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So I was going to order decoys from cabelas.ca tonight but just for fun I decided to check the US site. In Canada for the "Cabelas" brand decoys it's $109 per 12 mallards. They don't even look that good in the pictures. And on the .com site it is only $42 CDN for 12 "Tanglefree Buck Gardner Signature Series Mallards". And the shipping was very cheap to boot!

However Cabelas.com apparently will not ship me break free CLP or a shotgun sight....that was very disappointing!
 

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Normaly you get hit with brokerage taxes too, my 15$ call from cabelas.com turned into a 50$ one pretty quick.
 

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Normaly you get hit with brokerage taxes too, my 15$ call from cabelas.com turned into a 50$ one pretty quick.
I ordered 3 other items as well.

Here is the breakdown:

Avery® Floating Shotgun Case
Item number: OG - 223743
Reg: $24.99
Sale: $19.88 1 International Surface
None $19.88
COLOR: MOSSY OAK BREAKUP
This item is in stock.

Hunters Specialties® 36" x 40" Floating Decoy Bag
Item number: 9IS - 420439
Reg: $39.99
Sale: $19.99 1 International Surface
None $19.99
This item is in stock.

Tanglefree Buck Gardner Signature Series Mallards
Item number: 9IS - 420318
Reg: $44.99
Sale: $39.99 1 International Surface
None $39.99
MODEL: MALLARD
This item is in stock.

Avery® Finisher Neoprene Gun Sling w/ Swivels
Item number: OG - 228857
Reg: $21.99
Sale: $14.88 1 International Surface
None $14.88
COLOR: SHADOWGRASS
This item is in stock.

Merchandise Total: $94.74

Shipping and Handling Charges: $15.95
Taxes & Duty: $18.97
Fees(Broker): $3.50

Total: $133.16

So roughly for the price of a dozen decoys from cabelas.ca (not even including shipping) I got a dozen decoys, a sling, decoy bag, and floating shotgun case....
 

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If ordering from the States, have it shipped to that place in Calais. (Someone here knows its name, I forget)

Then go on a road trip, pick it up, and you save brokerage fees, but you spend on gas, so make the trip worth it.
 

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If I am going to buy through the internet instead of locally (that's a separate conversation), I almost always order through the US version of Cabelas. I have had nothing but positive experiences, they don't surprise you with insane "brokerage" fees, shipping is prompt and no hassles. I once attempted to order a cot from the Canadian site. I waited three weeks after placing my order and then called to ask what was up - there was no e-mail to me after the order to confirm or anything to indicate that it had been shipped. When I eventually got someone on the phone, he told me they were "waiting for a quote on shipping" for my item. Who waits three weeks to get a quote on shipping???? I cancelled that order and do not deal with the Canadian site. I think they are a discredit to Cabelas.

I sent the US site a note a couple of weeks ago because an item that I had bought went on sale a couple of days later. Their customer service rep sent out a gift card for the difference - no hassles. Good service gets repeat business...
 

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If I am going to buy through the internet instead of locally (that's a separate conversation), I almost always order through the US version of Cabelas. I have had nothing but positive experiences, they don't surprise you with insane "brokerage" fees, shipping is prompt and no hassles. I once attempted to order a cot from the Canadian site. I waited three weeks after placing my order and then called to ask what was up - there was no e-mail to me after the order to confirm or anything to indicate that it had been shipped. When I eventually got someone on the phone, he told me they were "waiting for a quote on shipping" for my item. Who waits three weeks to get a quote on shipping???? I cancelled that order and do not deal with the Canadian site. I think they are a discredit to Cabelas.

I sent the US site a note a couple of weeks ago because an item that I had bought went on sale a couple of days later. Their customer service rep sent out a gift card for the difference - no hassles. Good service gets repeat business...
Well as you can see from my order above I don't believe those fees are over the top, and when you consider that is to my door at that price....man I don't know why someone would buy locally at the prices here. As for cabelas.ca I don't think they are run like cabelas in the US at all. First off they have less than 1/2 of the stock that the .com store has, and their customer service in my experience is flakey at best. the US store has online chat and they resolve the issue while you're chatting with them...that's awesome!
 

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I always buy from the US Cabelas - haven't had an issue yet - and I buy alot - too much actually!

Here's a tip - if you know someone going down that way - say Portland or Kittery - place an order at Cabelas.com and have it shipped to the Scarborough ME. store. You pay $0 shipping for this and the person walks into the store - goes to customer service and thats it! Too easy!

