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Saturday, December 01, 2018

Dick's has corporate cancer

Social Justice Convergence strikes again. Please to unveil your shocked face:
Dick’s Sporting Goods took a firm, anti-gun stance. Oh, it’ll still sell guns, but it’ll only sell “approved” guns, the kind that anti-gunners generally pretend are fine. At least until they get around to demanding those be banned too.

When Dick’s made its announcement that it would not sell AR-15s at any of its stores going forward and that it would discriminate against legal adults looking to buy long guns, gun rights advocates called for a boycott. It was answered. So much so that the company has been reeling from the lost revenues.

It’s now to the point that the company is considering cutting out all of its hunting merchandise.
They might as well. Those customers are gone, they are never coming back, and there will be no new customers to replace them.

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66 Comments:

Blogger carnaby December 01, 2018 5:27 PM  

It wasn't that they stopped selling AR-15's that drove me away, it was the smug virtue signaling around it. I bought a nice higher end baseball glove from them earlier that year. Never going back for any reason.

Blogger Theproductofafineeduction December 01, 2018 5:31 PM  

It’s interesting that the writer mused about getting gun owners to band together to buyout Dicks when they inevitably collapse to the police my they have to sell.

Wonder how viable his is and if there might be a right wing crowd investing opportunity?

Blogger Warunicorn December 01, 2018 5:39 PM  

I would much rather shop locally anyway. I took my requisite gun saftey class right in the independently-owned store I'll get a discount from.

F*ck converged, corporate chains.

Blogger Warunicorn December 01, 2018 5:40 PM  

*Safety. I need coffee. lol

Blogger Justin Bailey December 01, 2018 5:41 PM  

They are going for the blue hair pink hat hunting crowd, let's see how it works out for them.

@1 They could have said they were cutting weapon sales to focus on sports and outfitting, and most people wouldn't have noticed. Instead they just can't help announcing how much more virtuous they are than you.

Blogger Daniel Paul Grech Pereira December 01, 2018 5:43 PM  

They have a problem with people shooting holes into sheets of paper with targets printed on them.

Blogger haus frau December 01, 2018 5:43 PM  

PETA gives them a gold star for hunting safety.


Blogger tz December 01, 2018 5:45 PM  

They are replacing it with Yoga equipment.
They can even have a mascot - Yoga bear along with boo-boo.

Blogger Xellos December 01, 2018 5:47 PM  

Justin Bailey wrote:@1 They could have said they were cutting weapon sales to focus on sports and outfitting, and most people wouldn't have noticed. Instead they just can't help announcing how much more virtuous they are than you.

Never interrupt your enemy when he's making a mistake.

Blogger tz December 01, 2018 5:48 PM  

Business lesson of the year: Don't be a Dick's.

Blogger Mr.MantraMan December 01, 2018 5:51 PM  

The virtue signaling got me, total goof mode, Tom Arnold level of goof mode.

Blogger tz December 01, 2018 5:54 PM  

One thing not noticed is it was a "soft" boycott.

Unlike the leftist trumpets, the right just went to Cabelas, Bass Pro, or their local dealers and avoided Dick's. The left deals with virtue signal extortion like Jesse Jackson PUSHes. The right just stops shopping at places that hate them. Permanently.

Blogger Hammerli280 December 01, 2018 5:58 PM  

When you commit the folly of Liberalism, there is a price to pay. And I suspect Dick's has only begun to realize the full toll.

Blogger Mr.MantraMan December 01, 2018 6:01 PM  

Now if the Connedservatives would stop shopping at the outfits who think race mixing propaganda is our highest virtue.

Blogger Snidely Whiplash December 01, 2018 6:03 PM  

There's a gun store near my daughter's house with a huge banner out front:
"WE HAVE AR-15S BECAUSE WE'RE NOT DICK'S"

Blogger DJT December 01, 2018 6:10 PM  

The family that owns Dicks are huge leftists. They don't have public shares so they can do what they want. If the company goes under they'll gleefully go down like martyrs.

