Walmart to ration ammo sales for duration of shortage

by Max Slowik ,  |  published on February 11, 2013

After months of runaway sales of guns, ammo and firearm accessories, Walmart is setting a new policy to limit the number of boxes of ammunition customers may purchase per day. With customers stocking up on everything gun-related in reaction to recent proposed gun control laws, retailers have had nothing to show but bare shelves across the nation.

The limit is three boxes of ammo per day per customer, until the shortage is resolved. The ammunition shortage is so severe that many police departments are unable to acquire rounds for their officers.

“Right now we’re monitoring supply issues daily, since supply is limited at this time,” said Ashley Hardie, a Walmart spokeswoman. “We’re trying to take care of as many customers as possible and we’re working with suppliers to put products back on shelves.”

This way some customers will at least get the chance to buy ammo; Walmart certainly isn’t losing business by selling all of their product to a small group of buyers but they do face losing customers if they can’t serve everyone.

And this policy is sure to please, with other retailers simply raising prices in response to increased demand.

Some people have been buying all of retailers’ ammunition and re-selling locally and online through auction websites at enormous mark-ups.

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