They must do a lot of NFA business because silencers and SBRs get minimal attention from other range users.
 
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100% OUT THE SHOP!

I’m still newish to the area and have thus far only given any business to the shop down the street from me (though probably well over $10,000 in less than two years)...but should I start to venture out more, I’d like to avoid doing business with places that upcharge if they know that they ‘gotcha’.

Gun shops in general have had a weird past two years, but I doubt they’ve got a lot of reason to dick over customers on transfer fees. They made their payroll and paid their bills and then some...not to say that making a profit is a bad thing, but not when porking an ill informed consumer (though it IS ultimately the responsibility of the consumer to do their homework first).

All the rest of you guys adding to the off-topic chatter, the teaming up and dog-piling here is really childish...let the gentlemen settle the matter amongst themselves and mind your business.

This site has a LOT to offer. Thanks to everyone with helpful responses. I learn something new every day I surf here.
I haven’t paid the fee they are charging and waiting until the ATF approval comes back. I’m not very confident that they will reconsider, but I’m not going to out them until they stand by their request and charge my credit card. Once they do I guarantee they will be made known.
 

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