Supply and Demand

Walmart’s ammo shelf this morning:

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19 Responses to “Supply and Demand”

  1. joekujo says:

    Yeah, it’s been like that for two months here in Michigan.

  2. guy says:

    Last month I sold a .45 to my boss’ cousin – I gave him half a box of practice ammo I had laying around. Yesterday he came over and asked, “Hey, um, so where can I get more ammo?”

    I apologized profusely after I managed to catch my breath. I still feel bad for laughing at him like that. 😛

    Though apparently my boss shoots archery with the chick who runs the ammo counter at the local Walmart. I told him to slip her a $5 and have her call when the next shipment hits the dock.

  3. martywd says:

    The Walmart I visited this week in TX had those same signs.   First time I had seen them (the signs), and I usually stop once a week to check for ammo.   I think the restriction was something like, ‘no more than 5 (or 6?) boxes per caliber per day’?   Of course that’s a mute point since other than maybe some .22, there was absolutely no handgun ammo of any type to be had.   Nada!

  4. tjbbpgobIII says:

    I was talking to my local Walmart gun clerk yesterday and he said the bosses told him that the stores hadn’t made quotas in several months. He also told the bosses that he could make it up just in ammo if they would just get him some. He told me this particular counter had also begun to limit customers to 6 boxes a caliber too. He said dealers were comming in and buying up every box of the popular calibers to resale, which they mark up to a real hefty price. I bought a #50 box of .45 at a dealer and it was almost twice the price of Walmart.

  5. Bruce says:

    The most effective ammo ban that never was.

  6. Hypnagogue says:

    Some rather mundane hunting calibers missing from that picture as well. I thought big game season was in the fall. What makes a person buy up all the 7-mag and .243 in town?

    The answer to that, my friends, has nothing to do with the specter of an assault weapons ban.

  7. Andrew says:

    It pays to be a reloader.

    Now if I could just find bullets, primers, powder…..

  8. First problem: WALMART

    The shelves of my favorite local gun store have never ceased to be fully stocked, even through the height of the madness a couple months back. Even the piles (yes, piles) of cases of fighting rifle ammunition have been kept up in their usual place.

    It’s not what you know, or who you know, it’s where you *don’t* try to shop for ammunition.

  9. comatus says:

    I’m inclined to go with V.F.David on this. IIRC, WalMart made a public decision to back out of the handgun ammo market quite a while ago–so I wouldn’t be surprised to see them not increase orders. My usual mail order sources are stocked, if a little expensive, and my local gun shops have only spotty shortages, which they always do. What is this, a one-marketer ammo ban? How long are you allowed to panic over that?

    I won’t dump on the “sort who shop at WalMart,” but, you know, if your regular store is out of something you need, you usually try someplace else. God forbid WalMart runs out of swine flu vaccinations. What do you mean, you don’t have yours yet. I’ve got a garage full!

  10. Tons of ammo at the Small Arms Review East show this weekend…if you wanted to shell out $400+ per case at a minimum…and I saw plenty of people borrowing hand trucks to haul out the purchases. It’s bizarre that shooting belts of tracer used to be a “treat” and with component costs where they are, it’s cheaper to reload surplus tracer heads than to buy bullets to reload or ammo right now.

  11. Stev says:

    I think the title of the post should just be “Demand” … ’cause I don’t see much evidence of supply 😉

  12. TexasFred says:

    I am able to get 230gr Golden Sabers, what I am having trouble getting is .357 for my 2 S&W’s…

  13. So did you snag those 4 boxes of 25-35 Winchester and the 5 boxes of 7.92×33 Kurz that were left? Otherwise, can you tell me the address?

  14. Mikee says:

    In my local Walmart at 1pm today, there were several very overpriced boxes of 22LR (and a few 22Magnum), then a few 7mm Magnums, and one lonely box of 223. I would have bought it, but I don’t have a rifle in that caliber.

    On the other hand, the local small gunsmith shops have their usual assortments of premium handgun ammunition, at their usual very high prices ($19 for a 25 round box of Hornady 9mm XTP).

  15. Chas says:

    The more people get to know Obama, the more they buy ammo.

  16. ExurbanKevin says:

    How long have you been shopping at my Wal-Mart?

  17. Sheese, who thought that ammo would be the next market bubble.

  18. Those of us who saw the light before the Lightworker was elected.

    Also, those of us who saw the prices of commodities spike last year.

  19. Paul says:

    Our Wal Mart had some last week end. Got some 38 for the 357 and some 40 for the new one. Prices have not spiked there yet. We have a Sportmans and a Scheels in the area and cannot keep anything on the shelves. Do not know about any local gun shops as we don’t seem to have any. I hate to say it but I am in the middle of Obama land.

    Buy it when you can. Don’t get crazy and clean out the shelf, just keep buying a little more than you need.