Skip to comments.Walmart responds to 'suspended ammo' story
Posted on 01/14/2013 8:23:50 PM PST by HiJinx
The blogosphere has exploded with outrage in response to news that Walmart is suspending ammunition sales in anticipation of the Obama administrations gun-control recommendations to Congress but the retail giant tells WND the reports arent true.
That information is inaccurate, said Ashley Hardie, a spokeswoman located at Walmarts corporate headquarters in Bentonville, Ark.
WND then asked whether the retail chain is cutting back on orders of ammunition.
No, Hardie said. Were continuing to serve our customers as we have in the past.
She said Walmarts ammunition sales policy has not changed, even amid talk of gun-control legislation in Washington, D.C.
The uproar began when the InvestmentWatch blog posted a story headlined, Breaking & confirmed: Walmart is not going to order any more ammo.
CNS News cited the report, and talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh mentioned it during his Monday show.
According to the InvestmentWatch report, a man claimed to have visited his local Walmart and noticed the store was out of almost every kind of ammo.
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I don’t know how to take this article.
For the past month the Walmart here in my town (South Texas) either has a very poor inventory control or they are not restocking ammunition.
The ammunition section of the store has about 75% of the entire section empty and has not been stocked for the past month. However, they still sell guns.
I was there yesterday shelves almost empty. clerk said they are NOT restocking!”
FREEPERS who bashed Walmart owe them a huge apology. The internet sure does spread faulty information and it actually does hurt companies like Walmart. Well now that you heard it directly from the source, everyone should run out and buy something from Walmart this week.
Here in the greater Tampa area some Walmarts sell guns and ammo while others do not. Those that do not are generally within a legal proximity to schools, which prevent them from doing so. Those stores sell only a limited number of hunting and shooting items, because those types of items aren’t in high demand for them, because people looking for those items go to a Walmart that sells guns and ammo. After all, you don’t have to drive very far to get to another.
I currently have one Walmart about 8 miles from me, another at about 10. And two more are in the process of going up: one about 3 miles away, the other about 10 in a different direction. All if them will be super stores.
Guns and Ammo is the highest selling item in America right now. They are going off the shelves like crazy.
“Man I miss cheap ammo and that bacon. Two things I always picked up before I head for the hills for the weekend.”
Or to the middle east to do war with the muzzies.
For the time being Wally’s inventory seems to be in line with everyone else.
“ALKING back the lie. I spoke with Corporate 15 minutes after the story broke. THEY DID NOT DENY IT”
As we learned from the Dems attacking Bush, not denying something and confirming something are two ENTIRELY different responses:
“President Bush, did your administration leak the name of Valarie Plame to the media?”
Response from Bush: “I’ll check on that”
Headline next day: “BUSH ADMINISTRATION DOES NOT DENY LEAKING THE NAME OF VALARIE PLAME”
Story after the headline: “In a breaking scandal, the Bush Administration admits that they may have leaked Valarie Plane’s name to the media...”
BIG DIFFERENCE!!! In the corporate world, people are TRAINED to not talk in absolutes, unless the information has been pre-cleared by Legal. That was likely the case here.
Going for a cool Grand here. Check Armslist.com.
They didn't want to be stuck with inventory they couldn't sell.
The ammo shortage is too broad for a government buy up. At least that’s how it appears.
Bob, I am the man that actually called Corporate. The man on the line said he didn’t agree with the stance either... he also said he would forward my comments to upper management about this “new decision”. You believe what you want to believe... I KNOW what I heard and I know what was meant by it. Walmart has lost me forever. So has Sam’s club. I spent 10’s of thousands of dollars a year when Sam’s is included. These were business purchases... I will now go online for my needs. You are free to do and believe whatever you wish.
since the afternoon of 9-11-01, when they pulled ammo off the shelves, i havent bought so much as an icee in a kmart...
I just took your words and tried to put them in context.
