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    Everything at some point will change, they've defiantly changed.
    Now, who will be the "new" Cabelas with the great products, and awesome warranties??

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    I agree with all comments above. I'll use them only as a last resort, but doubt they'll have what I need at that point anyway.
    It's tough to beat shopping on-line.

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    We have a Cabelas in Hamburg Pa and when the store first opened the staff and buying experience was Excellent. My experience was that in the various departments the key staff members were true experts in the departments they worked and had first hand knowledge on various spec and product details. The past few years it seems the opposite that many really don't even have any first hand knowledge or know the basics.
    Do you know what Jim Bridger said about the Indians? " Just when your not seeing any is about the time they are fixing to get the thickest"

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    I also agree with everything above, especially about the retail store degradation, that said, I’ve used their card for business expenses for years. They always did a 10% off any purchase once a month and it was a great time to get a ton of points and a nice chunk off large purchases, seems that has gone away since the merger, big downfall! I recently cashed in almost $400 in points on a Montana Canvas wall tent and got $350 back for the purchase. I suppose as long as I can keep getting these types of deals on QUALITY brands like that I’ll be a return customer, but I’ve nearly acquired all of the hunting gear I’ll need for a long time so I may look for an airline card to make family vacations easier. It’s just really unfortunate local Mom & Pops stores can not survive in todays instant-gratification, cheaper is better economy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 88man View Post
    We have a Cabelas in Hamburg Pa and when the store first opened the staff and buying experience was Excellent. My experience was that in the various departments the key staff members were true experts in the departments they worked and had first hand knowledge on various spec and product details. The past few years it seems the opposite that many really don't even have any first hand knowledge or know the basics.
    Yes! Back in the day, when Cabela's had only the Sidney, NE store, they had "Product Specialists" or PS's working the floor.

    Cabela's would recruit nation wide for the very best and knowledgeable staff. Hit specific areas for certain needs...the south for bass fishing, Dakotas / Minnesota for walleye fishing, snag guy who worked in gun manufacturing, etc. In order to be a Product Specialist you would have to pass the PS test.

    They would search nation-wide, pay them well, and bring them and families to Sidney to work in the one and only store. They were truly experts in their fields. Best of the best.

    Buddy remembered the old scheduling...Product Specialists would work five days, then have three days off. Schedule rotated like that...and the best part, they were expected to hunt and fish on their long weekends off. Try out new gear (he was always getting demo products), and learn new techniques. Being a Product Specialist was an honor.

    Once Cabela's started building retail stores the PS's were farmed out to new locations. And their numbers dwindled. They eventually had PS's on phones at the headquarters only. Customer service started sliding at that point.

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    I find myself going more and more to Scheel's. They have employees that would remind you old school Cabela's- people who actually know and use the products they are selling. Cabela's today is nothing more than a spotsman's Walmart.

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    I agree with Daubs in that lots of the Cabelas label products were very good quality items. I still have a Cabelas label parka and a Cabelas label Chamois woodland camo shirt that are some of the first things I ever ordered.
    Granted I only wear them for hunting but they are over 30 years old, I'd say I've gotten my money's worth out of them.
    That was way back before home computors when you called and a very helpful and knowlwdgeable person answered the phone and took your order.
    Bass Pro is not my favorite but I don't have a lot of other choices when I want to actually see and touch a product before I buy it. I also never buy boots without trying them on first.


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    It's gone from quality hunting gear to selling you a $20 scope with a lifetime warranty for $100. Even if you return 3 they still win. Much of the stuff with their name is chinese junk.

    The Nebraska style will get replaced with the Missouri Bass Pro style store. More corn feeders and cheap hunting clothes as opposed to serious mountain gear with the Cabelas name. More cheap optics, boots, t shirts, etc.. with the cabelas name.

    Probably the strangest thing Cabelas ever did IMO was the whole tractor debacle. They got in and quickly got out of that mess they had no business being in.

    There is really no reason to keep the Sidney store open so I expect it to close at some point as well.

    Now the only reason I need to go to Sidney is for Runza.

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    I have a Cabelas down jacket that is camo and reverses to blaze orange. I have had it for about 30 years and it is the warmest coat I oqn. A little bulky, but real quality, paid 40.00 for it back then. Probably outlive me!
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    I have quite a bit of Cabelas brand clothing from 25 to 30 years ago. Stuff that I still use during hunting season every year. A hat, long underwear, a sweater, a fleece jacket, and other stuff I can't recall right now. But the labels all say "Made in the USA." Probably never see that again. And yes, the store isn't what it once was, but I still have to say I'm glad I have a Cabelas store only a half hour away. It's the only store in my area that sells hunting and fishing supplies. They have great sales at times. Often I order online and have the order shipped to the store since it's free, and I pick it up at my convenience.

 

 
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