Yeah the closest Cabela's to me is out side Wheeling, WV. It is about an 1.5 hour drive. I finally went to it last summer when I was down in the area. Very cool store with a lot of neat stuff. I was very dissapointed with the camping selection, but it is ok. Prices did seem a little high for my tastes, but none the less, I am going to see about getting some of my friends together to head down this summer again.
You must remember Cabela's is like no other sporting goods "store". You really need to see one before too many comments are made about their "expansion". The newest one here in Glendale, Arizona must have well over $1 million dollars in mounts alone, including a FULL MOUNT African Bull Elephant! There is a full size Piper Cub hanging from the ceiling. Huge fish aquariums holding tens of thousands of gallons of water and very large trout as well as other game fish. If they die for any reason you just don't send a kid to a pet shop to replace them. A boat yard better stocked with boats than most marina's. A floor to ceiling mountain with a pond stocked with fish as well. An upstairs with a full service restaraunt. A fully stocked gun department, as well as a "Gun Library" containing well over a million dollars of high grade guns. I can't even imagine what it costs to simply MAINTAIN the place for a week. This is no Wal-Mart. It is a totally unique shopping experience. You just don't put them up anywhere. I can't even imagine the trades involved in building one, let alone the cost. Bill T.
That is simply more nonsense that gets spread unfairly by people who, for the most part, don't know how to shop, and blame that fact on the store they attempt to purchase from. I live just 2 miles from the newest Cabela's here in Arizona. Just last week I purchased 200 rounds of factory Federal .300 Winchester Magnum Ammunition for $11.99 @ box of 20. It came out to only $70.00+ change out the door for 100 rounds. When I returned home I looked in my latest monthly flyer from Midway and found if I ordered like components and assembled the ammo myself by handloading it would have cost me over $80.00+ shipping for the same 100 rounds. Cabela's, like anyone else, has deals, but you must shop for them. If your the type who simply, "walks in and grabs", your not going to realize any savings. There is nothing wrong with Cabela's. 40 years ago outdoorsmen would have killed for a store like it. Now they sit on the curb and piss and moan about it. As I said, there is one in every crowd. Bill T.
billt- too bad a man cant have an opinion that differs from yours. i guess there is one in every crowd!
Your not stating an opinion, your complaining. And unjustly at that. Your making false assessments, (they don't sell goods at "fair" prices). Thats not true. If you were to compare a Cabela's to a similar store like Bass Pro and say you prefer them to Cabela's, and state reasons why, thats an opinion. Just griping your not impressed while at the same time falsely accusing them of high pricing without an example of such isn't helping anyone and is simply bogus information. Bill T.