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Wal-Mart adopts new ammo policy

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

  1. crazy-mp

    crazy-mp Well-Known Member

    What part of this do you not understand if I have the money to purchase a product weather it be a box of .22 or a Cadillac the retailer should not be telling me what I can buy with my money.

    There is a old saying, Life is tough, its even tougher if your, well you know the rest...
  2. mcdonl

    mcdonl Well-Known Member

    The retailer is not telling what you can buy, he is telling you how much he is willing to sell one person.

    Think about this...

    A retailer sells you all of his stock. Lets assume you don't resell it. Shucks, lets assume you use it all. It will be a long time before you need more. Meanwhile all of the customers that got nothing look elsewhere for their ammo and are upset that the retailer let it all go to one person.

    What about flu vaccines? What about water in drought stricken areas? Should there be no limit on those items either?

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  3. CombatVet IZ AF

    CombatVet IZ AF New Member

    I have always lived by the adage "shoot one, buy two," so I'm not feeling the current crunch too much. As for buying from smaller gun shops or pawn shops instead of the corporate retailers ...

    I am all for buying locally and supporting small businesses, but this situation has brought out the worst in some of my local retailers (here in northeast Texas). They will buy out the stock at the big stores and resell in their shops for a huge markup. A local gun shop was trying to sell a 50-round box of Remington Thunderbolts for $13, which normally goes for $3-4. At least the big box stores like Wal-Mart, Gander Mountain and Cabela's won't try to take advantage of the "panic" to gouge the customer, and kudos to them for trying to spread their meager stocks.

    When everything slows down and the rush subsides, customers need to remember how the stores acted.
  4. nfafan

    nfafan Well-Known Member

    Gun boards can be amazing...

    This same topic discussed elsewhere is filled with rage at any notion that just because you are at the front of the buffet line, you can be free to pig out on all the bacon they put out.

    Yet here, there is a reasoned discussion that rationing the finite supply of ammo so "we" all get a shot at some (pun intended) is perfectly acceptable.
  5. Autolycus

    Autolycus Well-Known Member

    I commend Walmart for their policy as they are trying to be good to their customers. However I have to ask why everyone hates the people and stores that buy it and sell it for 2 or 3 times the price? Is that not the essence of capitalism? If there is a demand, is it wrong to make money? Are you all a bunch of communists Obama lovers? Seriously, good for those industrious enough to make a buck. If you want ammo, go to Walmart early and buy it. Don't hate on others for being prepared and getting up early to get some and make a few dollars. It is freedom and it is what America is all about.
  6. texasgun

    texasgun Well-Known Member

    great. glad they made that policy change.

    if you want to buy "bulk" ... go order online and get your 1,000rd box. it's pretty nasty to go to Wal-Mart - clean out the entire ammo shelve and then head home and re-sell that stuff with a hefty mark-up.

    Wal-Mart is smart to change their policy - it certainly will keep me shopping there again.
  7. 6.5x55swedish

    6.5x55swedish Well-Known Member

    A 3 box limit is better than not selling guns and ammo at all.

    Our local Dicks Sporting Goods cleaned out their shelves and has signs up that they will no longer be selling either. I asked a stock guy in the store about it and he didn't know if it was select stores or nation wide. He said they marked down all the ammo and sold it all and the guns all got shipped back to their supplier.
  8. RetiredUSNChief

    RetiredUSNChief Well-Known Member

    Well, Dicks HAS removed certain firearms from their inventory as a retail chain, I understand.

    And if you go to their website, you won't find any long guns that essentially aren't bolt action or lever action. (I didn't look at the .22 rifles, though.)


    However, I don't find anything about a more extensive policy of restriction on sales of guns and ammo. This might just be at your local store, much like what Dicks did at their store near Newtown, Ct.

    If anybody else has any information, I'd be interested.
  9. 76shuvlinoff

    76shuvlinoff Well-Known Member

    The only rifle calibers I saw at my closest Walmart were 30-30, .22WMR and a box of .17. I saw no pistol stuff, plenty of shotgun ammo though.
    I almost picked up a couple boxes of 30-30s but I have a few and I really don't use that little rifle except to get it out once in a blue moon just to hear it go boom.
  10. SFsc616171

    SFsc616171 Well-Known Member

    It's a store. They can set policies, as they do with coupons on food items, already. Three boxes a day, depending on caliber, could be a little or could be a lot. In so saying, that is stating that they will sell it, and they are expecting shipments. So, to ensure that more customers come, they limit a little. As one that did work part-time, in a retail store's sporting goods section, crates of shotgun shells are not light!

    I just hope that the revolver calibers do NOT vanish before I get there! I do not own a hungry AR-15/AK-** series, that must be fed a lot.
  11. RetiredUSNChief

    RetiredUSNChief Well-Known Member


    Went to a local Dicks...they're still selling guns and ammo with no plans not to.

