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Old 05-22-2013, 12:31   #1
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Walmart ammo tracking without an iPhone/iPad

Ammo has been a little thin at my local Walmarts the last 7 days. I track it with my iPhone and iPad using the Walmart app. I got to thinking something might be up, even ran accross some online rumors, so I scheduled an early morning trip to the one Walmart I know that plays totally by the rules. They roll the cart out at 7:00 am sharp. Here is the info for 05/22/2013

Rumor had it that Walmart had lowered the limit to just 1 box per day. This Walmart still had the 3 box limit posted.

The Walmart app was spot on. Nothing received except for Federal Match Auto .22, 325 count boxes, just like the app indicated. It took an hour for the app to show out of stock after the 10 boxes were sold.

The shelves were bare of all the good stuff, just like the app indicated.

Here is the cool item. I found this script for use on computers / devices that can't run the iPhone app and it was spot on, including the hour it took the iPhone to show out of stock. Here is the link

http://mobile.walmart.com/m/searchfi...2&city=&state=

You will need to change the Zipcode. Here are 2 more items I follow

http://mobile.walmart.com/m/searchfi...4&city=&state=

http://mobile.walmart.com/m/searchfi...2&city=&state=

You can get the product id's from the regular website. The line at the web page that reads "In stock status is approximate and was last updated on 05/19/2013 at 11:41 AM )" does not seem to be correct. It's a lot more current than that.

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Old 05-22-2013, 12:55   #2
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7 days? I haven't seen ammo on the shelf of my local Walmart one time yet this year.

And I haven't had any luck with that app either. So far now, every time it says "in stock", it hasn't been. And I'm tired of driving there for nothing.
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Old 05-22-2013, 13:04   #3
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7 days? I haven't seen ammo on the shelf of my local Walmart one time yet this year.

And I haven't had any luck with that app either. So far now, every time it says "in stock", it hasn't been. And I'm tired of driving there for nothing.
I've purchased about 5,500 rounds from Walmart since mid March. 22 RF, 9mm, 40, 5.56, and 7.62x39. Mostly 9mm. We have a lot of Walmarts in Metro Atlanta.
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Old 05-22-2013, 13:08   #4
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7 days? I haven't seen ammo on the shelf of my local Walmart one time yet this year.

And I haven't had any luck with that app either. So far now, every time it says "in stock", it hasn't been. And I'm tired of driving there for nothing.
Same here

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I've purchased about 5,500 rounds from Walmart since mid March. 22 RF, 9mm, 40, 5.56, and 7.62x39. Mostly 9mm. We have a lot of Walmarts in Metro Atlanta.
Here is why
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Old 05-22-2013, 13:22   #5
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From what I gather, some folks get to the store at 7am and stand and wait in a line until 8am to buy what little they get at my local store. I have enough ammo stashed to know that I will NOT be one of those guys giving up my time and sleep. It will be nice once supply and demand return to the way it was last year, but it won't be until sometime after the 7am guys quit showing up.
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Old 05-22-2013, 13:30   #6
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I can tell you somedays the line starts about 2 hours before the ammo cart is rolled out.
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Old 05-22-2013, 14:43   #7
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From what I gather, some folks get to the store at 7am and stand and wait in a line until 8am to buy what little they get at my local store. I have enough ammo stashed to know that I will NOT be one of those guys giving up my time and sleep. It will be nice once supply and demand return to the way it was last year, but it won't be until sometime after the 7am guys quit showing up.
People get in line before the store opens at 6am at one of the local WM. I got there at 605 am and I was 8th in line at the ammo counter last week. Guy in front of me convinced the two guys in front of him to only get one box each as he needed some ammo. Then he bought the last three boxes leaving me empty handed.
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Old 05-22-2013, 15:09   #8
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Do all Walmarts stock ammo at 7A? I always get there at night.
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Old 05-22-2013, 16:16   #9
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Do all Walmarts stock ammo at 7A? I always get there at night.
It depends on the store and manager on duty. Of my 2 closest, one is 7:00 am religiously, the other is right after it comes off the truck in the evening.
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Old 05-22-2013, 17:10   #10
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stopped at a WM on the north side of Houston this afternoon, plenty .40 (WWB and Federal), about 4 boxes of .45 ACP (WWB), Tula .223. WWB 7.62x39. looks like its getting better in spurts.

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Old 05-22-2013, 20:19   #11
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You guys are having a good time with the amount of ammo that I've purchased from Walmart since March, so I decided to add it up tonight

.22 RF - 975
5.56 - 600
7.62x39 - 60
9mm - 4,300
.40 - 50
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Total 5,985
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Old 05-23-2013, 05:42   #12
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If you're setting at home and want to look up WM ammo, just use this:

http://ammo-can.net/
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Old 05-23-2013, 05:49   #13
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If you're setting at home and want to look up WM ammo, just use this:

http://ammo-can.net/
Wow, thanks for the link.
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Old 05-23-2013, 05:59   #14
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Just remember:

"IN STOCK" means that they probably currently have a fair supply.

"LOW STOCK" means they're down to practically nothing so you better step on it.

