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In New Haven, there is sometimes a second weapons vendor across the street from the usual one. However, it isn't always open. Is there anything I can do to ensure it is available?

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I'm not sure what you're talking about, could we get some freehand circles to highlight this "weapons vendor"? – Ben Brocka Mar 21 '12 at 15:34
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+1 to anything borderlands – Zero Stack Mar 21 '12 at 15:35
    
There is much speculation to when and why it opens. I am not sure if there is a definitive answer to this. Some people say it is Day/Night and some say it is questline related (Which I think is wrong). – Emerica. Mar 21 '12 at 15:37
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That's better. Borderland's overly subtle arrow system makes it hard to find things of interest sometimes. – Ben Brocka Mar 21 '12 at 15:43
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@OrigamiRobot once the vendor has been enabled for the first time, you'll be able to access it every time after that using the FoV trick – l I Mar 21 '12 at 17:09
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You must have completed "Hair of the Dog" from Earl. After that it should be open all the time, the fact that it isn't appears to be a bug.

I found that when playing a multiplayer game the door was always open. In single player, teleporting to New Haven from Middle of Nowhere seemed to almost always open the door.

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I believe it is entirely random. I play Borderlands far too much, and I've never found any pattern to it. It's definitely worth it to check whenever you're in New Haven, as the hidden vendor has a higher than normal chance of having high quality weapons. I tend to find a lot of oranges in it.

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Oranges? Whaddya gonna do, juice your enemies to death? Ba-dum-tsch! Thank you, thank you, I'm here all week. – Alex Mar 21 '12 at 18:32
    
@Alex I think its the same concept as combustible lemons from Portal 2. A new era of citrus weapons! ;) – MrZander Mar 21 '12 at 21:53
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+25% sting if it gets in an open wound – Alex Mar 22 '12 at 8:25

If you don't mind a bit of tweaking, you can access the shop through the wall even if its closed as long as you've enabled the vendor by visiting the "Middle of Nowhere" waypoint.

c/p from the video comments:

to enable 3rd person view in Borderlands here's what You have to do:

  1. Go to: C:\Documents and Settings\Username\documents\My Games\Borderlands\WillowGame\Config
  2. Open: WillowInput.ini
  3. Search for [WillowGame.WillowPlayerInput]
  4. Add the following below other binds: Bindings=(Name="F3",Command="Camera ThirdPerson",Control=False,Shift=False,Alt=False) Bindings=(Name="F4",Command="Camera FirstPerson",Control=False,Shift=False,Alt=False)
  5. Now If You press F3 You will go to third person view, F4 brings back first person view, You can change the keys to others I simply prefer using this,
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Nice, but do you know if there's any way to access it on say the 360 (where we obviously don't have access to things like editing the game files) – Dorian Dec 14 '15 at 0:42

From my experience, its only open if you are doing the quest line from Marcus & you are visiting New Haven during the daytime.

I also found this:

This opened once I completed the quest 'IVE GOT A SINKING FEELING' and found the 110101 Eridian Blaster.

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