Blogger Verne December 01, 2018 6:26 PM  

They grew enamored of the high margins they received on their outdoor apparel and golf supplies. And forgot who most of their base clientele was made up of. Management is so far removed from the type of person who shopped at Dicks. They made a decision that was popular with their friends and family. None of whom would want to be seen with the type of people who hunt and fish.

I sure they will blame Amazon

Blogger Crew December 01, 2018 6:30 PM  

I hope the boycott extends to their other merchandise.

It would be good to see them simply go bankrupt.

Blogger Ken S. December 01, 2018 6:30 PM  

Dick's now caters to the "urban" market for flashy negro sports clothing. Academy Sports always had better prices on guns anyway.

Blogger Jack Amok December 01, 2018 6:37 PM  

I sure they will blame Amazon

And Trump. Trade war, y'know.

Blogger Warunicorn December 01, 2018 6:54 PM  

@Snidely

Best. Banner. Ever. lol

Blogger Random #57 December 01, 2018 7:00 PM  

They're so anti-gun they didn't just cut evil black rifles from their offerings, they cut up their inventory of them. Physically destroyed them.

Blogger JAG December 01, 2018 7:21 PM  

This week's episode of "Get Woke, Go Broke."

You would think there would be enough examples by now, but apparently we will have to burn through virtually every large company before the message is made crystal clear. The fact that even Star Wars was ruined should have been the end of it, but NPC types simply cannot deviate from their programming.

Blogger Ford Prefect December 01, 2018 7:25 PM  

@6: what do you have against sheets of paper? Sheets of paper have rights too you know.

Ow. I think I bit my tongue while it was in my cheek.

Blogger Random #57 December 01, 2018 7:27 PM  

@23 JAG and others: I don't think you understand, these people would much rather lose money than status. Star Wars, though, was deliberately ruined, too "good", white, and male for Kathleen "The Force is Female" Kennedy and the hacks she hired. I'm sure the (((leadership))) of Walt Disney is not entirely displeased as well.

Blogger van helsing December 01, 2018 7:41 PM  

dick's was a full-on cabal house, and a loss leader. so yes, they werent in it to make moneu.

Blogger Bruce December 01, 2018 7:43 PM  

Doesn't walmart have the same ammo policy as dicks?

Blogger Damelon Brinn December 01, 2018 7:44 PM  

We just wanted to play video games and shoot things.

Blogger Unknown December 01, 2018 8:04 PM  

Maybe yoga mat sales will make up the difference?

Blogger The Deplorable Podunk Ken Ramsey December 01, 2018 8:04 PM  

What do they think they are going to make money on? Canoes?

Blogger DJT December 01, 2018 8:12 PM  

Not with their insane return policy. They'll refund kid's baseball cleats that were used for a whole season.

Blogger Rough Carrigan December 01, 2018 8:12 PM  

There are a couple of these stores within 5 miles of me. I used to go in to buy ammo, other sporting goods and workout clothes mostly because their locations are very convenient for me. But since their show of political correctness I not only don't buy ammo there, I don't go in their stores at all.

Blogger Doktor Jeep December 01, 2018 8:15 PM  

Cutting off all hunting merch.... so basically just be another Target store.
And we never forgive. We never forget.

Blogger Derrick Bonsell December 01, 2018 8:42 PM  

Don't buy Field and Stream either. Dicks owns them.

Blogger Meng Greenleaf December 01, 2018 8:50 PM  

Ever since seeing that CNN meme that showed the religious affiliation of its main TV personalities, I've thought it'd be nice to have an app that lets me know where and I do not want to spend my money.

Not watching SoyWars for example. Or patroning SoyBucks. Or Dickless'es. Of course, living overseas I don't have this problem, but anyway. Time is short, lets try not to feed the enemy'' army....

