When I was camping with my nephew recently, I mentioned to one of the other parents that I had got my backpack and tent from The Sportsman's Guide back in the 90's, but that I hadn't seen one in a long time. I seem to recall a few years ago, on a forum somewhere, someone talking about them doing away with their "Buyer's Club" discount program with no notice to members and that they seemed to be having troubles.
Well, wouldn't you know it, I got a new Sportsman's Guide in the mail a couple of days ago. It's changed quite a bit. It used to be a place to get inexpensive eastern European military surplus and last year's models and colors of camping and outdoor gear. The new catalog still has a pretty good selection of boots, and some unusual outdoor gear (G.I. magnesium snowshoes with bindings for only $43.97 for example), but a lot of it is toys and household goods and furnishings. Much more so than I remember it being a few years ago.
They've still got the Buyer's Club (10% off everything, for $29.99 a year) and currently have an offer of free shipping on orders over $75. If you haven't seen the catalog in a while, go ahead and give it a shot. There is some pretty cool stuff in there at good prices. I'm looking at a small, portable greenhouse to put on my Christmas list.
Does anyone have any recent experience with the Sportsman's Guide? I'd be interested in hearing how the customer service is these days. It was always pretty good when I was buying stuff from them back in the day.