Skip to comments.Walmart sets limits on ammunition sales after demand surges
Posted on 01/30/2013 2:24:58 PM PST by deoetdoctrinae
"In order to take care of as many customers as possible, starting Thursday, January 24, all ammunition sales were limited to three boxes per customer, per day as supply is limited at this time," spokeswoman Ashley Hardie told Reuters on Wednesday.
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Yep. My local farm supply store has been out of .22s for MONTHS and we’re having a hard time getting ‘stingers’ for shooting troublesome coyote around here! I was FINALLY able to make a purchase through a private source, but just plain old 40 grain Remington .22s.
I’m kind of thinking that the retailers/manufacturers are LOVING this ‘supply and demand’ stuff. ;)
Standard everywhere. Here in relatively effete liberal suburbia (Alexandria and Burke in Northern Virginia) there’s nothing to be found outside of some .17HMR and maybe a few boxes of shotshells (mostly 20 gauge).
One of the consequences of the huge Federal purchases.
This is a regular occurance when there’s a run on ammo.
I noticed the local Wal-Mart was out of just about every kind of ammo. There did not seem to be a shortage of rifles and shotguns. They even had a Mossberg Rifle on clearance.
Usually this area does not respond much to national trends but it sure is now.
I guess we can buy ammunition from foreign suppliers and have it shipped? Anyone know about that?
I guess we can buy ammunition from foreign suppliers and have it shipped? Anyone know about that?
**** “The three box limit would get me exactly zero at my locat Walmart. Shelves are empty.” ****
Empty here too ... I still check every-time I’m there anyway
Same here. Checked at the Farm Store where I purchase my ammo normally. Nothing but shotgun shells and some .38 Special.
Yep. I don’t know if it was corporate imposed or just local, but back during that .380 shortage, my local Wally was limiting everyone to two boxes at a time. Everyone knew the truck came in on Tuesday night, so they were hovering around the sporting goods desk on Wednesday morning, lol.
Double edged sword
High demand + no supply = zero sales
I would be afraid to hazard a guess on the legality of that. Someone here will certainly know and advise. I check a bunch of the on-line sources here in the USA, but even they are dry on many popular calibers.
Anyone else suspicious of all these short supply stories? I believe the short supply part, it’s the why I am wondering about. I think the ammo is what they will go after. No ammo mentioned in the 2nd. These SOB’s, never. Rest.Never
So the Feds made a huge purchase of 22’s and 22 Mag’s? They must have bought up all the 243 and 270 ammo also.
Wish I could spare you some stingers. I have a very few, and all the rest is Federal 36 gr hollow points. I shot a few at the range yesterday, and almost felt wasteful, lol.
Yup, same here.
Had to run to Academy Sporting goods 30 miles away, had some 9mm fmj target stuff, had some .44 mag fmj no hollow points, no 30-30, no 30-.06, no .22.
Stocked up on what I could, slim pickin's at big bucks.
Said another shipment could be in Thursday.....Added maybe, but wasn't sure.
Bingo. Was in one of my local Wallyworlds yesterday to pick up a couple boxes of .308s and was disappointed to see there were only about 4 boxes of ammo of some kind left on the shelf, not my type of course.
I have a friend who works at Walmarts and he said that as soon as the shipments come in, they are sold out with in the hours. People are stocking up.
No bullets to be found anyplace in East Texas, except the usual deer cartridges, shotgun shells, etc.
I'm basically confined to stockpiling ammo and storing food. 4 more years is going to be tough for me. All I have to look forward to is 2014. I'm praying for a complete blowout of the Senate. IMO, Bammy could even get impeached if we got the votes. Right now, he's almost a dictator and the Senate would still say "not guilty".
Thanks! We’ve got enough stingers for now; just planning ahead because I want a coyote hat! :)
I have just popped into several local WM's lately....
...Shelves USUALLY bare....
Yet we have found rounds in stock a few times.
Their reps tell us they get restocked 2-3 times a week...
And pretty good supply-- it just sells FAST FAST FAST...
Luck of the draw... Keep checkin'
They made huge purchases of ammo. They were large enough that I believe capacity was shifted to cover the orders. With the current demand, I imagine they are frantically shifting back. Or, if they can make more money in the environment of scarcity, they are doing that first.
I went to Wal-Mart early Saturday morning. They had just put out about a dozen 20-round boxes of American Eagle .223 (55-grain FMJ) and the same number of 9mm 115-grain ball. I told the clerk I wanted all of the boxes of .223 and she said I could only have three boxes of ANYTHING (not 3 boxes of .223, and 3 boxes of 9mm, and 3 boxes of .380, etc.); total of 3 boxes no matter what I wanted to buy.
So, I bought the 3 box limit of .223 and I’m sure the guys behind me scooped up the rest.
No, as a gunstore owner and Evil retailer, I can categorically deny that we are not LOVING this “supply and demand” stuff. In fact, I know that many of my fellow evil retailers who are at the mercy of market forces will be barely making it in a couple of months. Here’s why: With nothing to stock, what will they be selling to pay the bills?
I have a little shop and only make a fraction of my income from retail as I am a gunsmith. If I was not a gunsmith I would be out of business in a few months at this rate.
Well maybe the drive by shootings and resulting death toll in Chicago might go down because of these slim pickings. If we don’t have our ammo by now we may be out of luck for a few years. Get what you can now and trade it for what you can use down the road.
