Benchmade LE/Military discount

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I just signed up for an Active Duty Military account on Benchmade for the 30% off deal (including customs apparently) and am wondering if it's worth it to buy straight from Benchmade this way. Pricing seems to be great with the 30% off on some models, but on other models Amazon seems to be cheaper.

Does anyone regularly use this discount that can give me some feedback? I am looking to buy a few for myself and resell the other ones to see if I can soften the blow to my wallet.

For instance I can get a 940 is s90v with cf handles for 220 or aluminum handles for 150
 
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Pre MAP is didn't make sense to use the military discount. You would get a better deal from most all dealers. Benchmade discourages buying direct from them by charging full MSRP, Tax and a high shipping rate for slow ground service.

Post MAP you will generally save a little buying directly from BM using the military discount but I'd still encourage you to look around first and compare. Don't forget that the price you initially see is not the price you will ultimately pay. You have to factor in the tax and shipping first. Shipping can double due to weight. Also you won't save enough to make it worth your while to resell them at a profit.

On a separate note I'd strongly encourage you NOT to buy BM knives from Amazon. BM stopped selling to them directly years ago and when you buy from them you really can't be sure you are not getting a used, or defective knife that was returned and repackaged and resold as new. Go threw one of the many dealers listed here. You might pay a couple of dollars more but it's well well worth it. easy painless returns and the confidence that you are getting a new, unused authentic BM that's backed 100% by their warranty service.

Just my advice.

Hope this helps and all the best!
 

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Pre MAP is didn't make sense to use the military discount. You would get a better deal from most all dealers. Benchmade discourages buying direct from them by charging full MSRP, Tax and a high shipping rate for slow ground service.

Post MAP you will generally save a little buying directly from BM using the military discount but I'd still encourage you to look around first and compare. Don't forget that the price you initially see is not the price you will ultimately pay. You have to factor in the tax and shipping first. Shipping can double due to weight. Also you won't save enough to make it worth your while to resell them at a profit so if thats what your thinking I can tell you now forget about it.

On a separate note I'd strongly encourage you NOT to buy BM knives from Amazon. BM stopped selling to them directly years ago and when you buy from them you really can't be sure you are not getting a used, or defective knife that was returned and repackaged and resold as new. Go threw one of the many dealers listed here. You might pay a couple of dollars more but it's well well worth it. easy painless returns and the confidence that you are getting a new, unused authentic BM that's backed 100% by their warranty service.

Just my advice.

Hope this helps and all the best!

This man knows exactly what he's talking about.
 
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I have bought from them using the LEO discount several times and have usually researched the prices before hand. On the models I bought it was a better deal, but you do have to check. Like said above, the shipping is SLOW, I think it is brought cross country by bicycle. The HK models can be found cheaper at online dealers, probably because MAP inst enforced on them, I am guessing. They used to offer a once a year public safety discount that when coupled with the normal discount equaled an extremely good deal. I don't know if it still works though. I would not go the route of reselling as I believe that is against the spirit to which the discount is being offered. That is why Hinderer no longer offers a 10% LEO discount and would probably end the BM one too if many people did so.
 
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I am not sure, but you should be able to sign up through their website. I would give them a call and ask, they are a little slow with email sometimes.
 
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I have never had a problem getting email or phone calls through and always find good deals with my mil account reselling I think would be foolish but the mailing takes a bit because they are quality not quantity and I advise signing up for the newsletter as well as the mil/LEO accounts if you are or were either of the two because sometimes they have discount codes that compound like in 2016 I got a 940 for 144 shipping and taxes included it was like 40% off I think between my account and the discount code and I would never by a benchmade from anyone other than direct because atleast I know it's not a fake one thing that I still live buy is that you get what you pay for even without my mil account I have bought several knives from BM AND THEY WILL ALWAYS BE MY EDC I currently have the CLA and am trying to get 2 more for Father's Day this year both are from the 940 family
 
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I am looking to buy a few for myself and resell the other ones to see if I can soften the blow to my wallet.
are you serious? What a di<k.... They generously offer you a gift, that you obviously feel entitled to for some reason, then you try to profit from it? This is why discounts go away, people like you abuse it.

Say thank you without feeling like you deserve any kind of discount.
 
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are you serious? What a di<k.... They generously offer you a gift, that you obviously feel entitled to for some reason, then you try to profit from it? This is why discounts go away, people like you abuse it.

Say thank you without feeling like you deserve any kind of discount.

I agree with you have just given up on trying to fix stupid since the best way to do that isn't legal once you get your DD-214
 

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I've bought and sold knives for a long time due to the hobby, never had I made money on knifes and I generally loose about $20 to $50 per knife. People talking about reselling knives they can obtain at a discount are only looking at the price discrepancy between retail. But guess what, no one pays retail to buy from individuals. Look at the ones listed here on the for sale forum, if a knife new in box is not listed at least 30% cheaper than retail it doesn't sell. Amazon charges 15-20% in fees, EBay charges 10%, then 3.5% fees for PayPal, add shipping. After all that if someone buy and used the hell out of the new knife you sold them and wants to return it, you will have to accept within 90 days and pay for return shipping because they always claim a problem with the item, so you basically goes through the hassle to get a used knife back and out of the money for shipping both ways.

The one exception is the rare limited edition models that people buy up and resell for double.
 
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