PSE’s Will Jenkins on Buying Online vs. Pro Shops

By Will Jenkins


The internet has changed the retail market and the hunting and archery industry is no exception. There are many deals to be had on the internet and while that may seem appealing please consider a few things before you click buy it now or send that paypal payment.

If you buy online you’re going to need your bow tuned. Even if the bow comes in your draw weight and length you still need to tune it and make sure it’s good to go. If you work on your own bow that’s a little different but it never hurts to have a pro shop take look at it. The key here is tuning isn’t free. So consider the cost of tuning at your local shop in addition to the deal you’re getting. If you aren’t sure what the tuning might cost check with your local pro shop. Conversely, most pro shops will tune any new bow purchased at no additional charge. So even if you’re saving $50 off retail for the bow but taking it to the pro shop to get it tuned is going to cost you $60, just go buy it right from them.

Also consider buying from your pro shop just to support a local business. Most pro shops are owned by the guy behind the counter who puts in a lot of hours. Plus, you’ll have the opportunity to shoot several bows and make sure you like a certain model before purchasing. I’m a big proponent of shooting what feels good to you and fits you. It all boils down to what you are confident with.

Pro Shop

Now, back to buying online. If you’re on a strict budget the internet can be ‘where it’s at’ so to speak. You can often find big discounts on models a year old or slightly used models from archery forums. This may not get you the perfect fit but it will a get a bow in your hands at a low cost. Even buying a bow a few years old can work out great just do your research on the seller.

The bottom-line, if you’re ready to spend some money and invest in a new or last year’s model bow, buy it at your local pro shop. If you can’t afford that, first check to see if your local pro shop carries used bows and skim the internet looking for deals that will get an affordable bow in your hands. If you are new to archery stick with the pro shop as much as possible!

Will Jenkins is creator of TheWilltoHunt.com and Harnesses For Hunters. He’s an avid outdoorsman who enjoys sharing his experiences through his blog. He also writes for Bow Adventures e-Magazine and is a member of the Professional Outdoor Media Association.

Will lives in Central Virginia with his wife and two kids. He hunts in Virginia and Maryland but has dreams of heading west to hunt Elk and Mule Deer.

Keep your eye out for the #elktour DVD over on huntography.com! Watch PSE’s Emily Anderson and Dustin Jones hunt elk DIY style on our amazing public lands in the Western United States. Huntography also films a deer hunting DVD called #deertour which you will be able to watch PSE’s Will Jenkins hunt whitetails. Huntography…filming America’s hunters, one at a time!

To learn more about PSE’s top quality bows and bowhunting accessories, click here.


3 responses

  1. Dan Fagin

    I have been shooting archery for 55 years. In the old days and for years after you could set up your own equipment, that is just not true these days. With all the special tools and training required most of us do not have the time or skill to properly set up the new bows. Find yourself a good bow tech and stick with him, you will be ahead in the long run. I use Ken Holmes at the Archery Barn in Petersburg KY, give him a try, you wont be sorry.

    December 20, 2012 at 3:53 pm

  2. Reblogged this on 323 Archery Shoot and commented:
    I ALWAYS tell people to buy from a pro-shop, simply because unless you have enough equipment to properly set up, tune, paper tune, swap strings, etc. you don’t have enough gear to properly work on your bow. The level of knowledge at a pro shop is usually far above what an average shooter has, if for no other reason than the shop works on this equipment EVERY DAY, they know what has issues and what does, they know what equipment takes a beating and keeps working, etc.

    December 20, 2012 at 5:50 pm

  3. I got a PSE compound bow for Christmas. It’s waiting for me at the pro shop where I’ll have a lesson in the basics. Other than picking up a compound bow once, I’ve not touched one. I’m grateful for the pro shop – someone will get me started on the right track with a lesson and everything I need to buy to go with the bow.

    December 26, 2012 at 3:21 pm

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