The Midway "handling" charge


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Old School
August 19, 2008, 05:37 PM
Recently, I started to purchase some revolver clips from Midway. Upon check out, I found that they assessed a "handling fee". Apparently, handling fees are assessed when you make purchases smaller than $20.
I was not real thrilled with this fee. In fact, I will go on the record and say that it sux. If my small purchases are so inconvenient for Midway, they will not be my first choice for any purchases large or small.:fire:

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ServiceSoon
August 19, 2008, 05:48 PM
Don't get mad, get glad by buying somewhere else. They know what the repercussions are for their policy.

Company's have to make these decisions sometimes. After all they are in business to make a profit and wouldn't be around for you to purchase items it they didn't make a profit. Just do what I do and tell the wife you have to spend X because otherwise they charge a handling fee.

Drgong
August 19, 2008, 05:51 PM
buy a box of plinking ammo with whatever you buying, easy way to avoid the fee, and you will use it up I am sure...

Mikee Loxxer
August 19, 2008, 05:54 PM
Having a minimum order charge is very common. This is done so that a business does not lose money by alloting costly man/hours to low dollar amount orders.

Microlon
August 19, 2008, 05:58 PM
My philosophy is that any order is a good order, so we don't have any minimums (minima?). I figure that if someone buys something inexpensive and they like it, maybe next time they'll buy something a bit more pricey. Yes, we've "lost" money on small orders, but if it introduces someone to our stuff, it's worth it.

snorko
August 19, 2008, 06:01 PM
I stand in awe of the OP's discipline in placing an order for only what is "needed".

davidjblythe
August 19, 2008, 06:02 PM
I would find a way to boost the bill over the minimum required to avoid the fee. The Potterfields are avid 2nd Amendment supporters and donate regularly to the NRA. They have been nothing but good to me. I would hate to see them lose a customer over that. Send the owner an email about it if you feel really agitated. He usually responds personally to certain issues.

ralphtt
August 19, 2008, 06:06 PM
Years ago, Midway shipped with zero shipping or handling charges. When they started the 'handling' charge I emailed the owner and sure 'nuff, got a prompt reply from him. He went into considerable detail explaining why Midway found the new charge necessary.

I have not ordered from Midway since then . . . and it has been several years.

pistolero6869
August 19, 2008, 06:07 PM
My friends and I used to buy every thing from midwat years ago when they had a tiny ad in the shotgun news, Ammo parts reloading supplys. free shipping but that went away so did we. but now I buy from graft &sons $4.50 handling charge 5lbs or 500lbs on line or $6.96 by phone , mail or fax...

Old School
August 19, 2008, 06:41 PM
My philosophy is that any order is a good order, so we don't have any minimums (minima?). I figure that if someone buys something inexpensive and they like it, maybe next time they'll buy something a bit more pricey. Yes, we've "lost" money on small orders, but if it introduces someone to our stuff, it's worth it.
This man understands business.

GingerGuy
August 19, 2008, 06:50 PM
Midway just today sent me an email wishing me a happy birthday and too take an additional 15% off my next order provided I purchase by 8/31.

Thank you for being a MidwayUSA Customer. We noticed your birthday is just
around the corner. Sorry we can’t be there; however, we have a special gift for
you.

We have entered special birthday prices for your account on the majority of our
products. Anytime between now and 11:59 PM CT on your birthday you may place one
order, and one order only, at these special prices.

To activate your special pricing, click on the following link:

TexasRifleman
August 19, 2008, 06:52 PM
I'm just amazed someone could tool around the Midway site and still only come up with less than $20 of stuff to order.

.38 Special
August 19, 2008, 06:53 PM
Midway just today sent me an email wishing me a happy birthday and too take an additional 15% off my next order provided I purchase by 8/31.

Stand by for outraged posts about "butting into your personal business".

doubleh
August 19, 2008, 06:55 PM
I really don't like to get hit with a "handling" charge. Kind of makes me feel like I'm getting skinned a little. Kind of like another mailorder shooting supplier that runs sales and then you find they are making quite a bit of it back on their inflated shipping charges.