Also if you are planning a trip to the cabelas store in ME. Order from Cabelas.com first and have it shipped to the store so you know you are getting it. Again - no shipping charges and you are guaranteed to get your product if its in stock. Often the store doesn't carry the same stuff as the .com store and sometimes they may not have the sizes you are looking for. I often do this - but still spend 3 hrs wandering around the store after I get there!!
 

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I always buy from the US Cabelas - haven't had an issue yet - and I buy alot - too much actually!

Here's a tip - if you know someone going down that way - say Portland or Kittery - place an order at Cabelas.com and have it shipped to the Scarborough ME. store. You pay $0 shipping for this and the person walks into the store - goes to customer service and thats it! Too easy!

Also if you are planning a trip to the cabelas store in ME. Order from Cabelas.com first and have it shipped to the store so you know you are getting it. Again - no shipping charges and you are guaranteed to get your product if its in stock. Often the store doesn't carry the same stuff as the .com store and sometimes they may not have the sizes you are looking for. I often do this - but still spend 3 hrs wandering around the store after I get there!!
Speaking about buying too much, I just discovered how much I love the clay sports! The old bank account took a hit when I bought my Maxus (even though I got a FANTASTIC deal on a new Maxus) and it's not looking good for freedom 35 right now.....

I must say though I've never been in love with a gun more than I am with this one. I went out tonight and shot 200 rounds then came home and a complete cleaning took me virtually no time at all. And I actually shot pretty good tonight (being my second time ever shooting skeet).
 

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I usually deal with the .com site, they always have a way better selection than the Canadian one, and half the stuff on the .ca site is out of stock , i ordered a few calls a couple weeks ago and a mojo duck decoy this week from the states, another good site is lebaron.ca, pretty cheap and very fast shipping, just don't buy ammo, the shipping costs add up so much its cheaper to buy them here
 

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Cabelas.com is my #1 go too site although I bought all of my black duck decoys and some other stuff from www.stlawrenceoutfitters.com out of ontario they treated me well last year and shipping was within 5 days. No match to Cabelas but still not bad
 

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Ive always ordered from cabelas what ever the price they quote on order form is what I pay plus exchange. My always says packed and shipped out of Ontario.
 

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I am a firm believer of buying local, BUT, the prices always win in the long run. I have bought the bulk of my decoys from Cabelas or Bass Pro. I have lived in NB/NS and now Ont. I have always kept a post office box in the closest state. I just ordered 4 dozen Real Geese from Bass Pro, sent to NY to the UPS store, shipping cost a buck, the store charges 3$ per box. Total was 13 bones, plus 30$ for duty. I priced the same shipment to my door, it was well over 650$, and approx. 3-4 wks. The decoys were 119/each, picked them up on the Friday of the same week ordered. I have tried Cabelas Canada twice, nothing but heartache and pain, and very costly, never again.

Do yourself a favour and use mailorder, it's worth it...
 

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Hey Waterrat

How many days until early goose? Season's shaping up pretty good here with water levels on the low side and the wild rice should be growing good. Seeing lots of partridge as well. Give me a call this week at work things should be pretty quiet.

Bill G.
 

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Bill:

Season is shaping up great, just added 2 dozen more silo's and 1 dozen full bodies. We bought a trailer to carry all of our crap. Only 19 days to go for early goose.
Still no birds here yet, should be showing up any day.
 

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Interesting post about the cost of goods. Local versus Mail Order. Certainly I too used to buy from the big names out there, like many of you who still do. Not only was local selection poor meaning I couldnt find quality gear, but that which was on the shelf was priced to gouge. So, like those above I was gettting my gear from the big names out there. At least if I was going to be paying top dollar it would be for the gear that I want.

Thankfully both of the above options no longer apply or not need to.

There was a post above stating someone had ordered Real Geese Silos for 119.00 US . Well lets say the dollar is still within 5% of being par. They don't ship for free so lets add $20.00 for that.
There is usually a brokerage fee as well special ground shipping fee lets say add $15.00 now lets say we add that up and you have to pay the tax say 15% . So your silos will cost approximately 177.00 delivered to your door.-OR- I know of a place somewhere more local -where the same silos cost 135.00 plus tax 155.00.

But again -it all depends on where you shop.

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This post is interesting, it makes one think on where to spend hard earned monies.

