Experts or Salesman ?

Discussion in 'Turkey Hunting General' started by Sully, Apr 15, 2018.

  1. Yahoo

    Yahoo Well-Known Member

    Sep 27, 2008
    St Charles
    Up here in St Chuck a few years ago popped in to BP to get my son some stuff for his birfday. With stuff in hand, crossed in front of the big aquarium and someone is asking me if I wanted a 3 day weekend in Branson or something like that. I said "no thanks" and kept walking, but they kept talking about it too me. I turned around and watched their mouth moving for a few more sentences, held out my stuff, and dropped it on the floor. I told them I came in to buy stuff not be hassled about a weekend in Branson, and left. It was years before I was back in that store, I may end up there once a year?
     
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  2. Cedar Thicket

    Cedar Thicket Blonde Bearded Guy

    They just work there for the employee discounts.
     
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  3. rat

    rat Legbone

    Dec 13, 2005
    I wont be shoosting turks with .22. I leave that to the guys who can still shoot. I have 3.5" shells full of goodness and recoil
     
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  4. Sully

    Sully Bait Plotter Extraordinar

    Aug 28, 2007
    Truman lake , MO
    You would think ... couple of cases of 10 ga shells would have fit on many of the shelves I passed by ! I about halfway expected not finding what I was looking for in Warsaw walmart & Orscheln but Bass Pro ? What really aggravated me was the sales guy acting like he was going to make a sales to Pink because she didn't know any better ...bad enough the car dealers try to pull that crap
     
  5. Maddog3355

    Maddog3355 Well-Known Member

    Mar 22, 2014
    Maries County
    Sully get you some Nitro Ray turkey shells. There made in Missouri. He can get the goodness out of a Mighty Ten. The factory loaded shells don’t have a nickels worth of difference in them from a 3.5 12 guage. The mighty ten deserves better.
     
  6. WBF

    WBF Wolf Brook Farms

    Oct 25, 2013
    We're all living in the Information Age. If your purchasing anything from a new/used car to a pair of tennis shoes. You have to be your best advocate.
     
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  7. Sully

    Sully Bait Plotter Extraordinar

    Aug 28, 2007
    Truman lake , MO
    Agreed however the only info I needed at the time was what shelf the 10 ga shells were on !
     
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  8. sharps4590

    sharps4590 Well-Known Member

    Jan 7, 2010
    Northern Ozarks
    Not having your desired ammo had to be a disappointment but the sales person acting as he did? I wouldn't have thought that any surprise at all. Other than the occasional gift card from one of my sons I simply don't patronize either BP or Cabela's. I know I'm a pretty serious firearm and handloading guy and learned long ago I can't even have a conversation with anyone they ever had behind the counter or in Cabela's Gun Library
     
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  9. fishshooter

    fishshooter Well-Known Member

    Mar 30, 2007
    Reform
    Sad :banging:
     
  10. Mailman

    Mailman Well-Known Member

    Feb 2, 2005
    Blue Springs Mo
    There has been a few times I'm the sales person on the floor. I hear an associate telling a customer something I know is not fact and I have to butt in and give my 2 cents. Can't help it...its just in my DNA I guess. The associate usually backs off and the customer thanks me for my insight.

    I'm not saying a 20 year old associate doesn't know his stuff....some do.
     
  11. CRE10

    CRE10 No to Drugs Yes to Hugs

    Nov 18, 2013
    In a barn
    That's nice of you. Going about it tactfully makes you not sound like a cocky know it all and hopefully the salesman doesn't take offense and learns from it too.
     
  12. Mailman

    Mailman Well-Known Member

    Feb 2, 2005
    Blue Springs Mo
    The only way I know how. :wave1:
     
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  13. Sully

    Sully Bait Plotter Extraordinar

    Aug 28, 2007
    Truman lake , MO
    As someone who was the guy behind the counter for 12 years maybe I'm overly critical or maybe the fact that my name was on the store and my reputation was directly linked to how I treated customers made me think more about showing people respect then making a one time sale . I knew I didn't know it all and learned lots from my customers ... no way I could work at a big box if their philosophy was strictly numbers and pushing merchandise out the door
     
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  14. 20'

    20' Well-Known Member

    Aug 9, 2017
    I think the orange army is more the type of hunter that the BP or cabelas can inform, just sayin!
     
  15. Sully

    Sully Bait Plotter Extraordinar

    Aug 28, 2007
    Truman lake , MO

    Best to never assume ... I know some guys that only deer hunt few days a year but are walking enciclopedias on guns and gunsmithing ! Acting as if everyone is stupid basicly pisses everyone off
     
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  16. Bootheel Boy

    Bootheel Boy Well-Known Member

    Sep 4, 2012
    SEMO
    I drive an hour further than I have to just so I can have one guy in particular work on my archery equipment. Big box stores may be fine for some stuff but I will gladly pay more and drive further to support a business that has my best interests in mind. Doesn’t matter if it’s archery, fishing, automotive or even meat processing.
     
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  17. sharps4590

    sharps4590 Well-Known Member

    Jan 7, 2010
    Northern Ozarks
    fish, I'm not sure what you mean by "sad", them or me...lol!! Years and years ago, when I would go into either store, I'd ask to see something and the salesperson often would start telling me about the piece. I'm obviously talking about old stuff. Anyway, in about 3 sentences it would become blatantly obvious the person had no more idea what they were talking about than the man in the moon. If it was a German, British or Austrian firearm it took about 3 words....the sentence didn't have to be completed. I don't know how many times I heard "you can't get ammo for that ol' gun" when I knew darn good and well it was available. That leads to another topic, ammo. It didn't take long to learn whoever I was talking didn't know spit from shinola about the cartridge for which the old piece was chambered. Then, if I'd try to diplomatically explain some things to them about the proofs or the cartridge, they'd get all defensive. I have been in the Cabela's Gun Library, in Hazelwood, twice and didn't even get waited on. After looking over what they had I was somewhat interested in it didn't matter. They were overpriced by about 50% for what they were and the condition they were in.

    Now, if I were looking for some new, plastic firearm in one of the newer cartridges, I'd be a babe in the woods.....as if that's ever going to happen.......:D
     
  18. fishshooter

    fishshooter Well-Known Member

    Mar 30, 2007
    Reform
    Sad on their part, when you have a gun library I would have assumed you would have someone manning it who had a clue or would at least take the time to research the piece. Typically the guns in that library are nice pieces and usually demand a chunk of change to take one home. The fact they don't have a salesmen who is informed about them just seems like something they would do at my office. :banging:

    Guess you now know how I got where I'm at:trophy::scared:
     
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  19. 20'

    20' Well-Known Member

    Aug 9, 2017
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    I was speaking more hunting related, those extremely in the know on gunsmithing probably go to BP to be entertained with the wealth of misinformation.
     
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  20. 90acres

    90acres The good ole days

    Mar 4, 2003
    Wardsville
    If you are in Como again I really like Powder Horn Guns.