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Wal-Mart adopts new ammo policy

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

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  1. Ashcons

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  2. GCBurner

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    I saw that at the local Walmart last night. The guy running sporting goods said a husband and wife had come in and bought the last 6 boxes of .22LR, 3 boxes each. He said they expect supplies to probably get back to normal by sometime in March, if nothing else happens to keep the panic buying going.
     
  3. d-dogg

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    And I have absolutely no problem with that!
     
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    That shows up in this thread where apparently some did not take too kindly to the new policy.

    When all this began, while Cabela's was taking back orders I ordered some .223 just out of curiosity. I ordered 800 rounds with free shipping. That was December 27th. Got another follow up email yesterday that they expect delivery around 28 Feb. so my order should ship early March. Regular pricing no problem so we shall wait and see.

    Wal-Mart is just trying to spread what they have and get over a wide customer base.

    Ron
     
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    They held out longer than most on purchase limits, but even the retail giant isn't immune from supply shortages.
     
  6. jmr40

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    Good plan, I have no problem.
     
  7. wooly bugger

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    Even Midway is limiting to 2 bricks of .22LR. Fine with me. Prevents some rich <removed> from buying up the whole inventory.
     
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    Walmart has almost 4,000 stores in the US. Try stocking all of them with ammo, and guns. They could sell the entire years production of Bushmaster in a week.
     
  9. Ashcons

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    Doesn't bother me either, but it's a bit late judging by the ammo shelves. My wife was pretty impressed at how barren it was. They'd even moved the BP rifles into their normal rifle cases to make it look like they had firearms in stock (usually their BP stuff is locked up and neglected in a sad corner of the sporting goods dept).
     
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    smart. me, the consumer (who was just about done going to Walmart looking for ammo) will now troll the aisles more often in the hopes of a few boxes on the shelf, maybe picking up a few odds and ends along the way.

    smart business decision.
     
  11. breakingcontact

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    I noticed after Academy Sports imposed purchase limits, you can now at least get 40/45 pretty regular, still haven't seen any 22LR/223/9mm
     
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    +1 here
     
  13. random_gun

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    The ammo shelf has been empty for like a month... How does this matter?
     
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    I was at my local Academy talking to the gun dept guys, and they said for the past month the same guys would be at the door every morning to buy up any ammo they could, and it would always end up at a gun show on the weekend going for 3 times the price. They since put a stop to this with purchase limits.
     
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    100% reasonable. I stopped going by Wallyworld because a) its Wallyworld and b) there's NEVER anything there and c) mine is a "Super Wal-Mart" that's as big as a mall and the Sporting Goods section is in the back corner meaning a fruitless trip is a 20min diversion
     
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    It's about time.

    Gun Dept. Associate told me last weekend they are still receiving ammo, but it sells before they even remove it from the pallets. They've got a small number of people hanging around in the early morning hours waiting on ammo to appear then buying it all. I'm guessing they're small gun/pawn stores that can't get ammo from their normal suppliers, or individuals reselling ammo thru classifieds or guns shows as previous poster noted.

    Three boxes of CCI Tactical .22 standard velocity would make me very happy for a couple of weeks. :)
     
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    I got an email this morning from SGAmmo.com about 5k rd cases of CCI 22 SV for $299. They sold out in 15min (I got one, luckily). Tonight, there no less than ten auctions for the same thing all from the same seller on GB and they were up near $500 last I checked. I wouldn't doubt that people are clearing out Wal-Mart and making $$ on it.

    edit - http://www.gunbroker.com/All/BI.aspx?IncludeSellers=1738368
     
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    Plenty of large dealers doing the same since the run on ammo started. Far too many people clearing out the shelves and then taking the goods to shows and marking it up.
     
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    You lucky dog. :D
     
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    I guess the free market system is dead.

    The same ones that say hooray Wal-Mart is limiting ammo will get bent out of shape if the government passes a law that says you can only have 5 boxes of ammo for a gun or you can only buy 3 guns a year.

    Yet another reason to support you local gun store not the box store.
     
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    Crazy stuff!!

    I have 150 rds of 9mm left and will split that into two trips to the range over the next two weeks. When that's gone I will just not shoot again until I can get ammo at a somewhat reasonable price. I don't care if it takes two more months or longer. I have SD ammo and can hit a BG from 10 yards. I don't think that skill will perish in that time period.
     
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    Local gun stores are limiting quantities too.

    There are two ways to keep high demand/low supply items in stock to meet the needs of as many people as possible. 1) Put insane prices on the item so people can't afford to buy it all up or 2) limit sales at normal prices so the $12/hour guy has as much chance to buy the product as the $200k/year guy.

    Which do you prefer?
     
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    Around here, some of the LGS's get ammo at the box store, then mark it up and resell. I prefer to cut out the middle man.
     
  24. RetiredUSNChief

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    No big deal to me.

    I just drive down the road a ways to the next Walmart anyway, like I do when the store I'm at doesn't have what I want in stock.

    And I can always come back a few hours later. Or visit with my wife and/or other family/friends.

    I can understand what they're doing and why. Yeah, it may aggravate a few, but if it helps alleviate the scarcity by helping others obtain ammunition, then it will serve a couple purposes:

    1. It helps others get ammunition that they might not be able to.

    2. It may help take the edge off the "fear factor" that's driving much of the buying, which will help bring inventories back up. And once inventories start coming up again, the fear factor should drop even more.

    I'm sure there will be those who disagree...and I'm sure I'll see it. But the bottom line is that Walmart is still selling, and to me that's what matters at this point in time.

    And, of course, Walmart isn't the only place to buy ammunition by any stretch of the imagination.

    As for the future...let's see what it brings when it gets here and not get too bent out of shape as yet.

    :):)
     
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    It's a whole different situation if you live somewhere where you have OPTIONS in buying ammo. Where I live it's WalMart or one of two pawn shops. That's it. Nearest option is 40 minutes away, and it's another WalMart. So yeah, I'm in favor of WalMart limiting ammo sales.

    I don't see how a publicly traded corp. deciding to place limits on ammo sales is at all the same thing as the gov't telling them to place limits on sales.
     
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