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Gander Mountain filing for bankruptcy
« on: February 13, 2017, 03:19:10 AM »
http://www.twincities.com/2017/02/10/report-gander-mountain-preparing-bankruptcy-filing/

Honestly don't know how they have stayed in business this long.
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Re: Gander Mountain filing for bankruptcy
« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2017, 05:51:14 AM »
http://www.twincities.com/2017/02/10/report-gander-mountain-preparing-bankruptcy-filing/

Honestly don't know how they have stayed in business this long.
I tend to agree with you. 

Although I have a buddy that has been keeping the one in San Antonio afloat. 

Sad to see it happen, even though I rarely shopped there.   
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Re: Gander Mountain filing for bankruptcy
« Reply #2 on: February 13, 2017, 06:41:07 AM »
I've only ever been to the one here in SA, but the prices were pretty out there even then.

I guess if I absolutely had to go out and find a LGS that randomly stocked .50 BMG rifles they would have been the ones I'd have to gone to but otherwise? Nahhhhh.

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Re: Gander Mountain filing for bankruptcy
« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2017, 11:39:22 AM »
what do you expect when they charge more for a used pistol than the new ones a few spots down? Course everything in there was ridiculously over priced.
Hopefully they will reorganize instead of going away. It will kinda suck to loose their "try before you buy somewhere else" showroom.. :)

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Re: Gander Mountain filing for bankruptcy
« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2017, 12:40:09 PM »
what do you expect when they charge more for a used pistol than the new ones a few spots down? Course everything in there was ridiculously over priced.

Exactly their problem.
I was just in yesterday and saw 3 standard M&P 9 4.25" used guns listed at $570, about 20 feet from the new ones of the exact same model for $530.
I laughed and went on home to the one I just bought online for $379.

They have a 25th Anniversary Glock 17 with (smeared) R. Lee Ermy autograph that has sat in their used gun case for around 3 years with a price tag of $1150...and don't seem to understand what their problem is.
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Re: Gander Mountain filing for bankruptcy
« Reply #5 on: February 13, 2017, 07:46:40 PM »
they're like every other kind of company these days.
the big bosses and pencil pushers think they can
hire people off the street and still stay afloat and
make a profit and the customers will keep coming.
i see this in every kind of business i can think of
where skilled personnel are needed.
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Re: Gander Mountain filing for bankruptcy
« Reply #6 on: February 14, 2017, 07:36:51 AM »
All these big box retailers are targeting the newbies.  Once you are familiar with shooting and became a "shooter", you will find much cheaper sources to buy gun and ammo via internet.

In my opinion, in order for these big box retailer to survive, they must take on the Costco business model.  That is to say, use their massive buying power and offer the goods cheaper than most online and local competitors.
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« Reply #7 on: February 14, 2017, 08:11:05 AM »
There was a used Walther P99 in one Gander. They wanted $650. You can buy a new one for less

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« Reply #8 on: February 14, 2017, 08:49:43 AM »
There was a used Walther P99 in one Gander. They wanted $650. You can buy a new one for less
I always say Gander is too expensive for me. 
But then, I have a friend that reminds me of the deals he has gotten over the years, including finding some leatherman waves on clearance for $40 ea. 
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Re: Gander Mountain filing for bankruptcy
« Reply #9 on: February 14, 2017, 08:56:05 AM »

Exactly their problem.
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I laughed and went on home to the one I just bought online for $379..

I believe that a lot of retailers (LGS', for example) need to understand that they're gonna haveta get competitive with on-line (usually "no taxes") sales in order to stay in the firearm selling business

I'll not buy locally unless the cost is so close to on-line prices that it's a wash
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Re: Gander Mountain filing for bankruptcy
« Reply #10 on: February 14, 2017, 09:05:17 AM »

Exactly their problem.
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I laughed and went on home to the one I just bought online for $379..

I believe that a lot of retailers (LGS', for example) need to understand that they're gonna haveta get competitive with on-line (usually "no taxes") sales in order to stay in the firearm selling business

I'll not buy locally unless the cost is so close to on-line prices that it's a wash

It's not even really a matter of being extremely competitive, since they have the advantage of the buyer being able to have it "now".
They just can't be trying to rape the buyer. If I could have purchased that M&P for $400 at Gander Mountain, I'd have happily done so.
If they really want to sell it for $570, it needs to have an Apex DCAEK and some night sights installed already.
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Re: Gander Mountain filing for bankruptcy
« Reply #11 on: February 14, 2017, 09:51:48 AM »
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I'll not buy locally unless the cost is so close to on-line prices that it's a wash

This isnt like Amazon putting Best Buy out of business. We might eventually run out of LGS's/FFL's to transfer guns or they become so few and far between that we are screwed. 

The distributor pricing models/schemes are what are really screwing the mom and pops as they cannot even buy for what the big movers do.

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Re: Gander Mountain filing for bankruptcy
« Reply #12 on: February 14, 2017, 10:02:09 AM »
Well the guy I use that's his business Model, transfers and special orders.  He does not keep anything in stock.  I dont see him going away.

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Re: Gander Mountain filing for bankruptcy
« Reply #13 on: February 14, 2017, 10:25:16 AM »
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I'll not buy locally unless the cost is so close to on-line prices that it's a wash

This isnt like Amazon putting Best Buy out of business. We might eventually run out of LGS's/FFL's to transfer guns or they become so few and far between that we are screwed. 

The distributor pricing models/schemes are what are really screwing the mom and pops as they cannot even buy for what the big movers do.

what can I say - I've already said how I feel about buying.....if you're not willing to compete, adios
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Re: Gander Mountain filing for bankruptcy
« Reply #14 on: February 17, 2017, 10:35:57 AM »
To All,

I'm NOT at all surprised that Gander Mountain is going out of business, inasmuch as they routinely tried to sell items ABOVE the MSRP.

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Re: Gander Mountain filing for bankruptcy
« Reply #15 on: February 17, 2017, 02:42:04 PM »
I mean, I'd LIKE to support local gun stores but like y'all dudes said, the owners oftentimes get carried away with retail mark-up.

The one thing online retailers can't do though, is offer a good consignment section. The one over at Adlebridge here in town sometimes has some pretty l337 stuff; I understand the store itself doesn't dictate the price but it still provides the venue, which is convenient, and unlike some online retailers, they also offer layaway.

Maybe Gander Mountain just had an insane consignment policy.... Either that or they saw the writing on the financial wall and made the crappiest business decision in the world by trying to get people to buy them out of the hole by over pricing everything and hoping nobody would notice.

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Re: Gander Mountain filing for bankruptcy
« Reply #16 on: February 17, 2017, 04:52:47 PM »
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EXACTLY.

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Re: Gander Mountain filing for bankruptcy
« Reply #17 on: February 19, 2017, 09:00:54 PM »
Went to Gander in Waco on my way down to Austin on Friday ( i needed to kill an hour and they had some 22LR on sale.) It was EMPTY, I mean EMPTY there were 8 employees and 3 customers inside the entire store.


Their prices weren't awful, but tended to be just the few dollars or percent points more than the competition. If they make me the CEO I can turn their entire company around in 60 days.
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Re: Gander Mountain filing for bankruptcy
« Reply #18 on: February 19, 2017, 09:16:34 PM »
The one here would have a big sale every once in a while, but other than that it was pointless to walk in there. I prefer to support local businesses when I can. I'm willing to pay a local guy a little more than I would online. The Px4 I just picked up I got at Academy though. I reached out to every FFL I know and they couldn't even buy it for what Academy was selling it for. I could have bought one on Gunbroker, but after shipping and transfer fee it would be almost the same price. 

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