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Thread: Black Friday is now over...... I want your thoughts.

  1. #81
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wolverine .303 View Post
    So I'll be honest, hunting season all the way through winter is basically my favourite time of year. BUT, Black Friday and Christmas are my least favourite things about this time and I'll tell ya why.

    My view coming from the side of things as someone whom works within retail, be it firearms or anything else is a little more shall we say blunt. It is one of the most toxic times of the year, and without going into details some interactions can be outright preposterous for no reason..... Not all mind you, we have some we speak to daily, weekly, monthly, old and new alike we have some pretty amazing customers. But this time of year brings out the worst in some.

    My view as a regular guy looking to buy something cheap....I don't. I rarely buy things I don't need I'm a simple living style of person. Pretty sure the last thing I bought ( that wasn't some silly cheap $100.00 gun that comes through the door ) was a TV 4x years ago because ours finally died.. I don't really sale shop, if I need something I buy it.

    Sometimes something comes up and I'm like, "dang, that's a good deal...." and I'll buy something. But I don't actively shop for deals on things I don't need. Anyways those are my views...

    For anyone who was looking around this past week, what did you think?

    Were sales up to your "standards"?

    What do you expect from firearms retailers on Black Friday?

    I am not going to go into the intricacies of working within the realm of the firearms industry, but let me tell you it is like no other. Don't get me wrong either this is not some "whah whah whining thread" I am genuinely curious as to what people's expectations are here.

    Electronics, clothing, and other more "heavily-consumed" items are not even close to the same as firearms. Margins, deliveries, distributors, everything is totally different so trying to compare it may turn out to be very disappointing.

    Let me know I would like to hear it.. And please keep in mind, this isn't strictly about Wolverine's sales or promotions. I am asking you a general question about the entirety of the Black Friday week you have just experienced within the firearms industry.
    I have worked retail in the past and a couple of my good friends own firearms stores. I have family that own electronic stores, so I have a good understanding of the margins. Tvís actually have an even lower margin of profit than firearms. The problem with Black Friday sales is Canada shouldnít even call them Black Friday sales. People see the sales across the border and expect the same here. The market isnít the same, sales are significantly better in the United States. Our market canít compete. The only way people are happy is basically when they get things at cost. No store can stay open doing that, the only way sales can be that good is stock that has been sitting for a long time and the retailer wants to just get the item out of their store. I never Black Friday shop, whenever I want anything I research it then shop around and buy it once I find a reasonable price.

    My only pev with the firearms industry is some stores mark up items significantly more. Some businesses stay afloat by selling in volume and the little guy canít compete with those prices.

  2. #82
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    Sep 2013
    The Alamo
    Anyone in retail gets abused this time of year wether it’s Black Friday or Christmas shopping. People get ruder and less patient every year … society is going through a massive shift in expectations and standards of personal conduct. Many fewer people say thank you in an interaction than in the past and many people don’t even acknowledge, if they’ve been greeted by staff at a store. It’s a transactional interaction. Good people are still out there, but they sure stick out more nowadays. Covid, hysteria, increased anxiety, and pent up frustrations have made the last couple years particularly bad.

    As far as Black Friday sales, it’s a mixed bag as I too generally wait until I need something .. it’s getting so expensive to live, so I wait longer to get a new phone or whatever. However, I wait and when I start to need something, I look around and I wait for a good price. The media said this would be a bad Black Friday, but I found many more things I needed this year than in the last few years and found many great deals. Gun stuff is a little different … what does one “need”? … one shotgun and one hunting rifle? That would suffice for most situations. I did find some firearms stuff this year, but I guess I didn’t need them …. The deal was just too good. I think someone’s financial standing may dictate their Black Friday shopping …. If you’re in a higher income bracket, maybe the top of the line stuff isn’t priced all that different, but lower priced items sure can offer some good deals and people in that price bracket often can use the savings.

    Cheers and have a good holiday season and upcoming Christmas.

