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Thread: What do you think of Stores that Limit Purchase Quantities

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    Default What do you think of Stores that Limit Purchase Quantities

    I am searching for some insight on this and other Boards.

    Lets say you are a shop that gets a shipment of scarce ammo (OK, 380) in.

    How do you feel about the shop limiting quantities that can be purchased per customer?

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    Default I'm fine with it

    This way, one person can't buy it all up, and that has been happening. Besides, the panic and the purchasing of major sums of ammo, reloading supplies, etc. by individuals, way beyond what they really need is part of the problem. In this situation, with the govt. causing distress, we need to be together on things, not out for ourselves.

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    Just this past Saturday, the local Gander Mountain had plenty of rifle ammo. As i was purchasing some .35 Rem, and 7MM Rem Mag, 2 boxes each, the guy behind me had over 20 boxes of ammo, in .35 Rem, 300WSM and .375. The clerk told him he was limited to 4 of each. This guy got mad and said it was his right to buy as many as he wanted. Wrong thing to say......they escorted him out with no ammo. I try to buy just 2 at a time.....just wishing someone would get some 9mm or 357 mag ammo in stock. just my opinion....

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    Personally, I feel it is the stores merchandise and they can sell it however they wish. I was in a shop this past weekend that actually had cci primers. They were limiting purchasers to no more than two boxes of each type. The guy behind the counter said they were trying to let more folks get what they needed instead of one person buying the entire stock to either hoard or resell at the crazy prices folks are asking. Can't say I blame them. I was just thankful to get 200 LR Mag and 200 SR mag primers.

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    If a shop wants to do a limit thatís the owners choice to do so for business reasons. I like a free market to be left free to work, but store limits are done all the time as a tool to bring in more customers so I see it as part of the free market.

    However, I have a real problem with it being done under the premise of doing the social good because something is hard to find. It would flat tick me off to be refused buying something I need or want because there could be someone wandering in sometime in more need than myself. Why how is a for profit store supposed to judge who need how much of what for the good of society? Very poor reason to interfere with the free market working in my view.
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    I agree that it is aggravating to not be able to buy what you really need or even what you want. I have dealt with stores that have both policies and while I prefer to be able to buy what I want if it's available I've no issue with a store making its own policies about how it sells its merchandise. If I do not like a particular store I simply do not go there and let them deal with my lack of support. I realize my money spent has little effect upon their bottom line but this is what we do in a free market economy. Or at least we use to, maybe the executive branch will begin to subsidize ammo makers and ammo users to prevent this kind of thing in the future

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    Interesting survey...thanks for doing it. I've posted my opinion on this one before, i.e., given the times we are in right now I'm in favor of a business deciding to limit individual purchases, but if the government tries to limit purchases that will be a different matter entirely for me.

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    Interesting survey...thanks for doing it.
    Your welcome. I try to get input from everybody, both customers and non customers.

    I have guys who have in the past 5 months bought $20,000 worth of ammo and its for their personal stash. I would not like to limit those guys, but they would never be so classless as to buy it all. I have other guys who buy ammo from us and then resell it at gunshows or on the net. That sort of galls me because folks could just walk in the door and buy it cheaper, especially when we get it in by the ton.

    The 380 is going to be hard since we arent going to play the gouge game. With the demand for .380, I'd hate to see folks buying tons of it from us for X, then selling it at the next gun show or on the net for 100% more....


    I hope to see lots of votes here

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    I think the market will find the perfect price for everything, regardless of whom the seller. I think anyone who runs out of gas or fuel is stupid, and anyone who let's his private inventory of personal use ammo get low is the same type of fool.
    The day will soon enough come when food will replace ammo as hard to find, and expensive. When I buy a new firearm cartridge like the 6.8 SPC, I estimate my total ammo requirement for the next five years for that cartridge, and acquire that amount of ammo, what ever the estimated amount, what ever the cost. A firearm without ammo is a club.
    I have two thousand gallons of diesel fuel, and rotate it for that same reason.

    People will always look for ways to make someone else responsible, for the quality of their life. In life you are either a victim of someone Else's actions or inaction, or you take personal responsibility for the quality of your life.
    I worked in a gun store for 8 years, and was always shocked that someone would buy a firearm and only one box of ammo. Why do people buy a 2- roll or 4 roll pack of toilet paper.....???? Your going to wipe your butt for many years, why not buy many years worth of butt'wipe.
    If Someone is smart enough to buy 1,000 rounds of .308 ammo from your store for $480.00 and sell it 5 months later for $1,000.00 at a gun show who cares. Not you, you were happy with the sale, not me I was happy, and not the two guys who bought it from me they are happy. The only person who is unhappy is the guy who has no ammo & 1/4 roll of butt'wipe. In three years he will be saying, "Man I should have bought ten cases of sardines at Costco, and 300 rolls of butt'wipe back in summer of 2009", but he won't.

