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Old 04-10-2013, 10:58 AM
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Scored a couple boxes of .45. Asked the employee when he expected another shipment. The ammo cabinet is damn near bare and this is what he told me and 3 other guys standing in line: "We've got everything you see empty in this cabinet in the back in storage. We can only put it out on the shelves when corporate tells what and how much to put out. It's some type of regulation." Of course I asked when would he know what he was putting out tomorrow and he said they do not know until the day of. This guy was some kind of manager. He also mentioned that they continue to get shipments daily and that he has a stack of 9mm in the back as big as the ammo cabinet itself.

This just doesn't seem right but I have no idea why he would lie. What's your take? BS or not?
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BS - The cupboard is bare. At least, at every Walmart in my area. Guy I've known forever that works there said as soon as it arrives, it's gone. 'Cept for some odds and ends stuff, like 20 gauge.
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BS...did he also try to sell you a bridge? j/k
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It may not be complete BS. This past week, there have been a number of articles in magazines (Business Week) and Newspapers (NY Times) about how excessive staff cutting has been keeping Wally's shelves from being restocked, and how stuff just sits in the warehouse. Here's one from Time.
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Sittin' in a warehouse somewhere? Somewhat believable. Sittin' in a big secret cabinet in the back of the store? No way, Jose.
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I would say BS. Maybe an "anti" getting his jollies by toying with you guys because he knows that a lot of us are already on edge with the current gun laws/ammo situation? ;?
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Doesn't make sense to me either. When has walmart not wanted to sell something?

It didn't bother me either way, I got what I came for.
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There may be a tiny bit of truth in this. Places put restrictions on how many boxes you can buy for one reason - to ensure that everyone can buy some, which increases overall customer satisfaction.
If they get a shipment once a week, they could put 20% of their stock out on Monday, 20% on Tuesday, etc so each day they have some to put out.

I doubt they are holding onto vast stores of ammo, waiting on the capricious word of some corporate weenie. It costs companies money to maintain inventory, so for them, the less inventory not on the shelves, the better.
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I had a similar experience. The shelves were bare so I asked the guy when they normally get shipments in. He asked what I was looking for. I said 9mm. He said "ya we've got stacks of it in the back, how many boxes you want?" I thought it was really strange. Could've been the same situation, or the stock boys were too lazy to walk it to the shelf. who knows.....
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BS, if they had it, they'd sell it.
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I'll ask my mother in law, she's been with Wal Mart for 27 years.
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I'd have to call BS as well.

Wal Mart was the pioneer of 'Just In Time Inventory'.

They don't 'warehouse' much of anything at the individual stores.
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Another thing, he said this was an NC thing and this was the case with all walmarts in NC.

I hate to think what this guy said was true. The guy with me wanted some 9mm and we had to go to the gun shop near the walmart and he paid $60 for a box of WWB 100 round. Damn, that's $20 when walmart has it. Guy was pissed thinking that walmart just didn't want to sell it that day.
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If you see it and price is ok ----buy it---- 9s are very hard to find---- at flea market to day lot of reloads-- PU 2 boxes of 50 cal for $ 100.00 ie $ 5 / shot --Brick of 22 $ 150.00------ the days of bulk shell is OVER
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call bs, just go to a Walmart where guns are banned (DC, Chicago, NYC) they have all the ammo in the world...case in point a buddy of mine stopped in at a Walmart in DC and scored cart load full of assorted ammo, no limits b/c they had planty of stock.
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Yeah, I read the other day, Walmart has empty shelves with products back in the store, because they lack
restockers, was not pertained to ammunition, however other items...
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BS, flunkie making himself feel important. Everybody loves a good conspiracy. The reality is that the sooner we quit paying crazy prices to resellers, the sooner stuff will get back to normal.
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You never know. You don't mind over paying for something when you think you were fortunate to get it at all. If the shelf looks empty you assume the store is running out of the item you want. If the shelf is full and the price looks a little high, you might wait for the price to drop while betting the supply will not be gone.
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Originally Posted by Mardi-Gras View Post
call bs, just go to a Walmart where guns are banned (DC, Chicago, NYC) they have all the ammo in the world...case in point a buddy of mine stopped in at a Walmart in DC and scored cart load full of assorted ammo, no limits b/c they had planty of stock.
What Walmart in DC?????? In the 25+ years I lived there I knew of none.
;?;?;?

http://www.walmart.com/storeLocator/...=washington+dc
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BS, flunkie making himself feel important. Everybody loves a good conspiracy. The reality is that the sooner we quit paying crazy prices to resellers, the sooner stuff will get back to normal.
Agreed.

Ammo isn't hard to produce and the suppliers/resellers are making a big, big score.

Besides, in case of the zombie apocalypse, who many gunfights against the zombies or government henchmen do the gun/ammo hoarders expect to survive?

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