Have you noticed? It seems every day we find that we can buy more items on the internet. Cars, college degrees, and now even pizza. And even more surprising, I read the other day that even the big box stores such as Costco and Sam’s Club are being squeezed out by other online wholesalers. And the future is un-predicable for many more.
How about our fishing industry? Yup, there are now dozens of online tackle suppliers selling every type of tackle and gear on the market at discount prices. Even the very manufacturers have gotten in line with the parade. Seems everyone wants a piece of the angler’s dollar.
What most anglers are finding is that the online retailer’s prices are either equal or even cheaper than that of the local tackle shops plus as a bonus they receive free shipping.
So now what does a local tackle shop do in this killer market to survive?
It’s called provide customer service. It’s the same customer service they have been providing long before the online marketers started wowing the angler away for their business.
Local tackle shops employ many local professional anglers. And for good reason. These local anglers know the waters, fish and what is takes to catch them. What equipment and lure work best? Best times, tides and locations. This is stuff you can’t find on any web site. And the best part – all of this information is free to anyone who either walks in the door or calls.
Fresh bait and fresh fishing reports are the news of the day. Try finding these on the web sites.
Finally, we all know online suppliers can sell us the same tackle and gear that we buy from a local guys a lot cheaper but the online guys can’t supply us with the advice we need to go with it.
If we continue to buy on line at a discount and only go to the tackle shop for advice, the tackle shops will disappear.
Let’s support our local tackle shops every chance we get. They have a lot to offer, all you have to do is ask them.
But only you can make that choice.
Until Next Time – Tightlines – Capt. Tony