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postheadericon CES 2018: The price of tech is dropping, kids can do this!

Row after row of startup tech here has tiny modules designed to be mashed up into the next big thing if their founders have anything to say about it, and the trend continues.

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postheadericon How To Price A Used Gun

If you’re like me, you opened your gun safe after the holidays and realized somebody’s gotta go. Looking through my pistol and rifle selection, I tried to gauge what I could part with and what was worth the most.

That Mosin Nagant from 1934? I picked it up for $ 120 back in 2008. Gunbroker offers me the same one for $ 375. But what’s the value I can actually get from it from either a gun shop or private sale?

If you’ve ever been stuck in this situation, I’m here with you to try to work through pricing in a used gun or sale.

Depreciation For Guns — “It Makes No Sense”

Cars depreciate value the second they go off the lot. However, if they survive long enough, they become valuable again. However, it takes a very long time before a 1992 Mercedes-Benz becomes worth its original purchase price. You may have to wait 100 years. It may also need to be kept in very decent condition in order to command that price.

A gun is a good. It is something you can hold in your hand and use for a purpose.

An antique can be a good but isn’t used as such.

An antique firearm, such as an original Sig Sauer P210, isn’t typically used as an everyday defensive shooting piece. It’s a collector’s item — something relished and preserved by the owner.

The value of an antique firearm is completely separate from its value as a good.

This can get confusing when dealing with a gun that has existed for a long time — such as a CZ-75B. The CZ-75B is both a surplus pistol and a competition pistol. There are multiple markets that seek out CZ-75Bs.

The price that a used gun commands seems to be related to the following:

  • Relative abundance on the market
  • Number of years it has been out
  • Condition it was maintained in
  • (LOCAL) Demand on local market
  • (ONLINE) Demand in online market

There are traditional ways to gauge a gun’s used value. A lot of gun stores use a book like the Blue Book of Gun Values. A more informal tool is searching for the gun on a gun brokerage website like gunbroker.com or Bud’s Gun Shop.

But how does this play out in the real market?

Actual Used Gun Sale Experience Versus Theory

Last year when I took a handgun to my local Mom & Pop gun shop to use as a trade-in, I looked up the value of a gently used version on gunbroker.com. I knew that the pistol commanded an approximate value of $ 345.

Hint: It was a used Walther PPS Gen 1.

When I handed it to the gentleman over the counter, I was surprised when I got quoted 50% of that for trade-in value. And I was even more miffed when I got quoted a little over a third of that value for sale.

Come on! I thought to myself. This is a good gun! I love this gun! How can it only be worth $ 120 for store sale?

Misery loves company, I looked over at the 1911s and the cheapest one I could see was a used Rock Island Armory one for $ 500. How the hell do 1911s retain their value but this awesome pocket carry pistol doesn’t?

It’s not fair! I screamed in my own head.

I ended up taking the trade — not knowing now what I know.

My Approach To Selling A Used Gun

I’ve developed my own algorithm for selling excess inventory of firearms. I don’t typically sell guns. If I did, I’d get an FFL. On the off chance I am selling a gun, it’s because I need to clear out space for either a new one or just clear out space.

Here is my basic algorithm on how I sell a used gun — based upon the laws in my state.

Rule #1: Don’t sell to felons.

You can quickly determine if a person is a felon by using an FFL for the transfer. You give the gun to the FFL. The FFL makes the buyer submit to an ATF Form 4473. There’s usually a fee attached and maybe a few hours wait. Problem solved.

That’s pretty much the easiest way to determine if the buyer is a felon.

Any other way, you’re taking a risk. However, evidence of a current concealed carry permit or similar may be a positive sign that other person is considered a responsible party.

Rule #2: Know the laws in your state governing the private transfer of firearms.

Because my state doesn’t regulate the sale or purchase of non-NFA firearms, I’m allowed to sell my guns to people I know. I’m also obligated to not sell my firearms to known felons or people not allowed to possess firearms. Your state might have different rules. Look them up. When in doubt, consult an attorney.

Rule #3: Sell To People You Know First

There’s a couple people I know that are always on the look out for that next gun. They’re collectors. If I have a particular gun that I think is a good grab, I’ll let them know. If they’re not interested or doing the teeter-totter, I move it online.

