I have purchased quite a few things from the Sportsmans guide in the past but not much for a while now. Some of the things they sell are a pretty good deal you just have to watch for the good stuff.
They send out these discount coupons in my email pretty frequently but they do help offset the shipping. The savings you get by becoming a member is well worth it if you are going to buy a couple of times a year anyway.
I have bought a few thing from Sportsmans Guide and had a few problems with them. It always seamed like I was calling customer service on every order that I made with them. That along with they don't carry any clothing sized for a person that is 6'5". Also for some reason they have Colorado on a restriced shipping area for knifes when any other catalog will ship them to us with no questions asked. So in the long run I have spent my money elsewhere.
That's interesting on the knife thing. It's been a few years since I placed an order because it just seemed some of their stuff was a little junky. But I know I did purchase at least one knife from them with no problems, but it was a very small knife for sure.
It just seems like they put too much hype into making some of their cheap stuff sound better than the quality stuff they sell. Probably make more money on the cheap stuff though.
Best deal I got was a Pentax Gameseeker scope 4x12 with a bdc for 59 bucks.
I have purchased a limited amount of stuff from them and saved some money. But I agree that they often have quite a bit of cheap stuff there - not just inexpensive, but cheap.
Like Hunter said, if you hit it right, you can get a good deal; they sometimes have closeouts at real bargain prices. You just have to know what you're getting and what it normally sells for. I have found the internet to be invaluable for doing quick research on items that I am interested in. You can usually find the manufacturer - or at least a list of the specifications of a product - and check it out to see how well it's made before buying.
You will not get high end gear from the Sportsman’s guide. But if you don’t mind military surplus or knock off copies – you can find it fairly reasonably priced. But buyer beware – know what to expect when you are buying – there is a reason this stuff is being sold at discounted prices.
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