As someone who spends all of his free time camping/backpacking/canoeing, I'm often asked what I think of champaign surplus. The truth is, not much. Despite teling myself ill never go back everytime I go, I still go in there for some things from time to time. I've never met anyone on their staff that seems like they've ever been camping before. My purchases are usually under ten dollars and I am made to feel like my questions are wasting their time. I'm sure if I was there to buy some of their trendy, overpriced, "outdoor" gear I would get better service. After spending five minutes with a clerk on one occasion, she refused to answer any more of my questions with the response, "I think we're done here." She then moved on to another customer. On another occasion I was told to sit and wait while a clerk looked in the back for something. After a half hour, another clerk asked me what I was waiting for. He told me, "Oh her shift ended. On her way out, she told me to tell you she couldn't find it." The stories go on and on. As far as their selection, I find what I'm looking for about %10 of the time. If your roasting hotdogs in your backyard with your kids Cub Scout den, this is your store. If you like to camp, you're better off buying your gear online.