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New Reloading Store

Hey all.

I just got word that a buddy's cousin is opening up a shop dedicated to reloading and hunting. Given the economy, or lack there of and that it's someone I'm connected to by way of a buddy, I wanted to post this. If you're looking for reloading/hunting gear it might be worth giving this guy a call:

Prickly Pear Ammunition & Reloading Supply
3839 N. Oracle Road (1 block south of Roger on west side of the road)
Tucson, AZ
520-867-6172

I wish him luck and know that I'll be stopping in to pick up supplies as I need them instead of driving to the big box store. If I'm violating a forum rule by advertising I ask that the mods please delete this post. I'm one of those guys that likes to support the small Mom and Pop type businesses even though they are getting fewer and fewer.

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Next time I'm in Tucson, if I'm ever in Tucson again I'll look it up and stop by.  I wish him well and hope his business get's off to a great start. 

We have or had a reloaders store in Arvada.  The guy who ran it needs a series of serious lessons in proper social skills and customer service skills.  I'm all for supporting small mom and pa shop businesses, but they have to earn and keep my business just like all businesses do.  Anymore for reloading stuff I just go to Sportsman Warehouse, they usually have what I need, and while the service is just okay, nobody there goes out of their way to be an ahole to me or insult me.

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Good luck to him, I just hope

Good luck to him, I just hope that he can make it now days with the larger store being to offer a better selection at better prices.  That along with a Sportsman Warehouse not too far from where he is located just may hurt him.  The problem that a small store will have is a quality selection on the shelf at a decent price.  I myself don't mind spending a little bit more for a product as long as I get a good feeling from the store owner.  I once had a small gun shop tell me and a friend that if we didn't like his prices then to go elsewhere.  Guess where we didn't go anymore.   

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Good luck

Critter wrote:

Good luck to him, I just hope that he can make it now days with the larger store being to offer a better selection at better prices.  That along with a Sportsman Warehouse not too far from where he is located just may hurt him.  The problem that a small store will have is a quality selection on the shelf at a decent price.  I myself don't mind spending a little bit more for a product as long as I get a good feeling from the store owner.  I once had a small gun shop tell me and a friend that if we didn't like his prices then to go elsewhere.  Guess where we didn't go anymore.   

I believe that most little gun/reloading shops fail. Not so much poor customer service but their customer base is really small. If you need some oil for the car you run down to the Wal Mart and while your there, pick up some fishing luers and some gun cleaning supplies. You can't do that in the small gun shop. To bad really because I like the small shops. Go into a Cabellas and ask the manager if the store could make it with just one of their sections and get rid of the rest, probably couldn't make it. Unfortunate but the cost of overhead and narrow customer base will kill you. Nosler's little store at the plant is a very nice store with a number of items aimed at the uppercrust shooter. It could not stand alone without the bullet plant.

American's want varity! They also want low cost. They complain about junk from oversea's but then they go buy it.

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Don Fischer wrote:

American's want varity! They also want low cost. They complain about junk from oversea's but then they go buy it.

Well these days it's hard not to.  Americans never demanded cheap foreign products, that was all sprung on us as a result of corporate greed.  We simply buy what's available.  Anymore we really don't have a lot of choice but to buy many foreign made products.  Sad thing is that many domestic US made products just don't have the same level of quality that we were once able to produce, and most domestic made stuff today is way overpriced for what you get.   

My dad (member of the Greatest Generation) has told me that back in his day you could get reasonably good quality at a fair price.  And back then if you wanted very high-end quality, it was also easy to find in domestic US made goods, but you did end up paying more for them.  The thing was that USA made goods were far more common than imported things were back then.

I think right now as of the last few years Taiwan and China are producing higher quality than we can produce here domestically.  They're also doing it for far less money too. Huh?

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Treat me right and I'll give

Treat me right and I'll give you my business.

If not then I'm down the road. Because it's a buddy's cousin I want to see this shop make it but I have my doubts. Stores like this have come and gone over the years in various locales while the big box store has moved in and thrived.

All I ask is, honesty, reasonable price, and decent customer service.

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Actually a small business

Actually a small business can't get by with just decent customer service. It must be exceptional make you feel not like a customer but a valued customer and haveknowledgable staff. 

I just went to a small gun shop to look at a gun. Clerk whined he was off the clock when I asked for assistance and the gave me little info and answers. Went down the street (literally) to Cabelas. 

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bad business

CVC wrote:

Actually a small business can't get by with just decent customer service. It must be exceptional make you feel not like a customer but a valued customer and haveknowledgable staff. 

I just went to a small gun shop to look at a gun. Clerk whined he was off the clock when I asked for assistance and the gave me little info and answers. Went down the street (literally) to Cabelas. 

Had the same issue at a small gun shop locally too afew years back.  Needed some help with a gun part, but the guy behind the counter was too eager to go shoot a new gun with his buddy, the owner was too busy talking to friends in his back office, so both guys in the shop basically brushed me off.  Never went back again. 

We have a sporting clays range near me few miles north of Denver International Airport.  Every time I've been there the owner finds something to make us feel unwelcomed.  Last time my buddy and I went to shoot there the guy drove over to us in an ATV at station #6 and told us we were done shooting, we asked what was wrong?  He basically just wanted to close early for the day (about 2 hours before established closing time).  Never plan to go back there again, ever!!  I now drive 55 minutes to a club near Bennett where I'm not a member, but they open to non-members and treat me like a member anyway Big smile

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CVC, Me thinks you may be

CVC,

Me thinks you may be right regarding customer service.

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For sure poor customer

For sure poor customer service will kill a small shop. But even good customer service doesn't usually help a small shop. To bad to because I like the smaller shops better than the big stores.

I remember when I was young, my step dad bought a new MGA. If I recall right it was $2500. I couldn't believe anything cost that much!

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