Posted 12 April 2004 - 11:16 AM
OK... I gotta chime in here with my 2 cents...
This is a two sided situation. We "should" support ANY BUSINESS which in this day & age, continues to support US.
While K-mart, Sears & others left us a long time ago to chase after Rosie O'donnel & Martha Stewart.... Wal Mart has stayed by our side... selling Gun publications (shotgun news... guns & ammo... shooting times... right there next to Family circle!), ammo (handgun & rifle...) and guns. Lots & lots of guns.
Are they as knowledgeable? Most times no.... and sometime downright NO!! But... I've been in regular "gun stores" which had gun counter clerks who, I was suprised, could even dress themselves in the mornings.... :D
There is a reason that you couldn't buy paintballs.... or BB's... or CO2.... or pellets (no offense guys...). Because, at sometime in the past... some kid DID buy one of these items.... misused it.... and then turned around with their parents & tried to sue Wal Mart for selling it to them.
C'mon now... we've had several "teens" on this very forum ADMIT to shooting cars on the freeway with paintball guns.... or doing naughty things with BB guns.
In this day & age of trail lawyers & sue happy people... instead of being "mad" at Wal Mart for not selling these items to underage kids... we should be glad they still bother to stock this stuff at all.
I myself have gone up to the counter... and had to tell the soccer mom clerk where the ammo was, what the price was... and yes, I agree... its annoying. :D But, I've also gone to Wal Mart... and gotten great deals on ammo... like $10.97 for a 100 round value pack of winchester 9mm, which at my local gunstore was $18.99.
I've had regular gunstore clerks act like jerks too.... one of them, at a very well known Michigan gun store, basically got into a verbal argument with my wife... because she wanted to buy a handgun that he "decided" was "no good" for a wimpy woman. He told her that too. We grabbed the manager of the joint, and the wife bought the pistol she wanted... from a very happy manager. Ever since...t he wife just asks for the manager.... and that clerk has since gone missing from the establishment. :D
And that, right there, is the key... if you want good service... and you aren't getting good service, just politely ask to talk with a manager. They, 99's time out of a 100, are willing to bend over backwards for you.
But, and no offense to anyone, this is just my opinion, its not really fair to "blame" wal mart for covering their ass. We all know that todays "teens" are out there doing some pretty stupid things with paint ball guns... huffing.... and shooting folks & property with BB/Pellet guns.... spray painting buildings.... ect.
So... for every good kid just wanting to enjoy a day of target shooting... you have a few kids wanting to shoot neighborhood pets. This is the society we live in today... and yes, it sucks.
I say, support your local Wal Mart AND your local gunshop. Support them BOTH. And if you are in Wal Mart... and you get a GOOD gun counter clerk.. then go out of your way to ask to speak to the store manager.... and tell them how you feel.... like this:
"Hello sir... I wanted to let you know that I came in your store today to buy gun "X", ammo "X", gun product "X", and I found your gun counter clerk extremely helpful & knowledgeable. In the past... I've had to take my business elsewhere because I could not get good advice or service at your gun counter, but today, employee "X" went the extra mile to help me. I suggest you make that his/her permanent position."
And if you do get bad service? Tell them.. politely.... that you are having to take your money elsewhere because you couldn't get helped properly. That way... the manager knows to take steps, transfer some folks around, and get "someone" behind the counter who can help the customers.
Seriously guys... my local Wal Mart is not only still selling guns & ammo... but they are building a "super wal mart" right behind the old one..... and one of the things they are doing is making their gun section 5 times larger... with rotating display cases... and a dedicated gun counter clerk to serve the customers. Not only are they continuing to sell guns, they are EXPANDING. They ARE trying.
If we turn our backs on them now.... we lose one of the best friends in retail sales we have. ok>