MEC sold to private investment firm

Discussion in 'Canada' started by jfman, Sep 15, 2020.

  1. 250senuf

    250senuf Long timer

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    Yup. I kept voting but made a point of NOT voting for the board's recommended candidates. Have to wonder how the resolutions that gave the board more power and the members less passed.
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  2. sturgeon

    sturgeon Long timer

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    Yeah, you could be right. My local outdoor store has been having issues with spotty deliveries from suppliers. For the last 10 years or more, I've been going to the local guy and only using MEC when the local doesn't have what I want.

    It's not only outdoor gear; I went by a local lumber place on Saturday that had a big sign out front saying NO LUMBER. Poor buggers.
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  3. HatesSnow

    HatesSnow Waiting for Summer

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    I emailed them last week about cancelling my membership and deleting all my info from their files. They emailed me back on the weekend and said it would be no problem and that none of my info would be passed on to the purchaser once I had confirmed that I wanted to cancel and delete my membership and info.
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  4. CanadianX

    CanadianX Don’t leave a steaming pile for others.

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    Stopped going to MEC two years ago when they bowed to the puddle deep consciousness of the woke crowd that threatening a boycott if they didn't stop selling product with links to fire arms manufacturers. For many years there hasn't been anything to distinguish them from any other outdoor retailer, well except higher prices that come with having to pay for splashy bricks and mortar storefronts.
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  5. Some_Dude

    Some_Dude Been here awhile

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    Last week I heard a 2x4 was going for $8 each.

    I’m curious where the bottlenecks are and how long it will take the backlogs to clear?
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  6. 250senuf

    250senuf Long timer

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    I've heard it's all going south to the states devastated by wildfires.
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  7. Drif10

    Drif10 Accredited Jackass

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    Heard from my contractor, as well as was reading an article about this back in the summer, that with all the vacations that weren't happening, and folks staying home, that they've been doing renos. My guy said he hasn't been able to get any pressure treated wood since the spring.
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  8. WOLF1090R

    WOLF1090R Adventurer

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    This ^^^^^- I grew up in Calgary and still have MEC branded gear from the 80"s, still though, nothing like it was. Back then their own gear was competitively priced and as good or better than the name brand stuff. That disappeared long ago. Not surprised and not disappointed.
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  9. kruzuki

    kruzuki Gear in the Machine

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    Been a member since they came to Toronto in 1985. Did a lot of canoe tripping and it was the go-to place for gear. I still have my MEC backpack, duffel bag and a fleece bandanna that Ive had for over 30 years that I still wear on every motorcycle ride unless it’s hot out!
    My more recent trips to MEC haven’t been inspiring. High priced clothing which I can source for less at many other places. Same with gear.
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  10. Snipified

    Snipified Pew Pew Supporter

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    The Winnipeg location is a joke. Employees have no knowledge about their product. I heard "refer to the online store" at least a dozen times in one visit.
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  11. 1bigrn

    1bigrn Been here awhile

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    I'm happy to see them go, anti hunting/firearms. They recently built all new stores in Ontario. I thought they were already associated with REI in the usa.
    In Ontario they closed many of their locations from the start of the pandemic.
    I prefer to shop independent or SAIL.
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  12. C-Stain

    C-Stain Long timer

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    I’m a Member. Haven’t purchased anything there because of the outrageous prices, and have picked up what I’ve needed cheaper at Cabela’s across the bridge.

    One of the Diagnostic Imaging Techs and his spouse are opening their own local store in March 2021. They will get my business in the future.
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  13. Cowtowner

    Cowtowner Been here awhile Supporter

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    They're still advertising themselves as having CPAWS as one of their "key partners". Not a friend of off highway vehicle use in Alberta to put it mildly.
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  14. Rinty

    Rinty Been here awhile

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    Well, at least I was able to acquire some nice pieces there, over the years....
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  15. powdrdog

    powdrdog Adventurer Supporter

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    Happy to inform all that the South Calgary location that just opened a couple of years ago is now closed, emptied and has a Colliers sign on it. I wen there a couple times because it was so close to where I live, but with next to no selection and having to order everything in, I decided to just shop elsewhere, like Campers Village.
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  16. kirbybikes

    kirbybikes Been here awhile

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  17. blueeyedogre

    blueeyedogre n00b

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    I used to buy a ton of stuff at MEC. Good products at decent price. Their "house brand" clothing was well made, decent priced and lasted forever. Now I don't think they even make their own line anymore and what they do carry is ridiculously over priced...... $150 for a pair of glorified windbreaker pants?!? I used to buy their RAD Pants for $30 a pair. They lost their way a while back and became a boutique store like a lululemon or the like. A store of upper and upper middle class to make themselves look "outdoorsy".
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  18. Cowtowner

    Cowtowner Been here awhile Supporter

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    MEC is not a friend of the OHV community.
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