Guns back in Wal-Mart


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Blue Line
April 28, 2011, 02:45 PM
Guns are back in!

http://money.cnn.com/2011/04/28/news/companies/walmart_guns/index.htm

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o Unforgiven o
April 28, 2011, 02:47 PM
They never left my WalMart.

sonick808
April 28, 2011, 02:51 PM
I bet they were kicking themselves in 08-09, and the subsequent gun renaissance that's been going on

CoRoMo
April 28, 2011, 02:52 PM
This is an excellent thing for our society. I don't really know of any other mainstream retail outlet where the average American shopper can be exposed to the arms trade in as family friendly an environment as this. So many people absolutely burn with hatred for Walmart, but the availability of firearms through Kmart, Sears, Wards, etc. is extinct. Walmart is a good example to the non-gun public of how benign the arms trade is.

FROGO207
April 28, 2011, 02:58 PM
I generally dislike their business model but they (or I feel they) seem to be coming around to the gun friendly public. Yeah it wasn't too many years ago that a lot of stores from chains to hardware to drugstores in my area sold guns. I would love to see this become more mainstream and appear back in full force once again.

DAdams
April 28, 2011, 02:59 PM
I was thrilled to see this but only from the standpoint that I love to see the anti-firearm crowd get their noses bent out of shape.

Here in TN they never left either and that is one of the reasons I am in this State. One of the bastions of conservative values.

Florida couldn't figure out what they wanted to be. Some stores had the gear, others didn't.

Onward Allusion
April 28, 2011, 03:36 PM
Not because I buy my guns from Wally World, but because this indicates a positive shift in mentality in our country.

newbuckeye
April 28, 2011, 07:57 PM
Not because I buy my guns from Wally World, but because this indicates a positive shift in mentality in our country.

I would say it's more like Wally finally realized they were loosing out on a lot of potential sales and made a business decision. They don't do ANYTHING that doesn't result in huge profits.

crm7290
April 28, 2011, 08:01 PM
I just bought my shotgun at Walmart a couple weeks ago. Hopefully we can get them back home in Crook county.....

Onward Allusion
April 28, 2011, 08:15 PM
I would say it's more like Wally finally realized they were loosing out on a lot of potential sales and made a business decision. They don't do ANYTHING that doesn't result in huge profits.Heh, yeah - that too...:)

firearmnut
April 28, 2011, 08:21 PM
Mine around here is stocking guns to.

Animal Mother
April 28, 2011, 08:58 PM
Great news! Now if we could just convince them that carrying handguns in the lower 48 would be a real sales booster...

Tim the student
April 28, 2011, 09:02 PM
Good - looks like I'll be making a trip to Walmart land soon.

HGUNHNTR
April 28, 2011, 09:06 PM
I hope none of y'all mind seeing your local gunshop that carries more than mossberg and Remington go under, or losing your own jobs for that matter.

ColtPythonElite
April 28, 2011, 09:07 PM
I wish they would start selling handguns again....I remember back when they keep some in the showcase and would order nearly anything you wanted.

M-Cameron
April 28, 2011, 09:21 PM
I hope none of y'all mind seeing your local gunshop that carries more than mossberg and Remington go under, or losing your own jobs for that matter.

oh stop........im sick of the whole "big mart stores/ internet are putting me out of business!" routine........


the fact is, if walmart selling guns is going to put you out of business.....either:
1.) you are terrible at running a business, and would be out in a year anyways.
2.) see #1

crm7290
April 28, 2011, 09:22 PM
Honestly theres only one gun store in my area and they will do fine....This store already outsurvived walmarts guns the first time and they won't be going anywhere.

My job is fine. The only threat to me is budget cuts but they would fire people under me first.

Single Action Six
April 28, 2011, 09:27 PM
I have two "WW's" about equal distance on either side of me. One sells Rifles and Shotguns, as well as ammo.. while the other is void of anything. At the one "WW" I can get 12ga ammo @ $4.98 for a box of 25. It's cheaper than my local gun shops who sell brand names between the high $7's to the low $15's.

When you're cranking out a couple of boxes on weekends the "WW's" sure do make shooting a whole lot cheaper.

Single Action Six

jiminhobesound
April 28, 2011, 09:34 PM
Do they sell any American made guns or are they all chinese? With respect to gun shops; in PA in the seventies my favorite gun store went under because KMART was selling guns cheaper than he could buy them. I despise what Walmart does to smaller communities. Socially and financially destructive. What happens twenty years from now when that is the only place you can buy guns?

fallout mike
April 28, 2011, 09:35 PM
Walmart doesn't hurt local businesses? Please go and drive down main street of any small town that has a walmart. They are ghost towns. When a walmart gets approval to move into a new small town location the commercial real estate losses 40% of its value immediately bc they will be out of business soon and will remain empty for a while.