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    a store bases policy on what will bring in more money to the store...simple...I don't know what the angle is, perhaps they figure that if each person can only buy a couple boxes that more folks will come through the store and buy other items....

    I doubt the store gives a rip about anyone, just how they can make the most money with what they have to sell...
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    Not everyone has the mindset to be a successful survivalist. It is obviously a good thing to have what you need to handle whatever comes along, but many people just aren't set-up, either by living conditions or mindset to do so, so I don't judge people as to such things. But, I do know that revealing what you have reserved for future use for anyone to know is pretty ****ed foolish, unless you are just swinging an overbearing ego at people. But, we have been here before. If everything really falls apart, if anarchy does prevail, chaos being the order of the day, then there are many people who will have to be rejected and if you are burdened down with literally tons of goods, you better have an army to protect it and not have the arrogance to think you are capable of withstanding a well-planned onslaught. That being said, I still think the stores I frequent are just trying to keep things fair and yes, they are being socially concious on levels WE should appreciate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wildalaska View Post
    I am searching for some insight on this and other Boards.

    Lets say you are a shop that gets a shipment of scarce ammo (OK, 380) in.

    How do you feel about the shop limiting quantities that can be purchased per customer?
    Their store. Their rules. Each has the right to refuse or limit service as they see fit. If the customer or potential custmer disagrees they're free to shop somewhere else. That's what free-market competition is all about. He who competes bestest gets the mostest.

    What's with the .380 ammo anyway? You could hardly give that stuff away before.
    Now what ?

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    We live in a capitolistic society. If you have the money and it is availble, you should be able to buy what ever amount of ammo/reloading supplies that you want. Rationing of goods is for socialists.....The primer nazi says.....no primers for you

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    Quote Originally Posted by mauserboy View Post
    Not everyone has the mindset to be a successful survivalist. It is obviously a good thing to have what you need to handle whatever comes along, but many people just aren't set-up, either by living conditions or mindset to do so, so I don't judge people as to such things. But, I do know that revealing what you have reserved for future use for anyone to know is pretty ****ed foolish, unless you are just swinging an overbearing ego at people. But, we have been here before. .
    We have agreeded in the past to disagree on issues. That works for me. As to things of the world they belong to the world, we a stewards of things, not owners of things. My neighbor has a very huge Army. I have none. If my neighbor will not protect me, (which I trust he will) then I'll fade into the wilderness. Or come to Homer and live with you, at least we both love Mausers.

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    What's with the .380 ammo anyway?
    Ruger LCPs

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wildalaska View Post
    Ruger LCPs
    Wondering the same thing, been trying to buy a LCP thru 2 different distributors for the past couple of months and they can't get any.

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    The only time I keep any LCPs around ius when I have 380 ammo, otherwise they go out of state. So far thats about 75 of them

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    Quote Originally Posted by tjm View Post
    a store bases policy on what will bring in more money to the store...simple...I don't know what the angle is, perhaps they figure that if each person can only buy a couple boxes that more folks will come through the store and buy other items....

    I doubt the store gives a rip about anyone, just how they can make the most money with what they have to sell...
    I'm thinking that the angle comes down to trying to satisfy as many customers as possible, not going after guys buing a few more goodies when they get the ammo.

    If I had a gunstore, and each time I get in a shipment of ammo one guy comes in and clears me out, then the next 100 customers come in to find no ammo and go away with a bad attitude towards my store I would be doing myself a diservice for future sales.

    If on the other hand I limit customers to X boxes of ammo, primers or powder, I'm likely to have 50-80% of the guys that come into the store go away with something until I get in a new shipment, and then they are happy knowing that I can take care of them.

    I don't like being told what I can't buy, but I do understand why a store owner might adopt such a policy.

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    Very well said Paul.

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    i would rather have a limit then NONE at all... but even worse yet is the store with lists and applications to fill out.. the stock NEVER hits the shelf. there is NEVER an op. for a purchase. one such store has LOST all my business here in Fairbanks. and every other community it is in due to JUST that list...

    and yet the other local store agreed to up their order by a brick of primers for me as a special order and i did not take any of the stock they knew would sell out right... be willing to order and wait your turn. offer to pay in advance or deposit unit your order arrives.
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