Another reason to not shop Cabelas

Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Forum' started by Topstoy, Feb 10, 2013.

  1. Topstoy Member

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    Tonasket, WA
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    I normally like to shop the small shops but I had this gift certificate that I needed to use and went to Cabelas at Tulalip. Trying to find something to spend the gift certificate on I came accross an encap of rod and reel combos all set up with everthing needed to hit the water, normally $169 but had a sale pice sign on the top of the endcap for $59. I know from the past that the quality of the Cabelas line isn't so good but for the right price, what the heck, might make a good gift for one of the kidsSo I grabbed a box and headed to the cash register. To my suprise it rang up at $169. After a long discussion at the register, ended up going back to the guys in the fly shop and found out that the folks that set up the endcap the previous night put the wrong sign on the endcap. Being that it was well into the afternoon I was suprised that they hadn't noticed this big mistake. The best that they could do for me is to take the sign down and not even an appoligy for the mistake.They made me feel like I was the idiot and it had a little of the feeling of the old bait and switch. Well I guess it was my mistake to believe in the encap sale sign and maybe a bigger mistake to walk into the place at all. Won't be making that mistake again!
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  2. scottybs Active Member

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    Bellingham, WA and IGH, MN
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    In terms of in-store fly gear, they pretty much are a let down. Once in a blue moon there is a deal. Their online bargain cave is the only place to waste $ in my opinion. Local shops (for the not part) destroy Cabelas in terms of customer service.
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  3. Old Man Just an Old Man

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    Dillon, Mt
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    I've been in the Cabela's in Post Falls twice. I have yet to see any type of bargain there. Still haven't spent anything there.

    I just usually go to the local shop for what I want in the way of line, leader, flies, and tippet. My last two fly rods came out of a small shop.
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  4. Bradley Miller Dances with fish

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    Tacoma
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    I think one of their problems is that they're just too big to be organized.
    I went down there (to Lacey) from Tacoma to see if they had a Redington CT in the size and weight I wanted. Nope. Had a chance to stop in again a couple of days later. Yep. Marked at around $160 or something like that. I knew from the forum here that they were going for under a hundred bucks SOMEwhere.....so I held off. Anyway, online price at Cabellas didn't match store price, blah blah blah. Settled on a rod for about a hundred bucks, got it to the register and guess what? $160. We had a talk about that, and it ended up being ok but..............what the customer sees SHOULD be what the customer pays. Or at least a decent explanation. For a retail giant, I'm surprised how often this happens there. At my local fly shop? No surprises, no problems, no apologies needed. Thats worth alot.
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  5. Old Man Just an Old Man

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    Dillon, Mt
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    I did buy something at the Lacey Store. I got it on sale and when the clerk found out I was from Montana I got away with out paying any taxes. Nice,huh.
  6. Bradley Miller Dances with fish

    Posts: 442
    Tacoma
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    Cabellas banner ad popped up at the top of the page here;
    hiker pants. So I clicked on it, since I LIKE hiker pants.
    Takes me to the main page, so I have to do a search to find what I thought
    THEY thought I wanted to look at. Ok.
    Cotton? Really?
    Back to REI.
    Just sayin'.
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  7. Thomas Williams Habitual Line Stepper

    Posts: 1,380
    Ansbach, Germany
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    Screw Cabelas, go to Puget Sound Fly Co, Those guys are awesome in there.
  8. TonyZ Member

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    Vancouver, WA
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    If it wasn't for cabelas, we couldn't get 150 pattern variations of camo in one place.
  9. Bradley Miller Dances with fish

    Posts: 442
    Tacoma
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    I haven't found their 'bargain cave' to be much of a bargain.
    But I DO love the aquarium!!!!
  10. Josh dead in the water

    Posts: 2,937
    NW Washington
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    My kids love Cabelas, the animals and fish. I buy something there from time to time on sale or in the cave.

    It's just a big box store. Same as Target or Macys.
  11. Chris Johnson Member: Native Fish Society

    Posts: 1,787
    Bellingham Wa.
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    I bought a 7' 3wt for 50 bucks there just after they opened in Tulalip. one and only time I've been in a Cabela's
  12. Chris Johnson Member: Native Fish Society

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    Bellingham Wa.
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    I was at the 2a regional wrestling tourny in Woolley on Saturday, never seen so many camo hats in my life.
  13. Drifter Active Member

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    I just wish we had a Cabelas store close by. heck of a lot more than fly gear at cabelas. I'm kind of tired of bashing store threads and support your local fly shop - I GOT IT THE FIRST TIME!!!
  14. hydrological beads are NOT flies and snagging is just ghetto

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    inland
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    SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL FLY SHOP !!!
    sorry, it just can't be overstated :p
  15. triploidjunkie Active Member

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    Grand Coulee, WA
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    My dad and uncles' are big cabelas fans. I haven't had much luck there. Since all my favorite mom and pop shops have went away, I have been liking Big R. A little big box storish, but have more than impressed me. Omak is where I do most of my non basic shopping, so finally having a fly shop there is convenient.
  16. Jerry Daschofsky Moderator

    Posts: 7,717
    Graham, WA, USA.
    Ratings: +659 / 5
    There original store had the best bargain cave. But was the only store back then. Stuff was super cheap.

    Funny how A small mail order fly tyer is the largest outdoor retailer around. Depends what you want I guess. I just know I have a hard time spending gift cards there. But I have a lot of stuff already.
  17. Daryle Holmstrom retiredfishak

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    Mount Vernon, WA
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    What's a local shop?:(
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  18. Irafly Active Member

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    Everett, Washington, USA.
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    I just picked up a boat dolly in the Bargain Cave in Tulalip. It was reduced quite a bit but first I wanted to make sure it would work on my Pram so I asked if I could test it on one of the Jon Boats outside. At first the boat department head wasn't sure but I won him over and they let me test it out. In the end the folks really wanted to work with me.

    I've also found that the guys who work the fly shop there are more than willing to help folks out as well. I brought a broken CT back just wondering if they could help me out because I happened to be in the area with it. They were willing to trade me straight up so I didn't have to wait for a return or deal with shipping but they didn't have a similar one in stock so the guy working there searched out a comparable rod that was actually a little higher end and said he'd swap me straight across. He bent over backward to help me out.

    I will agree though that the fly guys there are not always sure what is happening in their department. It sounds like other people are in charge of display set up, inventory ordering and stocking which is at times frustrating for them when they are not always sure what they have in stock and when they want to provide a specific item for their customer.

    I'll support them in the future, I'll also support Pacific and Avid and Ted's and John's and on line. How many of you still have a newspaper subscription? Who still sends their film in to be developed? Do you still rent from Blockbuster? Just curious.
  19. Stonefish Triploid and Humpy Hater

    Posts: 3,862
    Pipers Creek
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    I recently had a less then favorable experience at Cabelas on a non flyfishing item. I'll pass on them from now on.
    I also read the newspaper everyday. Could there be a correlation between the two?
  20. Topstoy Member

    Posts: 222
    Tonasket, WA
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    Big R in Omak is actually pretty good, has that small shop feel buried in the middle of the large store. The folks working the fly shop seems to know their buisness and seem to work with you for somewhat decent deals. Worth stopping by if your in the area.