    However, every other place, their ammo shelves are barren because they sell their stock as fast as they get it in. I just missed being able to buy 9mm and .45 acp by a few hours.

  12. Constrictor

    Constrictor Well-Known Member

    You have just answered your own question. All calibers are affected and gone.
  13. Tolkachi Robotnik

    Tolkachi Robotnik Well-Known Member

    Cheaper rounds gone.

    Here, .22LR, 9mm, and .223 are not available. Those are also generally of low expense historically. There are high dollar critical defense rounds of .45 ACP around, over a dollar a round, but no lower dollar .45 ACP. Most everything else is available, and some stores have restocked in response to this with full cases of almost every other center-fire round of deer rifle size cartridges. Maybe .308 is a little bought down. There are very few pistols, and a month ago the ones in the case were not going out very well.

    There is every indication that the prices are going up. I believe in the near future the foreign makers will likely be available and for less mark up than our domestic producers. This based on .22WMR ammo freshly stocked, with Fiocchi being half priced compared to the others.

    I have heard people talking that they knew someone who drove to six Super Walmart's and bought all the 9mm ammo from all six.

    There needs to be some elasticity to the demand or this will get real ugly.
  14. inkinskin

    inkinskin Well-Known Member

    This is at each stores discretion. My local Walmart has the three box rule (which is funny cuz there is only about 3 boxes in the entire storage rack), but if you go to the town next to us their store has a six box rule. I have also talked to other shooters who live in rural areas and they are buying 10 - 12 boxes at a time, sometimes the whole case if they can. Rules are made to be bent and or broken. I have even heard of guys bribing the checkers to put a few boxes or a case aside for them when they get their shipments in.
  15. mcdonl

    mcdonl Well-Known Member

    My local walmart has plenty of .270, .243, 30-30 and 30.06
  16. CLP

    CLP Well-Known Member

    Any AR's, or just lever/bolt actions?
  17. Shanghai McCoy

    Shanghai McCoy Well-Known Member

    I remember that back in the 1990's when there was the big "primer panic" local stores limiting the amount of primers that us reloaders could purchase.
    Funny thing, I recently used some that I had bought "way back then" and the price stickers were still on them.
    Wish they were that cheap now...:rolleyes:
  18. chevyman097

    chevyman097 Well-Known Member

    I dont see any problems with vendors trying help everyone have a chance at at least some of their small stocks. Limits can help more people get a little ammo rather than one person get lots of ammo.

    But i do see an issue with the process already though.

    First off, Im good on ammo for most all my firearms. But i still like to pick up little bits from time to time for target shooting, like 12 gauge. I go through lots of shotshells.

    I noticed they had a limit of 3 boxes period.(I normally dont shop and wal mart due to their strange policies and other reason, but well options are few) While this seems to make sense there a flaw. See while I was there they had just sold the last 3 bulk packs of target loads to a guy in front of me. Each bulk pack has 4 boxes of 25 shells in them. So he got away with 12 boxes of 25 round target ammo. So im up next and im stuck only being able to get 3 single boxes of 25 shell target 12 ga loads.

    If they are going to carry bulk packs and single boxes it should be a limit to one bulk pack or something of that nature as well. Their own system that is intended to be fair is flawed.
  19. va1911

    va1911 Well-Known Member

    My Wally World interprets this as 3 boxes of any given caliber, not 3 total. people have figured out when the truck shows up and if you aren't there within 20 min of the unboxing you won't get any. It never hits the shelf.
  20. soonerfan85

    soonerfan85 Well-Known Member

    I suppose WalMart's 3 box limit may be working as I stopped by the WM in Magnolia last night on the way home from Dallas and they had 30-40 boxes of PPU 5.56. Got my 3 boxes, and the new windshield wipers I'd stopped in to get, and drove home. Still no .22 other than shorts and shotshells.

    I stopped at the Academy store in Mesquite over the weekend and they probably 300+ boxes of Tula 7.62x39 with no limit. However, on any other caliber they have a one box limit? All the popular pistol calibers like 45acp, 9mm, 40S&W, 380 etc. were being kept at the service desk. Sooo, I picked up several boxes of 7.62 and ONE 50 rd box of Winchester .22. The guy at the gun counter said the reason for the one box limit was that some of the local Dallas area gun shops like B&S were coming in and buying up all their ammo and reselling it in their stores, leaving Academy with nothing to sell to their customers. The fact there was no limit on the 7.62 leads me to believe that it's becoming available to distributors again and Academy doesn't think they'll have problems restocking it.

    Also found 38spcl and 357 mag available at the Cabella's in McKinney for pretty reasonable prices. Maybe we're seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. :)

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