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Cheaper Than Dirt focusing much more heavily on firearm sales lately

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by Cougfan2, Feb 22, 2012.

  1. Cougfan2

    Cougfan2 Hillsboro, OR Well-Known Member

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    I've been getting the Cheaper Than Dirt flyer for some time now and it's mostly the same old stuff on sale every month with a few new items thrown in, but I notice in the last few months they have really been pitching the firearms sale side of their business. In fact, their latest catalog that just arrived yesterday was absolutely full of listings for firearms for sale. They've also changed from the slick glossy page format to much cheaper paper. It let's them put out a much bigger catalog for the same or lower price I would guess.

    I was listening to KXL 101.5 FM in my truck a few weeks back and they actually had a radio add hawking their firearms sales.

    No real point to this, I just found it interesting. Has anyone ever bought a gun from them? If so, how was the service and pricing?
     
  2. PhysicsGuy

    PhysicsGuy Corvallis, OR Resident Science Nut

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    Never bought a gun from them, used to buy accessories from them back in the day but always found shipping to be a rip off. I now absolutely refuse to do business with them after they participated in some of the most extreme price gouging following the last election (simple AR uppers for $1000, ridiculous ammo prices, ect)
     
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  3. Cougfan2

    Cougfan2 Hillsboro, OR Well-Known Member

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    I bought some accessories from them once, but only because the sale price was decent. My thought so far has been Cheaper Than Dirt really means Expensive as ****.
     
  4. ATCclears

    ATCclears Seattle area, WA Well-Known Member

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    I had a different experience, in that they were the best price I could find for some ammo.

    Peter
     
  5. Nutty4Guns

    Nutty4Guns Portland ADHD Superstar

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    They are hit and miss on pricing from my experiences with them. A little more miss than hit usually. I didn't know about them price gouging, but that would be enough to lose my business as well. That is just uncalled for.
     
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    sheepdip Redland Well-Known Member

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    i bought some ammo from them today, [.327 fed mag] best price i could find on the ammo. shipping was a little steep.
     
  7. erslll

    erslll Hermiston OR Active Member

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    I have never bought anything from them and never will. Selling PMAGs for $35 is price gouging, no matter how you look at it.
     
  8. madcratebuilder

    madcratebuilder Ardenwald, OR Well-Known Member

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    CTD are rip offs, plain and simple. This ad was on there web site the day after the 2008 elections.

    pmag.jpg

    Pmags have never had a $60 msrp to my knowledge.
     
  9. nubus

    nubus Guest

    Well, call it what you will. It's actually called charging "what the market will bear" not gouging.
    When I couldn't get AR parts because they were back ordered 12-36 weeks I had to pay more.
    Prices are going to go up across the board again, and you panic and buy or you don't.
    Hope I don't get scolded for charging "market price" when this happens.
    But that P-MAG pricing is a little over the line!
     
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    bikejunkie Salem Well-Known Member

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    They're shipping policies are absurd. I was going to order 2 Pearce magazine bottom plates for the compact mags of my xdm- they wanted $6.50 each- a good price, with $9.95 shipping each because they only had 1 in each warehouse! They can suck it
     
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    bikejunkie Salem Well-Known Member

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    Oh, and once you pay your local FFL holder for recieving the weapon and transferring it to you they're prices are basically at or above local pricing anyway
     
  12. jdub75

    jdub75 PNW Well-Known Member

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    That is price gouging. Pricing based on fear, or perception of availability. As a retailer, they should be ashamed.
     
  13. noshis9s

    noshis9s Bend New Member

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    Ya, for what they charge a guy might as well go to your LGS.
     
  14. Cougfan2

    Cougfan2 Hillsboro, OR Well-Known Member

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    I prefer dealing with Midway or Brownell's. I've had good luck with both of them. Have also used Natchez on occaison.
     
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    hawmanai SW OR Member

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    In the past some of thier stuff was at a good price and looking thru the catalog was fun, but thier dirt is fairly expensive and have not bought from them for a long time. Oh, handling and shipping was a rip.
     
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    tomcat mv Maple Valley WA Member

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    Same thought here. There are better places to shop.
     
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    arisaka Tacoma New Member

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    Miserable bastards is what they are
     
  18. GOG

    GOG State of Jefferson Well-Known Member

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    I used to buy from them with some regularity. Depending on what was bought, shipping could be dealt with. But when they jacked their prices this last go-round, I decided I was done with them.

    BTW, they're also running commercials on the Blaze network now.
     
  19. Stomper

    Stomper Oceania Rising White Is The New Brown Silver Supporter

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    They will never see anymore green from me after watching them CLEARLY take advantage (beyond reasonable margins) of the recent gun-grabber situation. They only thing they will ever see from me is "brown" that they can suck gaseous substances from.
     
  20. Tatanka

    Tatanka Hillsboro, Oregon Member

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    Cheaper than dirt (CTD) is dead to me for all intensive purposes... they have been for awhile now and after their Picture book magazine I dont think I will ever buy from them again... they sent out a magazine with no prices in it only saying they might be able to get it...