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    CGN Ultra frequent flyer .22LRGUY's Avatar
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    Jul 2009
    I'll preface my comments by saying that I don't really buy allot of new (gun-related) items over the course of a year, so I seldom pay allot of attention to sales. I've also become a bit jaded by some strange price changes in the weeks leading-up to Black Friday sales...where the "discount" is simply the price the item was a couple weeks prior. lol Oddly enough, I've only made 1 Black Friday "impulse" buy that I can remember, and it was on a Leupold a big box store. The deal was actually very good.

    I also know that if I dig through all of the Black Friday sales/flyers/links...I fear I'll find something I hadn't realized I can live without. In those cases, better not to look I suppose. I also don't stress about it, because if I have $_____ to spend on a gun when I start looking for the best price, it's not likely that the sale price of $_____ -$50 is going to change that.

    Ammo is sort of what I'm paying the most attention to these days. I don't normally buy case-qty, but climbing prices and empty shelves are shifting that a bit.
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  4. #84
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    Jan 2017
    Edmonton Area
    Barnaul 7.62x54r is $22-$24 locally. FOC had it for $14.95 so I stocked up. If its something I'm going to be buying either way, id rather pay $15 now instead of $22+ in the future even if I don't end up needing it all for a while.

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    CGN Ultra frequent flyer LordEvilPepper's Avatar
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    Vancouver island
    so i bought a new gun this weekend.

    no sale price, no free shipping.

    i would rather see a fair price all year then have to wait for a sale to get the item at the price around what other vendors are selling at anyways.
    if a company is always having sales i make the assumption that their regular price is a ripoff. and if those sale prices are regularly right above dealer cost i assume that company is struggling and probably going out of business and i should be wary.

    bigest thing for me is finding a vendor that has everything i want in stock.

    i was actually pissed i had to order mags from one vendor and the gun from the other side of the country...
    because one vendor mis represented his stock on the rifle and it took 2 weeks to see the money back, and the other with both had website issues and i lost the rifle to someone else.

    i like wolverine days.... it more of an event then a sale i think its the right aproach. i would rather see some raffles for charity and some door prize deals
    then random %5 off flash sales on a tuesday on items i dont need or want.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LordEvilPepper View Post
    i like wolverine days.... it more of an event then a sale i think its the right aproach. i would rather see some raffles for charity and some door prize deals
    then random %5 off flash sales on a tuesday on items i dont need or want.
    One day, we will do it again. t will never really be the same as the moment has been really hit, but if we are ever able to again we will be doing it bigger and better than ever.
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    CGN frequent flyer twyeh's Avatar
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    Jun 2005
    The hours looking and driving around wasted to find a good deal negates most savings.
    Best is to already have a list of things you already want and can wait on it (loaded in cart). Then pull the trigger when the prices come down during sales.

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    Sep 2016
    Lower Mainland
    I hate Black Friday because it has no meaning in Canada. It is an American thing to push sales. I didnít want anything major this year so I didnít get anything. Also this behaviour of waiting for sales is ridiculous. Just have low prices all year and get rid of this stupid baiting and the need to raise prices then artificially drop them (not saying you do it but thatís the stuff that happens). I hate it all.

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    Uber Super GunNutz Chumlee Bumsnag's Avatar
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    Dec 2010
    I got a great deal on some hash online but nothing firearms related really.

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    GunNutz sharman's Avatar
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    Jun 2020
    Paint Lake MB
    I live in a northern somewhat remote community with a very limited selection of shooting supplies. The majority of my shopping and research is online. I, like many people on here I try to spend wisely and stay informed. I subscribe to newsletters from many retailers including Wolverine which are very helpful and informative. This past week saw my inbox overflowing with Black Friday and all the associated sales propaganda. This resulted in me making two significant purchases of items I was shopping for but probably would have bought closer to spring. One was a rifle and some accessories that was advertised at 15% off plus free shipping, the other was ammunition at nice discount and affordable shipping. Total about $3000 spent at privately owned businesses. So to answer Wolverine's question, yes Black Friday sales influenced my decision of when and where I spent my money but not what I spent it on. I hope that helps.
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