Why online gun stores are making a comeback
Posted On July 29, 2021
Online gun shops have been making a revival in the last few years.
There are some who say the trend is not healthy for the industry as the competition is fierce.
There have been a few online gun retailers who have opened their doors.
Many people say that if a shop is open 24/7, it is better for the customer.
However, the reality is that online gun dealers have had to cater to an increasingly big number of customers.
Here are some reasons why online gun store is going back to the drawing board.
Online gun shops are now the second most popular online business after e-commerce, with over 8.5 million transactions as of March 2017.
While the business of online retail is booming, the online gun shop is in a dire straits, as online gun vendors are losing business to cheaper online retailers.
According to the latest survey conducted by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), online gun sellers saw a loss of over 2.5 lakh units between January-March 2017.
Online gun stores, which are not subject to any government regulations, are still in the midst of a transformation.
There is a growing interest from gun enthusiasts and the government is keen on their inclusion in the government’s e-shop pilot project.
The NSSF also said that online firearm retailers will be allowed to sell firearms to consumers online within six months of the pilot being launched.
However, the government has not provided any guidelines or rules for online gun sales, as it is the responsibility of gun owners to keep their firearms locked up.
The National Shooting Arms Federation (NSAF), which has been the primary player in regulating online gun business, is yet to finalise rules and regulations.
However the NSSRF says it will soon put in place rules for the online sale of guns.
While online gun merchants have seen a revival, they are facing a serious shortage of stock due to a shortage of qualified staff.
NSSB chief executive Ramesh Kumar said, “There is a shortage in trained personnel in online gun retail.
This shortage is a real problem for us.”
Online gun sellers are also facing a threat of online blackmail.
Gun shops have also been seeing cases of blackmail in the past.
While online gun manufacturers have been able to keep track of online gun buyers, the dealers are not.
In a recent report, NSSI found that there was a drop in the number of cases of online firearm fraud reported to police.
However many online gun suppliers say they do not know how to monitor the online behavior of buyers and sellers.
Online retailers do not have a centralized database that stores data on all the transactions, which makes it difficult to detect online gun scams.
A recent survey by NSSD, a research firm, revealed that only a small number of online sellers are able to verify all their transactions.
In addition, the majority of sellers do not disclose all the information about the transactions.
The survey also showed that the online sales are only a medium in which online gun marketers can survive.
Online sellers are not able to compete with online retailers in terms of profit and margins.
As online gun shoppers have started accepting payment in cash, online gun transactions have become less lucrative for online sellers.
A recent survey found that online sales of guns in India have fallen by 5% in the first quarter of 2017 compared to the same period last year.
This is a clear indication of the economic and social stress that online guns sellers are facing.