Blogger Ned December 01, 2018 8:56 PM  

From Dick's Sporting Goods to Dicks Discount Golf in one year.

Blogger Mindcrime2015 December 01, 2018 9:01 PM  

Meng, go to 2ndvote. That might give you what you are looking for.

Blogger Jack Amok December 01, 2018 9:48 PM  

dick's was a full-on cabal house,

Yeah, probably should've been a tip-off that they'd go with such a vulgar double-entendre for their name.

Blogger inthebriarpatch December 01, 2018 11:13 PM  

Yep. I will never buy anything from Dicks again. Ever. And I previously spent a lot there. One purchase was a $1,200 hunting canoe.

I wouldn't buy pi$$ there if I needed it to extinguish my a$$ on fire.

Blogger inthebriarpatch December 01, 2018 11:16 PM  

My central KY Walmart still sells a variety of ammo.

Blogger inthebriarpatch December 01, 2018 11:17 PM  

Ha. I just commented above that I once bought a high end hunting canoe from them. Never again.

Blogger Stg58/Animal Mother December 01, 2018 11:40 PM  

I'll gladly drive another hour to hit up Golf Galaxy for my Taylormade RBZ driver. My RBZ 9 degree 3 hybrid is awesome, and my best club. Hoping the driver version is just as effective in my hands.

Also, now I don't have to hear my oldest son run through the front door of Dick's yelling "I love Dick's!"

Blogger cyrus83 December 02, 2018 12:11 AM  

@42

Unfortunately Dick's owns Golf Galaxy as well and has for well over a decade.

Blogger Stg58/Animal Mother December 02, 2018 12:21 AM  

Damn you, Cyrus.

I guess I'm going to Golfsmith. Or something.

Blogger Bad Attitude December 02, 2018 12:29 AM  

@19 Ken S.: Dick's now caters to the "urban" market for flashy negro sports clothing. Academy Sports always had better prices on guns anyway.

While the Academy Sports still sells guns and ammunition, they are largely a sports clothing store. The Academy near me is always full of illegals buying shoes and urban youth buying sports clothing.

While I had occasionally gone into Dick's to buy minor things, I have never gone into a Dick's since late 2012 when they canceled the orders of customers who had ordered and paid for AR-15s during their Black Friday sale.

I hope Dick's goes out of business.

Blogger Stg58/Animal Mother December 02, 2018 12:33 AM  

Academy has a lot of Magpul stuff, metric shit tons of fishing crap, sports equipment for my kids' basketball, soccer, and baseball seasons, gun sales, camping, etc. It's a great store. It's no Fleet Farm, but it ain't bad.

Blogger SciVo December 02, 2018 1:49 AM  

Ironically, Dick's has boob cancer.

Blogger Thanks, J. December 02, 2018 2:17 AM  

Dickless Sporting Goods.

That's their name now, btw. Spread the word.

Blogger wreckage December 02, 2018 3:45 AM  

Corporate Dick Cancer.

Blogger Rhys December 02, 2018 5:56 AM  

It's nice to see the right boycotting things, but confusing to see them boycotting Dick's effectively for their anti-gun stance, yet doing nothing to boycott hollywood despite it's anti-literally-everything-good stance.

Blogger SciVo December 02, 2018 6:16 AM  

Are we not? I am. Why are people like Kathleen Kennedy letting their freak flags fly, if not because they have nothing left to lose at this point?

I stopped watching any TV or movies years ago, including Netflix. Not because of any principled stance, either. I just... lost interest. Their predictability is boring.

Blogger Gunnar von Cowtown December 02, 2018 8:45 AM  

@34 Good point. How is the phasing out of hunting equipment supposed to work, though? Will they change the name to "Just Stream"?

Blogger The Lab Manager December 02, 2018 8:54 AM  

Such a dumb stance that in the end also hurts the employees who may need or want a job and communities that get some tax revenue from their business.

