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Cabelas going downward

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by racer11, Nov 10, 2012.

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  1. racer11

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    I have always thought of Cabelas offering higher end quality products in their stores and promoting American made items,,,,,until a couple of days ago.

    As I was going inside I stopped to look at the UTVs that they had outside on display. The UTVs had been branded with the "Coleman" product label,,but I suspected something different just by looking at the structure of the vehicle. I got down and looked at the rear suspension and sure as I thought,,,, There was a big sticker "Made in China".

    Believe me guys,,these Chinese UTVs are nothing but crap....I have tried to work on them,,,,paper thin frame construction,,worthless suspension,,,no parts if you need them and you most certain will at some point. No dealer support and no one will want to work on them either.

    Needless to say I now look differently at Cabela's
     
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    I've honestly never seen people buy anything but candy there.
     

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    its the catalog version of walmart.
     
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    I love going to Cabela's. I bought my Mec Sizemaster shotshell reloader there last year, because they sent me a $20 discount coupon.
    The closest store tome is in the Hobart/Gary area which is a 3 hour drive.
    BTW, I have saw Coleman branded outboard motors at a local sporting goods store. They were also made in China.
     
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    The wife works there. They are a growing business and I think they are opening 7 stores this year.

    Guess I need to start selling candy...


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    Good find racer11, your help nipping this crap is very much appreciated. This, along with the countless counterfeited Chinese other items must be watched for and reported to all of your contacts and the proper Boarder Patrol agents if possible. This crap and the free give a ways by Black Elvis are choking this country.

    PUP
     
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    There is a bunch of crap at Cabela's, but I did get 8 pounds of
    Win 748 for $100 after using my Cabela's Bucks this week.:tongueout:
     
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    Make sure it's hard candy. Old people LOVE hard candy.
     
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    I find Cabela's to be far better than Bass Pro as far as knowledge and staff around to help out. I had to wait at the BPS gun counter for 10 minutes before someone helped me, and there wasn't even anybody else getting any help.
     
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    certifiedfunds Cosmopolitan Bias

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    Butterscotch
     
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    Fun place to go. Don't go broke there though. Could easily.
     
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    They grown quite a bit the past two decades, so someone is buying stuff. I've read they won't build any more huge superstores anymore though. Instead they have had better results per square foot of sales floor with smaller (by Cabelas standards anyway) stores focusing on either higher volume or high margin items.
     
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    I've always thought Cabelas stuff was made in China crap.

    They have a few good things, but anything with the Cabelas name on it is definitely Chinese junk.
     
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    Should not your beef be with Coleman? HH
     
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    Expect more of it in a down economy. Many people are stepping down a rung or two on the retail ladder to make ends meet or to keep their hobbies going.

    Besides if someone is going to be using their gear hard they aren't going to go to Cabela's to get it.
     
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    I've never been to a store, but in the past 20 years I've bought enough stuff that they've sent me hardback catalogs for the past six years or so.

    Cabela's going down? Is the economy still bumpy? I know I haven't made another $1100 order recently.

    John
     
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    Yeah, I would never buy a Chinese UTV. The ones I have seen look like the frames were welded by Stevie Wonder. I think they are purchased by old farts buying them for their grand kids that do not know any better. If money is an issue I would much rather have a used Honda/Yamaha etc.
     
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    I have already had to weld up a section of the rear suspension on my friends UTV. The super thin metal was a problem to weld with a wire feed welder. We unhooked the horn because it kept honking on and off. When the automatic clutch plates wear out,,who knows where we can get replacements. The CV boots are not sealed properly,,,so any moisture can get in the joints easily,,,who knows where we can get replacements for those either.
     
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    Not sure I'd go that far, they do carry quality stuff, it's just that the Cabela's branded stuff is usually chinese and sub par.

    Not sure I would bash quality of Danner, Swarovski, Zeiss, Leica etc.
     
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    Why blame the store? Here's how this works:
    1) Put USA made item on the shelf.
    2) It doesn't sell. Or doesn't sell very quickly.
    3) Put Chinese made item next to it 20% cheaper.
    4) Chinese item sells like mad because consumers DON'T CARE that it is made in China.
    5) Discontinue USA made product because it still doesn't sell.

    The consumer is in complete control over the product selection. Cabela's and other stores are just reacting to demand. Very simply either react to demand or go out of business.