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Using Walmart App on Phone to Find AMMO

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I've been using the Walmart app on my android phone for a good 3-4 weeks now with excellent results. Aquired good amount of 22lrs, 9mm, 380, 7.62 and 223 rounds during that time. Luckly I have 13 walmarts in my city and was able to hit the walmarts that have the ammo in stock.

You can find the free walmart app on android market or itunes. And these are what I learned so far while using it.

1. When it shows the ammo is in stock, it means several things. As soon as the ammo is scanned at the main warehouse, it shows its in stock. That means the ammo is anywhere from the main warehouse, on a truck and being still transported to your walmart. Or, it's sitting in the back of the stockroom at your walmart (in pallets) and not taken out to the floors yet. Or, shady employees are hiding it so they can buy it later.

2. Walmart is the most efficient and has the most advance inventory management in the world. If the employees are telling you different about the app, then they are misinformed or wrong. There are too many coincidence where I went to the walmarts that showed "in stock" and it was there. And too many times, after I buy the last box, 10-30 mins later, it shows "out of stock".

The other day, I went to one of the walmarts early to pick up some 22lrs that shows in stock early in the morning. Was told by the worker there that they didn't get any shipment in that morning. I stated otherwise...... manager even came to me and stated the same thing. Instead of arguing, I left to hit up other walmarts. Came back 1 hr later (app still showing its in stock), sure enough........ after I left, 20 mins later, they brought out that night's ammo shipment. Same again with walmart #2. Worker and manager there swore there was no shipment. But according to the app, the ammo that shows "in stock". changed to "out of stock" by 10am.

3. When it shows "limited stock", it means there are only 1-3 boxes left.

4. Find out when your walmart start selling their ammo. Usually the ammo shipment arrives in the evening and they wont start selling it until the morning. Mine is usually around 7-8am. Every walmart runs different. Some have 3 box limit, some has 1 box limit, some open at 7am, some sell ammo all night. I usually check the inventories at night and plan which walmart to hit in the mornings. Usually the app gets really busy around 6-8am and might crash.

5. The people I've been telling to about the walmart app been getting really lucky. Sure beats waiting in huge lines at bass pro shop or academy. The lines are usually sparse here since not alot know about the app.

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Happen to stumble on a gold mine at glockforum.com forum. Using the Walmart app to scan barcodes off ammo boxes to search certain ammo that is not showing up on the usual search. So naturally they saved the pics of the barcodes. Now I can search for tulammo for 9mm.

Great thanks to the original posters in these threads below.

http://www.glockforum.com/forum/f...mmo-19448/
http://www.glockforum.com/forum/f...sts-19312/

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Federal Ammunition 223 Rem 55gr Full Metal Jacket
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#166
Quote from BHOkilledOBL View Post :
We score ammo everyday using this app. you have to know how to interprete the results and what to do. The first 7-10 days we was able to purchase over 10k rounds. now I kind of backed off and get 4-6k rounds a week. They are really good for 22LR rounds as not too many places have rounds online. I can get 9mm, 445 and 556 rounds locally or online. The deals are out there and you have to be dilegent and look for them. Good luck shooting!
Why are you buying so much?
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#167
I live guns and ammo Wink

edit:
I love guns and ammo Wink
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#168
The app is not working for me, or the workers are hiding it. I went to purchase both 9mm and 22lr that was showing in stock, but when I got there, there was none.

However, they had three different styles of AR's, but the app only showed one.

This might be a YMMV now.
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#169
have you been watching the type, quantities and locations for several days? The key to knowing what is actually there is the time it becomes available. Normally the locations put the ammo to sell out at 7:00am. Some put them out as they arrive or 10:00pm. Your location will be able to tell you. We make notes per location as to what happens when. When you see the ammo type and quantities become available that is the when you need to decide and look at your notes. So normally in my area it's 7:00am so people need to get there around 6:00am. Some people arrive as early as 4:00am. So the key is
knowing when to be there.
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#170
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the workers are hiding it.
This is why some are saying YMMV.
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#171
But does the app keep a real-time inventory?
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#172
Quote from joepa99 View Post :
But does the app keep a real-time inventory?

