Walmart info

Discussion in 'In Stock' started by bil1943, Mar 27, 2013.

  1. bil1943

    bil1943 New Member

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    I go to a small Walmart to try to buy some 22LR. I go every M-W-F at 7:00 a.m., the opening time. Each time I've gone there hasn't been any 22LR or much of anything, really, except shotgun shells. I see the same 4 guys ahead of me buying the 22lr large boxes, which are a great deal at under $20, limit of three boxes per person. Today there was none in the Tues. night delivery, so the 4 of us straggled out. At the front door 3 guys stopped and waited for the 4th. When he came out, he took out a roll of bills and peeled off a couple of $50 bills and said split it up.
    As it happens, I've seen this guy at local gun shows. He is a vendor there. He sells 22LR for $80/box of 325 or 333. Boxes of 525 rounds are $100.
    Now I know where he gets his stock and what he pays for it.
    Wally world is the only place I know that hasn't rocketed their prices on 22LR, so I'll keep on trying.
    I'll never buy from rip-off artists like this, and I hope no one else does either. If they get stuck holding a bunch of ammo with no buyers, they'll quit hogging it up and maybe the rest of us can go buy a box for a reasonable price.
    Bil
     
  2. johnr43

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    I found out (from an employee by way of a "wink and a nod") my local wally world has employees "leaking info" to certain others as to what/when ammo arrives. Average person doesn't have a chance here. You'd have to be awfully naive to believe money doesn't change hands on this operation... :mad:
     
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  3. scherfinator

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    Just picked up 300 rounds of 9mm at my Walmart here is Mesa,AZ
     
  4. TekGreg

    TekGreg Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Cincinnati, OH area Wal-Marts haven't had ammo actually on their shelf for months except 12 ga. Birdshot. One customer told me he saw an employee leave with 10 boxes. If Wal-Mart only enforces the "three box rule" on customers we don't stand a chance, unless we take jobs at the local store.
     
  5. Innovative

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    bill1943 .....

    These things do happen in a free market. However, everyone gets the reputation they deserve, and in the end - that will kill their own business.

    The important thing to understand here is . . . . Why this situation so much worse than ever before?

    ANSWER - Our government is buying up all of the ammo that our tax dollars can afford. They can't buy it all, but they're buying enough to create the REAL problem here. You'll never hear about this from our liberal news media on TV.
     
  6. bigtex52

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    I don't think it is the government buying it all up. It's the average Tom, Dick and Harry who is panic buying because of what he reads in the news. Eventually, provided the manufacturers keep up production, this thing will settle out and supplies will become plentiful again and prices will come down. ($.30 / round for .22LR??? REALLY????) Until they do, I am not going to shoot what I have put back, which is a real shame.
     
  7. Innovative

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  8. BodySnatcher

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    WalMart has a live inventory on line. Check the website before you go. If the Sporting Goods Manager says they don't have it and it shows in stock on the website ask for the General Manager of the store. You should see some ammo magically appear.

    This is the only way to stop the WalMart staff from taking it all for themselves, or their friends.
     
  9. Innovative

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    My next door neighbor works for Walmart (in the Sporting Goods dept). He said their shipments of ammo are nothing like it used to be. They ration it out to customers (2) boxes per customer.

    Does that sound like business as usual? Trust me . . . . our government is buying all they can find. Money is no object to them.
     
  10. juststartin5272

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    I'm the sporting goods dept. manager at my local Walmart and I somewhat take offense to some of these statements. I personally check what my store and the other stores in a 20 mile radius will be getting on their trucks each night and tell anyone who asks what store will have what ammo. I do tell them that they need to be there early or they would be getting any.
     
  11. pizza_pablo

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    The link is dead.

    Justin, no need to take offense. Just because it is not happening at your Walmart doesn't mean it's not happening at others.
     
  12. Innovative

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    This problem was obviously not caused by Walmart. We have too many liberal politicians that want to disarm America. That's the problem!
     
