Another reason to not shop Cabelas

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

  1. Jeff Sawyer

    Jeff Sawyer Active Member

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    Some of the angst towards Cabelas seems to be out of a loyality to local fly shops, and I agree; If I can buy it at my local fly shop I do. I prefer to spend my money in a local small business. The customer service beats anything you're going to find at any of the box stores. The prices are comparable and they're just a good bunch of guys. But they don't sale smokers, if they did I'd buy it from them.

    I said this before, and it's true whether you love Cabelas, hate them or are neutral. Get their Credit Card, charge everything you buy, including the stuff you buy at your local fly shop, on that card. Then go back over there and get free shit with the points. Last time I went, I walked out of there with about $250 worth of stuff that didn't cost me a penny.

    And it doesn't seem to bother the folks at my local fly shop one bit when I slap that Cabelas card down on the counter; actually it's kind of a running joke. (The Cabelas card and I will be by to see you guys soon, I'm going after my first bonefish in May)
     
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  2. zen leecher aka bill w

    zen leecher aka bill w born to work, forced to fish

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    You need to shop at Cabelas as if you don't they may have to close down.
     
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  3. Old Man

    Old Man Just an Old Man

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    My closest Cabela's is either in Billings or Post Falls. Or as close as my computer.
     
  4. Anil

    Anil Active Member

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    Looking forward to helping you use that card again.
     
  5. Patrick Gould

    Patrick Gould Active Member

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    I don't buy much from them, but the fly shop staff members at the Marysville store are friendly and knowledgeable. My experience at Lacey is the opposite.
     
  6. Brian Miller

    Brian Miller Be vewy vewy qwiet, I'm hunting Cutthwoat Twout

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    I've only bought a few items at Cabela's; Guidewear waders that have lasted several years and still no leaks, a reliable 3-4 weight RLS reel, and a couple of other doodads but I buy most stuff from fly shops. I wanted to replace an old pair of Weinbrenner Borger boots and saw on the Cabela's website that their re-branded Chota RockLoc boots were on sale for 40% off. I called the Lacey store and they had the sizes that might fit in stock. I grabbed my waders and went in to try them on. I found a pair that fit nicely but the tag on the shelf was the full retail. I told the sales clerk about the sale, he looked it up on the web from his store terminal, jotted down the web sale price on his business card, signed it and that was the price I paid at the register.

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  7. Flyfishing Dad

    Flyfishing Dad displaced Alaskan

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    Maybe it didn't feel like it was worth the "fight," and you clearly were the considerate person in the situation, but IMHO you would have had every right to raise a stink, talk to a manager, and demand they give it to you for the "advertised" price. Their error should have been your gain. You're not responsible for their mistake. If anything, again IMHO, you did them a service worth the small profit margin loss on a one unit sale by pointing out their staff's error. They owe(d) you one.
     
  8. Flyfishing Dad

    Flyfishing Dad displaced Alaskan

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    ...and for a people like me who don't know where this is? Would like to know. Town and street address would be sufficient to locate them.
     
  9. cuponoodle breakfast

    cuponoodle breakfast la flama blanca

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    There's always google.
     
  10. Jerry Daschofsky

    Jerry Daschofsky Moderator Staff Member

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    Yup, google works great.
     
  11. Porter

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    Ohhhh....what was that I saw on here this site several times...where google shows then the typing of the search. I always that was funny.
     
  12. hookedonthefly

    hookedonthefly Active Member

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    Anil owns the joint. He's a super good dude and they know their stuff.

    Puget Sound Fly Co.
    6001 Tacoma Mall Blvd
    Suite B2
    Tacoma, WA 98409
    (253) 472-2420

    anil@pugetsoundflyco.com
     
  13. kjsteelhead

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    Be careful not to carry a balance on that Cabelas credit card. They are charging over 15% interest now!
     
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  14. Jim Wallace

    Jim Wallace Smells like low tide.

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    Its not that great a deal, as far as interest rate and rewards go. But they actually issued one to me! (gasp!) Yes I always try to pay my balnce off each month. I let a small balance ride for one month, once, and that seemed too expensive to let it happen again.
    I've almost got enough points to order another UPF shirt, or maybe a UPF buff and/or sun gloves. Anything that will help me reduce my sunscreen use to a bare minimum, (npi).
     
  15. jumbo215

    jumbo215 Jasper hickman

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    Ive had great experinces with cabelas staff, they always seem really willing to help. But I do not expect them to a top rate fly shop, my one and only "fly fishing" purchase was a rod that I needed in a pinch, the rods done great and lasted a few years. I have spent a crap load of money buying guns, ammo, quad stuff, truck stuff, hunting stuff etc. and I feel they provide a great value on their product.

    The biggest reason I love cabelas is they have a great selection of equiptment for us large human beings, try finding great outdoor gear at REI that runs a xxl.
     
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