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Sportsman's Warehouse - why are they still open?

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by 101voodoo, Jan 24, 2009.

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  1. 101voodoo

    101voodoo TS Member

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    Sportsman's Warehouse in Reno had a military appreciation day today, where you get the employees 20% discount.

    Drove across town, they had one bag of shot, 8.5s. No powder, no primers. Also, no rain checks: "Had to be in stock today to get the discount. That's great, but you have nothing in stock. We might get some stuff in February."

    I spent more on gas than I saved on their lone bag of shot.

    My guess is the chain doesn't survive the year.

    Jim
     
  2. Toddy

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    Hello,

    I might be speaking out of turn, but, I read some place that all Sportsman warehouse chain was bought out by the Alberta Farm Owners Association and like any other company in transition will take a while to be in the groove and running at 100%.

    I know you will correct me if I'm wrong.

    Reg. T., East Sooke, BC
     
  3. halfmile

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    They closed one of the phoenix stores recently, and the inventory is very spotty. They stock very lightly and you have to wait to get shot sometimes, powder and bullets are spotty too.

    I thought maybe they slimmed down for inventory. Time will tell.

    They beat the snot out of Gander and Cabela's, but every one of those places are clothing stores. The shooting stuff is just to get you in to buy clothing, which they make the highest profit on.

    HM
     
  4. miketmx

    miketmx Well-Known Member

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    UFA did buy Wholesale Sports of Calgary which expanded into a Western Canada chain of sporting goods stores. I remember trap shooting with Barrie Deakin and Otto Krumes the original owner's of Barrotto Sports which became Wholesale Sports after Barrie and Otto were killed in a winter driving car accident in the 70's.
     
  5. Inspector 12

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    I was at a Sportsmans warehouse last week, still very picked over but favorable pricing. Estate Target loads for $57 flat with a discount on flats. Cabelas yesterday had the same shells for $86 a flat and no discount. Cabelas had considerable inventory, probably due to their sky high pricing. Folks were probably opting to wait than pay the price.
     
  6. 101voodoo

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    Probably not a good idea to hold onto any Sportsman's gift cards.

    Problem is, what the heck are you going to buy?

    Jim
     
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    I noticed this obvious low stock of reloading supplies a few weeks ago at sportsmens but they do have a full inventory of clothing and fishing tackle. They told me the same story that everyone was buying up the shooting supplies for fear of future legislation. I hope they don't go out of business because they have the best prices in Northern Ca.
     
  8. halfmile

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    Funny, the dolt in the Aportsmen't Warehouse told me the Hornady varmint bullets were in short supply "because of the war".

    I almost peed my pants laughing.

    I can't really respect a retailer that thinks I am that stupid.

    HM
     
  9. Post  2

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    I've found Sportsmans Warehouse to be very generous with the $10.00 discount coupons and 5% off a flat of shells. Don't understand why folks would knock them. If you can buy some place else cheaper do it. I can usually get better pricing from venders at shoots but I still support our local Sportsman's Warehouse when I can. I hope the new owners are as generouse. Post-2
     
  10. JH

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    They WERE the best supplied, cheapest place to buy around here.

    Bad News: They are in the processs of being sold to the Canadian company mentioned above. Many, of their stores will be closed within 90 days. Serious "cash flow" problems. Buy what you need while you can!
     
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    I stopped going to them last year after wasting time driving down a few times only to find that they are still out of stock on everything to due with reloading. Tired of "its on order"......yea for over a year now!!?....lost me for good.
     
  12. perazzi_01

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    Man I miss my Sportsman Warehouse in my neck of the woods they shut down 2 years ago here. They where always good for reloading supplies (cheap) and could not be beat on gun prices. Same comparison with Estates, Cabelas almost wants double the price for them.

    They may just be going thru a company restructuring or something so don't bitch!...you may have to pay Cabelas or Bass Pro prices like me.
     
  13. Brian in Oregon

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    I also do not go out of my way to Sportsman's Warehouse anymore. Often they do not carry what I need, or they are out of stock. Their special order process blows dead goats. And the really sad part is, I can often find what I need locally at other chains and for a better price, or I can order form Cabelas and get what I want for the same price including shipping, and save on fuel expense to boot. In fact, Sportsman's said they will match Cabelas price if Cabelas shipping cost is included, which then usually matches Sportsmans price, but they will not take into consideration the fuel it takes the customer to get to Sportsmans.<br>
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    I do not want to see Sportsmans Warehouse go out of business, but by the same token I will not be shedding crocodile tears if they do close.
     
  14. Shooting Jack

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    I was in Columbia South Carolina week before last for a sporting goods show and decided to visit the Sportsman Warehouse to purchase a jug of Green dot powder but they didn't have any. I talked to the department manager about an article I had read about some of the stores closing and he said they were number three out of 70 stores so they would not be closing. But it does not make sense to stay open if you don't have anything to sell. I had gotten some really good deals at times so hate to see them go down. Jackie B.
     
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    If you reload, going to them is not the brightest thing to do.
     
  16. frank drebin

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    "..... blows dead goats"

    I learn something everyday.

    fd
     
  17. CATdiesel

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    The one here in Lafayette, IN is got to be one of the worst that I have seen about having reloading supplies. Went in Sat. and they had nothing as far as shot, wads were stocked up on the bright side. I would hate to see our store go, alot of people here reload and they do have some of the best prices.
     
  18. perazzi_01

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    You guys who drive all these miles to get disapointed at Sportsmans Warehouse.......................have you ever thought about calling first to see if they have what you want in stock first or , do you just like to whine. More competition is better not worse , it ends up meaning lower prices for us.
     
  19. Justin L.

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    I don't buy any reloading supplies from them, but their prices on guns are pretty good, from what I've seen. I don't want to see ANY sporting goods store close down at this time, perazzi_01 is right, more competition is better for us and there is safety in numbers.
     
  20. ljutic73

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    Shawn...yes, they are being aquired by UFA...the news item appears on both UFA and Sportman's Warehouse websites....and it will be interesting to see what happens to those stores in the future,,,
     
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