Alright, just some thought and wanted some input here on what you guys think about this.
Real Example One:
Was at a store the other day (not a retail or chain) , very well known in Eagle River, and asked if they carried Vortex Nomad spotting scopes. The owner said he never heard of em' and said if he had never heard of em' they are probably pieces of crap. I informed him that I know a few sheep hunters that use them, and they say they do very well for their hunts, very clear, light weight and weather proof like most high end brands.
He got another guy who supposedly knew about glass, and told me the same thing the owner said: "There pieces of S***!! They wont last long in the weather and will break." These guys where getting pretty upset about some brand they never heard of, and just trashing it.
I asked him where he was getting his information and he could not give me a reasonable and factual answer. The owner said I be better off with a Leopold or Pentax. I told him both are a very good alternatives, but did not want to pay thousands of dollars for a spotting scope where one could spend just under 500 dollars for a pretty decent one.
I left the store, kinda perplexed, about just what happened in there. I happen to own a Vortex 10X42 Diamondback bi-nos, and they do very well for me while hunting I have used them in down pours, all day rain and moist conditions, and have had no issues with them. They are very comparable to other higher brands, just a little more affordable. Spending $900 dollars on a pair of bi-nos does not make them better than a $350 dollar pair in some cases.
These guys at this store do know there stuff, and I have talked to them many times before, but just because you sell sell certain brands of glass, scopes etc, does not mean you are an expert in that field.
Vortex is a fine product and I would recommend it to a hunter on a budget who could pay a little more that $300 for a good glassing option.
Lesson to be learned: The little guys sometimes just don't know and trash alternative options that work just as well.
RESEARCH RESEARCH RESEARCH!!!
Real Example Two:
As everyone here knows about the BIGGEST retail outdoor store here in, AK, this story takes place at the gun counter in this store. One of the guys that works there, is a great guy and really knows his stuff. He use to work at another gun counter in a big store in Anchorage. He should have his own shop.
I have talked hours with him over rifles, pistols, loads, holsters etc; I have even tested his knowledge about certain loads in this and that, and he just blows me away with his knowledge. He also trains people to handle to handguns and to be a proficient shooter.
He isn't very biased on different brands, and has owned a lot of guns over the years. He is very fair on the pros and cons of different models and basically points out: Its what you feel comfortable with".
Every time I see him, we shoot off about the gun world. My wife just shakes her head when we are in our own little world. I am sure this happens to others as well!
He has been very helpful and even recommends other places for a product if his store does not have them or carry them. I would stamp him as an expert and a go to guy.
Lesson Learned: Sometimes you can find that rare gem in those big box stores of unpolished gems
Real Example Three:
So I went into Wally World the other day to pick up a Okuma Rod/Reel combo for the wife to learn how to fly fish Its a fairly cheap set up about $80 bucks, and a good newbie set up.
I was being adventurous that day so I played dumb for the lady at the counter in the sports department. All I can say is WOW!!!! I asked the lady about the Okuma combo for fly rods and where they were located. She first took me to the spinning reels/rods section. I told here I was looking for a fly fishing combo. So she then took me over to the fly fishing set up, and showed me the fly rods. I told her I was looking for the combo.
She was looking for the combo and pulled out the Okuma set up I was looking for but said this wasn't the combo. The combo came with a tackle box she said. I pointed out the product tag to her and said this is a combo, it says so here on your price sticker. "Oooh" was the reply.
I decided I could not go any further on my antics, she really is a very nice lady, and thanked her for her help and finished up getting my leader line , and some sink tip for the wife's new rod/reel. She has been very helpful looking for things in the past, but does not have the knowledge or expertise to answer questions about most of the products for sale.
Lesson Learned: No Experts at All, You are the Expert.
Lets here your stories. I am curious about others experience with this.