I got 3 boxes of 9mm the other day after reading the "in stock". They had about one case on the shelf...3 box limit. Problem was it was only the 50 rnd boxes, but it was the first I'd seen there in a couple of months. It was gone the next day.
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Old 05-23-2013, 07:33   #15
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In Your #1 post, You searched for 3 different ammo's. Those are not what I use. How do I change the stock number to what I want to look for?
Thanks
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BB

In Your #1 post, You searched for 3 different ammo's. Those are not what I use. How do I change the stock number to what I want to look for?
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You need the product ID number. So for this link the product ID number is 16783170

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Winchester.../16783170?_mm=

Once you have that you can just replace it in

http://mobile.walmart.com/m/searchfi...4&city=&state=

So the new link would be

http://mobile.walmart.com/m/searchfi...4&city=&state=

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Old 05-24-2013, 04:45   #17
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BTW, I found the mega thread on buying ammo at Walmart at ar15.com. They cover all the online tools for tracking ammo, etc

http://www.ar15.com/mobile/topic.htm...=604347&page=1
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Old 05-24-2013, 05:35   #18
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Our local WM has a policy where if you call the department manager during the day of the shipment, she will tell you what will be on the truck at night. Then, around 6:00, the ammo comes out to a line of folks who all called in that day. Nobody else in the store "can" have that information. There is no more morning selling of ammo.

At least it's a system that works and you don't compete with the retired folks with time on their hands.
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Old 05-24-2013, 08:08   #19
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Our local MalWart stocks ammor on Thursday evenings at about 7 PM.
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Old 05-24-2013, 17:02   #20
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I have no luck using these apps or sites. Any time it says in stock, it never is -- I give up! Been trying since January and have never had success.
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Old 05-24-2013, 18:24   #21
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The Walmart app is not useful for seeing what is or is not in stock. I do not make special trips to Walmart for ammo. If I am there, I may look at what is there and buy something. Currently, I am stocked up on Ammo and supplies and I am not looking for more.

I have had much better luck online. You have to be fast to get shortage items. This means having an account with the seller along with stored credit card information. The trick is avoiding minimum fees on shipping, but be ready to do do to get the purchase done fast. In many cases, all stock is gone within 45 seconds. Email and text notifications may lag behind each other and the first received method wins.

Also, I am flexible on what ammo I will buy. If all they have is 38 SPL, that is fine. I have guns in all major calibers and I am willing to alter my carry, if needed. Many are fixed on 9mm and 22 LR when buying and it causes them a lot of frustration.

Lately, I buy from Cabelas when their price is good. I do the purchase online and pick it up in the local store. When I puck it up, I check the shelves and may buy some extra. If it is well stocked, I may buy some, put it in the car and go back in for more.

Another trick is avoid weekend and hours right after work.
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Old 05-24-2013, 18:33   #22
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Be careful using the Walmart app.

It makes some people very angry.

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Where I am at...there is a "Pack"...like Wolves, or more aptly, Hyaenas...that travel the WallyWorld (Walmart) circuit DAILY...
they use the MOBILE Walmart "app" and know each and every Walmart location's, "truck-to-case" times & available for "sale" times...
...they show up up to 3 hrs. early, take a number...and wait.
Some stores provide good reading materials for them... the truck MANIFEST or shipment lists...and they study these, drool and use the sometimes supplied yellow highlighter to separate the "ammo" form other sporting goods dept. items.
Also, during this wait for the ammo...ALL the problems of the World are solved.:sarcastic:
When the ammo arrives, either at the strictly enforced "scheduled" times and not-minute-sooner, or when the truck is unloaded, they make it disappear faster than a fattened calf in pool of Piranhas.
They do not have a life...
...now, they have purpose, and previously bored & marginalized Walmart "Associates" have a new lease on life...
new found power & popularity...CONTROL:big_boss:
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Our local MalWart stocks ammor on Thursday evenings at about 7 PM.
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Old 05-25-2013, 06:42   #24
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This morning was good for Federal .223 100 round value packs

The first store posted the 3 boxes per day limit, but the manager only allowed 1 box per caliber. The second store was 3 boxes any caliber. The third store said they had none even though the app reported it in stock. Seemed a little fishey to me.

Anyway the wifey came along and we scored a total of 8 boxes / 800 rounds at .35 per round.

I would like to add that a case of this product is only 4 boxes.

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This morning was good for Federal .223 100 round value packs

The first store posted the 3 boxes per day limit, but the manager only allowed 1 box per caliber. The second store was 3 boxes any caliber. The third store said they had none even though the app reported it in stock. Seemed a little fishey to me.

Anyway the wifey came along and we scored a total of 8 boxes / 800 rounds at .35 per round.

I would like to add that a case of this product is only 4 boxes.
That's awesome. I have been hunting down 223 ammo more than any other caliber, but that is the one I cannot seem to find. I wind up going in looking for that, but walk out with some other type of difficult to get ammo. I either fill up the cans with another caliber I have or pick up some for family members. I really think our WM just doesn't order it. I haven't seen the 100 count boxes in a long time.
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