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Global eCommerce: Shopping for Hunting and Fishing Deals

by Zach Lazzari

Hunting and fishing are global activities and while many retail stores are localized around the sports, finding international shipping on competitively priced products is an option through a few great retailers. When you shop in an international marketplace, a few limitations do apply and are worth noting.

Shipping firearms internationally is simply not an option in many cases. Even firearms accessories can find themselves blocked in certain countries. Do your due diligence and contact the store directly about shipping options for anything firearm related. Specify your country code to determine the options.

Secondly, shipping prices are higher and can be exceptionally high on large, heavy items. Consider shopping local for anything of size to save on the shipping costs. The best items to purchase with international shipping are soft goods, lures, packs and anything that compresses well and isn’t easily broken during the shipping process. Thinks like duck calls and products that are manufactured in a specific region are always good candidates for an international order.

 

Retail Shops with International Plans:

 

Cabela’s

One of the largest hunting and fishing retailers in North America, Cabela’s has roughly 80 physical store locations in the United States and Canada. Having locations in both countries makes them an ideal candidate for international shipping as they can ship out of the country that is most beneficial. Their system will also automatically inform you of items that are not eligible for international shipping in your cart. This makes it easy to weed out items as you shop for an international order.

 

Tackle Direct

This company has a huge selection of fishing equipment for every situation and technique imaginable. They also have a ton of name brand apparel and an extensive marine section with everything from safety equipment to boat and trailer parts. The electronics section is also impressive. Tackle Direct has a clearance category on the website and you can search for deals and discounts at anytime. They also run promotions and sales throughout the year. They offer international orders so long as the transaction is completed and the funds are moved to the US. The customer is also responsible for any insurance and taxes in addition to standard shipping rates.

 

Bass Pro

Bass Pro actually purchased Cabela’s but they remain distinct brands and each are working under their individual policies. That said, not much differs on the subject of international orders except that all their stores are US based and all orders originate from the United States. They also have a return and refund policy in place. Like Cabela’s, Bass Pro runs big sales and has clearance items that you may purchase at a discount. They do charge 45-percent of the order up to 40 USD as a handling fee on international orders. Considering the return and refund policy, this makes them one of the stronger options for more expensive orders and merchandise. You will eat the handling fee but have some security with the order.

 

Amazon

The giant of everything retail, Amazon carries most hunting and fishing related items you could ever desire outside of firearms and ammo specifically. The best aspect of buying from Amazon is the return policy backed by the large company and the ability to filter products based on their eligibility for international shipping. You can search by category with the international eligibility filter activated to only view products that will make the voyage.

 

Pro-Fishing.eu

Based in Europe, this is an excellent option for anyone based in the European Union or a location more convenient for shipping from Europe than North America. You could potentially save big on shipping costs. While they do not have a hunting department, the fishing tackle is excellent with fly fishing, conventional and ice fishing gear. They also have a full selection of waders, boots and soft goods. Their return policy is not specific outside of suggesting to refuse any package that appears damaged.

 

Fish USA

This USA based company is focused solely on fishing and they have a wide range of conventional and fly fishing tackle. They also carry a large selection of products specific to boating and kayak fishing. Anyone having a hard time finding kayak angling specific products will really appreciate this website. They have a great shipping program for international buyers and offer expedited 2-4 business day options alongside the most affordable 7-30 day option. You can find the right solution and price point based on your needs.

 

Shipping Insurance

Anytime you purchase something valuable or collectable through and international shipping system, opt for the shipping insurance. You may skip this on a 80 USD backpack but a collectible knife for example is worthy of the insurance. Leaving this to chance is risky business, especially if an order must cross multiple borders. Most retailers do not offer insurance and you must either buy an insurance policy through the shipping company or separately for items of very high value.

 

Return Policies

The best international deals come with a return policy and protection against damaged or lost orders. A return policy is especially valuable on expensive items that require specific sizes. For example, you may order a pair of fishing waders at 800 USD and they do not fit as expected. Having the ability to return for a refund or exchange on store credit is ideal. Otherwise, you are forced to keep the product or sell it locally.

 

Taxes, Duties and Import Fees

This varies drastically based on the country. In some cases, it changes bases on the country of origin. Some countries work easily together and others have high import fees. In most cases, the store offers the product at the retail price then fees are calculated for shipping and taxes according to the country. The shipping and additional fees are absorbed by the customer. Pay close attention to these fees at the checkout and make sure they justify the purchase.

 

Shopping for Deals

The best deals come to shoppers who are not in a rush. If you need something within a few weeks, expect to pay full price. Shopping strategically around Black Friday and the holiday season however can yield big savings. In many cases, the savings will negate the cost of the shipping and in some cases, stores may even offer free shipping to entice buyers. The holiday season in North America is primarily in November and December surrounding Thanksgiving and Christmas in the United States. When shopping for deals, pay close attention to different local holidays in the stores physical area. Discounts are often focused around these local holidays as the primary customer base will be localized to the home country.


 

Retailer

Return Policy

Discounts and Sales

Multiple Shipping Options

Cabela’s

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Tackle Direct

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Bass Pro

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Pro-Fishing

 

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Amazon

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Fish USA

 

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X

 


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