I’d like to start periodically having a “spotlight” on our advertisers, so you can get to know them a little bit better. Our advertisers are the reason you guys can come here every weekday and read something new, something fresh, and learn just a little bit more (plus contribute your ideas!) to keep you and your family safe in an emergency. These advertisers buy ad space (as you see on the left sidebar), and that funds this blog to keep it up and running, but they also donate gear for giveaways (we all love free stuff, right?), and contribute guest posts and great ideas to pass along to you, our readers. In addition to that good stuff, the ones that I’ve had direct contact with so far have been real stand-up guys, with a passion for what they do, and a passion for helping you get equipped for an emergency…and as such, your transactions will be much more satisfying than being stared at over a counter by a slack-jawed pimply-faced minimum-wage kid at the Wal-Mart or Cabela’s camping department. So, in an effort to give back to these people who generously give to this blog, I’d like to devote some time and space to our advertisers, so you can know them better, and hopefully realize that doing business with them will be better for you than with a big-box store.
Today, I want to introduce you to the fine folks at www.campingsurvival.com .
These guys have been advertising with us for a while now…you may have seen their banners in the sidebar. (I have two up for them right now: The ad for $19.99 LifeStraw filters (with free shipping!) and the Paracord ad. Campingsurvival.com is owned by JHL Supply, a tooling company from upstate NY (Fulton, NY specifically.), which is a family-owned business. It was founded in 1956, and has been family-owned and run continuously since then, with the grandson of the founder currently steering the company helm. That grandson is Thomas Sciacca, who is a Marine Corps Gulf War veteran, and a survival enthusiast like you and I. He runs a personal survival blog called My Dirt Time , and as his email signature shows, he runs other websites: paracordking.com (a great website for an insane amount of paracord gear and supplies), and AmericanFoodSupply.com (a site that focuses on survival and long-term storage food and beverages), plus contributes to many other blogs. This guy lives and breathes what he does, folks….and he’s passing that love of survival onto his staff. Campingsurvival.com now boasts 10 employees (according to the info page on the website, which you should read if you’d to know more about the company). That staff manages and ships an inventory of over 10,000 items that are specifically engineered and stocked to help you in an emergency situation.
In conversations with Mr. Sciacca (a very personable, knowledgeable fella) he told me that his company’s mission statement has been kicked up a few notches, and it’s for your good: a direct quote from Thomas in an email:
“Also just FYI we’ve always prided ourselves on customer service, but I made a decision lately to dominate my industry in customer service and work hard to get recognized beyond our industry in customer service. We’re just starting to kick it up and do everything we can to make every customer to look forward to doing business with us the next time.”
It shows, too. If you go online to the website, (please use the ad links from this page, found in the left sidebar) you can online chat with a customer service rep who – get THIS – ACTUALLY KNOWS WHAT THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT. How’s that for refreshing? Any questions about what will work well, or what there are for good deals in the company…they’ll help you. You can also sign up for daily email or text message based deal or sale alerts (right on the main page there is a link to TEOTWAWKI deals if you want to sign up), and they are also promoting monthly sales (this month, it’s spend $100, get free bacon, plus bacon giveaways, bacon deals, bacon sales! Check it out…pretty awesome!)
What else do they offer besides delicious salty meats? Well, everything. I spent a couple hours perusing his website, making a mental “damn, do I want that!” list….but they really do have most everything you’ll need, from pre-made bug-out bags and go-bags to water filtration and storage devices of all makes and models and even nuclear radiation detectors and associated gear. The website is intuitive and easy to navigate, and it won’t have you pounding your head on the table in navigation frustration. I ordered up four LifeStraws with zero hassle (same price as Cabela’s, FYI…and I didn’t have to drive the 45 minutes to get there), and they arrived two days later via priority mail (free shipping on those and lots of other stuff) and with a coupon for 10% off my next order. How can you beat that?
So, do yourself a favor, do the blog a favor, and do American small business and industry a favor: for real, check these guys out. Head to the website and try them out, check out their customer service philosophy. Or you can call and place an order or shoot them a question: (800) 537-1339 Extension 231 or 232, or email Amber@JHLsupply.com for any customer service questions. In this electronic day and age, you can shop ANYWHERE. Why wouldn’t you shop where the people are as enthusiastic about the products you’d like as you are? I’m not pandering to anyone or blowing smoke up anybody’s ass…these guys have good products, good knowledge, and outstanding customer service…for YOU. So if you appreciate the blog and the information we provide, take a second and shoot them an order next time you’re shopping for something, small or large. It’ll be worth your while and that effort will trickle down…and we appreciate it! Tell ’em SHTFblog.com sent you! These are the ad link references for you to use (in the ad sidebar) so they know you came from here:
Let us and everyone else know what you think of these guys after you check out their site. Has anyone here done business with CampingSupply.com? Let’s hear your experiences!