As very loyal past customer I just wanted to make a comment. When Cabela’s was really at the top of their game, pre Tommy days, the highlight of any trip for me was to visit a Cabela’s store or receive their incredible catalogs. What made a trip to the stores so enjoyable was the vast and passionate knowledge of the employees. They were in the field, heavy users and knew the gear. I stopped at The Owatonna store a couple of days ago and while it was cleaner than it was during the time that Tommy was in charge - it had sunk to such a low level - filthy, unkept and empty space and pegs - the sparse employees were all seemingly retired, unmotivated and barely willing to say hi unless forced to. Wow, amazing to see such an incredible institution fall from grace due to big box leadership and publicly trading along with a total greed grab. Needless to say, I walked out with spending a dime and have no interest in returning. The brand is dead and not being a fan of BP due to the lack of hunting and shooting inventory and knowledge- - I hope that the Cabela’s brand simply dies. Hard to say having been such a loyal customer yet it is now a joke to all of us - good riddance
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Sadly, Cabelas demise was going public. I had been a customer for decades then, the downhill slide began. For me, strike one was a range finder sold as new, obviously used with a dead battery. Then an ammo order from a major mfg. that was back ordered and they kept trying to cancel if I didn’t take action, strike two. Then a Cabelas Gold Label rod with ceramic line guides set in carbon steel that rusted after just a few uses. Strike three. I us4d to love the catalogs and the rewards for being a loyal customer. Ultimately their demise was going public
The product line for the avid hunter differently took a nose dive. I was looking for a pair of silent weave bibs for my daughter for bowhunting. I know I wanted quality and was willing to pay the extra. For the woman there was a pair of $50 bibs with the generic camo pattern make from cotton material. Sorry BPS, can't be silent walking out to the stand with that poor quality outfit. It's a same. I agree the Cabela's name is a joke now. I saddens my heart, that a family would let something like this happen.
I respect your honesty on that. Jim and D--k made the company appear to be a straight forward passionate based business. That all changed with going public and Tommy’s ridiculous tenor. Respect was lost and none of the key players were into the industry and it showed in every way. Cabela’s is simply a joke now among anyone who is truly passionate in hunting and fishing.
Being with corporate over 25 years used to be proud to tell people I worked there not anymore.