Bottom line: Bud's sells used range guns and demo guns as "factory new." You will get screwed by this company if you pay using any method other than a credit card. I would not recommend buying from them at all after my recent experience. I ordered a Savage 10 Ashbury Precision Rifle for $150 less than any other price found on the internet. I now know why. I inspected the rifle at my FFL and, outwardly, it looked new. Once I got it home and started cleaning it up and attempting to cycle ammunition through it, I learned what I received was far, far from being a new rifle. This gun was not only well used (I took it to a gunsmith to confirm), but appears to have been disassembled and reassembled for cleaning in an attempt to make it appear brand new. Intentionally fraudulent and deceptive, obviously. The buffer tube was not reinstalled straight, so the butt stock was at a slight angle rather than perfectly vertical. The barrel was not centered in the handguard, and, worst of all, the bolt action rifle would not cycle ammunition because of extensive bolt damage (see pictures). I called customer service twice to work out an exchange for an actual new rifle, same model, and they wouldn't agree to it, so I simply cancelled the charge with my credit card company. They supported my case, refunding all my money, so I sent the rifle went back to Bud's and I'll never do business with them again.Generally speaking, there are thousands of equally good deals for new firearms listed on Armslist.com and Gunbroker.com, who post ads from highly regarded gun shops throughout the country. Now that everyone has to collect sales tax for online purchases, Bud's has lost any pricing advantage they once had. DO NOT BUY ANYTHING FROM THIS COMPANY, even as a last resort. Don't just take my word for it. Read Google & Yelp reviews. Bud's turned off Facebook reviews because they were so bad!! LOL, now that's really bad.
Recently on a NRA Firearms for Freedom auction hosted by BudsGuns.com, I won an antique Sharps Military Rifle for a rather pricey amount on 10/27/2016. I was immediately contacted after the close of the auction to inform me that I had won the auction and to give me instructions regarding contacting them and paying for the rifle. Within their prescribed payment terms, I sent them a personal check for the cost of the rifle, insurance and shipping. The day after they received the payment, they cashed my check and said that the rifle would be shipped after 5 business days had passed. On 11/08/2016, I received an e-mail that said the rifle was being moved to the shipping department for shipment to my local FFL holder. Shortly afterwards, I received a phone call from their business location telling me that the rifle had been sent to the NRA Museum and they would refund my money and give me a gift certificate to be used at Bud's in one way or another. Due to the length of time that had occurred between winning the auction and the shipping notice, I was not at all happy about what I was being told, especially when they have a statement in their earlier correspondence telling me that "Any auction or "Buy It Now" sale is a binding contract between the buyer and the seller on eGunner.com." To me, this notification from Bud's is a direct breach of contract by BudsGuns.com. I will also be contacting the NRA Headquarters demanding an answer from them as to how they can claim a rifle that I won on one of their NRA Firearms for Freedom auctions. If necessary, I will look into a possible lawsuit.
Expensive and slow shipping. If you're in a hurry order from anywhere else. Placed my order 6 days ago and its still sitting in the warehouse unshipped. Prices for shipping on nonffl items are ridiculous.
There is a reason why Bud's is beginning to get so many bad reviews. They are arrogant, disrespectful, and don't value their customers. When a customer complains they push them away by blocking their account. Their perspective is to do business with only people who are happy. When I called to speak to a supervisor, he was very rude and told me that he doesn't want to do business with unhappy customers. I told him they are a business, and you will always have unsatisfied customers, his response was "and those are the people we don't do business with." I responded and asked, so your business strategy is to push problems away rather than making it right? I don't see how they will sustain a competitive advantage with their competitors, since there are so many other places to purchase guns from. I asked to speak to a manager and he said the same thing, and actually added "We don't need your money here." I was irate, and to top it off, their supervisor hung the phone up on me.
We have had nothing but problems with them from day one! They are extremely arrogant, self-righteous and only want to hear "How great they are!" And have no interest in "your" problems with "their" service.... And seriously. How does "any" gun shop sell and ship a FIRED & UN-CLEANED" firearm to a new customer? And if you complain? Here's what they do! "They Delete your account!" ...... "NEVER AGAIN!" :(
Then David proceeds to try to tell me there policy which I advised this isn't my first rodeo... He told me "dont interrupt me, I heard you out now its MY TURN. ����Ok, go ahead.... He proceeds to tell me that I DEMANDED them to send me a new set of night sights which Is not true because I asked, NOT demanded (and thats why I advised for a call tag to pick it up and refund me.) And because I said I would obviously post to social media of my "review" they blocked me from the website to prevent me from being able to post this on their page.Budsguns, I hope you get a chance to read this and understand this. I will NEVER refer any single person to your site EVER again, I will ALWAYS put your company on blast as to the horrible experiences I have had with your company MULTIPLE times, not only with quality, customer service but also with your billing dept. I may only be ONE CUSTOMER, but believe me when I tell you this, I will make sure you lose MANY more customers.
sending me emails for items I had browsed online (which their price was really great) but when I go back a couple days later to complete my purchase after getting their emails about the same item, the same price ----- the items were not in stock, priced much higher or discontinued.There's a lot of BAD REVIEWS - I can see why now - and I'm not interested doing business with BUD's............period. !
If I could give this place 0 stars i would!!! Buds in Lexington KY is a disgrace to gun shops everywhere!!! After wasting over $1000 bucks and 5 separate trips there i finally asked to speak to a manager, of course she was shocked to hear her employees were acting like douche bags but then stood there with a blank look when i asked her the reason for their disrespect towards my wife and I, needless to say i'll never be back and i'll encourage EVERY SINGLE PERSON I MEET to take they're business elsewhere!!! I don't understand how they stay in business lol they're overpriced, incompetent, and like i said a disgrace to gun shops EVERYWHERE......
Bait and switch tactic. I called to order a gun, but had to hang up to call the ffl guy to update his information to complete the order. Called back to place the order, they increased the price on the same gun significantly. They claim price changes all the time on their system and nothing they can do. I know they changed the price because I called in with interest and knew I was calling back to order after Ffl cleared. It's dishonest to change price within a mater of 10/15 minutes of order. No wonder they have so many bad reviews, wished I read them first before I waisted my time on them.
I have spent between $12,000 and $15,000 in this business! Being very loyal to the owner of this Sporting good store among many times I buy very high end products for many Kimber handguns to Sporting clay gun ammo by the boxs, and by the flats of shoot gun shells long gun hand guns, and a $over a $500 dollar scope in which I have never had this man say thank you for your business! Some of you may be saying why did you keep going there? I guess in hopes that he would! Because the most of his Employees have always been very helpful, and go out of there way to help you! So this is not there rating! I just purchased a new Browning Citori high Rib 725 over and under grade 4 that came with 5 extended choke tubes that he said that it did not in which I called Browning, and gave them the serial number on the gun! They told, and sent me $ 250 worth of choke tubes that after me buying a $3100 dollar shotgun, and a $150 break down case plus tax! That then he was trying to sell me the tubes that go with it! Is that how you threat a customer of about 8 months that was this kind of a loyal customer to you! And it is great to have camera's to protect your products, but voice recorders as well! So he could liston to you talking to his workers they where afraid of telling you the truth, because of there job! I have spent my last dime there! Jay I hope you read this, and understand what good service is! I ran a very successful business for 20 yrs! And never once ever tryed to do a customer of my loyalty or anyone of that matter! You go through your receipts from me!, because I have mine from what I spent with you! Since the last time I was there I have spent around $8000 with one of your close competitor's that have went beyond themselves to show me how much they appreciate my business! I hope you learn from this!