Ed: I have great respect for you and your store, I only wish I didn't leave Halifax before your got established. But I was the fellow who posted about the US big box stores. Being a poor Army guy, this waterfowl addiction is costing me a fortune. I do no way, mean to bust your chops on this issue. Truth of the matter is I do live with in 45 minutes of the border, that is my advantage. I ordered 4 dozen silo's for 119.00 USD/ea, exchange=unknown, shipping was really a buck for every order over 100$, the UPS store was 3$ a box. Total for the whole thing was 497.00 CAD to my CC, 12$ USD for the UPS store, and 32.00$ CAD for duty. Total for 4 dozen Reel Geese Silo= 541.00$ CAD. I know for a fact that Canada Post will rape you on shipping, I sent my son a Russel Belt Knife in the box: it was 15$ CAD from Ontario to New Brunswick. It weighed maybe 1 pound if that. The silo's were 9 pounds each, that was 36 pounds.

I did buy my full bodies from SLO, here in Ontario. The price was the same across the line and I wanted to buy local. I was in no way saying that any Maritimer was gouging, it was meant for Cabelas Canada.

I hope that this response was taken in the light it was intended, I was not peeing in anyone's corn flakes.

Ian
 

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No pee in the cornflakes or busting of the chops here
- great topic of discussion-

Living on the border definitely has some advantages and should be taken advantage of.
My folks used to border shop alot when they lived near Bellingham WA. Milk,cheese and gas their favourties lol.

Money is too hard to come by for people to pay needlessly . If its available and costs -no more but preferably less- then mail order -one can only hope the local guys can have first crack. Competition is a great thing !! If there is anything in future you need a quote on feel free to send me a PM and Ill be happy to reply.


Waterfowling is an addiction make no mistake-LOl
 

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No pee in the cornflakes or busting of the chops here
- great topic of discussion-

Living on the border definitely has some advantages and should be taken advantage of.
My folks used to border shop alot when they lived near Bellingham WA. Milk,cheese and gas their favourties lol.

Money is too hard to come by for people to pay needlessly . If its available and costs -no more but preferably less- then mail order -one can only hope the local guys can have first crack. Competition is a great thing !! If there is anything in future you need a quote on feel free to send me a PM and Ill be happy to reply.


Waterfowling is an addiction make no mistake-LOl
In reality I have no problems buying local. In fact if the gear was what I wanted and the price was even within 10% of what I could order it for online I would buy locally. I don't know about your areas but here in Moncton our options are VERY limited. I mean I could go down to betterbuy (what a contradiction there) and pay at least 30% more for gear that just isn't what I'm looking for or order online. They only carry two brands of firearms, remington (which I would NEVER buy again) and Savage, which I have heard good things about but have never actually held one. And as for decoys, clothes and other hunting gear....well the prices are just not close to competitive (as stated above the word "gouge" comes to mind. This store is only for the old guys who don't own a computer and are scared of ordering online, so they go to the only place local and spend way too much money. On principal I would never buy anything from betterbuy. I would much rather travel to Sussex and pay a fair price for firearms, ammo, and other gear.
 

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I have personally bought from duxndogs. I wanted a coat for Duck hunting and this will be its 3rd year I believe.It has seen lots of use,and is still in good shape I ordered the coat and it was shipped promptly, but the box did come with a couple of Surprises . A duxndogs camo hat (NO CHARGE) which I still got though it is almost wore out now... and a duxndogs golf Shirt also (NO Charge) they were both in the Box.. I am not saying to expect extras in every order but Do not hesitate to order From duxndogs.. I received what I ordered and more for a fair price and shipped on time .Have I ordered from the big guys. yes. but I always check Ed"s site first to see if he has what I am after.
 

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I have personally bought from duxndogs as I wanted a coat,for Duck hunting this will be its 3rd year I believe and it has seen lots of use, it still is in good shape I ordered that coat and it was shipped promptly, but the box did come with a couple of Surprises . A duxndogs camo hat (NO CHARGE) which I still got though it is almost wore out now... and a duxndogs golf Shirt also (NO Charge) they were both in the Box.. Do not hesitate to order From duxndogs.. Have I ordered from the big guys yes. but I always check Ed"s site first to see if he has what I am after.
I was not aware of this site. Excellent find and I'll keep them in mind if the wife ever lets me buy anything again.....she's not happy this season at all!
 
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