So, I'm at Dick's Sporting Goods Today.....

Mic

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So, I'm at Dick's Sporting Goods Today. My kids wanted to go check some stuff out, so I took them. Of course, they know I will allow them to buy stuff from there, but I will not spend a penny there.

I go peruse the gun counter and the fella asks if he can help me.

I say "Still not selling ARs."
He says no.
I say "Think you'll ever start selling them again."
He says no.
I say "That's a shame."
He says something really close to "Yeah. We just don't have the manpower to sell them."

I walk away. As I'm walking away, I'm thinking about what he said and how stupid it sounded. I really want to walk back and ask him exactly how what he said makes any sense or if that's just what he's come up with to tell people to avoid saying I work for a trash-store that craved to political pressure.

I suppose it is possible that they'd need another person to work the counter to sell all those ARs. And of course, hiring additional people because something sells a lot is a bad thing for a retail store....

Thought this was funny - hell of a bad scheme for marketing.
 

txbikerman

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Don't make much sense to me. the ar is a legal gun. and they are in the business of selling guns . Cant remember the last night i was in one of their stores .
 

qwiksdraw

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First of all, remember you weren't talking to a decision maker at Dick's and he probably gave the best answer he could think of. Maybe you can cut that guy a little slack.

Although Dick's did seem to back off from political pressure, it appears they have focused on hunting rifles and want to be seen as a hunting goods store. One kudo I have to give them is when they had ammo over the past year, their prices for handgun ammo stayed the same. I found ammo there when other stores didn't have any and paid good prices.
 

Texasjack

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Most "sporting goods" places are really clothing/shoe stores that happen to sell sporting goods. There's a huge markup on rags sewn together by children in some Third World sweat shop and marked up with a popular logo. It's much easier money than selling and supporting firearms. But having some firearms and ammo gets people in the door to buy all the high profit stuff.
 

cbigclarke

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shouldnt have been there in the first place..

next time take your money were you're respected, and not given some stupid dribble for responses
 

just jk

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Most "sporting goods" places are really clothing/shoe stores that happen to sell sporting goods. There's a huge markup on rags sewn together by children in some Third World sweat shop and marked up with a popular logo. It's much easier money than selling and supporting firearms. But having some firearms and ammo gets people in the door to buy all the high profit stuff.
this

i kind of get their policy/stance

i tend to compare the gun counter at a place like cabelas - which is crazy busy - with what the business could be at a place like dicks - much smaller and limited inventory - i think they primarily want to sell sporting equipment, shoes, golf clubs, etc

the hunting stuff, etc - is not their primary focus - its almost an after thought

when i need golf stuff or a good pair of running shoes - i'll buy from Dicks without a thought...i get my gun stuff elsewhere

some businesses just arent equipped to handle everything that goes with the firearms market
 

Chupacabra Hunter

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Dicks is scheduled to open a store in corpus christi this Friday....one day before deer season opens...I would say thats kinda late to sell to hunters...

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just jk

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duck hunting is in december/january......turkey in the spring

i doubt they gave much consideration to deer season when they scheduled their store opening
 

txinvestigator

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I am amazed at the attitudes here. Wanting to control others, demand businesses behave a certain way.

The judgmental attitudes about other people, like a guy trying to make a living working at a sporting goods store.
 
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