Dustinthewind
August 19, 2008, 07:00 PM
Midway did the same to me. This was after two orders that amounted to $1500. I ordered a factory crimp die in .223, a week later, for under twenty and got charged with a handling fee. I still buy from Midway but have started using Graf's and Wideners more, as well as purchasing more locally. My local gun shop is a little higher but shipping usually more than makes up the difference. Also I have found that the more I buy in supplies locally the better the deals are on the firearm purchases.

cpttango30
August 19, 2008, 07:06 PM
I stand in awe of the OP's discipline in placing an order for only what is "needed".

+1 on that. I have a hard time picking out what I need vs what I really relly really really need.

Zach S
August 19, 2008, 07:19 PM
I get steamed for a similar reason when I order from summit racing.

It says "FREE SHIPPING!" on every cover in huge letters, yet they charge $12 bucks for handling.

bobotech
August 19, 2008, 07:25 PM
I ran into that handling fee last week when I ordered something from them.

I just bought a set of wolff hammer springs as well to make the total go over 20 bux. Worked for me.

onebigelf
August 19, 2008, 07:37 PM
I have to agree with the folks who are upset. A few years ago I ordered almost $1000 worth of parts for a project. After the parts arrived and I started working on the assembly I ended up needing a single, small, and very inexpensive part. It also was something that couldn't be found just anywhere. The part was less than three dollars and it took me almost a week to find someone else who had one. I've never ordered anything else from Midway. I understand the issue of "are small orders worth the time". Maybe they should ask themselves how much it's worth to piss off a customer. Make that Former Customer.

John

DoubleTapDrew
August 19, 2008, 07:40 PM
That's why I wait until I have a decent amount of stuff before placing an order. Or I just browse the site until I'm horrified at the total in my cart and have to start deciding what I really need and start searching for promo codes :)
It says "FREE SHIPPING!" on every cover in huge letters, yet they charge $12 bucks for handling.
Then when you figure you'll get even and order something that would cost more than $12 to ship like a seat they'll smack you with an oversize charge :banghead:

1911Tuner
August 19, 2008, 07:41 PM
I ordered a bullet sizer die yesterday and ran into the same thing. 25-dollar minimum to avoid the handling charge...so I had'em toss in a couple lube sticks that I'll eventually need anyway. No biggie.

SSN Vet
August 19, 2008, 07:43 PM
Midway is ..... Midway....

There not Grafs or Kempfs or Cabellas.....'

Like any company, they have their strengths, their weeknesses and their kwirks.

I really don't understand all the anti-Midway rants. If I can find it somewhere else cheaper, I get it there.

If I have a $10 order, it's not worth it to me to pay anybodys shipping charge, so I just head on down to KTP and pay their premium price and walk out the door with the product in my hand. Usually I pick up powder and primers while I'm there.

Midway's strengths include:

They have an awesome inventory.

They have a great web site.

They also have a great catalog (for which they do not charge).

They have done a LOT of pro 2A work.....with something like a million dollars contributed with their roundup. You might even say Heller was fought (and won) with money that came from Midway.

As far as shipping goes...I thought it was just SOP to check multiple shipping scenarios to get the best price, regardless of who the online vender is.

joshk-k
August 19, 2008, 07:46 PM
I work in a retail establishment (the world's largest source of salvaged building materials (www.rebuildingcenter.org). When I'm working at the register, I certainly don't set a minimum charge for card usage or charge a fee (which is a comparable thing to this). The situation's different because everything I have in stock is donated, where someone like Midway has paid for it, but I am of the mind that if something costs a dollar and I have to pay .25 for the card fee, 75 cents is still better than 0, even if it's not a dollar.

Something that all business owners should live by: two slow dimes is worth more than three quick nickels.

Josh

teknoid
August 19, 2008, 07:48 PM
Their inflated shipping charge was enough to turn me off. It was at least 25% more than every other supplier I found. Some of those were farther away. This is for the exact same items, too. I Didn't buy from them then, and I don't buy from them now. I doubt the shipper charges them more than they do other companies.

CZ 75 BD
August 19, 2008, 07:50 PM
the minimum is $40

ilcylic
August 19, 2008, 07:54 PM
Y'all bring up a good point. One that might do well to be suggested to Midway, in fact.

(Just in case it ever comes up) I hereby place this idea in the public domain, relinquishing any rights or royalties.

