I certainly don’t mind that Cabela’s has free shipping virtually all of the time (for website orders over $49), but I rarely use them in terms of buying stock for my store since they are average to high retail priced already. But, much in the same way that MidwayUSA will always have some random ammo marked down to an inexplicably low price, Cabela’s can pay off if you look often enough.
Last week I managed to find some of the various Lightfield brand non-lethal 12ga loads with rubber batons, rubber balls, and squishy-stars, which Cabela’s had listed for the strangely low sale-price of $4.99 per 5rd box. These boxes usually retail for over $10 a box, and so I dove in and ordered up maybe 15 boxes (small boxes) of stuff on the Cabela’s website, figuring it would all come in one box, because, why wouldn’t it? I realize of course that an outfit like Cabela’s, even though they have a few large central distribution hubs, will also resort to having store locations ship out packages to supplement online orders if the main hub is out of stock, but this order had to be a record at … 9 BOXES!
Cabela’s, who is already taking a hit selling Lightfield ammo at what is perhaps $0.50 cents to $1.00 over their cost, and then having it sent with no shipping cost, was now using 9 separate boxes, some of which only had one 5rd pack of 12ga inside. Just the most odd money-loser of an order I have seen any seller process. I am meanwhile happy with all of the extra free packaging that I can reuse.
And speaking of free packaging, a big Thank-You to Natchez Shooting Sports for sending me the sale-priced MTM ammo crates via a free-shipping promotion that they were having (which did not restrict very large items like plastic crates), to which they used a truckload of bubble wrap, albeit the wrong way, in these huge boxes. In the box shown below, the plastic tote crates take up perhaps 1/3rd of the box, and the rest of the void was stuffed with loads of pristine bubble-wrap. The wrong-way use was that they did not actually place any bubble wrap under or around the items being shipped, just to one side of it, which is no potential help. MidwayUSA does this as well - throwing boxes of ammo in a large shipment box, and then just dropping a few air-cell bubble wraps to the side. There were 3 big boxes like the one shown full of bubble wrap, but all of the items could have been nested together in one box. Oh well, it all made it.