So why have I written the past two posts about Lucky Gunner’s apparent silent ownership of various other ammunition-supplying webpages out there? Things like this rank pretty highly towards the top of the “reason” pile:
Last fall, I got some spam from BulkAmmo. And I posted about it. They had asked for free links "just because", essentially. A few days later, they sent the same request, and I ignored the email but posted another blog entry. Spam is spam; the delete key is easy, and BulkAmmo went on my "don’t do business with them" list.
Now I’ve found out that all the above companies are one and the same, and I’m pretty angry. I’m feeling like I was taken advantage of. LuckyGunner was making some good inroads with the blogging community, and I have a feeling they may have burned a lot of those bridges.
My last post was a review of ammo that they provided – and it has the links back to them that I agreed to. You’ll notice that their name isn’t linked anywhere in this post. There’s a reason for that. I sold a link to Sportsman’s Guide last winter – it’s over there in the sidebar – and that was a clear and honest trade. They paid me, I put up a link worded how they wanted it, for a set period of time. Easy.
LuckyGunner.com, BulkAmmo.com, Ammo.net, and GunsForSale.com have tried to sidestep this process.
Having a company, and then opening various “competitors” without explaining that you actually own those competitors is inherently and intrinsically deceptive, and can result in people doing things that they did not actually want to do. It gives you “disposable” storefronts that you can use to spam people, and then rest assured that they will visit your other storefronts, oblivious that their money and efforts are going to support the same people in the end.
Being a man who values honesty and integrity, once I had the information rattling around in my head for the past couple of months crystallized by a few nudges from a friend, there was no way I could not publish it, lest more people be unwittingly exploited. Now, if you continue patronize Lucky Gunner et al, at least you will know who you are dealing with.
And speaking of “knowing who you are dealing with”, who owns and is running the “People of the Gun” right now? You guessed it – Ammo.net. Good way to get links, nyet?