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Dick's Sporting Goods...I don't like it.

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by OH25shooter, Mar 28, 2005.

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  1. OH25shooter

    OH25shooter Member

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    Dick's has just replaced the two local Galyan's. Twice I went to the store to buy 'ADVERTISED' UMC ammo (38 and 9mm). Both times, they didn't have it. The first time an employee allowed my to purchase .38 Winchester in it's place. This trip, I wasn't allowed any substitute. In fact, no substitutes are permitted, only rainchecks. What's up with this new store? Nothing but "bait" ads it seems. Apparently other items are not on the floor either. I probably won't go back.
     
  2. SpookyPistolero

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    I wouldn't care enough to go back and give a faceless corp. my money. Support your local gunstore.
     
  3. Yowza

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    I am of the opinion that unless you're into golf, Dick's Sporting Goods is about worthless. And if you're really into golf, it's probably worthless then too. Of course, I'm just bitter because Jumbo Sports (which I loved) closed here and all we got was a crappy Dick's.

    Rick
     
  4. Northslope Nimrod

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    Agree

    Our local Galyan's was replaced with Dick's as well. It went from a Preppie store to a Bigger Preppie store. They care more about golf, tennis, hiking, etc than about hunting and guns. I like my stores to have more testosterone than that.
     
  5. TexasRifleman

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    They bought all the Galyans locations, and I won't be in one again for anything.
    Anti handgun as far as I am concerned. Why else wouldn't they sell them? It's a profitable business I assume since thier big competition sells them.
    Enough for me.
     
  6. El Tejon

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    The Galyan brothers sold out last year. :( I remember going to the original trading post in Plainfield, Indiana where the brothers would have a bison roast and my dad would buy guns. *sigh*

    As a former employee of Galyan's I forced myself to enter Dick's last year. I bought a pair of running shoes and then hopped upstairs to the guns.

    "No pistols?" I asked.
    "We don't sell THOSE here." Was the reply I got with nose in air.
    "Good luck staying in business." I got my money back for my shoes. :D
     
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  7. mtnbkr

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    Dick's: A name and a description.

    Lying SOB's tried to tell my non-gunny wife a 44mag cartridge box is appropriate for 357mag ammo.

    Truth be told, Galyans wasn't much better, but it did have a better selection of all things sold.

    Chris
     
  8. Texpatriate

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    What a joke

    Dick's is an absolute joke. :barf: I really liked Galyan's and shopped at their store in Frisco TX often. My first encounter with them involved me buying a Benelli Nova 12 ga. for the low price of $275 right after Benelli started putting them out. My last purchase from them before they changed over to Dick's was a Glock 22 at 25% off for like $400 when they were closing out all the handguns. Not to mention all the cammo, fly reels and other stuff I got there over the years. When I found out that Dick's was not going to carry handguns I figured I probably wouldn't bother spending my money there. I tried e-mailing them to tell them tactfully what I thought of their no-handgun policy and never recieved a response. I went in to Dick's twice back in February to check it out while my wife was foo-foo shopping. I think I was there for about an hour and not once did any of their employees greet me, ask me if I needed any help finding anything, or even acknowledge me in any way, shape, or form. I never even saw an employee behind the gun counter or even remotely nearby. I think I may have been one of a grand total of 5 customers in the store during that hour, so no, they were not busy helping other customers. The Galyan's folks were always friendly, always helpful, and *usually* reasonably knowledgable. Much better than any other big box store that sells guns in my experience. Don't waste your $$$ at Dick's. :cuss: Rant- Off.
     
  9. El Tejon

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    Yes, at Galyan's, other than El Tejon pinching his hand in an M9 slide and shooting a Glock rod across the fishing aisles, we generally knew our stuff, or would go get someone who did know. :D
     
  10. Bear Gulch

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    Dicks, not just a name but a management style!
     
  11. Eskimo Jim

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    The first Dicks store that I went to had knowledgable and helpful people. The teeny bopper at the register had a heart attack when I tried to check otu with a case of pistol ammo.

    In the same token though, I refuese to pay excessively high prices for ammo at a gun store.

    -Jim
     
  12. Dbl0Kevin

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    I worked for Dick's for a few months in the time between I graduated the police academy and I got hired at a police dept. The place was absolutely horrible. I worked in the "gun" section if you can even call it that and I figured it would have been a blast working in a gun store. WRONG. My manager seemed to model his personality after the name of the store and he did quite a remarkable job at it. We were all punished if we spent too much time with a customer instead of getting more stock out on the floor or re-arranging crap over and over again.

    Any time I would be behind the gun counter talking to a customer about guns I'd see my manager walk by giving me dirty looks. After he got tired of me ignoring him he'd actually come over and interrupt and tell me to go do something else. I finally got so fed up with the place that I took off my "camo vest" threw it right at my manager and told him to take his job and shove it as I walked out the door. I became somewhat of a store celebrity after that and if I ever go back everyone always runs up to me to say hi. :D
     
  13. LynnMassGuy

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    F Dick's. Dicks replaced Galyans around here. Galyans wasn't terrible. They had a great selection and very good prices if you could deal with terrible counter help. Dick's is awful. I'm done with the place. Tyey have nothing I can't buy better somewhere else.

