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Wal-Mart adopts new ammo policy

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Ashcons, Jan 24, 2013.

  1. brnmw

    brnmw Well-Known Member

    Most of the places around here have already implemented that a couple of weeks ago and I wish they had done it even sooner.... mass hysteria bulk buying has made finding ordinary ammo impossible to obtain.
  2. breakingcontact

    breakingcontact Well-Known Member

    I think limiting is working. Academy had 40/45 and even...wait for it...556 today! Still no 9mm/22LR though.
  3. dbp

    dbp Well-Known Member

    I have enough "carry" ammo to get me through a few BG encounters. I am just going to do without practice ammo until this craziness abates.
  4. GoWolfpack

    GoWolfpack Well-Known Member

    A ration still leaves the problem of people with a lot of time on their hands visiting multiple stores or going several times daily to collect their ration and eventually depleting Walmart's stock.

    I understand that raising prices is not an option for Walmart. Currently the people buying ammunition at Walmart-prices to resell at gunshow-prices are the bad guys in our little narrative. If Walmart raised their price to near gunshow-prices and cut out the motive for these guys to troll sporting goods until new ammo arrived we would see supplies really build back up. But then Walmart becomes the free market bad guy, and they don't want to be.
  5. CLP

    CLP Well-Known Member

    What if they were limiting ammo because the Obama admin. convinced them to do so during their meeting last week? Would you still commend them then? I want to know why Wal Mart is limiting ammo buys.
  6. Ashcons

    Ashcons Well-Known Member

    Just remember to stock up once demand falls off! In 2008, I couldn't find 9mm to save my life and spent the last 3 years or so buying a little 9mm, .22lr, and whatever else every time I had a couple extra bucks and happened to be at WM.
  7. Roadking Rider

    Roadking Rider Well-Known Member

    What ever there reasoning is, I have no problem with the three box limit. I've very rarely bought more than three boxes anyway for myself in one visit.
  8. nosmr2

    nosmr2 Well-Known Member

    It's not gonna please everyone, but a step in the right direction.
  9. RetiredUSNChief

    RetiredUSNChief Well-Known Member

    I don't understand your posting.

    The "why" is very clearly stated in the article linked in the OP. The title very clearly states "New policy due to limited supply issues at stores". The article goes on to say: "Lundberg said, "We are trying to take care of as many customers as possible because supply is limited at this time." He said Walmart stores are monitoring supply issues daily and will address purchase limits once supply issues are resolved."

    So the answer to your question is very clearly stated.

    You may choose to believe that or not. However, at this time there is no supporting evidence whatsoever that there are any other ulterior motives, including anything related to Obama's gun control meetings. Anything about that would be pure conjecture. If you, or anybody else, actually come across such evidence, by all means post it.

    Time will tell us whether or not there are ulterior motives.

    An interesting human behavioral question here, though:

    I am quite sure that there would be any number of naysayers who would, upon future confirmation of their suppositions, readily come forth and cry "I told you so!". How many naysayers, do you suppose, would so readily come forth with future evidence they were wrong and say "Thank goodness I was wrong!"?

    I suspect, in the coming weeks and months, that when the current craze dies down and supplies come back up approaching normal levels, we'll see Walmart's current policy of limits change back.

    Let's do our part to remain calm and observant in the meantime.

  10. PGT

    PGT Well-Known Member

    my LGS was selling WWB 9mm for $23 when I stopped by at lunch today. In other news, they had it in stock (due to the 100% inflation of the price). This is Wal-Mart's issue...they strive to keep prices low but when demand outstrips supply they can either increase their price or maintain but limit bulk purchases. IMHO, the path they chose is the right one but like with everything else in life, they'll upset someone somewhere by their decision.

    Would you be happier if they raised the price but had it in stock and you could buy as much as you wanted?
  11. Solo

    Solo Well-Known Member

    Can you say "confirmation bias"?
  12. mgmorden

    mgmorden Well-Known Member

    All the local stores have had ammo purchase limited since 2008. This just sounds like a corporate policy to override those of the individual stores. I know previously some did no more than 3 of any particular type of ammo, and other stores did no more than 6 boxes total.

    Overall I don't mind this. Right now I'm not really hording - I just want to be able to buy a couple boxes so shoot on the weekend :).

    Need to function test my SD40VE some more this afternoon and I did manage to find a box of Tula on the shelf at the local store. Not my favorite, but it'll do for now.
  13. mcdonl

    mcdonl Well-Known Member

    You "free market" people make me laugh. No one (Walmart) is doing this because they have to, they are doing it because they know full well they will sell all of the ammo they get anyway, but my doing this instead of one person buying 100 boxes of ammo and leaving happy, 50 people will leave with two boxes of ammo each.

    Why do you find this hard to understand? Just because you want to buy in bulk, doesnt mean that the guy behind you should be SOL... free market means a business can do what they feel serves them and their customers better.

    Good for walmart.
  14. Batty67

    Batty67 Well-Known Member

    I'm fine with the policy. It used to irritate me to no end when I walked to the local bagel shop to get my morning carbs and on most Fridays some jerk would show up and buy 3-4 dozen bagels for the office and pick the supply clean for an hour. I told the manager since they are going to sell them anyhow, pissing off 15-20 customers to appeas the bulk purchaser was not good policy. Grrr...
  15. Killian

    Killian Well-Known Member

    The Wal mart in Corinth MS had a sign up saying customers were limited to 3 CASES of ammo. I laughed when I saw that. Someone must have got "boxes" and "cases" messed up.
  16. WoodchuckAssassin

    WoodchuckAssassin Well-Known Member

    Will hunting rounds like 270, 30-06, and 308 being affected the same?

    The last time I was at Wally World (about 2 weeks ago), there was NOTHING! There were still 20 and 12 guage shells, but NO centerfires and NO rimfires. It was depressing to not even see a box of 22's.
  17. CLP

    CLP Well-Known Member

    Yeah, I didn't read the ad completely. I think I'm getting burnt out on reading articles, THR threads, clicking on polls, emailing and writing congressman and I just overlooked that.
  18. RetiredUSNChief

    RetiredUSNChief Well-Known Member

    I hear you!

    The last few weeks have been wearing on me, as well, reading all this continuing...er..."fecal excrement" that's going on with respect to gun control.

    In the meantime, the country is headed South in a handbasket because we have 535 Congressmen who can't seem to grasp that a major part of their job description has to do with keeping the financial aspect of our nation rolling and on the right track. Maybe, juuuuuuust maybe, if they'd spend the first 11 months of the year working on that, they won't have to pull all-nighters in panic mode for the final weeks of the year.

    But I digress...

  19. mcdonl

    mcdonl Well-Known Member

    Here Here brothers. Trying times indeed.
  20. Fishslayer

    Fishslayer Well-Known Member

    People hate on Walmart but in my area they didn't raise prices during the Great Ammo Drought of '09. The one I frequent didn't have limits either IIRC. I could be wrong. You had to be lucky to catch the ammo before it was gone.

    Gal the other night said they weren't even being allowed to send orders. I took that to mean the warehouse was empty.

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