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Vance Outdoors Closing Stores for a Rest Break?????

Postby High Power » Fri Mar 20, 2020 4:54 pm

I stopped by Vance's in Obetz on the way home from work. They closed at 3:00 PM. The store manager stated that the reason they closed early was that the employees were tired and needed a break.

Okay, that's conceivable. However, when you go to their website, none of the firearms have prices on them. If you look at some of the other merchandise on their website, you will see nothing is priced.

Now I don't want to speculate or point fingers but it certainly appears that they closed the store with the excuse of giving the employees a rest so they could increase the prices on their merchandise.

Is there something that I don't know?

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Re: Vance Outdoors Closing Stores for a Rest Break?????

Postby High Power » Fri Mar 20, 2020 6:16 pm

Update: Their website says they will be closed until March 30th.

https://www.vanceoutdoors.com/covid19/
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Postby machinegunkelly » Fri Mar 20, 2020 6:56 pm

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Just got an email that Fin Feather and Fur is closing for a while also.
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Postby JediSkipdogg » Fri Mar 20, 2020 7:00 pm

Has Vance ever had prices on their website? Most gun stores I know don't do a computerized inventory and just do prices on the guns in the stores themselves. That way they can increase and decrease the price with the market. Not necessarily cause their is a rush on guns but their distributors may increase prices so they increase as well.
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Postby High Power » Fri Mar 20, 2020 7:02 pm

JediSkipdogg wrote:Has Vance ever had prices on their website? Most gun stores I know don't do a computerized inventory and just do prices on the guns in the stores themselves. That way they can increase and decrease the price with the market. Not necessarily cause their is a rush on guns but their distributors may increase prices so they increase as well.


Vance's has always had prices on their website.
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Postby Mr. Glock » Fri Mar 20, 2020 10:09 pm

It’s probably not because they are tired, they don’t want to show up and get coronavirus.
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Postby High Power » Sat Mar 21, 2020 5:05 pm

Mr. Glock wrote:It’s probably not because they are tired, they don’t want to show up and get coronavirus.


That's possible but why would they remove the prices from their merchandise?
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Postby JimE » Sat Mar 21, 2020 6:50 pm

High Power wrote:
Mr. Glock wrote:It’s probably not because they are tired, they don’t want to show up and get coronavirus.


That's possible but why would they remove the prices from their merchandise?

Depends on what they paid for current inventory, vs. what the replacement costs are .
That and they need to sort out what they still have against what is advertised.
This is the time of year when many manufacturers raise prices. Some Rugers jumped considerably.
This panic buying has cleaned out a lot of inventory and it has to be replaced. Possibly at higher prices.
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Postby machinegunkelly » Sat Mar 21, 2020 9:07 pm

Sportsmanship Den in Shelby, also announced closing.
All 3 have about the same statement.
Wonder if they all have the same lawyers or insurance companies ?
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Postby JimE » Sat Mar 21, 2020 10:12 pm

machinegunkelly wrote:Sportsmanship Den in Shelby, also announced closing.
All 3 have about the same statement.
Wonder if they all have the same lawyers or insurance companies ?
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All I can say is I work for one of those companies.
Everyone is burnt out.
The phones have been relentless, and we catch all sorts of flak for not being able to answer, or because we run out of something that has been in the sale flyer for a full month. We did not create this panic.
Inventory has not been processed and stacked all over the place, making it hard to get to the floor for customers. Some items are in the store, but we don't know it as it is still on a skid. Special orders for customers just sit, no time to deal with it.
The doors might not be open to the public, but I can pretty much guess it will take 2 weeks for any of us to get reorganized.
We also DO NOT WANT THIS VIRUS !
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Postby welshj » Sun Mar 22, 2020 7:55 am

Lead shed in wauseon closing as well.

In yesterday, they had ten or more people standing outside.
Doors locked, they opened to let people out, and let people in.
Limiting to six people max in store at a time.

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Postby bakes » Sun Mar 22, 2020 8:29 am

Possible stuff on prices...

I drove by Obetz and Cleveland Avenue locations on different days (just to kill time) - Lines out the door were long 50-80 @ Obetz/100 on Cleveland Ave.

The website said no orders were being taken by phone/website due to demands.

I called one day and the machine said they were not taking phone calls because all staff were busy with increased sales.

I assume they possibly have almost no inventory in the handgun/self defense long gun categories and I assume ammo is gone.

I bet the workers are worn out.

Black Wing had been busy but wasn't crazy - They have increased in sales for a couple weeks. I saw some bulk ammo buying while I was there but nothing too bad.
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Postby xxxamishxxx » Mon Mar 23, 2020 6:54 pm

High Power wrote:
Mr. Glock wrote:It’s probably not because they are tired, they don’t want to show up and get coronavirus.


That's possible but why would they remove the prices from their merchandise?


I stopped in a week ago on a Monday and it was crazy. That was the night they shut the doors at 5 and no one else in.

I came home to look online and if you click on the flyer it will take you to the product and all the ammo was showing up more expensive than what was one the flyer.

I cant wait to see what the April flyer will have..

I ended up ordering another AR and a shotgun, both way less than listed at Vances even with paying for the transfer Im still almost 100 bucks ahead on price. just have to wait a week to pick up
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Re: Vance Outdoors Closing Stores for a Rest Break?????

Postby High Power » Mon Apr 06, 2020 11:00 am

It looks like they are open for online ordering and pickup at the store with a reservation for 30 minute time period. They also have the pricing back on their merchandise on the website. From what I could see, it didn't look like there was any price-gouging.

Looks like Vance's is doing the right thing by its customers.

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Postby kcclark » Mon Apr 06, 2020 3:05 pm

They had a ad in the Columbus Dispatch. Had me wondering if it was an old ad that could not be canceled or whether they were open again.
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