It would seem to be a good idea, for a place that charges a $HANDLING_FEE for orders under $MINIMUM_AMOUNT, to link that handling fee to previous behaviour. For example, if a customer purchased $MINIMUM_AMOUNT x 3 worth of merchandise within the last 2 weeks, it would make sense to waive the handling fee, in order to avoid hard feelings. If a customer made a purchase of $MINIMUM_AMOUNT x 40, as one poster did above, it might make sense to waive handling fees for the next 4 orders that are under the minimum, no matter how long it has been since the original purchase. This would definitely likely assuage people like the person who bought $1000 worth of stuff one week, and then had to buy a $3 item the next.

bhp9mm
August 19, 2008, 07:56 PM
i got that same fee when i order two packs of moon clips and a Case Extractor for the clips about a week ago for my 940 and sp101 9mms

.38 Special
August 19, 2008, 08:05 PM
Maybe the fee is to weed out the whiners. They may figure that anyone willing to get completely out of joint over it is the kind of person that spends the day looking for an excuse to complain, and thus not someone they need to deal with.

The malcontents certainly don't seem to be having a negative impact on their business, at any rate.

kk5ib
August 19, 2008, 08:09 PM
I just ordered a Williams peep sight from Midway on sale for $10 off the regular price and the shipping and handling was $3.03. I donated $1+ to the NRA in the process. What's not to like?
Darryl

teknoid
August 19, 2008, 08:30 PM
Paying more than you need to seems kind of silly, IMHO. Maybe some folks have money to throw away, but I kinda like to get something in return for mine. I'd rather buy from folks who don't use names like "handling fee" and add profit to shipping costs to pad their profits.

JohnBT
August 19, 2008, 08:38 PM
Heck, I don't like to tip either, but I'm a big tipper anyway. It's just the price of doing business.

Of course, as anybody who read the RIG grease thread knows, I ordered some of the now-discontinued RIG (and a little STOS and Krieghoff lube) and ended up spending about $80.

Folks, they're going to get their money or go out of business. What difference does it make if they charge more per item and offer free shipping or less per item and add s&h?

With the price of gas what it is, s&h is a good deal.

Oh well, I suppose I have a little too much money. Compared to a starving student maybe.

John

Hook686
August 20, 2008, 12:17 AM
I have pretty much stopped buying at midwayusa.com. The practice of splitting an order, if out of one item, results in double fees and shipping costs. Because of the split orders if all items are not in stock, I'm prone to order 1, or 2 items. I still end up burned with the postage/handling fee and the 'Special order fee' ... it can easily add $13 to a $22 purchase.

Note: If I order two $22 items and midways is out of one, then they ship one with $13 added and later ship the 2nd with $13 added. This does not figure in taxes on the purchases.

I finally decided that this was an expensive way to shop. Though I gotta admit they stock a lot of product, and have always got it to me reasonably quickly.

I've taken to look elsewhere

Sir Aardvark
August 20, 2008, 12:39 AM
I also do not like how Midway runs their business...

They refuse to give me their discount pricing because I do not have the word "Gun" in my business name - ironically, neither do they.

Brownell's, on the other hand, has no qualms in giving me their "industry discount" pricing, and their shipping is a lot cheaper!


P.S. I sell gun accessories.

FCFC
August 20, 2008, 07:21 AM
Folks, they're going to get their money or go out of business. What difference does it make if they charge more per item and offer free shipping or less per item and add s&h?

With the price of gas what it is, s&h is a good deal.

It's just a pricing method. MidwayUSA could roll in the s&h cost into the per unit price or they can keep it separate. You're right in your implication that MidwayUSA must recover it's shipping costs. The question is, "How?" The method they've chosen is pretty common across many retail channels. That's because it is most precise in passing in identifying shipping costs on transaction by transaction basis.

BTW, here is some info from the MidwayUSA site that is maybe pertinent to this discussion:


How do I obtain a shipping estimate?

Simply add the items that you would like to your Shopping Cart, visit the "Shopping Cart" page by clicking on the link at the top of most MidwayUSA.com pages, enter your ZIP Code into the "Get a Shipping Estimate" box and click the "Get Estimate" button.


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How much does shipping cost?

Calculating shipping charges is more complicated today than it has ever been, so we do it all for you via computer programs in our Contact Center and on our Website. Since it isn't possible to calculate Postage, Handling & Insurance until the order is complete and the computer programs run, we encourage our Customers to visit our Website or call our Contact Center to determine the total amount of their order, including shipping charges. There is never an obligation to place an order when you do this.