  13. pizza_pablo

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    I also believe this is the case, but have not found anything confirming that DHS is dying up our ammo supply.
     
  14. Innovative

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    My local Walmarts and Academy people have been very helpful during this hard time crisis. Just ask them when they get shipments and they will tell you. My Academy gets guns and ammo every M W F and will have it on the shelves at 8am when they open. One box per caliber per person please. They know what guns are coming in but unfortunately they don't know what calibers and how much of ammo they are getting until the trucks pull up.

    Walmart gets deliveries every weekday and will have it on the shelf by 7 am. They just don't know what they are getting or how much either. I have had long talks with the walmart employees working the gun section (always old folks :confused:) and they have been very honest to me and seem trust worthy. Maybe in some places the employees are bad but I want to believe that here they are just trying to do good by everyone.
     
  16. TekGreg

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    Juststartin,

    The scenario I related in my post was personally witnessed by me and therefore fact. However, at the end of my posting I made a generalization of all Wal-Mart employees and for that I apologize. You obviously have integrity in trying to help your customers. I think we are all frustrated at the lack of ammo and the betrayals of a few people that we feel helpless to remedy and that causes us to lash out. Again, I apologize for any offense I caused.
     
  17. KrashKing

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    I work at a Wal-Mart, get in good with just about any of the poeple, they can look up exactly what is planned to come in on the next truck, I know I look for .45 everyday.
     
  18. TekGreg

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    Whether or not DHS is buying 2.1 billion rounds in two orders should be only a secondary consideration to the market. Government approved suppliers fill these orders all the time yet still fulfill all their commercial requirements. They would not just stop commercial production to fulfill an order: Again, they have done this for decades with no effect on the commercial market.

    However, rarely is there a secondary market in ammunition where a person can buy off-the-shelf and immediately triple the price and still have a customer pay it quickly. This trend will most likely not end until everyone willing to pay the much higher prices feel they have enough of a stockpile to survive whatever they feel may come. At that point we will see the markets come back to normal and stores will once again be able to stock ammunition at their regular prices.

    While it's necessary to have enough ammunition for SHTF scenarios and home defense, we will not see the end of this price gouging until there are very few people that are willing to pay the inflated prices.
     
  19. Innovative

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    TeKGreg ......

    Those 2 billion rounds ordered by the DHS represent dozens of orders, and that's enough ammo for a 30 year ground war. Most of this ammo is non-military calibers. Think about that for a moment . . . .

    Ammunition gets to the shelf only after it is sold to dealers by huge distributors, and they will sell to anyone with an FFL. The shooters that are now hoarding ammo are the smart ones. This situation is caused by a government that fixes (or causes) every problem with an unlimited amount of our money. This ammo shortage is even worse than we had during WWII.
     
  20. ArmyRanger

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    I don't think that the gov't is the cause of the ammo shortage but a perfect storm of Newtown, mistrust of gov't Obama and cronies and panic buying. BUT, what does the DHS need with 2 billion rounds of hollow point? It at least begs for an answer. I agree with TekGreg, don't buy from those guys gouging at the gun shows and online and they will get stuck with a boatload of ammo and then we can all get back to regular practice. Until then, movement drills, dryfire, etc. I don't think that the problems at some Walmarts are systemic, I shop at several and have a great relationship with the employees, they all are very open about what is coming in and when. If you get there at the right time then you get what they got, 3 boxes of each. Employees are limited to 1 box and can't buy during their shift. I have friends that buy up what they find and we split what we buy between us. It's not a lot but a little is better than none and better than paying $1/rd for .223 etc. It will be awhile before it gets back to the good ole days again. There is a search engine that checks for ammo at www.gunbot.net that checks for ammo online, price per box, price per rd, etc. I haven't had a whole lot of luck with it but I have found a few gems, the stuff goes quick so you have to buy when you see it. I've been wanting to get back into reloading recently now that I am settled in one place but reloading supplies are slim to nonexistent. I would just like to add that if anyone finds any reloading supplies online please speak up.