M-Cameron
April 28, 2011, 09:40 PM
Walmart doesn't hurt local businesses? Please go and drive down main street of any small town that has a walmart. They are ghost towns. When a walmart gets approval to move into a new small town location the commercial real estate losses 40% of its value immediately bc they will be out of business soon and will remain empty for a while.

then they failed to offer their customers something walmart couldnt.........


if a few dollars difference is sending your customers out the door......you are doing something wrong.

Justin
April 28, 2011, 09:49 PM
*Yawn*

Give me a call when I can buy an AR15 or a semi-auto handgun at a Walmart in the contiguous US.

Tim the student
April 28, 2011, 09:56 PM
What happens twenty years from now when that is the only place you can buy guns?

Well, my guess would be that Scheels and Dicks did something stupid, or got out of guns for financial reasons. I'd guess that the moron kitchen table guy that doesn't return emails went out of business for reasons unrelated to Walmart, and the cop with the side business that has the LEO and AR market cornered decided to stop selling guns and enjoy his retirement.

Gordon_Freeman
April 28, 2011, 09:59 PM
This sounds good to me. I just wish walmart made it easier to buy ammo. I hate having to find the person with the key so I can buy ammo. Academy has unlocked ammo on the shelves. Why can't walmart?

Ridgerunner665
April 28, 2011, 10:45 PM
The WalMart in Bristol, VA (Exit 7 off I-81) also has a great selection of reloading stuff...no AR15's or handguns, but hey...its a step in the right direction.

HGUNHNTR
April 28, 2011, 11:08 PM
Quote:
I hope none of y'all mind seeing your local gunshop that carries more than mossberg and Remington go under, or losing your own jobs for that matter.

oh stop........im sick of the whole "big mart stores/ internet are putting me out of business!" routine........


the fact is, if walmart selling guns is going to put you out of business.....either:
1.) you are terrible at running a business, and would be out in a year anyways.


This thread has offered an interesting look into how people think about economics and culture. Most Americans are addicted to buying cheap goods, with no care about its quality, or how not supporting local business will eventually come back to bite you. It is really depressing to see the lack of thought some folks display.

And anyway is not plural btw. :)

M-Cameron
April 28, 2011, 11:13 PM
This thread has offered an interesting look into how people think about economics and culture. Most Americans are addicted to buying cheap goods, with no care about its quality, or how not supporting local business will eventually come back to bite you.

i support local business that deserve to be supported.,......i dont support them just because they are local......

if the guy down the street treats his customers like crap, and his prices are nothing to write home about.......im going to walmart, where i can but the same thing cheaper...

but if the guy in the store is a good guy, treats his customers with respect...i have no problem spending a few dollars more for service......which is something you wont get at walmart

thats why i said, if walmart is a threat to your business, you are doing something wrong.

HGUNHNTR
April 28, 2011, 11:21 PM
OK you're right.

fallout mike
April 28, 2011, 11:34 PM
Most people want the cheapest. Walmart sells stuff cheaper than small places can buy it. Sooooo how exactly are they doing something wrong. You should take 30 minutes out of your day and do some reading on the devastation of walmarts on small communities.

M-Cameron
April 28, 2011, 11:40 PM
Most people want the cheapest. Walmart sells stuff cheaper than small places can buy it. Sooooo how exactly are they doing something wrong. You should take 30 minutes out of your day and do some reading on the devastation of walmarts on small communities.

if you cant beat their prices......find another way to get people into your store.....

running a sucessfull business is more than opening a shopfront and filling it with merchandise......and there are otherways than cheap prices to attract customers.

fallout mike
April 28, 2011, 11:47 PM
I agree with you. But this doesn't change the facts of hundreds of towns main streets becoming ghost towns after walmart comes to town.

M-Cameron
April 28, 2011, 11:51 PM
I agree with you. But this doesn't change the facts of hundreds of towns main streets becoming ghost towns after walmart comes to town.

thats the chance they take living in a free market economy........if they cant compete, the failed......they knew the risks when they started.......its hardly walmarts fault, dont blame a company because they are succesful.

DAP90
April 28, 2011, 11:58 PM
The thing is Walmart only carries certain makes and models. You can get an 870 at Walmart but you are out of luck for a Benelli; at least from what I've seen.

A smart gun store wouldn't compete with Walmart for the same items. That's a losing proposition. There's a slew of guns, ammuntion and accessories that Walmart doesn't carry. I'd imagine the same thng is true for other industries as well.

I go back to Nebraska all the time and pass through a bunch of small towns on the 5 hour drive. Many are practically ghost towns and most don't have a Walmart.

