Another reason to not shop Cabelas

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  1. Stonefish

    Stonefish Triploid, Humpy & Seaplane Hater

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    Here is my last Cabelas purchase that was shipped for will call to the Tulalip store.
    Funny how the outside box it was shipped in was in perfect condition...... :rolleyes:
    Glad I opened the box up before I drove home. The look on the faces of the two gals working behind the counter when they saw the condition of the reel was priceless.

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  2. lylelovett666

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    Their in store service is very questionable.Online service has always been very good.Also,if you want to get a good beginners setup w/o breaking the bank they offer some decent,affordable stuff.
     
  3. Stan Wright

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    Well, we don't have any freshwater fishing stores in Hawaii, so we have to mail order EVERYTHING. So far, over the last 10 or 15 years I've had good luck with my orders from Cables... a lot better luck than with BassPro (which I don't order from any more) You guys on the Mainland are lucky you don't just have to look at pictures of stuff... you can actually go into a store and pick it up and touch it.:)
     
  4. John Wallace

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    Me and my brother have had good luck with them! My brother had a rod for 4 month and decided he didn't want it and return it for full price and got something else there. I think it depends on the store or who is working at the time.
     
  5. cuponoodle breakfast

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    Everyone has their own expectations I guess. I have a couple of places that I won't shop unless I absolutely have to. So far Cabela's hasn't done anything to make it onto that list.
     
  6. Kent Lufkin

    Kent Lufkin Remember when you could remember everything?

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    I understand the benefit of convenience and not having to fight traffic to shop in person. But all the package delivery companies bake a fuel surcharge into their rates. Whether you put fuel in your own tank or UPS or FedEx puts it in theirs, you're still the one paying for it. There's no free lunch in life.

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  7. cuponoodle breakfast

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    After my most recent visit to Cabela's I realized I do have one gripe with them. I'm SICK of their employees pushing their visa card. I think their card should come with a shirt that identifies those of us who already have one. That way we wouldn't be bothered constantly to sign up.
     
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  8. The Dude

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    Typically these types of problems are a result of extreamly week training. These problems should addressed be at the top.
     
  9. PT

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    Weak training... or thorough training? I'm with Cupo'. A simple no isn't even heard by their cashiers. They proceed to try and make you feel stupid by for not taking them up on their generous offer of a $20 savings if you sign up for the card. I've shopped there twice and only because I could buy a couple new Viento's for $79/each and some .22 mags that are hard to find.

    When asked for my phone number I gave them my standard 425.555.1212 answer. Dude punched it in but teller across the way looked at me all disgusted like and said he could be fired if he was caught putting in a false number. I politely asked if I could borrow her number for the purchase.

    Ted's, Sportco and the like, will continue to get my business.
     
  10. zen leecher aka bill w

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

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    You must be famous as I see that number popping up a lot on TV shows.
     
  11. Jim Wallace

    Jim Wallace Smells like low tide.

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    I only order stuff from their website or catalog, if I can't find comparable or cheaper prices closer to home or elsewhere on the internet. Round-trip driving to their nearest store (Lacey) cost me more than $20 in gas, the one time I went. They are currently offering $5 flat-rate shipping.
    I found a long-sleeve UPF t-shirt by Columbia that isn't too expensive, and my "points" nearly have it covered!
    I usually only purchase stuff from Cabela's thats on sale or marked down. I think that their regular list prices are kind of high.
    I can order higher quality fly-tying materials from Waters West, if I need to order any. Usually, I just wait until I'm driving thru Port Angeles, so I can stop in the store and browse.
     
  12. Jim Wallace

    Jim Wallace Smells like low tide.

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    Kent, I wonder if all the driving the UPS and FedX drivers do on their routes (presumably at a higher rate of fuel consumption than most passenger vehicles) cancels out all the gas that isn't burned by drivers who choose not to drive in, but instead order from the catalog or online? Of course, I'm sure that the truck that makes it out to the beach isn't loaded only with Cabelas gear. My package might be in the very small minority.

    I don't get any exclusive "in-store" deals, but since I usually only order stuff when its on sale, I think I am winning at the pump by not driving in.
    I have managed to cut my driving down to less than 8,000 miles per year.
     
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  13. Kent Lufkin

    Kent Lufkin Remember when you could remember everything?

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    Our business uses UPS WorldShip to send orders across the country. Every morning when I fire it up, the software automatically loads up the days recalculation for fuel surcharges. While it costs less in fuel to ship one package from say Cabelas tan it would either of us to drive there, all those packages loaded into a Brown truck every day do add up to some substantial fuel costs.

    BTW, my 1998 Ranger just turned 108,000 miles, just over 8,000 per year. Sometimes several days go by without even firing it up.

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  14. Don Freeman

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    I've known guys who worked there - most quit. They have to push the cards to keep their jobs.