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  1. I hardly think anyone is "celebrating" a business going under. And you've both, with your inside experience, helped reinforce my point as a customer; turnover, poor training and a poor corporate mission all equal failure on the company's part and that, unfortunately, leads to job loss. I don't think anyone is lighting torches chanting "down with Gander"; what we (and apparently everyone else) are chanting is give outdoorsmen something they want, and that something is not a 27% interest credit card to use on a ridiculously overpriced firearm. That clearly shouldn't be the focus and I'd be willing to bet that neither of you sought out a job at an outdoors retailer to sell someone a credit card. The fact that you learned your products while there is awesome, and based on my experience with Gander, fairly unusual. I did get great service at Gander one time. The kid was extremely helpful and I was grateful for his effort; so much that I made a point to let Gander corporate know about it. I'd never expect anyone to know every single thing about every single product, but I do expect an employee to be able to accurately tell me whether or not they carry a product and not just say "no" because they don't want to bother. The one retail job I worked at 4000 years ago taught us to say "I don't know, but if you'll hang on a second, I'll find out". Effort. Simple effort oftentimes trumps experience. The long and short of it is, that we, as consumers, are not concerned with a corporate plight or their excuses as to why they don't give consumers what they want. We simply spend our money elsewhere and that might be why Gander is in the situation they're in.
  2. Lol! Just don't get it wet.
  3. Shovel and I recently got fat bikes and like everything I do outside in the winter, my hands freeze. I had a set of handlebar pogies I bought for my snowmobile years ago, so I put them on my bike. It made a HUGE difference for me, so I wanted to make Shovel a set, too. I used the set I have as a model and reverse engineered them to learn how to make a set. These work fantastic on a snowmobile, ATV or bike. Difficulty Level: What You'll Need: 1 Yard of Denier Nylon or Polyester, Cordura,or other stiff outdoor fabric of some type for the shell. 1 Yard insulated nylon. *Alternatively, a Yard of light nylon material and a yard or heavy fusible fleece or thinsulate* Polyester thread 1" Wide Velcro (24") 1" Slider buckles (2) Reflective material (optional) Sewing machine with denim or leather needle (#14-16) Pattern Pogie Cinch.pdf pogie pattern.pdf What You'll Do: Print 2 of each PDF & cut out Tape pogie pattern at the top where it says "fold" so it looks like this: Trace pattern on shell and lining materials. *I wasn't able to find insulated material, so I made some by attaching fusible fleece to the lining material. I then sewed it on in a criss-cross pattern in 2" squares. This step is kind of time-consuming, so try to find actual insulated material if you can.* Trace the small cinch piece on shell material only. This is what you should have now: Fold long edge of liner material over like this and sew. Do the exact same for the shell. Take cinch piece and sew grosgrain around the curved edge. Loop slider buckle on one end of the fuzzy piece of velcro. Starting at the slider, sew 7" of the 12" long fuzzy piece of velcro (see photos for clarity). Stitch 4" of the prickly velcro piece to the other end of the fuzzy piece. *Optional: Center the reflective piece on the long edge of the shell & sew it on. Center the finished cinch piece on the long edge of the shell and sew. Turn shell inside out, so the "good" sides of the material are touching. Sew the curved side of the shell from the fold, all the way to the bottom. Do the exact same for the liner. Clip curve like so: Now, turn liner right side out and keep the shell inside out. Put the liner inside the shell and line up the bottom edges like this. Sew bottom of liner to bottom of shell, but DON'T sew the whole works shut! Again, clip curves. It should look like this: Pull liner down so it and the shell are bottom to bottom. Turn the shell right side out and tuck the liner inside. Take care to work out all curved edges so everything is neat and even. Sew around the perimeter, about 1/4" from the edge. So, around the bottom, up and along where the cinch piece is, over and down the other side. Then line the front seams up and stitch from the bottom of the cinch piece down to the bottom & you're finished. It should look like this when you're finished: And, on the handlebars: Let me know if you have any questions & I'll try to help you through it. Good luck!
  4. Nunnu told me about that. He said it was quite an experience, but it made him feel all out of sorts. I think it'd be cool to check out, but it'll be interesting to see where it goes in the long run. We'll probably see people on airplanes with these things on having a virtual vacation. Now that I mention it. That sounds pretty great...
  5. I saw that in the paper. It's never a good thing when competition closes, at least not for the consumer. I feel bad for the employees, but again, they certainly aren't "experts" in that field. They'd do just as well at Kwik Trip or shoveling tar. I always look at Gander Mountain as a beginner's outdoorsman's store. They cash in on people who are just getting into fishing or whatever and buy anything that looks nifty. They've got a nice selection of nifty/useless goods the more experienced folks walk right past. I think that's a huge reason most of their employees have zero knowledge. When you do need to know the ins and outs of a certain product, say a sonar, the employee will read the box to you. That's not helpful; I can read a box. It reminds me of the Harley store; they cash in on the new riders who want HD everything, right down to their morning coffee. Us experienced riders scoff at $25 a pound HD branded Folgers and buy it elsewhere for $7 a pound. We all want big box prices and mom & pop knowledge and service. I've yet to find a retailer who has both.
  6. Looks good! Good tip on the tire cleaner. That stuff has a near cult following.
  7. For those of you die hard MinnowFacers who like to see the site as it used to be, you can now choose a skin. Everything on the board is current, it's just the classic header. Simply go to the bottom of the page, click Themes, and choose The Lodge-MF.
  8. Thanks, Lef! I don't really know anything about the Tuff Coat, to be honest. I know there are different options; carpet, that bumpy vinyl stuff, fiberglass, and other coatings. Personally, I like the plush luxury of thick carpet because I like everything "just so", but if I were a blood & guts all over the place fisherman, one of the other options would probably be a better alternative (especially to my light colored carpet).
  9. Awesome step in the right direction! At least now you know where the wire goes and that the electronics work.
  10. Oh, goody! You got them! I hope they work well for you.
  11. I like it. I think as long as you market them with the "whys" of choosing these heavy spoons, it's good. Lots of casual fishermen may not get why you'd use something so heavy when it kills the action of a spoon.
  12. You know what, Cheeser? That was a great post!
  13. Hey Sean8155, Welcome to MidwestSportsman. Please feel free to browse around and get to know everyone! If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask. Feel free to introduce yourself. We're glad to have you.  Sean8155 joined on the 01/30/2017. View Member