McCook has a Walmart and still has competing businesses. Sure, some of them closed down but the smart ones survived. The ghost town issue is more complex than just Walmart caused it.

fallout mike
April 29, 2011, 12:25 AM
It's really easy to Google walmarts effects on small businesses

HGUNHNTR
April 29, 2011, 09:59 AM
No, M Cameron is right, thats why the Times had a story about Walmart customers having much less money to spend yesterday. Why were guns added back to the inventory?...to help lagging sales...and the reason for cutomers having less money is the addiction to cheap crap, and Walmart itself. Karma Wally world/

inclinebench
April 29, 2011, 10:21 AM
Our Walmart never stopped selling guns, and can order many more than what they stock. The local guys did not go out of buisiness. If I need cheap ammo and bad customer service, I go to Walmart. If I am looking for a secific gun and good customer service, I go to my local gun shops. If I have a question about something gun related, I talk with the local shops guys, as at Walmart, they have no clue. Both places serve a purpose, and I will utilize both. I truly believe that if a local gunstore runs a good business, they will do fine.

As for people only wanting to buy cheap stuff...well, I look out my window and see a bunch of expensive cars and trucks, parked next to cheap cars and trucks in the same lot. There is a customer base for everything and everyone, the difference is how you conduct your business.

GCBurner
April 29, 2011, 10:59 AM
I stopped by Wal-Mart yesterday evening, looking for an inexpensive scope sight for a new rifle (that I bought elsewhere), and saw the work crew reinstalling the gun racks they removed back in the 1990s. They didn't have any riflescopes like what I was looking for, so I wound up going down the road a couple of miles, and bought a nice Nikon scope at Dick's Sporting Goods. The last time I bought a gun at my local Wal-Mart here in Florida was when they were closing out of the gun business, and I bought a really nice Norinco Chinese clone of the little Browning .22 autoloading rifle for $99. Wal-Mart used to be the place to go for cheap .22 ammo, and I'd buy it by the 500 round brick when I was grocery shopping, buying clothes of CD/DVDs, or other houshold stuff. When they stopped carrying guns, cut the selection of ammo brands and calibres, and put a limit on how much you could buy at one time, I took my guns and ammo business elsewhere, and a lot of my other business, too.
Wal-Mart jumped into bed with every anti-gun organization in America, thinking that would give them a leg up in building new stores in liberal places like New York and New England, where Wal-Mart customers who own guns are widely viewed as low-income, mouth-breathing, redneck, ignorant Bambi killers and potential low-life criminals. Since this is the customer demographic that made up most of Wal-Mart's business base, turning on them like this turned out to be a poor business decision, and the anti-Wal-Mart forces in the liberal states failed to stop fighting Wal-Mart's incursions, anyway.

Averageman
April 29, 2011, 11:39 AM
I'm not Anti-Wal Mart, but I am Anti-Wal Mart Shoppers.
I have never been in a larger group of ill mannered Zombie like consumers in my life.
I often have the impression that as much as I hate it we have a cross section of America purchasing the least quality items as fast as they possibly can.
It isn't that they are putting the small businessman out of business; it is that most Americans no longer recognise quality.

CoRoMo
April 29, 2011, 11:51 AM
Hinky gunshop practices (http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=589966)

TX1911fan
April 29, 2011, 01:53 PM
So the solution is to prevent Walmart from coming it, thereby artificially inflating the prices everyone pays so that the stores on mainstreet won't close? Doesn't sound like a very free market system to me. Compete or don't, it's up to the seller. I agree with the previous comments. If you can't compete on price, compete on something else. You won't get every customer, but you'll get enough. I bought my Browning BL-22 at Walmart. Not because it was cheaper, but because it was easy. I ordered it online, went and picked it up. Cabela's was not in town yet, and the local guys were jerks.

jiminhobesound
April 29, 2011, 02:08 PM
Walmart gets what Walmart wants. Things are cheap at Walmart because of the artificial depression of the Chinese currency and slave labor. China is wone fo the worst countries in the world for polution and human rights. Walmart has now been around long enough to make at least one generation of Amricans oblivious to the concept of quality. I grew up with JC Penny and Sears. They provided quality products within the same, but smaller, marketing scheme as Walmart. If we had American based industries folks would have decent jobs and could afford quality. Science Fiction writes about the store ruling the world. Walmart is headed that way. BUY AMERICAN MADE.

kingcheese
April 29, 2011, 02:25 PM
walmart wouldnt last selling guns in my area, to many stores already stock the cheap junk, and quite a few sell the good stuff, there are about 8 gun shops within a 50 mile radius of me that sell both cheap guns and guns id actually think about buying

Justin
April 29, 2011, 03:38 PM
How surprising. A Walmart thread that goes off-topic because some people are more interested in publicly grinding their axe about a particular retailer than actually staying on topic.

That's never happened before.

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