Cabelas struggling

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  1. drymag

    drymag Well-Known Member

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    Cabelas is struggling under Bass Pro leadership.
    They have trigger locks and won't remove them so you can't tell where your trigger finger is naturally placed.
    Now they changed the way guns are stored in their gun vaults and don't have a lookup way for the employees to be able to find a gun so they spend 15 to 20 minutes hunting. If you want to look at 2 or 3 guns that aren't on display, you will be there a long time. This causes people to just walk away.
    This is probably a tax thing Bass Pro will use to not only show a loss, but also provide another write off to get rid of the guns. The employees say business has really dropped off.
    Other than bullets sometimes or powder, I don't go to Cabelas much anymore.
    I am reminded of the slow death of Sears. Hmmmm, wonder if Bass Pro hired the Sears leadership losers.
     
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    gdmoody Full Time Moderator Moderator Supporting Member

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    I have only been a Cabelas twice. I didn't find anything in the store that I could afford. On my first visit, I bought a $2.00 Coke on the way out, just so I could say I bought something there.

    If they lowered their prices where a "common man" could afford things, they might go on a long lime, but as it is, looks like they are failing.
     
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  3. Alaska444

    Alaska444 Well-Known Member

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    I got tired of Cabelas long before Bass Pro took over. Too expensive.
     
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  4. drymag

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    I took a retiree job a few years ago at Cabelas so I could buy using pro deal prices. Getting 40 to 60 percent off worked out nice. I don't think I will ever work again, at least, I hope not. Who knows how the socialist will figure out how to steal more of the paycheck to further their soft socialism.
     
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  5. CCHolderinMaine

    CCHolderinMaine Garandaholic Supporting Member

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    Bass pro shops wants to be Dicks. Sell clothes and outdoor knickknacks. The Cabela's here in Maine has been an example. The gun counter is MOBBED. The clothing racks? Very few near them.
    They used to have great promos with their Cabela's club. Now, none of them ever apply to firearms. They still (mostly) work on ammo and if you're close enough to shop online and pickup in store, you can still get some of the best prices on ammo out there. You gotta shop for it though. Regular price they're high. On sale they're competitive. Real good sales though, very hard to beat.
    The old Cabela's club points is still good too. I'm just a few bucks of having another $1000 saved up. I think it's going to be a M1A1.

    Have a great day.
     
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  6. Alaska444

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    (Soft socialism, Bernie is a died in the red communist)

    But your employee discount sounds fabulous.

    If they gave customers half of that, they would be packed always.

    Sears used to be the best for so many things. What happened to it?
     
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  7. LIKTOSHOOT

    LIKTOSHOOT No Power Options Supporting Member

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    I think it comes down to being bigger is not always a good thing. I remember buying from Bass Pro in the early 80`s. One store, we ordered through the catalog. PIA to pick colors and write it down on back page but worked. Add check and about 5 days later your order arrived.
    Now it seems they have a Bass Pro in every state and full sized stores. Those full sized stores cost big money which is passed on to us, the consumer. Simple as that.
    They have expanded into everything now, so it simply adds more to the end user cost.

    Beef Jerky anyone?
     
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    Before Bass Pro shop bought Cabelas out, they had great sales on reloading accessories/bullets. Along with the sale and their $20 off coupon their price was hard to beat. Since Bass Pro shop bought them, almost no sales. If NO SALE then I don't go.
     
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  9. CCHolderinMaine

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    Ahh the internet age.
    GREAT if you have 5 days to wait for your stuff. Want it today? You need a physical store.
    There will come a time when folks will miss being able to walk into a store, look at an item and then walk out with it.
     
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    Cabela's store in Illinois is just a few miles from my home. We used to stop by there every weekend. Cook County taxes ammo 5 cents a round and there is a $25 a gun tax over the 10% Cook County sales tax.

    The store is empty now. I stopped in to do some Christmas shopping and it was still empty. It's a real shame. I don't expect this store to be open much longer.
     
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    LIKTOSHOOT No Power Options Supporting Member

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    I can still plan out 5 days ahead....sometimes.
    :lol:
     
  12. sharps4590

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    Used to stop in Sydney, Nebraska on way back and forth from home in Wyoming to home in Missouri. All I ever bought was some fly tying stuff and precious little of that. Firearms? Ha....not a chance I was paying their prices. Go in the Gun Library and have the distinct privilege of being completely ignored or treated like you couldn't afford to be there. I know that isn't everyone's experience but it's sure as the sun shines been mine.

    I don't want to see either of them close shop but for me, frankly I wouldn't know either one was gone. The closest of either one to me is over 100 miles and neither place has much I want or need. However, admittedly my tastes are a bit eclectic.

    Sears and the other catalog stores, we used to shop them quite a bit. Locally it seems Penny's is beating up on Sear's pretty bad. I don't know but it appears that as fast as the market is changing these days it's difficult for the old line brick & mortar businesses to keep up. What's new in marketing and sales this year is obsolete in 3 years.

    The local Academy store seems to be doing ok but, for all intents and purposes they have no competition and, they're still new. As with BP and Cabela's, it isn't my dollars keeping them open. They have even less I'm interested in than the other two.
     
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  13. ysacres

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    Every time I've dealt with Cabela's gun shop I've had a bad experience, I'm having another one Now, although not their fault this time, still the association.
    Sportsman's Warehouse gets a thumbs up from me. :thumbsup:
     
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    Yes to Sportsman's Warehouse. When we lived in Wyoming the monthly trip to Idaho Falls always included a stop there. Wish we could get one within 100 miles of me. I'd make the drive to shop there if it was anything like the one in Idaho Falls.

    Looking back over the years I've seen a lot of them come and go that I used to order from. Herter's, Gander Mountain used to be good but I don't know anything about the new iteration, The Hawken Shop in St. Louis on North Lindberg, a place in West Virginia I used to order from but can't remember their name. Seems like a lot of them suffer the same fate of "if one will work a hundred will work". Well, yes they will, if management can keep a handle on them. What I miss is Fritsch's Sporting Goods in my home town. There was never anything like those old Mom & Pop sporting goods stores. Fritsch's had an aroma all it's own....mostly George's pipe.
     
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    I visited the S/W in Lewiston ID yesterday, The employees were Knowledgeable and helpful.
    My wife and I had a party the night before and she ended up with my debit card in her purse,
    When I got to the check out counter, and said "Oh Crap" the Lady said No problem, we can get you a S/W credit card in no time (with points rewards) 5 minutes later I walked out with my purchase, Happy as a clam in butter.

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