I don't know if the salesman would have cared. The staff at the Cabela's, Gander Mtn, Bass Pro Shop, etc big-box outdoor stores seem pretty disinterested in everything except avoiding contact with customers and getting off work on time.
Pretty broad brush there... I happen to be proud of my job.
You think their weapons prices are a joke you should look at the reloading components! I asked a sales person if the bullets were gold plated and he said "I only sell what I'm told" and walked away. What a jerk!! But thats Gander Mountain for you.
He doesn't set the prices.... what did you expect him to say? "Oh, you're right, how much would you like to pay, sir?" People complain about the prices of everything, every day. It gets old, and there's no good way to respond to it, since most prices are set way above the store level.
Gander Mountain....A friend saw a SAFN at Gander Mountain in Erie, PA. Their price is $900 for a beat up SAFN in .30-06. I looked at it and advised him it was a piece of junk and only worth about half that price. Salesman could care less about what I had to say, no defense of store or the piece. Came home and last week a SAFN in 8MM came in the local gunshop. Excellant wood and very good/excellant metal. Got it for my friend for $450 OTD. It pays to shop around!
If you came into my store and told me that one of my products was "a piece of junk and worth half the asking price" I wouldn't really be interested in talking to you either. He probably didn't set that price and probably didn't know the first thing about the rifle. What did you want him to do, badmouth his employer in front of a customer?
If you guys would treat every store like an individual gun shop (because that's generally how they are run, except for the massive network of inventory they have access to) and give the employees the benefit of the doubt, you might make some friends that could help you out.
At work I can check the used gun inventory of over 100 stores and have almost anything transferred in. I've got some nice customers who treat me with respect and we all get to benefit from the system.
I work 40 hours per week and have for two years now and I still learn something about guns every day. There is no way to be knowledgeable about everything every customer asks about.
There are a lot of gun counter guys who are full of BS, but I talk to guys just like them, and worse, every day from the other side of the counter.