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Let's talk online fishing retailers.

If you guys go online to buy fishing gear:

1. Where do you go

2. Why do you go there

3. Whats important to you? Price? Selection? Other stuff (videos, tips)

4. If you don't do any shopping online...why not?

Let's hear your thoughts.

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TW gets all my business. They seem to always have what I am looking for and at a decent price. Plus you get free shipping on orders over $50 which most of my orders are. Their shipping is rather quick too.

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TW is the top site ordered from for me. Free shipping at $50, and the sales a few times a year is great. Pretty deep selection and they carry the Powell rods.

NorthStar for all my jigs.

Cabelas also when I can leverage a discount or their Visa card points.

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Yes, TW is #1 for sure. Then Cabela's because I have their visa card and get free stuff.

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I buy local when I can - Thornes, Joe's or Capra's.

If I can't, it's usually something I can't get locally like Japanese fluoro or certain lures, then it's usually TW, occasionally The Tackle Trap, especially for reel parts, etc.

Also, Christopherson's for bulk plastics, North Star for swim jigs and football jigs, and Northland for all sorts of stuff.

Very rarely Bass Pro. Basically, once a year and only for the Silent Series 5s which I can't seem to reliably find anywhere else.

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The EEEEEE Bay

I don't mind getting used stuff. I enjoy looking at stuff. Right now it is in my daily routine to look through everything that comes up on my Saved Searches.

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Like most, TW is #1. Great CS, great prices, fast and free shipping over 50$, and great to talk with if you have questions. Also if you order rods online like I do you will notice TW puts in a great deal of effort to pack them carefully so they wont break, more so than any other place i've ordered from. I do order some stuff online from BTD as well. The only time I do Cabelas is when my points accumulate and I can order everything free. Lastly, Northstar Custom Baits for all my jigs.

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When it comes to buying gear Im just looking for who can give me the best deal possible. I dont think Ive ever paid retail for a rod or reel. I usually grab things at sportshows or wait for the newest models to hit and pick up older versions at a discounts or as sales pop up.

When I do shop online Tackle Warehouse is usually the first place I click, not sure why though, name recognition or habit maybe?

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Tackle warehouse for me as well. Free t shirt on orders over 150$ I get basically all my shirts there I have 4 gray ones already this year.

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TW is my favorite online store...otherwise retail for quick pickups and cabelas or bass pro when they have good sales.

One other great thing about TW is you don't pay sales tax...adds up to a good chunk of money over a year.

Does TW do free shipping on rods?

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TW or BTD because of the selection and sales. I was recently in San Fran for work, and found an awesome store called Hi's. They had all the Japanese baits we don't see here in stores and have a great online presence. For me, I like to know if I call with a question, someone with experience is gonna answer the phone and be able to answer my question.

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Does TW do free shipping on rods?

yup

TW usually has everything I'm looking for, other places carry this but not that or not a certain size etc...but its rare TW doesn't have all I want in one stop shopping.

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I get most of my bulk plastics from Chistopherson's here in Alex. Like a number of others I also use TW and BPS. The other one I use quite often is Northern Bass Supply.

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Offering some program like Amazon Prime would help on-line tackle companies generate business. I think Prime is like $70 a year and you get free two day shipping on all items that qualify (most do). I would order from TW more if the free shipping threshold was lower than $50. I often times have smaller orders and the shipping is as much as what I'm buying.

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So, Amazon prime is $79 but you get other Amazon based perks along with that. What do you think a company could add in to make it worth it, or would it just make sense to make it $49 rather than $79?

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3point5 just added YUM, Lindy, Bomber, Rebel, and Heddon. I just put in this order lol!

Bomber Fat Free Shad Square Lip - 3/4 oz Dance's Pearl White, 3/4 oz, 3" 1

Bomber Fat Free Shad Square Lip - 1/2 oz Dance's Pearl White, 1/2 oz, 2 1/2" 1

Bomber Fat Free Shad Square Lip - 3/4 oz Ghost Shad, 3/4 oz, 3" 1

Bomber Fat Free Shad Square Lip - 3/4 oz Pearl Shad, 3/4 oz, 3" 1

Bomber Fat Free Shad (Silent BD8SF) - 3/4 oz, 21 g Bama Shad, 3/4 oz, 21 g, 3", 7.62 cm, 17 - 19 ft, #2 Tx3 1

BOOYAH Swim n Jig 1/2 oz Black Blue, 1/2 oz, 1/2 oz, 4/0 Tx3 2

BOOYAH Swim n Jig 3/8 oz White Shad, 3/8 oz, 3/8 oz, 4/0 Tx3 3

YUM Craw Chunk - 3.75" Black Neon, 3.75" 1

YUM Craw Chunk - 3.75" Ultimate Craw, 3.75" 1

YUM Craw Chunk - 2.75" Ultimate Craw, 2.75" 1

YUM Craw Chunk - 3.75" Virgo Blue, 3.75" 1

YUM F2 Craw Papi - 4.5" Virgo Red, 4.5" 1

BOOYAH Swim n Jig 1/2 oz White Shad, 1/2 oz, 1/2 oz, 4/0 Tx3 2 1.79

BOOYAH Swim n Jig 1/2 oz Black Chartreuse, 1/2 oz, 1/2 oz, 4/0 Tx3 2

BOOYAH Swim n Jig 1/2 oz Black Brown, 1/2 oz, 1/2 oz, 4/0 Tx3 2

BOOYAH Swim n Jig 3/8 oz Black Chartreuse, 3/8 oz, 3/8 oz, 4/0 Tx3 2

BOOYAH Swim n Jig 3/8 oz Black Brown, 3/8 oz, 3/8 oz, 4/0 Tx3 1

YUM F2 Craw Papi - 2.75" Bream, 2.75" 1

YUM F2 Craw Papi - 3.75" Crawdad, 3.75" 1

YUM F2 Craw Papi - 3.75" Junebug, 3.75" 1

YUM F2 Dinger - 7" Smoke Pearl Laminate, 7" 1

YUM F2 Dinger - 7" Junebug, 7" 1

YUM F2 Dinger - 7" Bama Bug, 7" 1

BOOYAH Double Willow Blade 1/2 oz Wounded Shad, 1/2 oz, 1/2 oz, 5/0 Mustad 1

BOOYAH Moon Talker 3/4 oz Black/Silver Flake, 3/4 oz, 3/4 oz, 5/0 Mustad 1

BOOYAH Moon Talker 1/2 oz Black/Silver Flake, 1/2 oz, 1/2 oz, 5/0 Mustad 1

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I have yet to buy tackle on an online retailer, usually because if I'm buying something it's because I lost a lure and need a replacement ASAP.

I also have a habit of buying TONS of plastics when they go on sale, and then not needing to buy anymore for a while. I still have bags and bags of Tiki worms I got for $1 a piece a few years ago. smile

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