Why to avoid:
- -Items not properly restocked, especially common hook sizes
-No live bait
-No customer service (you could ask the shotgun counter guy, I guess)
-Low quality merch.
Why to use the local shop instead:
- -Supports a local business, easy one
-Good shops don't price gouge, and are only slightly higher than the Mart
-Not factory rejected merchandise
-Live bait, supports a local fisherman too
-Customer service: get help and buy the right tackle the first time
-Free fishing report
There is a rumor that one of the popular bait shops in Tampa Bay is folding. Its just a rumor, so I'm not repeating the name, but it kills me to hear it. Let's stop buying the garbage Walmart is pushing off as name-brand product. Walmart brow-beats their vendors into selling at a loss, but assures them it will be made up in volume. They have no choice but to push down quality.
Maybe I'm being a conspiracy theorist, but it seems like my Mustads are different depending on where I buy them.