My darling wife pointed out last night that I have a fairly regular stream of family, friends, and acquaintances coming to me to ask me questions about purchasing guns. Indeed, that was part of the inspiration for my $0.99 Amazon.com eBook, So You Want to Own a Gun (which you should purchase now, for everyone you know).
A book is a good start and helps people start thinking the right way about a firearms purchase, but it isn’t a conversation. A book can’t ask you probing questions, search for nuance, or suss out pertinent details that you yourself might not know to ask.
So I ask you, my readers:
- Would you pay for a firearms purchasing consultation?
- Would you recommend that friends or family members engage with a consultant that has no direct monetary interest in the sale of a gun, to help them pick the firearm that would best suit their real needs, as opposed to the needs of a marketer or salesman?
- If you would like to use or recommend such a service, what would be a fair market rate?
I view the job as a counselor’s role, and would treat it with the professionalism it deserves.
I’d have every client fill out a confidential and detailed questionnaire to get a basic feel for who they are and get a rough idea of what they are looking for, followed by a half-hour phone call I’d price at $(TBD) to dial things down more specifically before they go to their local gun stores to peruse the wares. They could go ahead and make a more confident purchase at that point, or narrow their options down to 2-3 guns based upon the guidance given as a result of the initial consultation, and we could have a follow-up conversation at $(TBD) to discuss the pros and cons of the guns they are deciding between before they make their final purchase.
My gut instinct is that the initial questionnaire reading, research and initial call should be priced at $70 or so, with the post-gun store follow-up at $30, so that the whole experience wraps up neatly at $100.
Considering the number of people who go out and purchase their first gun and find it doesn’t really meet their needs, leading to a second or third purchase before they find something that comes close to suiting them, I think it is a great deal in terms of piece of mind and time saved.
So what do you think, folks? Is this a winner, a turkey, or something in between that needs tweaking?