Like I said earlier, Walmart is doing the ammo (and gun) manufacturers a HUGE FAVOR by canceling their contracts, if that is true. There is no shortage, at all, of retail outlets, and they can now charge (today’s) market prices and have some money in their pockets to fight this crap.
As I see it, it’s a no-lose, except that we will pay a bit more for guns and ammo - if true.
Walked down the aisle at my Wal-Mart and saw a locked up display of 9mm, 12 boxes of 50 each. Caught the clerk’s eye and put up 3 fingers. She said, “that’s all?”
The boxes put on the counter as she wrote up the sale, and a voice said, “Hey, look at that.” I turned and saw 2 men hurrying to the display.
Wal-Mart was plumb out of 9mm, cleaned out in about 3 minutes.
Tomorrow I’ll stroll by that case again, nothing to lose.
I called the Rogers, Arkansas Supercenter and spoke to the Sporting Goods mgr. He is still selling guns and ammo...he said he is aware of the rumors but NO decision has been made yet. He also said he had shotguns, etc in stock and for sale.
The number I called is 479 636 3222
I have no idea on the guns/ammo or Walmart corporate actions. However, for about two years the employees and management at our local WM were told (and they passed it on) that the entire fabric department was going away. It never happened.
They also had all the greeters depressed over the elimination of their jobs. The greeters are still there and I never see them at the registers or doing any stocking.
This particular store did get rid of the Vision Center, however, and the only other alternative is the local ophthalmologist, so all that business now goes to a store 45 miles away, where there is also loads of competition in a city of 50k.
As a customer, it is difficult to understand Walmart. I do believe they treat each store separately, so guns and ammo may disappear some places and will return in others, once manufacturers are able to fill back orders and the hoo-haw quiets down some.
Don’t believe anything that their spokespeople say. Believe what is on their shelves.
Me and local Walmart (what, don’t you like the holders people’s term Walmarts?) have plenty rabbit rounds. Its the bigger stuff they sell out so fast.
The company may be calculating, but unlikely “cowering” as you assume. When any local entity refuses Walmart permit, it usually brings out a massive local outcry and the local pols give in. Like em or not they are a good place to shop.
Local WalMarts have continued to get small shipments in, but ammo has become scarce - even gun shops can’t keep ammo on the shelf.
I know for a fact that the door greeters are being phased out. Have a friend a corporate HR that was involved in the phase out process. There are still door greeters today, but as they leave, they will not be replaced. In many stores, they have been moved away from the entrances to well inside the store. In a couple of years, there will be no door greeters at all.
My husband tells me that the local WM still has guns and ammo.
Our greeters are still right at the door, in and out. One colorful old guy occasionally will be found in the entry area and on really nice days, right outside the front door.
Interesting that your store brought back fabric. Our fabric Center is still exactly the same size. There is no other fabric/notion option locally. I wish ours would bring back the Vision Center.
The merchandise selection at our store is horrible, IMO. Much nicer in all departments at both the stores in the nearest city. I think we get the clearance from other stores.
My phone tends to add unintentional letters and mispellings. :)
Sears bought K-mart.
And this afternoon at about 1PM I was told to my face by the elderly Wal-Mart sporting goods clerk that ammo was “on hold” and wasn’t being resupplied. This is consistent with not accepting any more orders for ammo, computerized replenishment or not.
Yesterday, Jan/14 the regular Wal-Mart sporting goods clerk told me the warehouse was “empty” and popular calibers were gone as soon as she put them on the shelf. She can’t get replacement ammo fast enough but didn’t use the word “hold” in the conversation.
As usual, what we hear is all over the map, huh?
Ain’t no K-Marts in Texas anymore. Wouldn’t spend money there if there were. I HATE K-Mart! In fact, I wouldn’t even drive across their parking lot to get to Cabela’s on the other side.
