Another reason to not shop Cabelas

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  1. Jerry Daschofsky

    Jerry Daschofsky Moderator Staff Member

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    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.
     
  2. Daryle Holmstrom

    Daryle Holmstrom retiredfishak

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    What's a local shop?:(
     
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  3. Irafly

    Irafly Indi "Ira" Jones

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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.
     
  4. Stonefish

    Stonefish Triploid, Humpy & Seaplane Hater

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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?
     
  5. Topstoy

    Topstoy In search of Trout

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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.
     
  6. Bruce Baker

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    A couple of friends of mine went to the Cabela's in Lacey and had an experience where the price of an item on the shelf did not match the price at the item at the register. The shelf price was lower. Fortunately for them, one of them had a smart phone and looked the price up online. The online price matched the shelf price, so the cashier rang them up for the lower price. That occurred on more than one item.
     
  7. Bob Triggs

    Bob Triggs Stop Killing Wild Steelhead!

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    Cabela's, the Walmart of American sporting life.
     
  8. gearhead

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    i absolutely hate the "stores", i only go in there if a friend insists, or i have a gift card, they have at most 5 percent of their catalog items in the store. most everytime i have ever gone into a store with a list, from the catalog, i walk out without buying even one item, and swearing ill never go back, but i do:(
     
  9. Big E

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    I used to shop there quite a bit back when I lived in SD and had a store a couple miles away from the house. I still get mailed the hardback catalogs from the amount of money I spent in there. I've bought some stuff that was great quality wise and, at the time, went thru some ice shanties that were less quality. Couldn't beat their return policy back then with a stick. Something wrong, just take it back for an exchange. I'd run my shanty all winter, have a couple problems, and take it in for an exchange on another. Did that like three times. I was pretty hard on shanties.

    Now that I don't live close to one, my Cabela's purchases have reduced to almost nil. Always such a pain to return stuff by mail.
     
  10. sweetlou

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    Point of information. I am an enforcement officer in my state and although my area is a "pesticide use enforcement", I have a license for the "Weights and Measures" enforcement. I will tell you all that if you ever see a posted price, and the register tries to sell it to you for a different price, they must give it to you for the posted price. If not, take a picture of the display, get the manager, and tell them that your next call is to the Weights and measures office. If they still won't sell it, call them with the complaint. The fine will be a good one, then they crawl up their backside finding other stuff. They don't want them in their stores. This goes for what ever store, whatever item, even if the sale was over and they forgot to take the sign down. Scanners are also on the list, so they nail them there as well. Don't let them get away with this stuff. Weights and Measures was created for a reason folks.
     
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    I picked up a sweet jacket for three bucks because of that law.
     
  12. dflett68

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    this is the balanced view IMO. i love cabelas for what they are and i'm glad they opened one at tulalip. of course you're going to be disappointed if you compare them straight up with a local shop run by a passionate and skilled entrepreneur/merchant - and to me they simply can't compete head to head with a local shop, just the like the local shop can't compete head to head with them - two different animals, but cabela's knows their market and it's on the local entrepreneur to know his or pay the price for not competing in a savvy fashion. the market is cruel, and we make the market, not cabelas. "adapt or perish". i love the local shops but i resent the idea of an appeal to my sympathy or my conscience to gain my business. this is commerce - if you have a better value, sell it, market it, don't preach it. preaching is for politics and faith, not selling recreational equipment.

    i do find it fascinating and ironic how many of the posts here complain that there are few real bargains (which i agree with), since the majority of threads bashing the big store seem to focus on the way they run small local shops into the ground with prices the locals can't compete with.

    with or without cabelas, 8 of 10 small businesses will fold within two years, less than one in ten will survive to ten years. that's always been true and it points to the most common reasons small fly shops close - the people who run them don't possess much business/marketing savvy, and it typically takes a few years to gain it through experience. meanwhile, it only takes a couple years to run out of financing while operating at a loss.
     
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    rainbow My name is Mark Oberg

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    I check the web and came up with a few. Could you please list the number for "Weights and Measures enforcement" I want to put that in my phone.
     
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    Good point about the Weights and Measures!

    I have never lived near a Cabelas. I have never even been in a Cabelas. I have been in other similar stores like Bass Pros in Las Vegas. That store was impressive with the sheer volume of merchandise, the indoor archery range, the gun rooms, and the huge aquarium displays. The downside is of course they are much more impersonal. They don't yell your name when you come in. You don't bring beer in at the end of the day and sit out front talking fly fishing. And, from what I've seen, the sales staffs are far less knowledgeable.

    In my mind it's an obvious trade off. I don't go to Burger King expecting a pampered "just the way I like it" burger. I don't go to CostCo expecting a salesperson to follow me around and loading stuff in my basket. On the other side I don't expect my Mom and Pop fly shop to have a massive casting pond and five different kinds of driftboats on display.
     
  15. cuponoodle breakfast

    cuponoodle breakfast Bigfoot is blurry

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    Me too. I used to frequent Hook Line & Sinker because they stocked a lot of things that I needed and the staff were great. And being a general fishing shop, not a fly shop, there was no attitude or arrogance. But I've gone to some small shops that had shit service too.
    I still haven't heard back from All About the Fly on the two sets of waders they ordered for me back in about '06 and '08. Every time I called they said they'd call me when they show up.
    And I left an armload of stuff on the counter at another place after their staff wouldn't break from their personal conversation to ring me up.
    The nice thing about Cabela's is that they have a little of everything. When I shop I'm usually looking for more than just a fly fishing item.
     
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