MemberDecember 18, 2019 at 1:15 am
I wasn’t aware of this until recently, so I figured it may have slipped under some radars.
REI halted selling certain products including Camelbak products because the parent company, Vista, also owned Savage Arms. Savage Arms refused to take part in the national conversation about “common sense solutions” regarding “modern sporting rifles”. They used their leverage to hurt Vista’s profits, which led to them selling off Savage Arms to get their products back on REI shelves. They also praise the actions of Wal-Mart and Dick’s, which I know haven’t been very popular around here.
[Prior to Vista selling Savage](https://newsroom.rei.com/company-information/statements/rei-statement-on-relationship-with-vista-outdoor.htm)
[Update after the sale](https://newsroom.rei.com/company-information/statements/update-rei-statement-on-relationship-with-vista-outdoor.htm)
I’m not telling anyone to boycott REI, but I know that I won’t be shopping there anymore. I’ve been a member for over a decade and have spent thousands of dollars there. It’s a shame that in the current political climate I may run out of places to shop…
SniperGX1GuestDecember 18, 2019 at 1:16 am
I could boycott very few places that went anti gun. I haven’t set foot in a Walmart in over a decade so I could never claim to “boycott” them. REI is definitely one of those places my family used to spend a lot of money, I won’t be returning as a customer. I cut up my REI membership card and mailed it to their corporate HQ with a letter about my feelings about the matter and how as a company in the US they have a “social responsibility” to take part in following the constitution and preserving the second amendment. Especially a company in the outdoor gear vertical.
I’m sure they don’t care, this wasn’t about guns, it was about trying to force customers to adopt their cheap made in china store brand shit instead of name brand.
FFx7UpX3cWGuestDecember 18, 2019 at 1:16 am
They stopped selling Giro bicycle helmets because Vista was the parent company. REI opposes defensive tools of all forms.
Grynch999GuestDecember 18, 2019 at 1:16 am
No shit, sherlock.
REI sells overpriced jackets and shitty climbing gear to PACNOR area boomers and dumbass urbanites who decided to move to the country but who are then surprised to find that it smells like livestock shit and all their neighbors have loads of guns.
N0_Tr3bbl3GuestDecember 18, 2019 at 1:16 am
Just start buying your baseball bats from Amazon and shopping for guns at local mom and pop gun stores. (Or mom and mom, it’s 2019, we shouldn’t be judging) These “sports equipment superstores” all wind up with the same half-decent store brand garbage that’s just a waste of money when it breaks halfway through the season.
Bourbon_N_BulletsGuestDecember 18, 2019 at 1:16 am
You mean a bunch of hippy, tree hugging, glampers don’t like guns? Color me shocked
CdwollanGuestDecember 18, 2019 at 1:16 am
Unfortunately their desired customer base is the bougie white suburban/urban market which doesn’t value gun rights.
For everybody else, there seems to be the Cabelas and Sportsmans of the world.
jabroni1kenobiGuestDecember 18, 2019 at 1:16 am
I know PayPal and eBay have shitty political stances too, but I encourage everyone to support small business and buy from eBay, new or used, for just about anything you don’t need to put your hands on before purchasing.
MedicineStick4570GuestDecember 18, 2019 at 1:16 am
I stopped buying from them when all that went down. That’s fine though, Sportsman Warehouse opened up a store in my town and they sell some neat stuff.
RadioFreeColoradoGuestDecember 18, 2019 at 1:16 am
All the shit you could get at REI you can get from Sportsman’s Warehouse or Cabela’s or any workwear store. REI is where people go to spend exorbitant amounts of money to go outside.
lhauckphxGuestDecember 18, 2019 at 1:16 am
Here I thought things were looking up when the AZ stores took down their “no firearms” signs.
NYStaeofmindGuestDecember 18, 2019 at 1:16 am
I’m never gonna buy another REI product again. I’m sorry I did business with them in the past.
LockyBalboaPrimeGuestDecember 18, 2019 at 1:16 am
REI also does a LOT more behind the scenes. They are actively moving against firearm retailers that are totally unrelated to them and making it much harder for them to do business.
poindextergGuestDecember 18, 2019 at 1:16 am
I’ve always gone to a local store that carries that sort of stuff. I don’t know they’re 2A opinions, but they haven’t put up signs stopping conceal or open carry, and they haven’t seemed to stop selling any particular products for political reasons. A lot of these types are very liberal, so it wouldn’t surprise me if they were anti gun, I’ve never come across anything, though.
mr1337GuestDecember 18, 2019 at 1:16 am