There is no deal at the goose…
How many stores?
This many (126):
So I visited my local Gander to see if there were, in fact, any deals to be had.
While the apparel, fishing, and camping gear was marked down 10-30 percent, there was no mark down on their already high (close to if not exceeding MSRP) prices on new guns and ammo.
Talk about a bummer.
Speaking to the gun guys in the back, I was told that sometime next week after inventory they may start marking down guns and ammo. I would imagine a big FFL would come in and offer one price for the whole lot across 126 stores, which, if you imagine there are a good 500~ or so guns at each location, would be on the order of 60,000~ guns, which is likely the purpose of the very specific gun and ammo inventory and no mark down. Of course, that is just my speculation, and if I see/hear otherwise, I will pass it on.
In the meantime, it is not hard to see why they went belly up by perusing their used gun section.
They had a Yugo SKS for $499, a sporterized (!) Enfield .303 for $399, a VZ 52– with the really bad Century black paint coating they used to cover up just how bad the wood was on import — for $599, and a rack of Swiss K31s with dark bores for $499. Friggen yikes.
Sorry in advance for the crappy phone pics.
In the end, I feel bad for Gander’s workforce. Their company let them down with a bad model and really could have done better, especially with the unprecedented gun sales of the past eight years.