So I heard. I'm not that fond of Cabelas. We've got a couple of local
sporting goods stores that are as good or often better on prices. I
didn't care for Cabelas plan to buy up a lot of acreage and turn it into
hunt clubs for the wealthy either. That might fly in Texas but not here.
A Cabelas clerk told me a couple of weeks ago that they were going to
maintain their separate identity. I became disappointed with them since
they built a store here a few years ago where I had been a big fan of
shopping their catalog. I have a Cabelas card and when the store opened
had enough points, 20% off card and gift card to get $200 worth of
freebees. I got stuff but not stuff I thought I could get.
Also PITA to buy a gun there. Long story but after at least an hour and
a half I walked out and left gun I was buying on the counter. Was
hoping Bass Pro might improve them.
Where did they drop the ball? I never bought a gun there but did buy a
Kershaw knife. Then I found out it was $10 cheaper at Sportsmans
Warehouse and $20 cheaper at Amazon. Anyway it wasn't really
ambidextrous. You could move the pocket clip for point up or point down
but not for left handed carry. No problem taking it back.
A Sportsmans Warehouse buying a gun takes about 10 minutes, most of
which is filling out the 4473 and them calling it in.
That's right and you have to get a number to see a clerk which can take
a half hour then it is back to check out to wait in line. It was not
even a Saturday. Both clerk and checkout spend considerable time looking
at ID. At check out you wait to be called and manually enter data into
the computer for submission then wait. I made an error in putting Sr.
after my name and got rejected by FBI computer. Stupid mistake as any
clerk could observe that you were most likely not a Sr. when you got
your social security card. Clerk when asked, pointed out error and, had
me reenter data and then the FBI computer went down. I was told I could
put the gun on layaway and come back later. I asked if they would call
me when the computer was up and they said, no, you have to call us. Not
only that, I would have to wait in line and reenter the data into the
computer. I said screw it and left gun and ammo on counter.
I went to local shop and saw something I wanted and was in and out in 10
minutes. The clerk took down all the data and called the FBI. I told
the clerk there about may Cabelas experience. He said if FBI computer
was down, he would clear me when it came up and call me to come get the
gun. Next day same gun was on sale at Cabelas for $25 cheaper. As far
as I am concerned it is not worth that much putting up with their crap.
Also when I was at Cabelas which is in DE with no sale tax, a guy from
PA was there buying a long gun there to save sales tax and when he
bought it computer was back and he had to return to wait and find out
that he could not be cleared and had to leave to have to return a third
time. PA border is only 10 miles off but I don't know how far he had to
drive. He could have wasted a day and a half's time just to save on
Don't think so for a long gun but it would be so for a pistol.
Back in the past, I would have thought Cabela's might have come to
Delaware sooner because of sales tax. Gun shipments make this less
attractive. I did not know they were that big on guns until I saw the
Hamburg store. I was only there once but bought some archery stuff and
had to pay PA sales tax.
Amazon was one that came early. Amazon would pay the tax that state it
was shipped to but some states want Amazon to pay tax for their state
too if shipped from there.
Some days it seems like half the cars in shopping center parking lots
are out of state. I'm only 3 miles from the PA border. I don't like to
stop at DE stores close to the border as prices seem higher. Even gas
tax is 20-30 cents a gallon more in PA and I find the gas stations
closer to the PA border charge 10 cents a gallon more than those further
PA residents also buy booze in DE and MD. If they take it home they are
supposed to pay tax and PA has sent revenuers to DE and MD to watch and
see if their residents buy booze and drive back to PA. Been some fights
between MD liquor store owners and PA revenuers.
Border wars have been going on as long as taxes. I used to work in MA
and the gas is about 25 cents cheaper there than CT. I also passed a
couple of liquor stores on the way home too.
Years ago I lived in PA, across the bridge from NJ. Same thing, lots of
PS tags in the parking lots, especially on Sunday when blue laws were in
effect. NH has a state liquor store right on Rt 95 at the border.
When I lived in NH I would sometimes shop at the Kittery Trading post in
Kittery ME. They had it down to a science. They had a storefront in
Portsmouth NH that was nothing but a desk and phone. A clerk would drive
across the bridge with the firearm, deliver it, lock up the storefront
and go back. It took about 10 minutes.
I lived in Dover, NH so it was convenient. It also didn't have that
yuppie feel the L.L.Bean turned into. I remember it in the late '50s as
being a decent sporting goods store, nothing fancy. By the late 70's
L.L. Bean was IBM's largest installation in the state of Maine.
I don't know when Bean's started to build brick and mortar stores but
when I lived there the mothership in Freeport was the only one I knew
about and I didn't get up that way very often.
I was back in 2004 and the KTP seemed about the same as it ever was
unlike EMS and Eddie Bauer that have turned into clothing stores.
They had to do something after foisting Bean Boots on the world. I've
got a pair of Sorel's that are the same idea that I rarely wear. They
make sense since a lot of northern NY, VT, NH, and ME is a swamp where
it isn't a mountain but I was never fond of them.
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