Rule #4: Online Sales Through An FFL

There’s FFLs who will sell your gun on consignment. They take a cut of the proceeds and take care of the interstate transfer issues. If you don’t have an FFL and want to sell your gun across state lines, this is the best approach.

Rule #5: Local Sale Through Armslist

Armslist (and similar sites) link up interested buyers with sellers. You’ll get bombarded by interested parties. Most of them fall off the face of the earth within moments. Quite a few of them will have ridiculous requests (“hey man, could you sell for $ 3 and a bag of donuts?”). The good thing about it is it can be a local sale. Find a location that makes sense for you to meet up. Think security. Obviously you’re in the market to sell a gun so choose your meetup location wisely.

If you’re at a loss for where to meet, you can check with your local gun shop to see if they will either facilitate the transfer through an FFL or allow you to conduct a private sale in their parking lot.

To date, I think I’ve sold two guns in my life through Armslist. I got the buying price I was looking for and didn’t have any issues with the buyer. Both sales were done through an FFL and the buyer paid the $ 35 fee.

I did better than I would have done in a trade-in or consignment situation and I still managed to get the cash I was looking for.

  • Know the relative value of your gun.
  • Know how common it is on the market.
  • Know when to drop your price.
  • Know when to ask for help (FFL, attorney, police, etc.).
  • Know your state laws.

Have fun and carry on!

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postheadericon Ruger Announces New Pistol; The Ruger Security-9, And The Price Is Just Stunning

Yesterday, Ruger announced a new pistol to their line-up that will bring some competition to the Glock 19’s and S&W M&P M2.0 Compact’s of the world.

As you can see below, they’ll be available in both 15+1 and 10+1 capacity. But wait, what’s that MSRP? With an MSRP of $ 379 for the Ruger Security-9, it’s sure to appeal to many people looking for a new self-defense firearm.

We’re hoping to get our hands on one soon for some testing and eval, and we’ll have a review up once that’s done.

Take a look at their press release below, including specs:

Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE: RGR) is proud to introduce the new Security-9® pistol. Ideal for everyday carry and self-defense, the Security-9 is an affordable, rugged, mid-sized centerfire pistol that provides everyday security in the perfect caliber, size and price point.

Chambered in 9mm Luger and utilizing a 15-round, double-stack magazine, the Security-9 strikes the perfect balance between a compact and full-size pistol. It is small and light enough to be easily concealed and comfortably carried, yet has twice the capacity of slimmer 9mm Luger pistols.

At the range, both new and advanced shooters will appreciate the easy-to-rack slide; short, crisp trigger pull; eye-catching sights; and ergonomic, textured grip frame. The American-made Security-9 is constructed around a rigid, one-piece, precision-machined, aluminum chassis with full-length guide rails; a blued, through-hardened alloy steel slide and barrel; and a high-performance, glass-filled nylon grip frame with an integral accessory rail.

The Secure Action used in the Security-9 is the same as the LCP® II and is derived from the reliable and proven hammer-fired LCP fire control system, combining the smooth trigger pull of the LCP with the short, crisp feel and positive reset of a single action. Safety features include a bladed trigger safety, external manual safety, neutrally balanced sear with significant engagement and strong spring tension, and a hammer catch to help prevent the hammer from contacting the firing pin unless the trigger is pulled.

“The Security-9 is a yet another example of what we do best here at Ruger: deliver new products to the market that combine innovation and value,” said Ruger President and CEO, Chris Killoy. “We expect our customers are going to be excited to buy the Security-9; they will definitely enjoy shooting it.”

The new Security-9 features a 4” barrel and weighs just 23.7 ounces with an empty magazine. It ships with two alloy steel magazines and a cable locking device.

