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Re: Cabela's - was "type of rod?"

Posted by Dick Hosmer on Tuesday, 7 December 2010, at 10:29 a.m., in response to type of rod?, posted by Fred on Sunday, 5 December 2010, at 10:29 p.m.

Following is only my opinion, based on visiting one store (Reno NV) and considerable browsing on the net:

Be VERY VERY careful with antique arms at Cabela's. They are the Home Depot/"Big Box" of the sporting goods world, run strictly by MBAs; in that milieu, most of the clerks are worthless, and the local "library' is only as good as the local manager. There seems to be no central vetting, and they could not care less about "errors" and "discrepancies". By and large they appear to subscribe to the "if it's old, it's worth a LOT of money" and "take it or leave it" theories.

When they were just getting started, one could occasionally find some fair prices, even an occasional bargain, because the bean-counters had NO clue as to what they were selling. But, they have apparently wised up, and are attempting to cover any possible early losses by putting outlandish prices on everything.

Color me VERY un-impressed with Cabela's antique arms division.

But that's just my opinion. They're a US company trying to succeed, and, while I won't buy from them, I wish them well.


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