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Just got my annual  bps catalog  in the mail and I get floored by the prices. I'm down to one mom and pop store with the normal online stores that get the majority  of my business. I have a bps within an hour which I go maybe twice a year just to put my hands on some things  and buy elsewhere. I just cant with bps, most everything  is a $1 per bag of plastics more  compared to online purchases.  Even my mom and pop is cheaper. I was watching this guy buy things in there and I know he could have saved a $100 easy some place  else. Any one else just use bps or cabelas just to touch and buy some place  else? My pockets are not set up for those two. 

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The reality is, you're paying for more than just a bag of plastic worms. You have a huge selection of all kinds of outdoor gear/sports. You won't find that stuff in a mom and pop shop. I only physically go to a BPS when I'm buying more than just a couple bags of baits, I roll up with a list of things I know I can't get locally, and want to see in real life, rather than ordering online.

 

Choice is good, viva free commerce!

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I do the exact same thing I go and find all the things I want and then go straight online and save some serious $$$. sometimes just for laughs say I get a new bag of soft plastics I’ll see how much it is at bps and it’s always a dollar or two more. But it’s great to see everything in person before ordering it. Some of their own brand stuff is decent and you can find for  good price so sometimes I’ll get some of that.:)

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Sometimes the local purchase is best - supporting the mom n' pop

stores keeps local economy going.

 

That said, I do go to BPS, but far less often than I used to. They were

always on the full-retail cost end of things, but with their rewards 

program, gift cards, there's often a reason to go.

 

I guess I've refined what I look for over the years. Deals can be found

just not as often as in years past (IMO).

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I don't go there unless i need something now and they have it in stock.  I also have a BPS rewards card that I use for daycare expenses that gets paid off each month so I get to spend my rewards there as well.  They also have some good deals in their spring sale where i load up on things like terminal tackle.

 

It is nice to put your hands on things that you normally only see online.

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BPS lost my business a looonngg time ago.

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I have 2 BPS stores about 90 minutes from me and I get to one of them about one time a year. I usually don't have anything specific to buy (though I usually buy something).  I go because the sight of all that fishing stuff just makes me giggle like a kid on X-mas morning.

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Every year I receive gift cards for BPS from relatives and freinds that know I like to bass fish. The problem is what to buy with them? The closest BPS is over 90 miles away and rarely go there. I usually find something in the catalog to use and invariably the item is back ordered and doesn't arrive for months after it's ordered.

The BPS business model isn't competitive with online competitors who nearly always deliver their produces on time.

Tom

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Whenever companies continue to buyout their competition(Ranger,Triton,Cabelas, stratos) I continue to try and support other retailers. BPS has turned into a destination stop, kinda like a tourist trap for shoppers. 

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I haven't bought anything from basspro since the first year I started bass fishing. Tw, ffo, and another site get most all of my business.  Except for some of Dicks flash sales, I'm always falling for those.. 

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I go cuz I like to shop lol, but only buy new stuff mostly hard baits to see the colors. They r never true on most sites and I'm colorblind so I ask my gf what colors r on the bait lol. Stuff I always use gets ordered, but all in all they don't get much of my business. Do wish they carried more high end rods so I could floor bend em and check the action and feel them in hand b4 buying though

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BPS is like Disneyland :)

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We are fortunate in Richmond, Virginia as we have BPS, Green Top and Cabela's.

 

Green Top is less expensive than BPS.

 

Product selections vary from store to store, with the major manufacturers' products front and center. Green Top has some baits made by locals which are excellent and inexpensive.

 

For Zoom products, Castaways south of Richmond has an excellent selection. The best by far of any tackle shop in our geographical area.

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BPS and all other retailers have the right to price their goods as they see fit, consumers have the right to purchase or not purchase goods and services anywhere they see fit. WHAT A COUNTRY!

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Bps is a great place to go during the winter and get ideas and look at a lot of product.  I do pick up Bps brand stuff there some worms tube etc.  The kids like to go and look makes the trip a little easier 

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My wife remarks constantly that she is so happy that I will spend hours or even days (depending upon how much we are spending) to find the very best deal (notice I did not say "price").  I will spend a couple hours to save 5 bucks.  I will spend weeks to save $1000.  What I've noticed is that I have A LOT of friends that WILL NOT do this.  They have no interest.  They are willing to pay whatever the price is for an easy buying experience.  If that makes them happy then good for them.  I want the best deal.  

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I've never been to a bps to buy anything. The closest one is 100 boring miles away and is one of the worst ones I've ever been too. Usually we'd go if we had nothing to do in a Sunday afternoon and wanted some hot wings because there was a buffalo wild wings close by. But I like the scenery and atmosphere and the big fish tank. 

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I only go if there is a sale on a particular item I'm looking for. It's usually during their big Spring expo, but sometimes something in a flier will get my attention.

 

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The last 3 or 4 times Ive went I dont think I even bought anything..The instore inventory has gotten to be slim pickens...A lot less reels, luckycraft aisle is now about 2' of space thats mainly pointers. Many lines have disappeared. I see no reason to go back honestly unless something in a flier catches my eye.

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I can't rember the last time BPS had a sale on rods and reels not store brand.  Every so often there might be a rod or reel in the flier, that's about it.  I had a reel that wife had purchased from there, lost the receipt and she hadn't given the phone number.  I forget the problem with the reel bearings I think.  They wouldn't return it.  I found the receipt they still wouldn't return it as it was now past 90 days.  I had just purchased a large order on their six pay plan.  That stuff all went back and I have not stepped in the place since.  Now they own Cabelas which I loved to deal with.  Their customer service was so good I didn't mind paying a few bucks more.   

I broke a rod tip and took it into cabelas the CSR swapped it out for a new one no questions asked.  I expected to have to send it off for warranty but they just handled it.

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I have a Cabela's and a BPS within an hour's drive of me. I'm still waiting to see what they do with the Cabela's. I do check stuff out and occasionally they have a good deal but I don't go as much as I use to. 

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Only reason I buy anything at BPS is because I need it today. Otherwise, I go in there so my boys can look at the fish. Sometimes I find something on clearance for a good price, but it's pretty rare that happens. 

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I have a small local tackle store that is pretty good and he will order anything I want if he can get it.  BPS isn't bad...usually out of what I want when I have the time to cruise through there though.  My biggest complaint about our BPS is the lighting in the place....wish they would have spent a little more on light bulbs.

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I went to BPS 3 times, bought something twice. Seems to be more of a destination attraction to me at best. If I need something specific or unique that I know my local tackle shop doesn't have I'll hop on TW. We have one of those small Cabela's "outposts" or whatever about 15 minutes from me, and aside from taking the kids in there to see the fish tank and mounted game I seem to always leave saying I didn't really find anything I need or that caught my eye. 

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I don’t think I have ever bought anything directly from a Bass Pro retail store.

 

When I do buy from BassPro it’s usually because I got a gift card to Bass Pro, I have rewards points or I got a gift card to Target. I will purchase a Bass Pro gift card from Target with my Target gift cards.

 

When I finally purchase from Bass Pro I do it online and I try to make my orders over and as close to $35 as possible and have it shipped to store. Sometimes I do multiple ~$35 orders at once. When I go pick the items up, I get a $10 Bass Pro gift card for each order.

 

There is a Bass Pro nearby and our local club meets there so it’s not much out of my way to pick my orders up.

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