2ACheck Rating: “D” – Cheaper Than Dirt has committed significant offenses, AVOID them.
Cheaperthandirt.com – They have repeatedly betrayed their customers and the principles of the Second Amendment.
Update, August 30, 2013 – Second Amendment Check has removed CTD from our boycott list, but we still don’t like them. While they have made offensive actions in the past, we do not believe their intent is to be “anti-gun.” We will still recommend Second Amendment supporters find alternate sources when possible, but we do not believe it is appropriate to place CTD in the same category as companies that actively seek to violate our gun rights.
Below is the justification we had laid out in April of 2013 for adding them to our boycott:
- When they stopped selling certain “politically incorrect” items after the Newtown, CT shooting, we took offense. http://www.thetruthaboutguns.com/2012/12/robert-farago/ttag-daily-digest-cheaper-than-cheaper-than-dirt/
- When they jacked up their prices after the ensuing shortages, we took offense.
- They have crossed the line. In an attempt to persuade customers to support a gun control bill CTD employee Dave Dolbee wrote an article entitled “I Support Toomey-Manchin and You Should Too!” and posted it on their website. (Read here about why the bill is actually bad for our rights)
We tried to give slack to a company that makes a living selling gun related products to us, but that ends today (April 15, 2013). There are too many gun friendly alternatives to support this company.
As we mentioned above, Cheaper Than Dirt posted an article on their own website that blatantly attempts to persuade readers to support the Toomey-Manchin GUN CONTROL bill. They claim that the bill has the backing and authorship of the “Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms” – whoever they are. However, CCRKBA has since pulled their support for the bill and unfortunately, they have proven to be useful idiots for the gun grabbers, as has Cheaper Than Dirt. That is the final nail in the coffin for them.
Since posting that endorsement of the Toomey-Manchin bill they have received a lot of grief from their customers, and have subsequently hedged their endorsement and tried to spin it as just trying to objectively “present both sides” of the debate. That was NOT the original post or intent; that is an attempt to pander to what’s left of their customer base.
CTD may not be anti-gun, but they certainly put profits above principles every chance they get. They have repeatedly proven that. So, if you want to pay them to treat you like a moron, go ahead. We suggest trying somewhere else like Midway.
This is a well-established pattern of behavior for them. They do not stand with us, they stand for profit. When called out by their customers for their practices they often back-peddle and make token gestures such as writing a check to a pro-gun organization, or jumping on some other 2A bandwagon and they always make a grand spectacle of it. They back-peddle to cover their behind and are always playing the game, walking the line between appeasing the anti-gun crowd and taking advantage of their customers. The fact is CTD plays politics and plays their customers for suckers. If you choose to give them your business, you’re rewarding their behavior.
Cheaper Than Dirt!
P.O. Box 162087
Fort Worth, TX 76161
(Monday-Friday 8am to 7pm, Central time)
As you can see by the collection of images below, we are not alone or off-base in our criticism of CTD.