Originally Posted by MarcHall
They are about running off all the local vendors and then turning into a marine clothing
The "running off the local vendors" argument gets put out there a lot but then there is also endless (and often unjustified) complaining about WM having high prices and mediocre service
. How can both be true? If a local vendor can't compete with high prices and mediocre service
, why do they deserve our business? It's not quite like mainstream big box retailers undercutting Mom and Pop on mainstreet...WM is rarely undercutting their competitor's best prices. The main thing they offer that the others usually don't is a physical presence with clean and well organized stores.
It's also worth noting that some of the online/mail order alternatives mentioned were and in many ways still are "local" vendors to certain geographic areas of the country. They were the small vendors who happened to get into mail order and eventually online selling at the right place and time while many of their counterparts waited too long, if they even tried at all.
To the extent that the remaining local traditional chandleries are being squeezed, WM deserves no more or less of the blame than other online marine vendors small and large, Amazon, Walmart, Bass Pro, etc. who are all vying for whatever piece of the marine market they can get into.