Special Handling Charge
MidwayUSA attempts to keep our costs as low as possible so we can give our Customers the best pricing in the Industry. Since we will accept any size order, there is a Special Handling Charge of $3.00 for all retail product orders under $25.00 and $4.00 for all dealer product orders under $40.00 to offset the additional costs associated with handling orders under these amounts.
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What options are available for shipping?

The following methods of shipment are available on our website:

UPS Ground (Delivery in 1-7 Business Days) *

UPS 2nd Day Air *

UPS Next Day Air *

UPS Saturday Delivery *

USPS Parcel Post †

USPS Media Mail†

kk5ib
August 20, 2008, 07:45 AM
I object to the whiners and complainers about our suppliers. I support any and all positive supporters of the Second Amendment, manufacturers, importers, distributors, big gun stores, little gun stores, mail order of supplies, components, accessories, gun shows, government supporters of 2nd amendment and ccw, hunting, competition, protection by individuals, police and military, gun magazines and websites, reloading equipment, and more. Where would we be without the above? For most of us this is a hobby, where we spent our descretionary money. There is nothing wrong with shopping around, but let's not bite the hands that feed us.
Darryl

Drgong
August 20, 2008, 08:07 AM
Midway raised more for the RBKA then most, I have never had a problem with them and I do think its whining to complain about a handling charge when ordering a .99 cent bit off a mail-order place.

Would it be better if they saw that you made a large order not long ago - yes...but I am not going to whine about it...

KI.W.
August 20, 2008, 08:07 AM
Your Midway is very much cheaper than Midwaysuomi. ( Finland is in Finnish Suomi).
Already prices are 2 - 3 times higher.

glink
August 20, 2008, 08:15 AM
I like Midway all the way around; not perfect, but better than driving to town. Their policies are clearly stated; guess I don't see the beef.

FCFC
August 20, 2008, 08:28 AM
I object to the whiners and complainers about our suppliers. I support any and all positive supporters of the Second Amendment...
Midway raised more for the RBKA then most, I have never had a problem with them and I do think its whining to complain about a handling charge when ordering a .99 cent bit off a mail-order place.
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Hey, actually, these guys look pretty good. From their website:

Why Shop MidwayUSA?

http://www.midwayusa.com/midwayusa/StaticPages/images/common/99percent.gif of all Orders Ship the Same Day

http://www.midwayusa.com/midwayusa/StaticPages/images/common/nraroundup-1.gif $4,142,752.35 donated by our customers

http://www.midwayusa.com/midwayusa/StaticPages/images/common/circleofex.gif Bizrate Circle of Excellence

dogmush
August 20, 2008, 08:51 AM
I like Midway, they have a good selection, pretty good prices and a neat little "wishlist" feature that I use to tell the non firearm folks in my life what I want for Christmas. Yeah, they have the small order charge, but they're up front about it.

I cross shop Midway and Brownells a lot. I like them both. If the charge bothers you that much, shop elsewhere. But Midway's a pretty good mail-order site.

Lashlarue
August 20, 2008, 08:54 AM
And they usually have stuff you can't get anywhere else at prices generally lower than the competition.They just sent me a catalogue that was an inch thick and a 15% off email.And I havent bought anything from them in a year...

Walkalong
August 20, 2008, 08:59 AM
The minimum order does not bother me. I just try to wait until I need enough. I like the pics of the items and the feedback. It is easier to see what a product is like and if others have had success with it. That costs money to have a nice site like that. They have to make it back. I always donate a bit to the NRA as well. An option I like and that they inovated years ago.

skwab
August 20, 2008, 09:44 AM
I don't mind midway at all, but I'm not married to them either - if I can find it cheaper elsewhere I'll get it from there. They have reasonable prices but on a lot of things they're not the cheapest by any means.

But Midway has ALOT of hard to find stuff, so if I have to pay 3 bucks for the convenience of knowing they have something I need which is hard to find, then I'll gladly pay it instead of spending hours searching or calling around. Plus they are very active in support of the second amendment, and as a small business owner, I certainly understand having to deal with rising costs of doing business. I can't imagine what their overhead is like - inventory, infrastructure, employee costs, insurance, advertisement, those incredible catalogs they send out - and they send one to you if you've bought $1000 worth of stuff or 2 bucks worth. So to think they're charging those fees because old man potter needs a new ferrari for his stable is crazy.

