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How would you improve Cabela's stores if they were to listen?

Discussion in 'Business Discussion & Reviews' started by teflon97239, Jan 18, 2011.

  1. teflon97239

    teflon97239 Portland, OR Well-Known Member

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    After my third and probably final visit to the Lacey Cabela's, I'm pretty ambivalent about hearing there's a new one coming to the Portland area soon.

    My beefs include:

    - lines

    - prices

    - damaged returned merchandise repackaged and hung out for sale again

    - invasive procedures, with extra lines in and out, to bring a legally carried weapon inside to fit a holster (and seemingly mute employees simply walking away with my gun - not a word or a signal).

    I could vent at length about what bugs me, and why. But that's just one consumer's opinion.

    Instead, if they're even remotely interested, perhaps Cabela's might make good use of some broader based feedback assembled here regarding what could make the new Oregon City store a more positive experience for potential and existing customers.
     
  2. SquackDaddy

    SquackDaddy Marion County Member

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    The biggest problem I have with Cabela's is their high prices. If they could bring their prices down to a reasonable level, I could forget about a few other issues I have with them. They DO have a large selection of lots of things, and I am looking forward to them opening up in Oregon City.
     
  3. Mason3379

    Mason3379 Oregon City Active Member

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    I could not agree more about the prices! I enjoy walking around the stores and checking stuff out but I rarely leave with anything due to the extreme pricing!! I can buy local and save money without the drive to Lacey.
     
  4. oasis618

    oasis618 Tacoma, Wa Active Member

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    I've never had an issue with long lines but I do agree with your 2nd and 3rd points. I routinely see people on this and other boards talk about how great Cabelas' ammo prices are and I don't know if I just go on the wrong days or what but they have the highest ammo prices of any of my local options.

    But...if you are in the market for a $75.00 sweatshirt that has Cabela's embroidered on it, they can't be beat!
     
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  5. Glock32

    Glock32 Marion county, or Active Member

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    I like cabellas, you have to watch their bargain cave, that is the only time to buy from them.
     
  6. tlfreek

    tlfreek Vancouver WA Active Member

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    beer and bleachers.
     
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  7. drew

    drew OR Well-Known Member

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    It happens occasionally. I don't think this is the best deal I've seen there in a while. http://www.northwestfirearms.com/showthread.php?t=33309 The rest of their ammo isn't what I would call a bargain.
     
  8. olydemon

    olydemon Olympia Active Member

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    Im fortunate that I live in the Oly/Lacey area so I can go there often on weekdays when there is hardly anyone there. I went once on a weekend around Christmas and what a mistake that was... Wish they had more people in the gun area so I didnt have to wait so long just to ask a simple question.

    When I first went there last year I thought they would have lower prices since they were so big. I was suprised to see the opposite.

    So yea, boils down to long lines and high prices. I still like to go just to look at stuff, and for the occasional deal, but overall I spend my $$ across the freeway at Wholesale Sports.
     
  9. I'd put one in the Portland Metro area.
     
  10. billdeserthills

    billdeserthills Cave Creek, Arizony Well-Known Member

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    My recomendation is a return back to the old Mom & Pop type stores. Places where people actually value your presence. Where you aren't just one more hassle to deal with.
     
  11. Abiqua

    Abiqua Oregon Active Member

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    I'd improve the Springfield store by placing it in mall that allows concealed carry.
     
  12. PDXSparky

    PDXSparky Keizer / Hillsboro Well-Known Member

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    I agree, prices are usually MSRP, which is usually higher than I'm eager to pay. The better prices are found online with free ship to store or when they have a $5 shipping deal.

    In the end, it doesn't really matter what merchandise Cabela's sells, they are just another big box chain store.

    How would the mall know if you had your firearm concealed?
     
  13. WFO

    WFO Cottage Grove Active Member

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    Went to the new Springfield Cabela's and for the stuff I ususally buy at a sporting goods store(pocket knives,ammo,etc) Bi-Mart has better prices and is locally owned.
     
  14. Nutty4Guns

    Nutty4Guns Portland ADHD Superstar

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    +1 for Bi-mart. Cabela's is a nice place to visit, but I wouldn't really want to shop there most of the time. If they lowered prices in general, I would be all over it.
     
  15. billt

    billt Glendale, Arizona Active Member

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    Cabela's prices are as good or better than anyone else's. You have to watch for them more alertly, and shop their flyers. They often have the best prices on Glocks and Springfields. You can "double up" and save even more. For example when I purchased my Beretta 92 from them they had it on sale for $549.00. I was also sent a $50.00 off coupon from them on any purchase over $200.00. I ended up getting the gun for just $499.00. No one in the area could match that. Bill T.
     
  16. oasis618

    oasis618 Tacoma, Wa Active Member

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    Too expensive on just about everything, especially ammo. Every once in a while they do have a good deal on a firearm or 2 but that's more the exception than the rule.
     
  17. billt

    billt Glendale, Arizona Active Member

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    Before you b!tch too loudly about Cabela's prices......Here are 12,000 CCI Small Rifle Primers I picked up for just $19.95 a thousand. I did have to wait in line to get them because of all the people lined up to buy the $599.00 Smith & Wesson AR-15's that were on sale! Try and match that anywhere. Bill T.

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  18. oasis618

    oasis618 Tacoma, Wa Active Member

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    I've never purchased small rifile primers before so I couldn't really say if that's a good deal or not. I can only speak to the items I am interested in which are 99% of the time, more expensive than elsewhere.
     
  19. RVTECH

    RVTECH LaPine Well-Known Member

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    That is a great deal - seems like that is what they were about 5 + years ago
     
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  20. 4dogs

    4dogs 3 miles from the range Active Member

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    A neighbor just showed the Walther P38 he'd purchased at the Spfd Cabelas. He mentioned how painful it was to purchase the firearm, including having three different employees go over the tranfer form. The capper was having an employee walk him out the door then hand him his pistol. He thought it was a problem with the mall, that the mall had the policy of not allowing firearms for that.

    I am waiting for a scope mount that I'd ordered to be delivered to the store. When it arrives, I'd planned on having the store staff mount and boresight it, something they'd offered when I ordered the mount. At least now I won't be surprised when I'm not allowed to carry my own firearm through the store, even in its original case.