Staples Says Gun Store Cannot Participate in Marketing Sweepstakes

May 30 2013
by GSL Staff
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887028_473045549417202_1509847989_oFirst off, as a private company, we completely respect Staples’ ability to run their contest however they want to run it. That said, excluding people has consequences and the office supply chain may have just alienated tens of millions of gun owners.

Maple Creek Gunsmithing in Fremont, Nebraska thought they would take a shot and enter a contest Staples was having for businesses, with the winner getting $50,000 to go towards marketing for the winning business.

However, this is what Maple Creek Gunsmithing received back,

“We’re sorry, but your small business entry into the Staples PUSH It Forward Contest has been rejected for the following reason(s): Entry contains content that promotes alcohol, illegal drugs, tobacco, firearms/weapons (or the use of any of the foregoing); promotes any activities that may appear unsafe or dangerous; promotes any particular political agenda or message; is obscene or offensive; or endorses any form of hate or hate group.”

We’d like to point out that Staples lumps gun dealers in with the likes of hate groups and drug dealers. Way to alienate a multi billion dollar industry Staples.

The shop originally posted the story and the email from Staples on their Facebook Page and were subsequently interviewed by Fox Radio today. Here is an exceprt from that interview.

“I was blown away,” he told Fox News. “I couldn’t believe what I was reading.”

A Staples spokesperson confirmed to Fox News that they do not allow businesses that deal in firearms from entering the contest.

Jackson said he went from disgusted to angry. “They lumped us in with criminals,” he said.

Jackson and Vonseggern are Army veterans and Vonseggern was awarded a Purple Heart.

“Everything in our store is patriotic,” Vonseggern said. “For us to be classified as a drug dealer or obscene and offensive is hurtful to our feelings.”

As a pro gun business I know we won’t be buying from Staples anytime soon.

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