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Just went to Bass Pro Shop. Do they have good prices on ANYTHING?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Maelstrom, Jul 9, 2009.

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  1. Maelstrom

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    Every knife and every gun I saw was marked up 50% higher than it should be. It's got nothing to do with Obama, either, their prices were outrageous before the elections.

    Their standard Marine Corps looking Kabar was $80! Smith and Wesson Sigmas pushing $500. Even those cheap plastic ammo boxes for reloaders that cost $2.50 at Midway were $6 each.

    I guess my question is, why do people keep going? Clearly there must be some insane deal that I'm missing. What do they sell is even halfway decent in price?
     
  2. Lone_Gunman

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    Bass Pro is always very high. The stores around here are very fancy, and I guess they have mucho overhead.

    I think they mainly sell stuff to suburbanite who want to look outdoorsy than actually spend time outdoors.
     
  3. ezypikns

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    Shop on Line.

    Or go to WalMart.

    Both Bass Pro and Cabelas have great selections on many items, but they ARE NOT DISCOUNT STORES.
     
  4. Maelstrom

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    Not getting a discount is one thing, clearly charging more than everyone else is something entirely different.
     
  5. Jorg Nysgerrig

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    I've reopened this thread because a member sent me a PM saying that new members are going to learn invaluable information in this thread. Have at it, guys.



    If you think people buy only based on price, you don't understand the buying public.
     
  6. .455_Hunter

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    I don't have a problem with Bass Pro Shop prices. Before the rush, they were well stocked with complete lines of product. How many big box stores carry .32 S&W? How many carry .38 Special 158 gr. LSWC (Standard Pressure)? In Denver, they were the ONLY place I could find that stocked the Rem 158 gr. +P LSWCHP load- at a reasonable price too. A couple of months ago, I bought three boxes of Winchester Cowboy .44 Special (just off the truck) for a price about $1 higher than Walmart.
     
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    I'm one of those guys who still shops physical locations most of the time. I get bullets and some accessories online, but pretty much everything else comes from a store. There's a Bass Pro going in at the Mall of America. It'll be interesting to see how they do with several GMs and two Cabelas within spittin' distance.

    Does Bass Pro have anything different from the other two outdoor chains? Do they try to be more "high-end?" I've never been in one.
     
  8. Big_E

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    Those big fancy stores are merely a place for me to "look" at items while I am bored or before I finalize a purchase online where it is much more inexpensive. Sometimes if there is a sale I will buy things if it is mostly competitive with online prices. Or, if I really need an item quick and can't wait for shipping i will buy at a fancy store.
     
  9. Rockwell1

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    Why do you keep going?
     
  10. KYShooter

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    I only been in a Bass Pro once and it was mostly just to look at all the crap they had, they have a better selection of stuff than a lot of other stores. I think the only thing I bought was some fishing gear that Wal-mart and Dick's doesn't carry.
     
  11. ElToro

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    i like to go into the little side room where the Sage fishing rods and other mega high end rods and reels are. they cost more then most of my guns.

    i did buy up a lfew boxes of 10mm last week at about 20$ a box of rem ball. havnt seen 10mm ball around in many moons.

    they do seem to be full MSRP+ on their guns. they do have wide selection. but the idiots working the counter are sad. i'll stick to supporting my local indie FFL.
     
  12. Maelstrom

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    I go to enjoy the view. The problem is that a store doesn't exist to enjoy the view but to sell.

    The stores stay open and the chain is expanding so they must be making sales. I'm questioning what keeps people coming back. There must be something they sell at a reasonable price.

    This thread is not supposed to be a free-market debate, Jorg. This thread has one simple goal. Has anyone here ever bought something from Bass Pro Shop and thought they got a good deal on it? I'm not talking about a mint M1 Carbine mislabeled as a $3.99 flip-flop but a bona fide regular item at a reasonable price.
     
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    Uh, no.
     
  14. CajunBass

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    Oddly enough, most people go there to buy FISHING tackle. That's all I buy there.

    But I do think of their stores as more of a tourist destination, like Kings Dominion, than I do as a sporting goods store. A good place to go, walk around, look, ohh and ahhh....maybe have lunch, and then leave.
     
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  15. GoWolfpack

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    I have found

    An Uberti Cattleman .45LC revolver $40 cheaper than I'd seen it anywhere else.

    Jorg is right; there are an awful lot of people in the world who will pay extra to get what they want in a shiny package. Bass Pro, Gander Mountain, Cabela's, Orvis, pretty much any store in a mall all exist to give these people what they want.
     
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    I stumbled upon Red Duck polo shirts for $9.95 but thats about it, although I still enjoy wandering around checking out everything.
     
  17. Nate1778

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    I bought 4lbs of Red Dot at $54 bucks which is cheaper than buying it online with HAZMAT.

    Now the other side, I ran out of Wander Wads for my .44 Remington that I was going to shoot that day. 100 Wander Wads were $11, almost worth just chain firing it........:fire:
     
  18. Yo Mama

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    shop clearance

    I find great deals at Bass Pro. They have many items on sale or clearance which I frequently find good prices. A pack I wanted was on sale for 80 dollars, where Sportsmans had them for 140 plus.

    Also, ammo lately has been readily in stock at the Bass Pro Shop. The prices are in line with other retailers, and 230 grain Golden Sabers are 30 bucks a box vs. Cheaper than Dirts 50 dollars.
     
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    i can't stand bass pro, all the rifles are displayed vertically and behind the counter, cant see anything. and the local bass pro is right in the middle of the touristy part of the city, always packed with international tourists handling guns for the first time. if im going to a big box outdoors place i prefer gander mountain.
     
  20. Dr. Tad Hussein Winslow

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    The answer is no. Even their "clearance" sale items are still more than you'd pay at Academy, and make me laugh. About the only time I spend money in there anymore (used to spend a lot like an idgit) is when I get the $10 off any purchase. I then go buy ammo.

    Wait, I take that back. Once in a blue moon, they have some "super-clearance" type stuff. I picked up quite few $10 pairs of cotton casual pants and $10-$15 nice winter shirts on an overstock deal after winter, round about Feb or March. But I think that had due more to the economy than anything.

    Also got a bunch of genuine rooster tails for 0.99 each, when normally $2.99; limit was 12 per customer - they were devastated by the end of the first day of that deal.

    So other than clothing and maybe boots, you've got to wait a LONG time between good deals there.
     
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    I suspect that the majority of BP's sales are more from their other lines of products. The two I have visited were, as previously mentioned, WAY over MSRP - and one of those visits was before the elections when prices weren't that bad - even on their Columbia fishing shirts, let alone their primers and shot........

    I look at Gander Mountan, Cabela's, and Bass Pro as the stores to go look and handle something before I buy it on-line from someone else
     
  22. DHJenkins

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    Do you have any idea what their operating costs must be? Of course their prices are outrageous!
     
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    Phone-In Orders...

    IIRC, they won't match or beat Cabela's pricing. But for that matter, Cabela's also refuses to match or beat a competitor's price.
     
  24. nathan

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    Gander and Basspro are way out there. I always go to Academy for better deals. Now my bro just got a NIB Howa M 1500 for $500 out the door at Basspro. This has the Stirling Nikko scope combo. Boy we shot it last Tuesday and its superaccurate. I might get the Youth model in 7 mm 08 from Academy.
     
  25. Deltaboy1984

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    I go to Bass Pro shops 2 times a year to look around. I go to Wal-Mart and Academy every week.
     
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