Blogger Random #57 December 02, 2018 8:59 AM  

@53 The Lab Manager:

Such a dumb stance that in the end also hurts the employees who may need or want a job and communities that get some tax revenue from their business.

The sort of people who are willing to work at a store that sells guns and hunting stuff? The owners probably hate them even more than they hate gun owners, since they have a direct and constant relationship with them that they can't escape until they're "forced" to lay them off. Communities which have significant populations of gun owners and hunters? Also something they hate.

Blogger Daniel December 02, 2018 12:07 PM  

Same. How many of us are out there I wonder. Wife is full Netflix thought

Blogger Alphaeus December 02, 2018 1:34 PM  

Dick's will focus on selling balls.

Blogger David Ray Milton December 02, 2018 2:21 PM  

Used to be a regular customer there, however, usually for workout gear and equipment and not for guns (Bass Pro!). I haven’t spent a dime there since their virtue signal and am glad to see that others are doing the same.

Blogger Lobert E. Ree December 02, 2018 5:51 PM  

"Cut off Dick's".

Blogger Dirk Manly December 02, 2018 10:31 PM  

@22

"They're so anti-gun they didn't just cut evil black rifles from their offerings, they cut up their inventory of them. Physically destroyed them."

That's what they say. I doubt it unless someone shows me video of Dick's personnel, in company attire, doing so.

Blogger Dirk Manly December 02, 2018 10:38 PM  

@52

"@34 Good point. How is the phasing out of hunting equipment supposed to work, though? Will they change the name to "Just Stream"?"

Dick's Stream.

Blogger Dirk Manly December 02, 2018 10:40 PM  

@53

"Such a dumb stance that in the end also hurts the employees who may need or want a job and communities that get some tax revenue from their business."

Leftists consider that to be a feature, not a bug. Remember, they ABHOR rural people just as much as Lenin wanted every Kulak not just dead, but dead AND FORGOTTEN, and he wasn't too wild about farmers, either.

Blogger Zaklog the Great December 02, 2018 11:45 PM  

Why is the store named Dicks?

Because clearly they have no balls.

Blogger Will December 03, 2018 12:45 AM  

@59:
IIRC, due to their idiocy regarding their first AR-15 screwup (see#45), no vendor would sell them any guns without a "no-return" contract. No idea if they are able to wholesale them to try to recover costs, but virtue signaling might have been their only legal recourse.
BTW, there are very specific legal rules to follow when destroying guns. I suspect that Dicks is unaware of this.

Blogger Dirk Manly December 03, 2018 1:22 AM  

@64

"BTW, there are very specific legal rules to follow when destroying guns. I suspect that Dicks is unaware of this."

If that turns out to be the case, it will be funny if the BATF runs an audit on them, and they can't produce any subsequent documentation for all those AR-15's they received.

Blogger Random #57 December 03, 2018 7:35 AM  

@59 Dirk Manly:

@22

"They're so anti-gun they didn't just cut evil black rifles from their offerings, they cut up their inventory of them. Physically destroyed them."

That's what they say. I doubt it unless someone shows me video of Dick's personnel, in company attire, doing so.


If so, that they felt like virtue signaling this is still telling.

@63 Will:

@59:
IRC, due to their idiocy regarding their first AR-15 screwup (see#45), no vendor would sell them any guns without a "no-return" contract. No idea if they are able to wholesale them to try to recover costs, but virtue signaling might have been their only legal recourse.


Hard to imagine their being so stupid as to sign contacts that they couldn't sell off surplus inventory, but nothing we've seen about their handling of guns shows them being smart about business.

Blogger Dirk Manly December 03, 2018 6:32 PM  

@65

"Hard to imagine their being so stupid as to sign contacts that they couldn't sell off surplus inventory, but nothing we've seen about their handling of guns shows them being smart about business."

Or they're really so stupid that they believe that destroying supply (their inventory) will somehow reduce demand, and/or raise prices for products which are currently being manufactured.

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