Ruger Security-9 Specs:

  • Model Number: 3810
  • Caliber: 9mm Luger
  • Capacity: 15+1
  • Barrel Material: Alloy Steel
  • Barrel Finish: Blued
  • Barrel Length: 4″
  • Overall Length: 7.24″
  • Sights: Drift Adjustable 3-Dot
  • Weight: 23.7 oz
  • Grip Frame: High-Performance Glass Filled Nylon
  • Slide Material: Through-Hardened Alloy Steel
  • Slide Finish: Blued
  • Slide Width: 1.02″
  • Height: 5″
  • Grooves: 6
  • Twist: 1:10″ RH
  • CA Approved: No
  • MA Approved & Certified: No
  • Suggested Retail: $ 379.00

For more information on the Security-9 or to learn more about the extensive line of award-winning Ruger firearms, visit Ruger.com or Facebook.com/Ruger. To find accessories for the Security-9 and other Ruger firearms, visit ShopRuger.com or your local independent retailer of Ruger firearms.

About Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc.

Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc. is one of the nation’s leading manufacturers of rugged, reliable firearms for the commercial sporting market. As a full-line manufacturer of American-made firearms, Ruger offers consumers over 400 variations of more than 30 product lines. For more than 60 years, Ruger has been a model of corporate and community responsibility. Our motto, “Arms Makers for Responsible Citizens®,” echoes the importance of these principles as we work hard to deliver quality and innovative firearms.

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postheadericon Oil and gas industry investment in digital technologies shows resilience in oil price downturn, Accenture and Microsoft survey reports

HOUSTON; Apr. 22, 2015 – Despite current lower crude oil prices, most companies in the oil and gas industry plan to invest the same amount or more in digital technologies, according to a new survey by Accenture (NYSE: ACN) and Microsoft Corp. released today at the Microsoft Global Energy Forum 2015. Survey respondents included international oil companies (IOCs), national oil companies (NOCs), independents and oilfield services firms.

In the near term during the current low crude price cycle, approximately three out of five respondents said they plan to invest the same amount (32 percent) or more or significantly more (25 percent) in digital technologies.

Over the next three to five years, approximately 80 percent of the oil and gas industry professionals surveyed said they plan to invest the same amount (18 percent), more (44 percent) or significantly more (18 percent) in digital. Respondents from IOCs and NOCs were the most bullish in the same time period.

Mobility, infrastructure and collaboration technologies currently represent the biggest investment areas across the oil and gas industry. Over the next three to five years, investments are expected to increase in big data and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and automation.

The key for continued digital investment in the upstream sector is improving operational efficiency, rather than simply reducing cost, as faster, more informed decision making and a more efficient workforce were seen as the key areas where digital technologies are adding value and creating business efficiencies. However, to get the most value from digital technologies, oil and gas industry leaders say they need to overcome several barriers, with workflows and processes that create bottlenecks and physical and cybersecurity issues topping the list.

Approximately 89 percent noted that leveraging more analytics capabilities would add more business value, 90 percent felt more mobile technologies in the field would increase value, and 86 percent said that leveraging more IIoT and automation would boost value. Collaboration technologies were highlighted as an area that could be increasingly used in upstream to create a more efficient workforce and to make faster decisions.

“Oil and gas industry leaders continue to look to digital technologies as a way to address some of the key challenges the industry faces today in this lower crude oil price cycle,” said Rich Holsman, global head of digital in Accenture’s energy industry group. “Making the most of big data, IIoT and automation are indeed the next big opportunities for energy and oilfield services companies, and many are already starting work in these areas. They are increasing investments in enabling people and assets, with a growing emphasis on developing data supply chains to support analytics projects that can improve efficiencies, manage cost and provide a competitive edge. Our survey tells us that companies who do not continue to invest in digital technologies risk being left behind.”

“Mobility and other digital technologies are gaining traction as oil and gas players learn to use these technologies to make faster and better decisions from the field to the front office,” said Craig Hodges, general manager of the Gulf Coast District at Microsoft. “Predictive capabilities to optimize maintenance and maximize production can create value, and digital technologies also support better use of scarce resources and talent, management of more complex work, cost reduction efforts and innovation to remain competitive and continue operating safely.”

The Microsoft and Accenture “Oil and Gas Digital and Technology Trends Survey 2015,” conducted by PennEnergy Research in partnership with the Oil & Gas Journal, surveyed industry professionals worldwide, including engineers, geologists and mid-level and executive management from the upstream, midstream and downstream segments.

