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Midway Powder Shipping

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by jsnake, Mar 14, 2013.

  1. jsnake

    jsnake Well-Known Member

    That seems to be the catch. Midway had it listed "in stock". Nowhere else seems to have any stock.
  2. blue32

    blue32 Well-Known Member

    I ordered a jug of WST on Jan 5, 2013. It was listed as in stock at time of order and my card was charged 3 days later. I received that order TODAY. During the whole time I kept checking the status of my processed order that had been subsequently changed to "best way."

    That was a long two months, after being charged, to wait for a product I thought might never make it. And while the wait was far from pleasant, today is a happy day for me. On the plus side - I discovered another substitute powder in the interim.

    My powder shipped from Western Powder in Miles City, MT
  3. Strongbad

    Strongbad Well-Known Member

    Bleh, that's lame. I ordered a pile of powder from Brownell's a few weeks back. A few lbs shipped, and I was billed for those. A few days later, a few more shipped and I was billed for those. A few days after that the rest shipped and I was billed for that. THAT is how it should be. Note, I didn't have to wait more than 2 weeks for ALL of it to to be delivered.
  4. jsnake

    jsnake Well-Known Member

    What was the other powder? Just curious.


    SHOOOTER1 Member

    same thing happened to me so i just cancelled my order today
  6. THe Dove


    jsnake, I love this sentence........ Do you mind if I use it?

    The Dove
  7. PJSprog

    PJSprog Well-Known Member

    I buy a lot of stuff from Midway ... have since about 1990. What I don't buy from them is powder and primers. I'm not willing to pay that ridiculous hazmat fee on a couple pounds of powder, when I can pay a couple bucks more at my LGS and help him out with his business.

    That said, having customers pay up front for any "in-stock" product that won't ship for four months is not a good business practice.
  8. BYJO4

    BYJO4 Well-Known Member

    No business should charge your credit card until ready to actually ship. I can understand a deposit if I'm ordering something specifically for me but it should be a reasonable amount.
  9. Strongbad

    Strongbad Well-Known Member

    I ordered H-4350, RL-17, and RL-25
  10. boomeradf

    boomeradf Well-Known Member

    Personally I don't see the issue as I am going to get the product, they are clear on the delay and it is money I am going to pay them at some point. Most of us aren't making anything great in the bank either.
  11. B.W.

    B.W. Active Member

    I ordered 8lb jug of x terminator on Jan 8th (in stock) and am still waiting. I called and got the same story. I've always been happy with midways service but this is killing me, I'm dangerously low on 223 powder!
  12. BRHbar

    BRHbar Active Member

    I got a email from Midway this morning, just got in from taking the Grandson's out for some shooting, anyway, said they had some boolits in stock finally. Tried to order 8 minutes after I received the email, "Out of Stock".
    I have been ordering various things from Gamaliel, and they have been shipping very quick. Ordered some powder on the 7th, received it yesterday the 13th.
  13. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator

    While overall Midway is great to do business with, "available" is really pushing it as far as powder they do not have goes. The warning could be more prominently placed and "available" should be something like "mixed availability" or "see shipping notice *".

    I also do not believe in a company charging my card for a product they do not have. Normally Midway does not do so for any product listed as "out of stock back order OK. That is just one more reason they should change it form "available", as I imagine the system charges the card automatically because it is listed as "available".

    I imagine Mr Potterfield would like to know about this, and I suspect he could change it.

    jsnake, Why don't you call and discuss this with them? They might appreciate it.
    Last edited: Mar 15, 2013
  14. jsnake

    jsnake Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the input guys. I think I will quit whining for now. In the future, I will vote with my wallet and buy elsewhere.

  15. Reloadron

    Reloadron Well-Known Member

    On December 27th while Cabela'a was still taking back orders I knowingly back ordered some .223 figuring when it shows, it shows. I am not in any rush. However, with Cabela's and many other vendors when it ships you are charged and not before. I like that in a supplier.

    Midway are generally square shooters and I like them. I dislike the practice of charging a customer before the order actually ships, this is true of any company. In this case my order is only $299 but let's say a vendor has a hundred such orders and has charged the buyers before the products ship. Nice pile of change sitting out there making someone else money while the customer waits, and waits, and waits. This should be made clear when the order is placed, nice and up front.

    Just My Take
  16. jsnake

    jsnake Well-Known Member

    Apparently, I missed the notices on the site. It is a bit cryptic, however, the problem is in the definition of "in stock". Midway charges immediately for "in stock" items. According to others here, Midway dropships all powder and primers from Powder Valley. Therefore, their definition of "in stock" is troublesome. I will still need the powder in 4 months, so I will stop whining. It is not like I can just order it from somewhere else. Make no mistake about it, future powder orders will be made elsewhere.
  17. Reloadron

    Reloadron Well-Known Member

    I absolutely agree with you.

    Simply put I dislike the idea of charging a customer before the product ships.

  18. mdi

    mdi Well-Known Member

    One of the several reasons I don't do business with MidwayUSA anymore...
  19. JJ-

    JJ- Active Member

    I ordered a PV in stock powder on Feb 21st and haven't received. When did you get yours?
  20. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator

    Instead of getting mad, packing up your toys, and shopping elsewhere in the future, I still suggest you call Midway and talk to them about it. I bet they will credit your card and then charge you later when your powder comes in. I also still say that I bet they will appreciate the input, and might make changes.

    Seriously. :)

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