Things you see at 4:00 am

Like many of my friends I work nights and thus I have the misfortune of being awake for a lot more hours than most people and get time to think and write accodingly. These are just reflections on the curent state of everything I have an opinion about.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

How do they stay in business?

Ok those of you who know me probably have heard my various Gander Mountain stupid employee horror stories but I have a new one.

Today I wandered in to a Gander Mountain store to price ammo and just sort of browse in general. So as I wandered to the back counter I passed a display of the 250 count Remington UMC bulk pack on sale for $64.99 for the 9mm, hmmm that seemed a little steep to me to be a bulk pack and a sale price. So I proceeded to the counter where the pistol ammo has been at this particular store for at least the last 3 years and asked the lady about the prices of 9mm. She looked at me as if I were a simpleton and stated that it was labeled below the boxes, to which I replied, "Well where are the boxes." and she just pointed behind me to where on my last visit the High Power rifle ammo had been kept. So I made the comment, "Oh it has always been behind the counter in the past. Thanks I'll find it." So I wander back to aisle and there are signs above the ammo to divide it into sections, instead of a simple Rifle, Shotgun, Pistol labeling it goes along the lines of Water fowl, Big game, Varmint, and Safari. I really wish I was making the last one up.

So I wander down the big game section, since I figured that pistol ammo wouldn't be in Water fowl, and the first thing I saw in big game was .17 HMR, odd I didn't know that it was capable of taking down big game and what is this next to it .22 Long Rifle . Yeah their heads are that far up their butts. At this point I notice that the lady from the counter seems to be following me, probably because I am such a shady character. So I finally find the pistol ammo and after a few seconds of inspection I start laughing and the lady asks if there is a problem to which I reply, "Yeah you expect people to pay these prices." and walked out of the store.

Seriously they were charging $13.99 for Winchester white box almost anywhere else that tops out at about $9.99 and Wolf Steel case some of the Cheapest ammo on the market was priced at $9.99, slightly more reasonable but still. I mean really their customer service sucks their prices are ridiculous and they are almost always in a shopping plaza with a Walmart that sells ammo as well. So I went to the Walmart and bought a 100 round bulk pack of Winchester white box for $19.00.


Blogger Christopher A. Lee said...

Anyone want to bet that if I had wandered into the safari section they would have been selling .177 air pistol pellets and CO2 cartridges.

12:07 AM  
Blogger James R. Rummel said...

I have no idea why you keep going back in there.


10:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amusement value is pretty high in places like that. That's why its worth going back.

I had a heated argument with a gander mountain employee that thought 5.45x39mm Russian was the same as .223 Remington. This was while they were running a sale on Romanian WASR 5.45x39mm rifles.

I have a gun naieve friend that was sold 9x18mm Mak for a 9x19mm pistol by, I believe gander mountain. It went boom, but jammed pretty often.

11:08 AM  

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