by B.B. Pelletier
Last week, I hinted at what’s about to happen, and today I’ll come right out and tell you. Pyramyd Air is moving! They’ve purchased a building and will move there this year–the exact date is still being determined.
Here’s what the move will mean to you. They plan to have a blow-out sale of odds and ends to lighten their load. Last year’s Garage Sale was just a warm-up for what’s coming this time.
This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for airgunners to land some buys they’ll be bragging about for decades to come. Pyramyd Air has more product to put into this excess sale than the entire inventory of many of their competitors.
Before we get into that, though, I’d like to give you a little history of the company.
Joshua Ungier was a dealer of gem stones, plus he owned a marble-importing business operating under the name Pyramyd Stone. Being a shooter and loving airguns in particular, he decided to open a mail-order airgun business in 1993-94. Pyramyd Air started in 440 square feet of Josh’s basement. But it took off pretty fast and soon had to move into a larger rental space of 2,000 sq. feet. The new space was so large compared to the basement that Josh wondered if he would ever grow into it; inside a couple months, he had. He had to build a second level in that space just to be able to stay there awhile.
But even that space wasn’t enough. So, once again, Pyramyd Air expanded into a similar space two doors down, doubling their size to 4,000 square feet. That held them for a few years, but then they outgrew that and had to move again–to their current 12,500 square-foot building.
But their current building isn’t suited to their type of business. There are too many garage doors in back, which makes the place hard to heat in the winter. Being in Cleveland, it’s winter for almost half the year. They also have too many passageways between what used to be separate businesses, so it takes forever to go somewhere inside their offices and warehouses. All the businesses that were there before had put in their own unique interior walls and doors. Pyramyd Air has tried to stay current, but they aren’t about to gut a rental property and do a major remodel on something they don’t own. The current situation is less than ideal. They also now have 43 employees, so their parking lot is maxed out.
They just bought a 20,000 square-foot building. This one they own and can do anything they like. And before they pack up to move, they want to clear out all the excess stuff that’s piled up over the years. Let me tell you about some of that to get your imagination started.
Whenever a manufacturer has a new gun to sell, PA will buy samples to evaluate. This can range from one to as many as 20. It can happen 10-20 times each year. After the evaluation, they have these samples taking up space and getting older.
Then, there are the repair guns customers send in. When they learn how much the repairs will cost, they sometimes ask how much of a trade-in PA will offer on their old gun toward something new. That generates more old guns laying around.
There are also the hopeless basket cases that come from a number of sources. A pallet gets stabbed by a forklift during shipment, or a pallet falls over and smashes a few guns, or a repair job is abandoned by the customer or any of a thousand other things can happen. Now, you have more guns just laying around. Some get refurbished and sold, but many others do not. Some aren’t worth the effort.
And, speaking of refurbished guns, what does that mean? At Pyramyd Air, they use a specific term to describe each type of condition.
Used guns are those that a customer has taken out of the box and fired at least a single shot. They’re the guns I use to test for this blog. The point is, they have all been used and cannot be sold as new.
Refurbished guns have been gone through and brought back to original specifications. All parts that need to be replaced have been. They may have scratches and marks on them, but they should operate like new, and Pyramyd Air gives the original factory warranty–whatever it was–on refurbished guns.
Open box guns were sold to a customer who had buyer’s remorse. He never shot the gun, but he did open the box. They are also guns that the Pyramyd Air staff has had to open the box to obtain some kind of information or take pictures for the website. An examination article, if you will. They are brand-new guns, but for some good reason the box is no longer factory sealed.
Basket cases are just what the name implies. Buy them at your own risk. These are great for hard-to-find parts or for experimentation.
Speaking of parts, PA has a ton of vintage new-old-stock Diana spring rifle parts. There are enough parts to build complete guns in some models. Barrels, stocks, sights, mainsprings–everything the hobby airgunsmith needs to get the job done.
Besides the pellet and BB guns, Pyramyd Air has a TON of airsoft guns they need to get rid of. There are customer returns, guns that didn’t sell well, guns with known problems that Pyramyd Air withdrew from sale because they didn’t know how they would last. I’m telling you, there are enough of these guns to start a small store! Unless they’re marked otherwise, they all work when you buy them. Pyramyd Air estimates at least $60,000 worth of airsoft guns in this sale–not that they’ll be charging that much!
Scope it out
And besides the airsoft guns, they have a huge inventory of used scopes. This sale is perfect for those serious airgunners who want parts, project guns and cheap accessories. It’s also perfect for dealers who want to plus-up their inventory at a fraction of the cost.
There will be the same pellet offer PA has made at Roanoke and the last garage sale. Four tins of premium pellets will be pre-bundled and sold for $20. It’s a value of up to $40, depending on what you get. If you want to buy specific pellets in dented tins, please bring a written list. A Pyramyd Air sales associate will take your list into the warehouse and fill it to the extent possible.
As a special offer for this sale only, all dented tins will be repackaged in the new rectangular blue plastic boxes Pyramyd Air now uses for .25 caliber through 9mm pellets. According to experts in Long Distance Moving, a local moving company, these are rugged boxes with closures that stay closed all the time. Only pellets from dented tins sold at the moving sale will be packed this way.
An estimated $200,000+ worth of inventory is being put into this sale. It will be the biggest airgun sale anyone has ever seen.
The details of the sale are still being formulated, but they want to hold it sooner, rather than later. John Goff from Crosman is coming down to flip burgers on the grill, and I will be there to meet everyone as well. There will be food and beverages at the sale. Once you arrive, you can shop ’til you drop. There will also be other attractions, but those details are still being worked out.
They’re thinking that if you want to bring guns that you don’t want to ship, they will have airgunsmiths on site during the show. Some work will be possible while you wait.
They’re also thinking that you might want to bring your own airguns to trade in on new ones. This can be a real carnival if you embrace it.
What do YOU want?
Pyramyd Air would like some input from you. Is a one-day or two-day sale best for you? If it’s two days, it’ll be a Friday/Saturday. If one day, it’ll be Saturday. What do you expect to see? Give PA some idea of what kind of things you’re hoping to see at their sale by commenting on this blog entry. They carry over 5,000 different items, and all of them, plus things carried in the past, are fair game for the sale.
The only thing I will say about a two-day sale is that the sharp buyers get there on the first day and get the cherries. The second day is often just the dregs. And you can’t ask PA to hold inventory for the second day–they want to get rid of this stuff. That’s just my two cents from years of airgun shows.
Talk it up and get back with me on your thoughts.