Yes it does, I have the inside scope if anyone wants to send a note through the site. We have an app that we can run that checks the real time inventory and the status of the scan details. The employees are the culprits here and they are hiding and buying the ammo. Many are putting it up on Armslist (at tleast in my area) as soon as they have it in their hands. They typically double to triple their money on the ammo.
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#173
Quote from BHOkilledOBL View Post :
I live guns and ammo Wink

edit:
I love guns and ammo Wink
Do you shoot that much ammo, or are you stockpiling?

(I don't care either way, just curious)
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#174
Quote from TFSJake View Post :
Do you shoot that much ammo, or are you stockpiling?

(I don't care either way, just curious)

Both - I am gathering ammo faster than I am shooting currently. You can never have too much ammo, guns or money Smilie
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#175
Finally scored some! Showed online last night, stopped by this morning and score. No 22lr but will take what I can get. So definitely works.
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#176
I just had a call from the manager at my local WM after I suggested possible hiding of ammo by employees. He called to assure me that they use strict methods for processing ammo, but in the same breath confirmed that he knew of other WM stores that have been hiding ammo. He then went into the "human error" in the inventory process, and that you never know what will happen. Didn't really sound like he wanted to pursue it further.
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I just had a call from the manager at my local WM after I suggested possible hiding of ammo by employees. He called to assure me that they use strict methods for processing ammo, but in the same breath confirmed that he knew of other WM stores that have been hiding ammo. He then went into the "human error" in the inventory process, and that you never know what will happen. Didn't really sound like he wanted to pursue it further.

I went last night to the Walmart closest to me as soon as I saw they had it in stock and was told by an employee that they probably have it but they won't sell it until this morning. I was ready to cause ruckus if I had seen it go OOS overnight. So I kept refreshing app all night until I went to bed, and it still showed in stock, and when I woke up this morning it still showed in stock. It finally went OOS sometime this morning. This tells me that the employee probably wasn't lying. The messed up part is, that a manager had told my wife a few weeks back, that they sell it as soon as they get it and don't have to wait until the morning. Like most of us know or have seen, that's not true. It goes to show you that not all employees whether a regular one or manager, know what they're talking about. From the 2 stores I went to today, they seemed to be doing it right for the most part and didn't look to be saving or hiding. Good luck and I would consider reporting the store/manager and see what comes of it.
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#178
Finally scored 3 boxes of 22lr this morning....thanks op!

Only the 5th time I've seen any of the 10-12 items I'm tracking come "In Stock" over the past month, however only my second attempt in store after seeing the app show In Stock. I wasn't driving 20 miles on Easter Morning, missing a tee time, or driving 25 miles where I feel the ammo was hidden in my previous attempt. IMO NH isn't getting nearly the ammo flow as other parts of the country, I was in CT a couple weeks ago for a few days and saw many things going in and out of stock while I was there.
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#179
Scored 2 boxes of 100 round 9mm ammo this am with this app. Funny thing is that I called Walmart last night to verify that they had it in stock before I drove the 25 miles to get there. The guy tells me they're not allowed to say if they have ammo in stock buy insisted that I "come on down". I just thought that was hilarious Smilie
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#180
Quote from incognitto1 View Post :
Scored 2 boxes of 100 round 9mm ammo this am with this app. Funny thing is that I called Walmart last night to verify that they had it in stock before I drove the 25 miles to get there. The guy tells me they're not allowed to say if they have ammo in stock buy insisted that I "come on down". I just thought that was hilarious Smilie

Same here in JAX FL.. what a joke. Night before showed limited stock at around 10pm...5 am I get up...it now says IN STOCK. Go there at 6am.... still shows IN STOCK. They say they dont have any in back or under counter... I ask them to check their inventory system just to see if it shows and they refused. Said if its not in the cage in the back or on the shelf...we dont have it so we dont need to check inventory system. I went up front asked them to scan the number and the girls eyes got big and she said.."This is ammo... you'll have to get someone else to check." So she calls some other guy and he walks me back to sporting goods again and looks and says nope... Again I ask if he would check his inventory system since I am showing INSTOCK.... again he refuses saying the same thing the other guy did...I ask if he could check just to confirm the app is screwed up... he says it wouldnt matter if it did show in stock.. that supposedly it will show in stock when it is still on the truck in transit or sitting on the dock and not checked in yet..etc....
I guess what irked me the most is their refusal to check their inventory system...probably because they know it will show in stock.....
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