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Old 04-16-24, 09:22 AM
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Originally Posted by Steel Charlie
That's perilously close to MYOB ! Radical approach for BF

Slagging sports big box stores is particularly popular with some segments of the shooting community - until they become close to a unique source for some products
Hard to find affordable 20 ga buckshot anywhere these days, I blame Bell/Giro....
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Originally Posted by wheelreason
BPS/Cabelas does not need marketing advice from any of us, they make a lot of money by selling what sells, which is ultimatelly the goal. Johnny Morris is a very shrewd businessman.
Bikes is but a blip on their radar, but they can dabble in it with very little down side, so why not, besides bikes don't have the markups that a lot of the things they sell.
I got to Cabelas for fun with the family. It's a destination. We don't necessarily need another sleeping bag, bike, pocket knife, or canoe paddle. We don't buy ammo. We're the people that walk out with toys, hats, beef jerky, and candy.
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Originally Posted by ScottCommutes
I got to Cabelas for fun with the family. It's a destination. We don't necessarily need another sleeping bag, bike, pocket knife, or canoe paddle. We don't buy ammo. We're the people that walk out with toys, hats, beef jerky, and candy.
I think that makes you the ideal consumer.
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Originally Posted by ScottCommutes
I got to Cabelas for fun with the family. It's a destination. We don't necessarily need another sleeping bag, bike, pocket knife, or canoe paddle. We don't buy ammo. We're the people that walk out with toys, hats, beef jerky, and candy.

Some families look at a free weekend day as a chance to hike in the woods and other families drive to Cabelas and buy jerkey.
I guess it's quality time either way.
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I stop by Cabelas occasionally, mostly because there are fast food restaurants nearby. It doesn't surprise me they are selling typically low-end bikes that most of us wouldn't have. I recall they were selling halfway decent fatbikes some time ago though, didn't Surley have a Cabelas special version? Sell it as good for hunting, and all of a sudden some people's wallets open up.
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Originally Posted by wheelreason
BPS/Cabelas does not need marketing advice from any of us, they make a lot of money by selling what sells, which is ultimatelly the goal.
BF is full of armchair QBs who make themselves sound like they couldnít run a business to save their lives.
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Originally Posted by indyfabz
BF is full of armchair QBs who make themselves sound like they couldnít run a business to save their lives.
Not unlike many an IBD owner...
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Originally Posted by dedhed
Some of the best, most durable, longest lasting outdoor gear I own has been purchased at Cabelas. You've obviously never set foot in one as they sell many brand names and lots of high quality, high end outdoor gear. Typically very knowledgeable staff in any given department. Sure bikes are not their target market, but they see lots of customers and are often a "destination" stop for people who don't have one nearby. Actually really nice stores. The one by me has an awesome wildlife diorama, aquarium, and restaurant. they sell everything from boats to bullets, travel, taxidermy, gunsmithing, really full service outdoor company which donates to many outdoor conservation groups. Maybe they're just not for someone who only is into bikes.
my experience with Cabelas is somewhat limited, but was extensive enough to learn about how they were acquired by Bass Pro Shops in a hostile takeover. BPS then acted quickly to dismantle anything remarkable about Cabelas and is actively rebranding the stores now. Pretty disheartening. BPS certainly seem to just be a slightly upmarket Walmart selling disposable products. Iím a happy owner of a Cabelas Alaskan Guide Tent who will like never use a Bass Pro Shop for anything other than indoor stop on a vacation with the kids.
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Originally Posted by wheelreason
Not unlike many an IBD owner...
Oof. One moment I'm browsing BF, and next thing I'm in a Jay Townley session at Interbike.

(no offense to Jay - he seems to know his stuff)
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Originally Posted by RCMoeur
Oof. One moment I'm browsing BF, and next thing I'm in a Jay Townley session at Interbike.

(no offense to Jay - he seems to know his stuff)
I like the fact that enthusiasts open bike shops, get all sorts of goodies at liquidation sales at pennies on the dollar,
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Originally Posted by mstateglfr
Some families look at a free weekend day as a chance to hike in the woods and other families drive to Cabelas and buy jerkey.
I guess it's quality time either way.
Like I said, it's a once a year thing. My kids sit on the ATVs and look at the fish tank and the wildlife dioramas and put quarters into the shooting gallery. Sometimes we hit the chocolate store and the army/navy store nearby.
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Johnny Morris' companies are worth $9 Billion, give or take a few million, I think he might just be doing something right in sporting goods retailing. Don't forget, the segment has seen tons of closings, bankruptcies, restructurings, and aquisitions in the last couple of decades. DSG has also seemed to figure out how to keep the registers ringing, all be it in a completely different way.
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I remember driving to Cabelas when they only had one store. I think it was in Scottsbluff Nebraska. At the time, it was almost like going to Disneyland except I came home with a new bow and arrow (hard to find on sale for a lefty).

I do remember they had bikes in the mid/late 90ís. I donít remember the brand they were a dead ringer for an entry level Cannondale. Same tube shapes, and this was the mid 90ís, so that was distinctive. I wish I could remember if they had the ultra distinct C-dale forks, pepperoni or p-bone.

None of their designs with Killer or V in the name. Just a standard frame with something like 300LX shifting.
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