While I agree with you mostly. I've been in and actually worked in a box store and there are a few that know what they are doing. I've also been in "pro" shops that had personnel that didn't have a clue. The results are quite evident when being out and seeing people shooting draw lengths several inches too long and too much weight, incorrect spined arrows and such.
It can be really tough for a neophyte as how the heck is he to know who is good and who isn't, no matter which store they work in. What the biggest thing I see people do wrong is go out and spend upwards of $1000 on archery equipment and then get on the internet and ask others what they think. They should have done a ton of research before even stepping into a store to look.
Yes, the internet isn't always the best as getting opinions from "whoever" doesn't lend much credence as to that persons ability or expertise.
Just like all the questions asking about shooting form and/or tuning. Instead of asking on the internet most would be well served to seek out a local archery club and find some good target shooters who are willing to help---and most are willing. There are just more choices at a club than at a local shop, but I agree that a person has to rely on somebody.
I don't say box stores are good or bad, but I think they are more suited to people who know what they are doing, but these are the people who patronize their local proshop anyway as the box stores don't even carry many of the things they want. Unfortunately it works just the opposite.
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