Gunbroker in my opinion is great but, you need to find a local FFL to do a reasonable tranfer to make it worth it! I have gotten some real steals off the site and to be honest, I rarely look to see if the seller is a shop. As long as the feedback is there, I buy!
In saying that... I worked at a local shop for around 6 months and do Cerakote for another 6 local shops... I have to say other than the shop I worked in, most local shops business models are pretty shitty when it comes to online sales. They hate it... You should have heard these guys at the NSSF convention... It was a bitchfest about how reeds, buds, ky gun co, etc... Was putting them out of business.
On the ride home owner of the shop I worked for and myself had an interesting convo...
We were all about it and thrilled to hear noone else wanted to get the transfer business! $30 bucks is about half the margin of a new pistol, so 2 transfers was pretty much the equal to a new gun sale. A transfer takes a total of maybe 10 mins?!! It was a no brained for us
.... No actual selling, don't have to give specs, and most importantly... No overhead or cash tied up on the shelf. So...unless the gun shop is super greedy, I don't get the complaining.
As far as buying from buds etc... At times you will find a decent deal that your local shop can't match... But, I would always check with your shops locally. We often times could best buds by a large margin!! There were times when buds marked up well over $150+ on stuff. M&p shields etc... It was hard to beat. Lastly in regards to buds. I do not buy from them as I believe those guys as well as cheaper than dirt have the worst business practices. I'll leave two examples of what happened to me...
Cheaper than dirt... When shit hit the fan, they were the only ones to have P mags... They raised prices to $150 per mag?? I was in desperate need of 1 mag and they basically told me to get bent, the price was $150. Once the scare was over, they send me an offer to buy some random guns at cost... And if you look at there web site they are selling select models at $5 over cost. They are a shit company imo.
Buds likes to list guns they don't actually have in stock... I bought a pistol from them, paid for it, and was given a shipping notification. 3 weeks later the gun still had not shipped. I called and they said they were having a hard time finding the stock??? Really.. They said that they lost a box of guns? Then they sent me a gun that was not what I ordered and said it was a "like model". Lol... Smdh. I sent that back on my own dime. They did refund my money but... Never again with these clowns either.