BigO01
August 20, 2008, 09:44 AM
Inflated Shipping ??

Man you guys don't know what inflated shipping is , when I started building my own arrows I ordered a plastic fletching jig , vanes , and 2 tubes of fletching glue , a few dozen plastic nocks and some extremely light weight carbon inserts a order value of over $50 . Total weight on the box came in under 3 LBS and they whacked me for over $9 in shipping fees !!! At the time I was working in a shipping department and looked up the actual charges , they were less than $4 !!!

This was over a decade ago .

With Midway the most I ever paid for shipping was about $14 and that order included a new Turret press and 1,000 lead bullets "45 and 357's" plus I can't recall how much stuff , it showed up in 2 very large boxes .

Then there's their customer service which is second to non , I've had problems with new magazines , one call and they have replacements on the way NO CHARGE , NO QUESTIONS and once I ordered some shooting videos opened one case and no DVD inside once again a simple phone call and a no BS conversation and I have my video on the way without charge . O and BTW the phone calls are on a toll free 800 number something more and more businesses are getting away from .

You people are complaining about a $20 minimum , HA I am always trying to trim $20 here and there off of an order with Midway .

Business costs have risen along with the fuel to receive there products as well as to get them to you , wouldn't you rather change your shopping habits a bit and shop with people who still actually give a dang about how they treat there customers rather then being cheap and running them out of business like has done with Walmart to all of the small shops with pleasant knowledgeable people running them only to be replaced with morons and people who can't be bother to help a customer ?

RoadkingLarry
August 20, 2008, 10:29 AM
My last order from Midway was a Lyman Flintlock rifle kit.(That 32" octragon barrel wieghs like 90 pounds:)) even with a $13.87 shipping charge It was still better than $25 cheaper that anywhere else I could find it and I got it in 3 days.

langenc
August 20, 2008, 11:21 AM
Most ebay shippers stick you.

CBS220
August 20, 2008, 11:48 AM
My two favorite places to buy from are MidwayUSA and Grafs.

The only problem with Graf's free shipping is that they have a relatively small stock, and their small selection is quite often on backorder.

Midway often has stuff on backorder as well, but they tend to have lots of comparable goods I can get instead.

Midway is the cheapest based on product prices, but if the order is around a hundred bucks its often cheaper to go with Grafs. If its much more than that Midway tends to be cheaper, even counting the shipping.

Also, Midway ships fast. I bought a scope mount and some bullets the other day, about a 50 dollar order (Because Grafs didn't have the mount) and it was there two days after I placed it.

If paying a 12 dollar shipping and handling fee, which is what most of mine come out to, is too much for you, use Grafs... but honestly, you're not going to find a company as helpful, quick, cheap, and with such an extensive selection as midway. Not to mention they have a website that ISN'T a pain in the butt to use (Looking at you, Brownells).

FieroCDSP
August 20, 2008, 12:29 PM
I like Midway, and like most people, I have trouble spending so little as to run afoul of the handling charge. In fact, I find their business model to be very good.
-They require their employees to be NRA members. Most are avid shooters/hunters, etc, meaning they know their product from the lowliest grunt to the CEO.
-They promote donations to pro-gun organizations. What's one extra dollar at checkout?
-Rarely are they out of things I want, and when they are, it's back in quick.
-Incredible processing times.
-Incredible shipping times.
-Top notch customer service. I had an issue where my bank card was replaced and the security code on the back was not updated on my checkout. They phoned within a few hours and worked it out with me.
-Birthday, Christmas, and other specials via Internet. They always arrive when I'm planning on paying off my credit cards. :banghead:

This is a company that loves it's customers, and treats them as it's bread and butter. The way it should be.

JoseM
August 20, 2008, 01:21 PM
I use to buy a LOT from Midway with my C&R and then I realized that Graf & Sons was consistently cheaper for the things I buy (and they accept C&R). So my advice it to set up an account with G&S and if they don't have something you're looking for, then see if Midway. It's not that I dislike Midway now....I just like G&S more.

TexasRifleman
August 20, 2008, 01:23 PM
I use to buy a LOT from Midway with my C&R and then I realized that Graf & Sons was consistently cheaper for the things I buy (and they accept C&R).