Were the two Walmart sporting goods employees (in my case, the only one in the store with key to the ammo case) lying to us when they said ammo orders had been placed “on hold”? Why would they do that instead of just saying the distribution center — 20 miles up the road — is out of stock?
The phrasing makes perfect sense to me: Orders from dist. center to the stores are “on hold” (as in “sorry, pal, we can’t ship just now”) pending arrival at the dist. center from the manufacturer. The clerk I spoke to used the “out of stock” phraseology. I suspect the “on hold” phraseology is taken right off the computer screen when they check status...
No. That’s what I thought years ago - or assumed. My husband put me straight. They bought Sears with the agreement to change their holding name to that of Sears. It’s confusing and deceptive, but true.
Hmmm. You are absolutely correct.
There are close to 5,000 Walmarts in the US. To get a sense of what Walmart is planning, they always do a test run at the stores closest to the Home Office. Store #100 (right across the street from the Home Office) no longer has door greeters at the front, they’re being phased out. Store #5260 (Rogers, AR) is also experimented upon. Store #1 had self checkouts, which I believe have been ripped out. They are currently implementing a plan to rip out self-checkouts from all Walmarts.
doesn’t walmart track ID for the puchcase of ammo?
Having used self-checkout at some store (forgotten) in the past, I am glad that WM is not implementing them nationwide. I hated them.
We all know all the greeters & they know us. It will be sad to see them go.
We are a small town of 4k in a rural area of under 30k. Any segment dropped by WM means an hour’s drive to obtain the item/service at a reasonable cost. It has been over 20 years since there was a sewing shop here, for example. There is one other grocery store and no one else sells housewares or domestics. Personally, we buy a lot of items online and sometimes, we purchase online from WM and it is delivered to the store.
OTOH, if WM stops stocking something, it means some entrepreneur has an opportunity.
Well....I'm glad to see that someone is doing well in the Obama economy.....
Clerk at my local wal-mart told me this afternoon that she expected restocking of ammo on March 1st.
Yes, I knew about Yoder’s
Uh...backorders are NOT “sales”...
I don’t think they want to be stuck w a huge inventory in the moments before they get banned again.
Let’s see what tomorrow brings.
Hard to believe.
No they don’t!
This whole denial has the stench of double-talk.
Wife & I have talked w enough store managers and read the comments from others......
Did I mention their management had a little conference w the WH?
I still miss the canned bacon.
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I don't have any updated first hand information for you. I can tell you that Walmart does go over backwards to comply with local laws, which usually means picture identification before the purchase can be made. I don't know if Walmart themselves keep a database of all gun/ammo purchasers as separate from the other purchases.
You are correct - Remington being freed of Walmart’s shackles is a good thing... thought they have been a relatively steady source of orders, even when ammo sales have been more normal”.
And yes, they won’t have any issues selling whatever they can make and send out the door - shelves are empty at every sporting goods store I have been to. Big chains, and small mom & pop places all are clamoring for ammo.
But it should disturb us that there is even a bit of truth to the world’s largest retailer falling in line to President Obama’s Marxist maneuvers.
“But it should disturb us that there is even a bit of truth to the worlds largest retailer falling in line to President Obamas Marxist maneuvers.”
I agree that it should disturb us, but that is life. If you want to be as big as Walmart, then you MUST own up to the feds. But, for gun owners, Walmart is only one player - there are many, many, mom-and-pop operations will will do GREAT with Walmart being out of the way.
The feds likely didn’t factor this all in...but that is then dynamics.
So, the same question. Why would anyone want to purchase ammo made in Russia. I can just imagine at a critical time shipping us a lot of duds and then provoking some kind of civil unrest or invasion, let’s say from Mexico.
I can imagine a lot of things. I don't have to imagine the Russians selling us thousands of tons of low cost, reasonable quality, reliable ammunition. That's what they're doing right now.
If you want to imagine things ... I can imagine Federal or Winchester being ordered a gunpoint by Fedzilla to muck up domestic civilian ammunition supplies.