Last week, Insty posted a link to Amazon.com which featured riflescopes.
Now I am not having a dig at him — I suspect that he has little control over what gets punted on his site anyway — but if I’m going to buy gun gear, I’m going to buy it from a place that sells gun gear like scopes: Midway, BassPro/Cabela’s, Europtic, SWFA, Brownells, you know the type, and not from the owner of The Washington fucking Post.
Here’s my reasoning (apart from the political aspect of it): to Amazon, gun gear is no different from kitchenware, clothing, curtains or DVDs. It’s just another product category among a zillion. They’re the Wal-Mart of online shopping. But to an operation like Midway, SWFA or Brownells, gun gear is their bread and butter: lose it, and they are seriously weakened if not ruined.
And lest we forget, scopes are a big-ticket item with a decent profit margin, which is especially important now that the gun gear emporia are suffering shortages of one of their bread-and-butter lines: ammo.
So while I clicked on the link at Instapundit — as I understand it, he gets a per-click consideration from Bezos — that’s as far as I was prepared to take it. No way no how would I ever buy a scope from Amazon; not when I have SWFA and Europtic (which is where I get almost all my scopes, by the way).
So there you have it: look, but don’t buy gun gear from Amazon. Stick to books, DVDs, kitchenware and all the other crap they sell; but keep getting your gun gear at places to whom your bsiness means more than just dollars.