About Accenture

Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company, with more than 323,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries. Combining unparalleled experience, comprehensive capabilities across all industries and business functions, and extensive research on the world’s most successful companies, Accenture collaborates with clients to help them become high-performance businesses and governments. The company generated net revenues of US$ 30.0 billion for the fiscal year ended Aug. 31, 2014. Its home page is www.accenture.com.

Accenture Digital, comprised of Accenture Analytics, Accenture Interactive and Accenture Mobility, offers a comprehensive portfolio of business and technology services across digital marketing, mobility and analytics. Learn more about Accenture Digital at www.accenture.com/digital.

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services, devices and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

 

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postheadericon Microsoft Lumia 535: “5x5x5” innovation with an affordable price tag

REDMOND, Wash. — Nov. 10, 2014 — Microsoft Corp. announced on Monday the Microsoft Lumia 535 and Lumia 535 Dual SIM smartphones running the latest Windows Phone 8.1 operating system, bringing the latest Microsoft experiences to more affordable price levels.

Offering five great included Microsoft experiences, a wide-angle 5 megapixel front-facing camera, and a spacious 5-inch display — all for an affordable price — Lumia 535 and Lumia 535 Dual SIM help people do more of what they want, for less:

  • Make memorable Skype video calls, and seamlessly switch between voice and video with built-in Skype integration.
  • Access, edit and share Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents and OneNote notebooks wherever you are, with the pre-installed Office suite.
  • Save and sync photos, videos and Office documents securely with 15 GB of free OneDrive cloud storage.
  • Experience Cortana, a truly personal virtual assistant that anticipates people’s needs and makes tailored suggestions.
  • Connect with work and personal e-mail while on the go, with Microsoft Outlook built in.
  • Showcase photos and videos, or get even more productive with Office on the large, 5-inch qHD display.
  • Fit more memorable backgrounds or add more friends into Skype video calls and selfies with the 5MP wide-angle front-facing camera.
  • Never miss a call or text, and be reachable on both SIM cards at any time with Smart Dual SIM for maximum flexibility.

“Lumia 535 comes with our ‘5x5x5’ proposition,” said Jo Harlow, corporate vice president for Phones at Microsoft. “Innovation should be available to everyone, and we are doing this through the very best integrated Microsoft services included and out of the box, a 5MP wide-angle front-facing camera, and a spacious 5-inch qHD screen — all at an affordable price.”

Lumia 535 and Lumia 535 Dual SIM will begin rolling out to key markets in November and will be available in bright green, bright orange, white, dark grey, cyan and black. Pricing for Lumia 535 and Lumia 535 Dual SIM will vary by market and operator, but the estimated retail price will be around 110 euros before taxes and subsidies.

About Microsoft Devices

The Microsoft Devices Group includes award-winning hardware used by over a billion people around the world, including Lumia smartphones and tablets, Nokia mobile phones, Xbox hardware, Surface, Perceptive Pixel products, and accessories.

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services, devices and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

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postheadericon New Nokia Lumia smartphones bring high-end imaging capabilities to more accessible price points

BERLIN Sept. 4, 2014 Microsoft Corp. announced on Thursday the Nokia Lumia 830, Lumia 735 and Lumia 730 Dual SIM smartphones running the latest Windows Phone 8.1 operating system, bringing industry-leading imaging technology to more affordable price levels. Microsoft also announced two new accessories that provide innovative ways for people to interact with their phones, plus the Lumia Denim update, which brings extra features and enhancements to existing Lumia smartphones.

  • With a slim design, the Lumia 830 is an affordable flagship that delivers high-end innovations such as optical image stabilization and PureView imaging to more people.

  • Offering wide-angle, front-facing cameras; an attractive price tag; and slim, compact style, the Lumia 730 Dual SIM and Lumia 735 are built for Skype calls and selfies.

  • Existing Lumia smartphones continue to get even better with the Lumia Denim update, which combines great new features from the latest Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 with exclusive enhancements such as Lumia Camera, which brings high-quality images at the fastest speeds.

“Our strategy is to help people do more with stunning products that unite and showcase the best of Microsoft’s digital work and life experiences,” said Chris Weber, corporate vice president of Mobile Devices Sales at Microsoft. “The Lumia 830, Lumia 735 and Lumia 730 Dual SIM combine popular Microsoft services such as Skype, Microsoft Office and OneDrive with amazing Lumia innovations in design and imaging to bring experiences that people value, at prices they can afford.”