Midway will give you dealer pricing with a C&R as well.

I love Graf but they always seem to be out of things I want.

K3
August 20, 2008, 01:28 PM
I stand in awe of the OP's discipline in placing an order for only what is "needed".

+23 or however many others echo this sentiment.

In spite of a few hiccups, Midway is my favorite, and after several comparisons, I've found that Midway is usually the same as everyone else. The exception is powder and primers. I prefer Powder Valley for that b/c I can order powder/primers together and pay only one Hazmat charge. Prioces are lower too.

But for bullets, dies, tools, scopes, upper assemblies :banghead:, targets, and all the other things I need (yeah right), I find it hard to beat Midway.

Their customer service is top notch. I had a bottle of BoreTech Eliminator leak in my package. It got into some very expensive .375 Barnes TSX bullets. Predictable results. Midway shipped replacement bullets that day, and they are not cheap.

scrat
August 20, 2008, 01:52 PM
Midway is not my first choice at all. i would rather not order from them at all. Which is really sad. There shipping charges are just too darn much. For sure its one of those things where you really need to shop around before checking with midway.

Rugerlvr
August 20, 2008, 02:36 PM
buying a box of plinking ammo with a small order is a false economy, as then they are forced to ship UPS rather than USPS, and the shipping cost goes way up.

Zip7
August 20, 2008, 02:58 PM
Having worked in a business that did a high volume of sales, I can tell you that the higher the volume, the more likely that business is to lose more profits in the overhead. It costs a FORTUNE to stock all that stuff, man the phones, deal with shipping hassles, etc.

Any company like that lives or dies by their BIG orders. The small ones do add up, but they cost far more to fulfill.

I once made a sale that netted my company $30,000 in clear profit. It took me about 3 days work to get the deal done, and in that time you can bet your bottom dollar my boss didn't want me taking calls for $25 orders to ship UPS till I had the big deal done. In general, orders that resulted in 10K or more profit were far and away worth putting off the small sales for a day or so to get done.

ACORN
August 20, 2008, 03:13 PM
The fee is a pet peeve with me also.
I ordered a Uncle Mike's pocket holster for a P3AT, for about $12 IIRC. I was charged a handling fee. When I got the holster, it didn't fit even though their site said it would. I returned it at my own expense of about $3.00. They credited only the cost not the fee or the shipping, again, even though their site said it would fit. So in the long run I paid About $10 for absolutely nothing. I still have a "credit due" with them.
Brownell's takes my money without a handling charge and a reasonable shipping charge.

Aguila Blanca
August 20, 2008, 03:13 PM
I'm just amazed someone could tool around the Midway site and still only come up with less than $20 of stuff to order.
I'm in awe of anyone who can navigate Midway's web site, and then find anything that's actually in stock. I have found their web site to be virtually unnavigable. On the few occasions I've actually found what I wanted, it was out of stock. So I ordered it from Natchez Shooting Supply, where it was in stock, usually for a price less than what Midway would have charged if they'd had it.

I see no reason to buy anything from Midway and I no longer waste time trying.

RoadkingLarry
August 20, 2008, 03:34 PM
I'm in awe that there are people incapable of navigating Midway's simple and intuitive website. :):)
I've only spent about $1500 with Midway in the last 18 months over about 8 orders and only once was something out of stock when I ordered it and I knew that goin in because the website said it was out. My recent orders fom Brownells and Dixie Gun Works took 1 day for brownells and 2.5 days for Dixie to aknowledge shipment. My Midway orders ALWAYS ship the first business day. I even had one order that I placed on a Sunday evening and recieved on a Tuesday.

MMCSRET
August 20, 2008, 04:55 PM
I've been doing business with Midway since the early 90's, back when they didn't charge shipping, I almost quit when they started charging to ship, but I'm still with them and at least a dozen other suppliers. Nobody has everything all the time. I never order less than a hundred $ and usually several Hundred. Good service or I don't do business. Natchez shooters supply has shorted me one too many times, always made it right but it was a hassle to call and then wait.

bowl443
August 20, 2008, 05:35 PM
I got on Midway last night to get a recoil spring for the marlin 60, and ended up with the spring, the recoil spring guide rod, a breech bolt, charger handle, and ammo.:o

I find their site easy to navigate. Not so much for their inventory.

shooting4life
August 20, 2008, 05:44 PM
If I worked at midway their would be a lot of handling because I would want to play with all of the fun stuff they sell. Everyone's s&h charge would go up 3 dollars because I would want to "inspect" all orders for about 15 minutes a piece!

