THE SPORTSMAN'S GUIDE AMMO RIP OFF SCAM
HAVE YOU BEEN TAKEN TOO?
At the end of the summer / beginning of the fall, I ordered some ammo from The Sportsman's Guide --- a large military surplus / outdoor store located in St. Paul Minnesota. They sent part of the order almost immediately and the other part went on backorder. No big deal. I can wait. Then the Sandy Hook thing happened in mid December. As the price of ammo began to skyrocket and supplies got scarce, a good friend warned me that I would never see that order. The Sportsman's Guide is doing their best to make sure his statement was prophetic.
When you have ammo backordered with Sportsman's Guide, you do not pay for it until they actually ship the order ---- although the price is locked in. They periodically send you an email with a list of your backordered items on it asking you if you want to stay on the backorder list. When you click on the provided link, it takes you to a page that says, "Thank you for accepting the revised expected ship date on your backordered item." Unfortunately, there is no kind of proof (no email) saying that you clicked on their button. Only a message on a screen. Needless to say, this can work to their advantage.
Since I had not received an email from The Sportsman's Guide for 6 weeks or so, I decided to contact them and find out the status of my ammo order (their last revised date was for mid March). I was shocked but not really surprised by the response I got back from them telling me that I had been dropped from their backorder list. After firing off a quick email, I got this reply the next day. "Hello Russell, Thank you for your email. I understand your frustration and we appreciate your business. We are required to cancel the order, according to FTC regulations, if no response from the customers within 10 days. We are unable to reinstate the back order. According to our records, you did respond to the FTC notices that were sent in January. However, our records indicate that you did not respond to the FTC notice we sent to you via email on 2-23 or to the letter we mailed on 2-28. Unfortunately we are not currently accepting orders for item XXXXXX, as we are unsure of an expected shipment from our supplier. At this time, we have set up a notification system so that you may be informed in the event that we do have the product available for purchase. I have set you up on our notification list, and once the item is available for order, you will receive an email. We do apologize for any inconvenience this has caused. If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us. Enjoy the Outdoors! XXXX XXXXXX, Customer Service."
Not only have I responded to anything and everything I have ever received from The Sportsman's Guide, I never did get a letter from them (I do, however, get inundated by their small catalogs that always come loose --- never in an envelope). Needless to say, the price of this ammo has increased dramatically since I ordered with them (400 - 500%). I understand if they cannot get the ammo from their supplier. After all, the Obama Administration is in the process of pulling a fast one on the American People (HERE) by buying and stockpiling enough ammo to start WWIII and IV. However, I do have a problem with the way that the Sportsman's Guide is weaseling out of their obligation. If anyone else has had a similar experience being ripped off by The Sportsman's Guide Backordered Ammo Scam, drop me an email and let me know (HERE).