The Sportsman's Guide Reviews
About The Sportsman's Guide
The Sportsman’s Guide, found online at SportsmansGuide.com, is a company that promises their customers “everything to outfit your passion, at the lowest prices guaranteed.”
How Does It Work?
According to their website, the goal of The Sportsman’s Guide is the same as the day they were established in 1977 – to provide their customers with everything they need for their favorite outdoor past times at the lowest possible prices.
As with any other online retailer, customers are invited to go to their website and look through their current inventory by category, including Ammo & Shooting, Guns, Hunting, Military Surplus, Boots & Shoes, Clothing, Fishing, Boating, Camping, Truck Accessories, Outdoor Creation, Tools & Power Equipment, and Home & Gifts.
They also offer their customers the ability to join their Membership Club, which is priced at $29.99 per year and offers their customers discounts on every purchase they make, as well as access to deals and promotions that are exclusive to their club members. In addition, if you do not have savings in a given year that is equivalent to the price of your membership, they invite you to cancel your membership and request a refund of the fee.
This company sells a wide variety of products making it difficult to quote a single price range for the items you will find here; that being said, The Sportsman’s Guide does promise their customers the most affordable prices in the industry.
To live up to this promise, they do provide their customers with a policy that states if within 30 days of the date of purchase you find a lower advertised price for any item that they sell, including if this price is in their own catalog, you will be given a refund in the difference in price.
The lower priced item must be in stock, and regularly priced. Items found in clearance, on an auction site, or with a special membership price will not qualify for the refund.
The website says that they strive to make their customer’s return process as simple as possible, so they never require you to contact Customer Service in advance of making a return. Instead they ask their customers to complete the return form on the back of their invoice and send it along with the merchandise you are returning to the address listed on their website and on your invoice as well.
Customer Service Contact Info
Customers who wish to contact Customer Service with questions, concerns, or complaints can do so by phone at 888-844-0667 or by submitting them directly to their website through the Contact Us link.
Unfortunately it seems that this retailer does have some fairly negative reviews out there written by customers who have had very poor experiences and are warning other customers against dealing with them.
These negative experiences range from customers complaining of defective merchandise that the company denied responsibility for, as well as some frustrated customers who were unable to take advantage of the low price guarantee.
But perhaps the most commonly repeated complaints are those that have to do with backordered items. Customers purchase equipment that has a published date saying it will be available to ship at that time and customers say this date is pushed back again and again and again – one customer even claimed their order was delayed for an entire year, and during that time period they were never able to cancel their order and receive a refund of their payment.
Competitors and Alternatives?
There are many different retailers who specialize in products designed for outdoor hobbies and recreation, including REI.com, SourceOutdoor.com, The Outdoor Exchange, HeartlandAmerica.com, and many others.
If you have experience with this company or their products, please leave your The Sportsman’s Guide reviews below.
12 ‘The Sportsman's Guide’ Reviews
Worst outdoor supply company I've ever had the misfortune of encountering. Took order
I emailed 3 times to find out my order status and each time I got a robot email saying “ don’t worry, we’ll get back to you”. BS! If I ever get an answer or the product, I won’t order from them again. Sportsmansguide took me to never never land: that is, never answer my emails and never got my product.
I have had a good experience with this company. When items are shipped, you get an invoice and a preprinted return mailing label. You have to order as soon as possible as quantities are limited. If you get in touch with a Customer Service Employee, remember, they are underpaid and over worked. They are ususally not trained well and some can be convicts in a prison system.
I had some issues on the 1990's where I had to return some items. I had no problems. I order mostlty military items. You will take a chance, so be warned when ordering foreign made items. I still order from this company.
Absolutely one of the WORST merchants…
Absolutely one of the WORST merchants I've EVER delt with. They can't get an order right - and - their website is misleading and WRONG - and they are NOT customer centered.
I ordered 4xl shirts. I could not get it over my head and the shirts measured out at medium. The shirt tags had been cut probably to remove the size. The shirts were stuffed in a plastic bag and a 4xl label was slapped on. The return has been a big hassle.
S G could only email the label instructions, no label? They are probably hoping I will forget about it during the big time delay. S G wanted me to pay return shipping for their mistake. S G stated they would snail mail, pre paid label.
Horrible customer service, Especially Rep: James and Leslie. cancels orders with no notification. Rude, unprofessional and unethical. I will order from somewhere else from now on, suggest everyone else does the same. These type of business do not deserve our hard earned money!
They shipped wrong item, then refused to refund my money. Don't walk, RUN away from this company. Shop elsewhere, they have terrible customer service.
I had my order canceled without them contacting me first. There was a question regarding my FFL dealer (for a firearms transfer) and instead of working with me, they just canceled my order. Then when I tried to re-order they wouldn't honor the price. Very rude customer service and from my experience several of them are seriously undereducated and unable to think logically or comprehend what customers are asking. SportsmansGuide often has great prices, but it's not worth the horrible service in my opinion. There are plenty of other online retailers with similar prices and much better service.