Omaha-BeenGlockin
August 20, 2008, 06:27 PM
Midway gets 99% of my business---even ordered a bunch of spare Glock parts and AR mags just today.

Their site is EASY to navigate---too easy in fact--my wish list is over $800---not that I'll buy everything in there.

Its very hard not to spend just $20 there----how did you do it??

SJ1
August 20, 2008, 06:46 PM
Also I have found that the more I buy in supplies locally the better the deals are on the firearm purchases.

I've noticed that there is that kind of reciprocity at the range where I shoot. I buy ammo very regularly there, and they are generous about various things which keep my business. When I know they carry something, I tend to buy it there. They've given me good deals on special orders, too.

MCassle
August 20, 2008, 08:25 PM
Regarding the OP, please let me in on your secret of only spending $20 in one order. My wish list is approaching $1k :eek:

I've never had any issues w/Midway. One happy satisfied customer here.

Old School
August 20, 2008, 09:31 PM
Regarding the OP, please let me in on your secret of only spending $20 in one order. My wish list is approaching $1k
Well, I have had days where my order is larger. However, the fact is, I am a minimalist. I buy what I need and do not like to spend unneccessarily. Just the way I work.

.38 Special
August 20, 2008, 11:51 PM
I have found their web site to be virtually unnavigable.

I can scarcely believe anyone would print something like this. I honestly can't imagine how their website could be made any simpler, especially considering how much stuff they keep in stock.

About half an hour ago I put in an order for a variety of .22 match ammo for testing a new gun. I browsed 233 entries and found five boxes of ammo meeting my particular criteria. The whole process took maybe five minutes.

So I don't mean to insult the guy who authored the above quote, but it really does seem to me that some folks will climb a tree to find something to complain about.

VARifleman
August 21, 2008, 12:15 AM
Like .38 special...I just can't believe this is written by someone:
I'm in awe of anyone who can navigate Midway's web site, and then find anything that's actually in stock. I have found their web site to be virtually unnavigable. On the few occasions I've actually found what I wanted, it was out of stock. So I ordered it from Natchez Shooting Supply, where it was in stock, usually for a price less than what Midway would have charged if they'd had it.

I see no reason to buy anything from Midway and I no longer waste time trying.
You couldn't find an in stock item at midway (they have been having more of a problem with this lately, but not as bad as the other places I've been to), you say that their website is hard, but you order from NATCHEZ!? I can't get around that website well...and Brownells...forget about it. I've spent more than 10x at Midway than Natchez and Brownells combined.

novaDAK
August 21, 2008, 01:07 AM
My favorite places to order from are MidwayUSA and SummitRacing :)

Been happy everytime I buy from them. Mainly I choose to shop at those places because their websites are set up very nicely IMO and easy to navigate :)

Soybomb
August 21, 2008, 01:53 AM
I find brownells to be much more to my liking with shipping charges, backorders, etc.

R.W.Dale
August 21, 2008, 07:13 AM
I find brownells to be much more to my liking with shipping charges, backorders, etc.

I have yet to find anything I'm looking for at Brownells, The literally have the worst retail webpage I've ever ran across. I have to use Google to search for anything, If I use their search I come up wit 30,000 unrelated results

Omaha-BeenGlockin
August 21, 2008, 07:46 AM
Brownells might by a good company---but their webpage is horrible.

VARifleman
August 21, 2008, 08:09 AM
The only way to find anything at Brownells is to look it up in the catalog and type in the number.

JoseM
August 21, 2008, 08:21 AM
Midway will give you dealer pricing with a C&R as well.

I love Graf but they always seem to be out of things I want.

Yes, I have a C&R account with both stores and Graf still beats Midway's prices on everything I need/ordered.

shooting4life
August 21, 2008, 12:05 PM
The only way to find anything at Brownells is to look it up in the catalog and type in the number.

I agree

JohnBT
August 21, 2008, 12:25 PM
Books, the greatest random access data tool ever invented. :)

Online ordering is okay.

John

shooting4life
August 21, 2008, 12:36 PM
Books are soooo 80's ;)

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