Bean's or Cabela's?

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    Oct 21, 2007 3:15 PM GMT
    Seeing as how they just opened a Cabela's superstore in state here I'll be checking it out today.

    So I thought I'd ask the question that the local papers asked: LLbean or Cabela's?

    Cabela's is huge and just plain sells more including guns, watercraft, and other toys Bean's doesn't. But I like LLbean for the fact I enjoy the experience there more, and free shipping on anything all year isn't to bad either. 100% return policy's not to bad either!

    I'll be honest I work for LLbean so I might be biased! Discounts in store plus 60-80% discounts at venders like Merrell, Thule, and SIG might make me more biased! icon_wink.gif

    So if your the outdoors type and out for shoes, cloths, or some toys both stores sell who do you choose? Or who's website?
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    Oct 21, 2007 3:56 PM GMT
    Dude, I totally LOVE the outdoors....the woods, the water, the fields, the streams! Hey look at my pic! It's ME surrounded by the woods near a secluded lake taken just two months ago! There are days - like a record high day of 81 here for instance - where I feel totally at peace with nature.....sings Ted Nugent's Fred Bear....damn, that song alone can bring tears to my eyes, seriously. Anyhow, for me I just gotta have Cabela's - it's about 45 minutes away for me. Granted, I don't go there often, thanks to my phenominally tight budget - but those times I do go there, I feel like a kid during Christmas morning...the guns, the knives and all the other sharp pointy things, the boats, the campers, the hunting and tenting gear...oh the gear...swoons...Bean, to me, it seems a little on the upscale side, at least I know it's located here in an upscale, upper-class mall around here. Cabela's is about 45 minutes away in a small town, but it's one of the largest stores of it's kind in the midwest, so to me, it's totally worth it to go to one when I need to. I can go and spend two hours there easy.
  • Starboard

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    Oct 21, 2007 4:42 PM GMT
    There are some items that will make me an LL Bean shopper forever (I've been wearing rubber moccasins since high school, yes even on sunny days -- and I still wear the Norwegian fisherman's sweater that I bought in college)...but Orvis has some great stores and products as well....
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    Oct 21, 2007 5:08 PM GMT
    The closest that we have is Sportsman's Warehouse (same stuff as Cabela's, but cheaper) and G.I. Joe. Neither one very close to me.

    What I always wonder, in those places, is just how much money do you need to spend to enjoy the outdoors? I've been using the same backpack and sleeping bag for about 30 years now. (OK, it may be time for a new sleeping bag.) I do have a fancy tent, but I'm not sure it's any better than the fifty-cent squares of plastic sheeting that that we used (if it rained) on the trail when we were teens.

    OK, I admit that at times I have spent far too much money on SCUBA gear. But even there, I'd rather spend my money to get out in the water with old gear than on buying the latest gadget.

    Umm... by the way, has anybody seen a light-weight sleeping bag anywhere that's made for extra-wide shoulders? That's the main problem with my old one - need more taper than when I was 17.
  • Lifeisgood

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    Oct 21, 2007 10:45 PM GMT
    I've been out of work for a while and have an opportunity to get a job at L.L. Bean in the I.T. department right here in Maine.

    Cabella's is on their way in too, in Scarborough, but I think in Maine, there will be a loyalty issue.

    I don't know a lot about Cabella's. I as born and raised in CT and after more than 30 years, moved to Maine.

    So I'm voting for L.L. Bean because I really need the job.

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    Oct 22, 2007 12:40 AM GMT
    I have to choose?

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    Oct 22, 2007 12:04 PM GMT
    Cabela's for the toys. The Bean catalogs that show up in my mailbox from time to time are filled with the most godawful ugly clothing imaginable. I wouldn't even waste the time to walk into a Bean store.
  • iHavok

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    Oct 22, 2007 12:33 PM GMT
    I dont have either close, so i'm indifferent. Sad huh?
  • DiverScience

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    Oct 22, 2007 1:35 PM GMT
    I order from both, mostly online. My favorite hiking boots are Bean, my favorite shorts are Cabella's.

    Both good companies.
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    Oct 22, 2007 7:34 PM GMT