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New Cabela

Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by yakimaman, Mar 17, 2013.

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  1. yakimaman

    yakimaman Well-Known Member

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    Went to the new Cabela's today. They've been open for almost two weeks now and I thought the crowds would thin out. Guess it's the first one in Ohio - it was jam-packed - freeway access backed up, cops directing traffic, merchants adjacent (Costco) were blocking off their lots to keep Cabela customers from parking. I ended up parking four blocks away and walking back to join the throngs whose coffee table catalog had become reality. I've seen stuffed animals before, so no attraction there (little kids oohing and ahhhing though) - wasn't interested in their overpriced clothing or camping gear, shotshell prices weren't a bargain so I went to look at the guns and the gun room. Didn't see any target shotguns. Been shooting some black powder recently so I went up to the counter and asked to see a Blue Ridge rifle (Cabelas has carried these for years - their model of the Pedersoli Frontier rifle). The salesman looked at me and said "bolt action?" I said no, single shot. He turned to look through the racked guns but I stopped him and told him it was a muzzleloader - he pointed me to a rack that had seven modern inline guns on it. I then told him it was a traditional gun and he said " I don't think we carry that kind". Ok, no problem, I will look in the catalog. So, I asked to look at a shotgun, told him I was interested in a Remington 1100 Synthetic Comp. I let him go - he spent a full five minutes looking through all the black and camo guns, checking tags to see what make and model they were. Finally told me he didn't think they had one of those. Of course I knew they didn't have one - no one does. But here was a salesman in the gun dept of one of the nation's top stores and he didn't have enough product knowledge on either gun to do more than stand there with the same look in his eyes as one of the mounted deer by the front door. Thank goodness for on line sales.
     
  2. TD1958

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    You have to wonder what Cabela's actually invested in their training. Sounds as though they invested a minimum wage at the point of hiring their staff and let it go at that. I have never found anything but higher prices at those places. Tim
     
  3. GW22

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    I enjoy browsing through Cabelas and Bass Pro Shops and have done so many times. But rarely do I spend more than $20-$50. Unless something is on clearance, items always seems to be priced significantly higher than elsewhere. The overhead on those gigantic stores with their restaurants, decorations, aquariums and taxidermy exhibits obviously requires higher pricing, despite the volume they do. Some of them will start going belly-up in the next few years.

    -Gary
     
  4. birdogs

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    It was the storre's first day. Perhaps they did not have the opportunity to hire an expert in all of the obscure items in which yopu might be interested.

    When I go to such a place, I do not expect the salespeople to kinow as much as I, except in certain areas like the Gun Library but even there you cannot expect a sales person to know everything.
     
  5. blizzard

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    If they wanted to PAY someone who was knowledgeable they certainly could have done so. That store opening date was known for probably at least a year before today.
     
  6. DoubleAuto

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    Congratulations Ohio, you get to now pay tax on any Cabelas orders.
     
  7. Catpower

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    We have two Cabela's within about 75 miles and all the people at the gun part of it always seemed to be quite knowledgeable
     
  8. cubancigar2000

    cubancigar2000 Well-Known Member

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    There is even a new cabelas at your old home town of Yakima ( actually in Union Gap)
     
  9. yakimaman

    yakimaman Well-Known Member

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    Union Gap, are you serious? Are the signs in Spanish?
     
  10. Mark Stacklin

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    Did u check reloading prices
     
  11. steele

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    Is this new store near the Polaris mall area? I heard they were building one there. If so, the Cardinal Center shooters will have another place to go play.
    The new casino on I270 is only another 1/2 hour south.
     
  12. yakimaman

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    Yes, at the Polaris exit; first store on your right, in front of the hotel and across the street from Costco.
     
  13. grnberetcj

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    We'll be getting a Cabela's here in Delaware (Christiana Mall) in about a year.....Exit 4 @ I-95 (10 minutes north of the MD state line and 15 minutes from the PA & NJ state lines). The place will no doubt be mobbed with non Delaware residents as our state does not have a sales tax...

    When shooting at the Cardinal Classic, we always stay in the Polaris area (actually Dublin), so having the Cabela's there will be a place to visit to kill some time and watch the pilgrims meandering about..not quite as entertaining as Walmart...but fun nevertheless.

    The Cabela's in Wheeling has been a decent source of bargains (even with the sales tax) in the past. Just as with any retailer, a shopper has to be careful.

    Curt
     
  14. mx8dave

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    the store in Yakima is called an" Out Post ",,,not a regular store ,MX8Dave
     
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    Yaki:

    You sent a young man, trying to help you, on a wild goose chase just for your amusement?

    Instead of helping the young man with your all knowing absolute perfect knowledge of all guns ever made in the world since gunpowder was first made by the Chinese thousands of years ago?


    Thats just plain mean.
     
  16. yakimaman

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    Wasn't a young man, he had to late 50s. Probably someone downsized. But, when he had no knowledge of a long standing Cabela's product I asked to see a well known Remington firearm to see if he had ANY product knowledge at all. I do believe he knew what a shotgun looked liked but not much more.
     
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