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Attn: Wal-Mart shoppers

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Rem700SD, Oct 3, 2006.

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  1. Rem700SD

    Rem700SD Member

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    I was just at the local Wal-Mart (2300 local) and one of the associates in the sporting goods department stated(as I noticed the empty gun case) that today was the last day of their gun sales. She said this decision was made my the new CEO who was the from Target. "never worked a day for Wal-MArt in his life" she stated.
    Is this a new national policy, or just local? In contemplating a boycott of WalMart, I've become painfully aware of my dependence on WalMart and Sam's!

    Dan
     
  2. Il Duca

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    Certain Wal-Marts in certain areas where gun and ammo sales are not lucrative are phasing out guns and ammo. So far it isn't a company wide thing. Alot of the stores in my area still carry guns and ammo.
     
  3. heypete

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    It's generally a regional thing, depending on what the market will bear.

    California Wal-Marts no longer sell guns of any sort. I think that was due to some legal issue (staff not getting paperwork filled out properly or some such...), not a business issue. But in many areas the beancounters have calculated that they can make a higher profit on other goods instead of guns in the same floorspace, so that's what they do.

    Simple business.

    That said, Wal-Mart doesn't sell the guns I want (non-sporting guns, generally -- one cannot buy belt-fed guns at Wal-Mart), and the hassle of dealing with them does not offset the slightly lower price. Instead, I have a list of local gun shops that I have had favorable experiences with and, when in the market for a new gun, call ahead and ask for their best price on that particular gun. I do the same thing when I was car shopping -- very low pressure, you can talk to a dozen shops in under an hour, and never have to leave the house. Saves a lot on wasteful impulse buys too. :evil:

    Their ammo prices are nice, but even the California Wal-Marts still sell ammo. If I'm buying more than 100-200 rounds, I generally buy online, as the shipping ends up being less than the sales tax. That, and online vendors have a much greater selection than Wal-Mart and a much better price than local gun shops.
     
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    On my way hunting this weekend I stopped at a WalMart in a town I rarely visit. I was glad to see firearms in the sporting goods section.
    Although it sucks for your local WalMart to stop selling guns, if they aren't selling well I don't blame them. If they are doing it for political reasons that's another story.
     
  5. History Prof

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    Folks in my town would have a fit if wallyworld stopped selling them here. I know RKBA folks tend to get all "RKBA" about these things, but it is a business decision. When I lived in Tempe AZ, I worked in downtown Phoenix for a year. I bought two rifle cases one day at a walmart near downtown, and the sporting goods people were VERY happy to see someone in the gun department. Sales there were *lousy* and this was seven years ago.

    I did get annoyed at the lady at the front register who looked at me with fear on her face, like she was afraid I was gonna go kill a bunch of people because I was buying *evil gun stuff*TM.:cuss:
     
  6. Rem700SD

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    This Wal-Mart is in Texas City, TX, which is still has a large shooting/hunting/sporting population. Therefore I don't see a business reason. Also, there was no ammo displayed. This disturbes me....
     
  7. S&Wfan

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    A double shame!

    Wally-World has forced a lot of gun stores out of business . . . and now plans to shut down their gun areas too?

    What a double tragedy.

    I guess next there will be some more "little guys" who attempt to fill the new, local voids by mortgaging everything they own to start new little gun stores. Once they get going . . . maybe Wally-World will decide to go back into the guns/ammo business again and ruin them too.
     
  8. wuchak

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    All the more reason to buy from local stores. That couple of extra dollars you pay will help keep them around so when Wal-mart decides to stop selling firearms and ammo in all its stores, which it will, like Sears and JC Penny's, you'll still have a place to shop. There are other large retailers out there who carry firearms and ammo at prices competitive with Walmart, e.g. Cabela's, Gander Mountain, Big 6, Bass Pro, but unlike Walmart firearms are part of their core business so it's unlikely that they will drop them.

    I'm lucky that I have a Cabela's 10 minutes away, a Bass Pro shop coming soon and numerous independent gun stores nearby. For regular shopping I joined Costco. Neither my wife nor I have set foot in a Walmart in years and probably never will again. I can't give my money to a company who treats their employees like Walmart does.
     
  9. TimboKhan

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    I don't want to sound like an elitist, but is this really the case? Most gun stores that I have been in sell "better" guns than Wal-Mart. Not that a gun from them is bad somehow, but I don't think Wal-Mart is serving the same customer base as a local gunstore is. I guess I could sort of see it from the perspective of ammo sales, but even then, my guess is that you can't by anything but the most popular calibers at a wally-world.

    I can see wal-mart phasing out gun sales in some areas. I get the impression that Wal-Mart is trying hard to "customize" their stores to the areas that they are in. Cases in point, there are some walmarts now selling reloading supplies, and I know of one wal-mart in Idaho that has a full service fly shop in it. Perhaps my impression is incorrect, but it makes sense to cater to your customers needs.
     
  10. Gord

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    My Wallyworld just finished its remodeling, and they actually expanded on gun accessories, but they stopped selling guns a few years back and the ammo selection is the same - no 185gr .45ACP, f'rinstance.

    Unless somebody gets ahold of a leaked corporate memo saying that ALL GUNS ARE TO BE WHISKED FROM SHELVES AND BURNED IMMEDIATELY BECAUSE THEY ARE EEEVIL I'm gonna keep giving Walmart the benefit of the doubt and assuming it's simple economics.
     