Lumia 830: T he affordable flagship

The Lumia 830 offers the best of Lumia and the latest from Microsoft in a pocket-friendly design and price.

  • The Lumia 830 captures high-quality images and videos, day or night, with a 10-megapixel PureView camera with ZEISS optics, Rich Recording and the thinnest optical image stabilization system to date on a Lumia.

  • It delivers the best of Microsoft with pre-loaded Microsoft Office Mobile; the latest version of Windows Phone 8.1 with Lumia Denim; and OneDrive with 15 GB of free storage, allowing content to be synced and shared easily.

  • It comes with flagship Lumia innovations such as integrated wireless charging in a sleek and light aluminum and polycarbonate design.

Lumia 830 will begin rolling out globally this month, priced around 330 euros before taxes and subsidies.

Lumia 730 Dual SIM and Lumia 735 : B uilt for Skype and selfies

With wide-angle, front-facing cameras and a slim, pocketable style, the Lumia 730 Dual SIM and Lumia 735 let people easily capture and share more.

  • The front-facing, wide-angle, 5-megapixel camera is great for Skype video calls, letting people share more of the world around them or bring more family and friends into a call.

  • With an offer for a free, three-month Skype Unlimited World1 subscription, it’s easier than ever to have an international voice call with friends and family on their mobile and landline phones, right from the Lumia 730 or Lumia 735.

  • Plus, with the integration of one-tap Skype video call access during voice calls,[1] people have even more ways to share their stories, no matter where they are.

Lumia 730 Dual SIM and Lumia 735 will also begin rolling out globally this month, featuring a 2220 mAh battery, 8 GB of internal storage and 15 GB of free OneDrive storage. The Lumia 730 Dual SIM will be priced around 199 euros before taxes and subsidies, while the Lumia 735 with LTE/4G and wireless charging support will be priced around 219 euros before taxes and subsidies.

New accessories to complement Lumia smartphones

Microsoft Devices Group on Thursday also announced two new additions to the innovative Lumia accessories line:

  • The second-generation smart Wireless Charging Plate DT-903 makes the most convenient way to charge even better by intelligently alerting people when to charge and highlighting notifications with a subtle glow.

  • The Microsoft Screen-Sharing for Lumia Phones HD-10 lets people beam any content from their smartphone to an HDMI-enabled screen, easily and without content restrictions. It is good for reliving memories with friends and family or sharing presentations at work.

Lumia continues to get even better with the Lumia Denim update

Lumia Denim combines the latest Windows Phone 8.1 update with exclusive experiences for Lumia smartphones. Lumia Denim also cements Microsoft’s leadership in imaging with the introduction of unique innovations in Lumia Camera that make the camera work faster and more intuitively. Coming as part of the Lumia Denim update to Lumia 930, Lumia Icon and Lumia 1520, Lumia Camera offers the following:

  • Speed. Never miss a moment with Lumia Camera and its fast camera startup and capture speeds. Take numerous photos with just milliseconds between shots.

  • High definition. Using Moment Capture, a long press of the camera button within the app automatically starts 4K-quality video recording at 24 frames per second. Each frame is of high image quality at 8.3 megapixels, allowing every single video frame to be selected and saved as a still image.

  • Intuitiveness. Get the best shot every time with Rich Capture, which simplifies picture-taking with auto HDR and Dynamic Flash. With Rich Capture, people can avoid the hassle of adjusting camera settings; they can shoot first and edit and select the perfect shot later.

  • Quality. Capture high-quality smartphone images in low light with the latest-generation imaging algorithms.

Lumia Camera will initially roll out as an update with Lumia Denim for Lumia 930, Lumia Icon and Lumia 1520 and as an over-the-air update for Lumia 830 in Q4 2014. Lumia Denim will roll out as an over-the-air update to all the other Lumia Windows Phone 8 smartphones, following partner testing and approvals.

About Microsoft Devices

The Microsoft Devices Group includes award-winning hardware used by over a billion people around the world, including Lumia smartphones and tablets, Nokia mobile phones, Xbox hardware, Surface, Perceptive Pixel products, and accessories.

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services, devices and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

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