    Regards
    John
     
  14. Deputy25

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    Geez, I feel awful. I just bought a new Benelli Nova at the evil Dick's near my home. Local gunshop wanted 400.00, Dick's sold it for 329.99. I bought my son a new turkey vest and some calls with the difference. I hope he doesn't hate me now :)
     
  15. Spot77

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    I guess I'm the lucky one here. My local Dick's has decent gun counter help, and has ALWAYS had the ammo I want....mostly .380, 9mm, .40, and .45. They seem to run a never ending sale on the handgun ammo - all Remington UMC.

    They keep the Remington Gun Club 12 gauge in stock too and run that on sale for a great price.

    Agreed on the Galyan's converted stores....Norton and I went into a Dick's in northern Virginia that was recently converted from a Galyans and they had NOTHING in stock that was advertised.
     
  16. misANTHrope

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    Sad but true. I worked at a local Dick's for ~2 years until I finally got fed up with the BS. During those two years, the company changed for the worse. When I started, we were adequately staffed generally, but as time went by, the company went public and making profit numbers for the stock market became the name of the game. Suddenly payroll was cut while stupid "moves" were increased. Let's do some math here. You want us to move crap around more often, but do it with less payroll? Suuuure. By the time I left, there was never enough payroll to have more than one person working the lodge at once, except for maybe the three-hour overlap between the AM and PM people.

    I laughed out loud when you mentioned the "camo vest." When they told us we had to start wearing those things, I just stared at my manager. I refused to wear that cheesy thing. Guess who backed down first? I inspired a similar rebellion in my fellow lodge peoples. The same sort of thing happened the last Christmas season I was there. At that time, the new thing was the in-store warranty program, and they gave everyone these gay little warranty things to hang from our nametags. That made for an interesting conversation with my manager.

    "Philip, you've got to put this on my nametag."
    "I'm not going to wear that stupid thing."
    "Well, you have to do it."
    "And what'll happen if I don't?"
    "You have to wear it."
    "What if I don't?"
    Guess who won? Yeah, you gain a little leverage when you're one of only two people in the department who has decent knowledge about guns, hunting, and fishing.

    But in the end, the ridiculous demands on us, the endless rearranging of the department, district managerial types coming down and deciding to rearrange things "just to try something," and then nitpicking and micromanaging like hell, the move from decent products to cheap store-brand ????e in the name of profit, and to top it all off, the stupid customers, became more than I could bear. I still shop there, partly because my rommate still works there (he played hardball and extracted quite the hourly wage from them) and gets the discount, but I will certainly engage in bashing of the corp at every opportunity.

    I predict that within a few years, Dick's will be at the end of their current expansion and will start losing money, unless they realize they can't compete with Wal-Mart.
     
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    I guess it wasn't just my store then. That place certainly was hell to work for. :fire:

    I remember when the big wigs came down for an inspection and I started telling him that we need to actually keep more ammo in stock as well as maybe sell some OTHER guns beside the boring bolt action and pump shotguns we have. I mentioned Bushmasters and Colt Match Targets and got quick "no we'll never sell AR's". :rolleyes:
     
  18. MikeIsaj

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    I sent my mom to Dicks for "guy lines" fr my nephew's tent. he idiot in charge of the camping section told her she was crazy, that no one makes anything like that, you just buy rope and make them yourself. I went back with a sample of the item I bought there the year before and talked to the manager. I got an apology and a $30.00 gift card.

    Wanna have some fun? Watch their eyes when you ask them for FMJ ammo.

    Buy your ammo at the private gun shop. As I've said before, the extra buck or two you pay is worth all the great free help you get.
     
  19. wundudnee

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    Our local Dork's is the place to go for Spandex bikeing shorts! :p :evil:


    I live equal distance between Dork's and Cabela's, Let's see...............
     
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    Yup, it's al in the name - Dicks. I went out to the one that replace my local Galyan's in Fairlakes about a month after the change. It was really depressing, the energy was gone, the merchandise was poorly displayed. The Galyan's staff was mostly pleasant and helpful, the Dicks were just a bunch of feckless droids wandering with blank looks. The gun dept was decimated. A couple of the guys I knew were still there, but one was just waiting to start a new job at Blue Ridge Arsenal, and the other was seriously looking for a new gig. They had and OK selection of rifles & shotguns, but almost no pistol ammo. I won't be back.
     
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    Probably the best description of the difference between the two, other than the lack of merchandise.

    Gander Mtn is 45min away, Cabelas is 4hrs away and Bass Pro Shop is 2.5 hours away. I don't need to shop with Dick's.

    Chris
     
  22. jacketch

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    When the local Galyans turned into a bunch of Dicks, I lost interest.
     
  23. greg531mi

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    Yes, Dick's is a glorified Sports Pro Shop. A year ago, they had Remington Golden Bullet 22's for $6.95. I bought a case, with another 10% off, and they asked why I bought so much!!! This year, they have the junk Thunderbolts, for $7.95/brick...Glad I stocked up when I did!
    They seem to have nothing in stock, but you can always get a rain check, I always ask for more than than I want, so they stock something.....
     
  24. Jubei

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    Went into two of the local Galyans turned Dicks for their Grand Opening Sale. I couldn't believe the complete lack of service in their Hunting section. I spent 15 minutes at the counter while the two sales associates carried on a conversation about their cars. I finally gave up and went to find the store manager, he was less than helpful as well.

    A friend of mine used to work at Dicks, he told me that the Corporate Office is really gung-ho about their complaints that they receive, so I paid a visit to their website to voice my opinion. I still haven't heard back from them.

    Jubei
     
  25. MoeMentum

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    Who in their right mind would open a store and call it, Dick's ? Unless, well never mind.....
     
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