Jan 14, 2021
Episode 71 - The health of the outdoor industry in America! Corporate greed, the copying of best practices and a market ripe for the picking. Our outdoor industry is in trouble! The closing of American facilities in favor of cheaper overseas labor is putting lesser quality products on our shores while still asking us to pay premium prices. Corporate America and it's investors have turned their eyes to every part of the outdoor industry looking to gain access to our wallets through slick marketing and cheap overseas manufacturing. They are not looking to make great and innovative products for our industry. They are looking to make profits from our industry. Flush with cash, they are using any and every available product or brand they can find or abuse to flood our markets with cheap and easily made overseas products, including scopes, binoculars, tents, coolers, clothing, boots and electronics. And, these are just the tip of the iceberg. You name it, they are making it and soon could control most if not all of it. What happens if they decide we no longer need such items and in our best interest decide we can't get them? When our American outdoor industry is gone and it's workers are out on the street, who will be left to protect and preserve our heritage for future generations. With a decimated industry, who could afford the fight?