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    This particular weekend happens to be an historically busy one for all sporting goods retailers, as it is when tryouts and clinics start for Little League baseball and girls' softball. Because of new Little League rules, every single kid had to get a new bat this year. Dick's flooded the local leagues with store-wide 20% off coupons, good only last weekend.

    Comparing last weekend to the weekend before is meaningless.


    https://nypost.com/2018/03/08/dicks-...-on-gun-sales/

    Dick’s gets traffic surge after taking stand on gun sales
    By Lisa Fickenscher
    March 8, 2018 | 9:56pm

    Maybe Dick’s Sporting Goods should have taken its bold move on guns sales years ago.

    Customer traffic to the 700-plus-store chain grew 3.7 percent the weekend after it announced it would no longer sell assault-style rifles and high-capacity ammunition magazines — as well as guns to anyone under the age of 21, The Post has learned.

    Despite boycotts and social media threats against the retailer following its Feb. 28 announcement, more customers flooded its stores compared with the weekend before its move.

    The move by Dick’s followed the school shooting in Parkland, Fla. In Florida, traffic to Dick’s stores increased 9 percent over the two weekends, according to Reveal Mobile, which tracks location data on mobile devices.

    “Anytime a nationwide retailer can gain nearly 4 percent in foot traffic, that can have a very positive impact on revenues,” said Matthew Davis, chief marketing officer of Reveal Mobile, a Raleigh, NC, company.

    A second customer-traffic monitoring company showed the number of cars in the parking lots of Dick’s stores was up by a high single-digit percentage over a four-day period — from Feb. 28 to March 3 — compared with the year earlier period.

    “Our satellite imagery analysis of customer car traffic showed an increase after the company announced their more restrictive gun sales policy,” said Mike Gantcher, of Remote Sensing Metrics, which collected the data.

    New Yorkers generated a 14 percent increase in customer traffic at Dick’s stores, while California customer traffic grew by 4.6 percent, Reveal said.

    But not all stores saw increases.

    Those in Texas saw an average 5.8 percent decrease, while West Virginia stores drew 2.7 percent fewer customers, according Reveal Mobile.

    Dick’s, based in Coraopolis, Pa., did not respond to questions for comment — but at least one Wall Street analyst was surprised by the findings.

    “I would have expected them to lose business because they stopped selling something,” Wedbush analyst Christopher Svezia told The Post.

    “[Cutting off] gun sales to people under 21 will have an impact,” he said.

    However, the effect may be small as, Svezia noted, Dick’s hunting business represents less than 10 percent of sales.

    “The question becomes: How many people are shopping at Dick’s to show their support, and to what degree is this long term or short term?” Svezia added.

    At least 20 major companies, including Delta and United Airlines, Allied Van Lines, MetLife and Hertz discontinued discount programs to members of the National Rifle Association.

    Meanwhile, Walmart, Kroger and REI have taken even stronger steps — curtailing sales of guns or merchandise made by gun companies.

    Public opinion toward Walmart and MetLife rose after their gun control announcements, according to data by Morning Consult.

    Dick’s shares fell 1 cent on Thursday, to $31.53. They are up 10 percent this year.
    Ya can't argue with figures. Two half nuthins is a whole nuthin.

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    Wow, I was so mad when Dick's announced another anti-2A stance I crapped my pants.

    So by extension, this means that Dick's had increased traffic; so when I crap my pants, I'm helping Dick's business profits.

    Such lovely logic.

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    That upsurge in traffic includes people returning items in protest.
    Guaranteed.

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    You can make a statistic out of anything and I feel insulted when they do it. Maybe I shouldn't, maybe I should just pity the fools who do...i e, "This was the coldest Monday February 2nd on record." Not the coldest Monday, not the coldest day, not even the coldest Monday in February, just the coldest Monday that it happened to be the 2nd of February. It's comical when the sports commentators do it too.
    I see stupid people, they're everywhere, they don't even know they're stupid

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    Foot traffic is a meaningless stat. Sales and profits are what counts. There is nothing in the article that states whether the foot traffic is converted into sales. It does however state that Dick shares were down on Thursday. See, that's how it's done, only report part of the story. This is how the media works.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bogey1 View Post
    That upsurge in traffic includes people returning items in protest.
    Guaranteed.
    And how many were just poofers making a deposit in the appropriate facility?
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    Quote Originally Posted by gghbi View Post
    And how many were just poofers making a deposit in the appropriate facility?
    I hope a lot.

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    Confused. Why does every kid need to buy a bat? Doesn’t the team supply bats??

    It has been a long time...but when I played baseball way back when, the team supplied bats, balls, helmets, etc. sort of everything but what players wear.

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    Kids like having their own stuff. The best bat, coolest helmet etc

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    Quote Originally Posted by free View Post
    Confused. Why does every kid need to buy a bat? Doesn’t the team supply bats??
    They are supposed too. My dad is a college coach, he gives the kids a couple
    hundred dollars of his own money so they can buy their own, the school hasn't
    bought bats in over 5yrs, and for balls they gave him little league balls.

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