  11. Bruce333

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    This is old news.
     
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    It is the start of the for Wal-Mart selling firearms. Within 5 to 7 years they will quit completely. Just my opinion.
     
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    With they way ATF is I dont blame them. Also Walmart has deep deep pockets. Even with the lawful protection of commerce act a lawsuit that gets filed still costs some money. Sears used to sell guns made by other companies with the Sears name on it. I have an old .22 that was bought there. At some point though they decided it wasnt worth the time/liability.

    I think the only way we as a group should get fired up about this is if this decision is based upon Rosie ODonnell types threatening Walmart. I can accept business decisions but not them kneeling at the anti gunners feet.
     
  14. Matt King

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    My local Wal-Mart has stopped selling firearms, but they continue to sell ammunition. I think It just depends on the area that you are in. I have a friend that lives twenty minutes away from me, and his Wal-Mart continues to stock guns.
     
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    Well, now that would be a new development .... :rolleyes:

    Back when I lived in western CO, Walmart had a policy that all their stores had to have their lawn and garden stuff out by March 1 (or some such date, maybe even in Feb). So the local store had to plow three feet of snow off the parking lot and set up huge plastic quonsets in 35 degree below zero weather. I guess if it was spring in Arkansas, it must be spring everywhere.

    And they must send out standard auto parts display packages. Two sets of V-8 spark plugs in a county where half the "cars" are pickups. They wouldn't/couldn't re-order anything until all those foreign car spark plug sets were sold.
     
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    Any gun store so poorly run that they let Wal-Mart put them out of business, doesn't deserve to be in business anyway. With the limited selection of product, in guns, ammo, and hunting/fishing related items the average Wal-Mart carries, I don't see how they could put a dent in a well run gun (or fishing tackle for that matter, I hear the same thing about that) store.
     
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    Not around here

    My Wal-Mart just added new gun cases and generally improved the whole sporting good section and their gun selection.

    They are also competing with a brand-new Bass Pro 3 miles down the road.
     
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    My Wallyworld hasn't stopped selling ammo, though the guns are gone. Good selection on ammo and good prices.
     
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    My local Wal-Mart stopped selling guns back in August. Still have ammo available though.

    Now...they are building a new Wal-Mart much closer to my house and I am almost betting they wont even have ammo in this one.
     
  20. Jorg Nysgerrig

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    What new CEO? Wal-Mart has had the same CEO (Lee Scott ) for 6 years and the guy has been with Wal-Mart since 1979. Wal-Mart is a huge publicly-traded company. How exactly would a new CEO slip under the radar of media and the press?

    I suppose she could be talking about John Fleming, who came over to Walmart from Target in 2000.

    It just goes to show that many Wal-Mart associates have no clue about the company they work for, let alone knowing the intricate machinations Wal-Mart has for destroying the world. Always take their explanation of policies with a grain of salt.

    There have been a dozen threads in the last few months discussing that while some Wal-Marts are getting out of the gun business, other Wal-Marts keep bringing in the guns. Nothing new here.
     
  21. Axman

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    My local Wally World still has a full case of longarms. Yesterday there was a lady in there buying a 410 Remington pump shotgun for her 10 year old son. I commend the lady, and enjoyed seeing the boy "trying" the gun on for size. He was practicing safe handling quite well. Kept his finger off the trigger and didn't point it anywhere it shouldn't have been pointed.
     
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    Just for kicks I'm going to Wally World and buy a hundred pack of .45 ACP on my way back to work ;)
     
  23. JimmyN

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    It's all just business as usual. WalMart has a good market saturation as far as number of outlets, (actually, like McDonald's, they have reached a level of oversaturation in some areas, causing one WalMart store to compete with another) growth now depends more on specializing in what sells best in each stores location.

    I read in one of their investor reports, can't find a link to it now, that they were concerned with Target's sales figures for the more upscale fashions. In so many words they noted that Target was kicking their butt in sales on the more "trendy" fashions and brand name clothing. They would be increasing floor space for that to increase their clothing sales, the space needed obtained by scaling back on goods that weren't moving as well such as firearms, archery and other sporting goods that don't sell as well in the more urban and big city stores.

    They originally stated they would remove firearms sales from about a third of their stores.

    The company I work for used to do all of the Sam's Club Managers events. They rent a big convention center and set up a simulated Sam's Club store inside. The store managers can then decide what they want in their store from what is available at the show. We provided the Pharmacy, Bakery, Photo, Eyeglasses, etc booths and partitions. So each Sam's Club manager can choose if they want a bakery section or other specialized department. Likely the WalMart store managers can do the same, based on what they feel will bring in the most total sale dollars in their area.

    They only store I'm aware of that specifically stopped selling firearms, just because they were firearms was a store in Florida. They were located close to a school so it was decided no more firearms. But that makes about as much sense as closing a gas station on a specific corner to cut down on traffic accidents at that intersection. Most of the folks having accidents likely got their gas somewhere else anyway.....
     
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    Are we implying wal-mart has a conscience? They must have bigger skeletons in the closet to worry about a reputation of "Evil Gun Distributors".
     
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    Guns are gone at the 2 Kissimmee Wallys. Haven't been over to St Cloud in awhile. Joe
     
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