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Paul Hoskins 09-14-2008 09:30 AM

Miway USA
Recently got a new catalog from Midway USA. Checked out a few things I wanted to order even tho I dislike Midway.

1.....Adams & Bennet 6.5 barrel blank F34 contour.......NOT AVAILABLE.
2.....PTG 6.5x55 Swede chambering reamer ..........NOT AVAILABLE
3.....Douglas 6.5 barrel blank, #3 contour .........NOT AVAILABLE
4.....Wildview trail Camera, Infared Extreme......NOT AAILABLE

It seems they don't have much of anything in stock they advertize. The price on the trail camera was listed at just under 150 dollars. I bought an identical one locally at ****'s Sporting Goods for 90 dollars after rebate. I have come to the conclusion the only reason they put out a catalog is so the owner can have his picture plastered all over the front. .........Paul H

subsonic 09-14-2008 11:23 AM

Re: Miway USA
Midway has definitely slipped in the last few years.

I'm in MO, so I get to pay sales tax too.

I don't order from them much, but there are some things they have that I will buy.

They have started a new branch of clothing and outdoor gear to compete with Cabelas, Gander, and Bass Pro. I think this will only make things worse...

Daryl (deceased) 09-14-2008 11:58 AM

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When I'm going to order something from online, I usually check with MidwayUSA to compare prices with other places.

But, I haven't ordered anything in a while, so I haven't really noticed them slipping. If they don't compete in price though, I won't order from them. Other online places are just a click away.



Copperbuff 09-15-2008 09:42 AM

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Hello the fire!

I am a long time customer of Midway USA and agree they have gone the way of egomania and backorderd stock. They get a trickle of my business now and only when they have what I want on a good discount. I was also a good customer of Cabella's but slowed to drops and dribbles once they started sending me catalogues on a weekly basis and again only discounted stuff. Here in the great state of California Bay Area we get to watch the sporting goods stores dissapear at an alarming rate so on-line has become a way of life and the Liberals haven't figured out they are loosing all that tax money by insisting we not hunt and fish. Hunting out of state has become affordable in many cases. Go figure. My appology for rambeling on. Lawrence Townsend:Banghead:

recoil junky 09-18-2008 09:56 PM

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I still do a bunch of buissness wth Midway. Mostly bullets, the odd set of dies, brass, bullet casting equipment, you know that kind of stuff. Being in "the sticks" has it's disadvantages. I don't go to Denver or Grand Junction if I can help it so the on-line ordering is pretty nice. I'll aagree that Larry has maybe gotten to big, but the service is still great.

I just got a Gerber 'FLIK' tool that was "defective". After a call to customer service, not only do I get to send the tool back but they are picking up the tab to have it shipped back. That's pretty cool. I even got an email from Larry thanking me for my buissness for the last 20+ years. It was probably a "canned" email, but it still made me feel pretty good.


Daryl (deceased) 09-19-2008 07:15 AM

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You know, RJ, my brother bought a pair of Steiner bino's from Cabelas many years ago.

He used them for several years, but he started seeing two images out of them on an elk hunt one year.

Being the ornery, hard headed type (as well as a little impatient), he decided to try to "bend" the barrels back towards each other to make them align.

Of course, it didn't work. He broke on end off of his bino's.

So, after the hunt, he was trying to find contact info for Steiner, and called Cabelas. They told him that since he'd purchased the bino's from them, that he could send them back to Cabelas and they'd take care of it for him.

And they did. They sent him a new pair of bino's, and since the price of that pair of bino's had actually came down since he bought his, they also sent him a refund check to cover the difference in price!

I still shake my head when I think about it. That's the type of customer service that's hard to find these days, but we've both remained customers of Cabelas as long as the price is reasonable.


Gunslingergirl 09-19-2008 02:51 PM

Re: Miway USA
The kind of customer service you got from Cabela's is the kind of service companies should provide. My Dad had a similar experience with Cabela's and he is still a loyal customer.

Whatever they're doing, they're doing it right.

RatherBHuntin 09-19-2008 03:07 PM

Re: Miway USA
I like Cabelas too, especially compared to some of their counterparts.

davidlt89 09-19-2008 03:11 PM

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they are hands down my favorite company to order from! I was looking at my past orders in the order history and did a quick total of cash spent this year, I did not show my wife! it even made me wince, but I got over it fast. God Bless.

subsonic 09-19-2008 04:59 PM

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Cabelas has great customer service no doubt, but there prices ARE high and even with the non-stop discount/coupon/sales they have, some independent shops are still cheaper here.

Service at the independent gun shops is pretty good too.

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