Clinton* still has that asterisk after his name. ;)
No, it is not. Those purchases were normal acquisitions, not unlike much of the last decade. Recent purchases were publicized by conspiracy types and otherwise reasonable people were lead to believe that the government was up to something.
The current ammunition shortage is simply due to unprecedented demand by fearful citizens. And yes, there is ample justification for fearing our government.
The ammunition manufactures are running 24/7 trying to make and sell every single round possible before the inevitable collapse of the current bubble.
“...Walmart. Shelves are empty.”
I bet none of that has been delivered. I don’t know that as a fact, But the amounts have varied between several million and several TRILLION.I wonder if that wasn’t a scare tactic. If it was, no one in Texas is frightened...
But...can you sell me some ammo? ;)
Sorry. It was a Capitalist in me speaking. I manage a garden center - the only thing we ran out of last season was chopped straw due to the drought.
And if the drought keeps up, we’ll be where you are this time next year...
Black powder and BP substitutes still seem available, pick up an 1858 New Army Remington replica and spare cylinders(you can mail order them to boot) and use that for the “fun gun”. Cheap as heck and you can make the balls or bullets (Lee has a conical mold for percussion revolver bullets) from old wheel weights and scrap lead too!
I saw this as a possibility (the run on ammo and guns) before the election. I made a big order from an on-line ammo seller. My FedEx delivery man said “that is the biggest ammo delivery I have ever made”. The next day the other half of my order that shipped from a different location arrived by UPS.
That’s the same thing one of the clerks told me Saturday when I asked about 22 ammunition. They’ve been receiving shipments, but it sells out almost immediately. That morning, they’d received some CCI bulk packs and a several 100 round boxes. By the time I got there...9am...they’d sold all of it except six of the 100 round boxes. I was limited to 3, and thankful for even that.
Someone is lying here.
.22 Long Rifle Ammo.
Are the shipments even going?
Are the store manager or employees selling out the backdoor for a big cash adder?
The ammo is not getting to the shelves for public consumption.
The secondary market is 5X the price of October.
You got snow up there? It has been warm even into the 70s over here the last few days. Cooling down tonight.
Yes, Virgina Wall-mart did limit the sales of toilet paper.
Most believe the great toilet paper shortage of 1973 was cause by a johnny Carson’s joke. Really? This was the era of Jimmy Carter’s malaise.
Could have this been a practice run? What ever happen to Mr. Whipple?
The this might a subject Roseanne Barr has spoken about which we might have some agreement on. Her butt is too big for jut one square.
I went to a gun show last Saturday. Most all of the .22LR available was lead round nose practice ammo (the kind that doesn’t feed well in semi-autos).
Finally came across a guy who was selling 100 count baggies of Winchester hollow points for $9 each. I bought two and left him with only two bags.
Interesting take. Thanks for a dose of reality in the conversation.
It got down to 5F last night and has been windy and light snow all day. It is near the high for today at 22F. Yesterday Silvertonm, CO, in the SW corner of the state, got 78 inches of snow.
“pick up an 1858 New Army Remington replica and spare cylinders”
BP pistols are nearly impossible to find now and the cost is through the roof.
Its crazy, no doubt about it. I’m mostly just waiting for the panic buying to subside, but I’m not passing on the chance to buy if the opportunity presents itself at a reasonable price.
I found out this morning that the Cabelas website had the 2100 round cans of Federal 22 bulk ammo in yesterday for a (very) short time before it all got bought up.
WV Gunshop Facebook Page -
Hopefully the drought will break and you will not be in the position of wondering if your chosen line of work will exist in a few months. As you experienced in the hay/straw market, we are at the mercy of market forces, including scarcity. The sad thing is that the current scarcity of ammunition is man made, and therefore inexcusable. Doom on the anti capitalists.
Several observations about the ammo shortages. A lot of those AR and Ruger semi-automatic rifles have been sold over the last year. From what I’ve seen at the gun club, many of those users go through bricks of 22LR in a single session. The same with the .223/5.52 rifles. I haven’t seen so many M16 type weapons since I left the service years ago, but it is not uncommon now to see the entire line at the 100/200 yard range with lines waiting to shoot. Remember, this does not include military or police shooters which shoot only at reserved times/days. Finally, I think many shooters are just stocking up. I’ve run into a couple of instances where retailers have been backdooring ammo sales to their special friends but word eventually gets out and they get fired. I personally stocked up over the past year and don’t have to buy any, but I have cut back my shooting somewhat. I think this shortage will pass within a couple months and the best bet is to buy as little as possible at these high prices and wait it out.
“No ammo mentioned in the 2nd.”
No by those specific words, but ...
KEEP and BEAR arms.
Keep is a lot more than hold one in your hands forever.
For example keep livestock — feed, breed, harvest, care for, multiply, buy, sell, (the whole enterprise of livestock).
Arms = armament, something with the potential for lethal damage. Could be firearms, or sword, or mace, or spear ...
Ammunition is an integral part of keeping arms, and making them lethal.
Shall not be infringed!!!
“all the 243 and 270 ammo also.”
My Walmart has so much 243 and 270 (and that’s about all) that I joked that I needed two more rifles.
Aafter I bought my first pocket pistol, a Sig P232 SL in 2007, I bought two cases of .380. Ever since I always buy by the case when it’s on sale of 9mm and .45 auto.
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