5 Reasons It’s Better to Buy Outdoor Gear In a Store

A survey from 2016 found that more consumers make purchases online than in stores. This is the first time that this has ever been the case. But while online shopping is becoming more and more popular, it’s still better to buy your outdoor gear from a brick and mortar store. Here are 5 reasons why it’s better to buy your gear from an outdoor gear store.

Support local business and local economy

Making purchases from a local businesses help support that business, your local economy, and the people in your community. While the exact numbers vary depending on the study, roughly half of every dollar spent with a local business stays in the local economy. Less than a third of every dollar stays in the local economy for purchases made at national chain retailers. Purchases made online do not contribute to your community.

There’s no wait

When you buy outdoor gear online, there’s this bittersweet moment that follows. There’s the thrill of the purchase, but nothing to show for it. Now, you have up to two weeks to anticipate the arrival of your package. Will it fit right? Is it going to be as advertised? Is it going to be too difficult to use? Will you have to send it back, only to repeat the process all over again? When you buy outdoor gear from a physical outdoor gear store, you know exactly what you’re getting, and you get to walk away with your purchase in hand.

You get to try it before you buy it

Reading reviews and looking at pictures can only provide so much information. Many people who’ve spent time outdoors already know what they like and dislike about products, and they know what features to look for. They want to handle and examine a product to really see what it’s all about. Even people who are just getting familiar with the great outdoors want to get their hands on items so that they can learn as much as possible. This is when you want to go to an outdoor gear store. Whether you want to inspect the quality, get the right fit, or just see if you like something, there’s no substitute for a hands on experience.

Knowledgeable staff

Online research is a great way to get more information about a product, whether it’s a hiking backpack, a tent, or a pair of waterproof boots. Of course, research can sometimes be limited to your own knowledge and experiences. When you go to a store you have access to knowledgeable staff who can answer questions you might have, but they can also share their own insight. They can provide you with information that you might not have considered beforehand, leading to a better purchase to suit your needs.

Deals on outdoor gear

People have this idea that buying outdoor gear online is always cheaper. The truth is that many manufacturers set minimum prices for many of their products to protect small outdoor stores that can’t compete with massive online retailers. Typically, online prices are comparable to the prices you find in outdoor gear stores. Yes, you can find discount outdoor gear online, but sale items aren’t exclusive to online retailers. We’re constantly adding items to our sale section, and it’s a great place to find deals on outdoor gear!


Looking for an camping supplies and outdoor gear in Northwest Arkansas? Stop by and see us at Uncle Sam’s in Evelyn Hills in Fayetteville, Arkansas! We’d love to help you find what you need before your next adventure!

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