Originally Posted by Daoust_Nat
I know someone who has a family member working at Smith & Wesson in MA. His Brother gets a 40% (on MSRP) discount I am told on S&W guns. Pretty good profit to split between the distributors and gun sellers.
One of the paragraphs I disagreed with, was the one that said Wal Mart policy might affect other gun sellers. If I had a gun store I don't think I would allow Wal Mart policy to dictate how I do business. I would follow the requirements of the law, not Wal Mart policy. If you don't like how I do business, change the law. don't expect me to operate my business to a higher standard then required legally, and thus limit my sales and revenue.
i didnt say it would affect other sellers. no one is beholden to how walmart does business.
but what i meant was the costs of paying an employee to run the gun sales stocking costs space being taken on the sales floor etc all eat greatly into the cost of selling that once in a while gun at a walmart. its not a 40% pure profit its prolly closer to 4-5% per gun once the all costs are figured in.
now walmart could and does use that retail space for a LOT of other goods like other sporting equipment ammunition bait and tackle hunting gear etc. all of which sale at a higher volume than guns at most walmarts.
im not saying all wal marts dont ake a profit selling guns thats why some do sell them and some dont. it all depends on the geographic sales data for a given area a given walmart is in.
a gunshop selling a gun and getting a hold on a known customer then releasing it after the expiration is one thing but the board of directors at walmart have to set policy chain wide and giving that discretion to a store clerk isnt good for business.
thats my point.