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I want to give you guys some perspective on this panic buying from a Retailer.  First off the prices on my store are the same as they were months ago.   I have not and will not raise any prices.   

I am swamped and just taking a break to recoup so I don't make mistakes in shipping. So I will take a couple minutes to give you guys the perspective from this end.

January through April has to be good months as it dies off May through September so the first two months of this year were normal.   Then it started getting busy and now it is FUCKING INSANE...…………….

I went through this once after Sandy Hook so I know what is going to happen.  See I am on a Special Security Detail from 0700 to 1900 Monday through Friday.  I come home to dozens of orders and work till 2100 so I can jump in bed.   Since 0615 Friday morning I have had 47 orders and not little parts orders, most a in the $300 to over $600 range.  Barrels and hand gun mags are flying out of here.   Other things like shell holders and tube extension are moving also.

I expect if this continues I am out of stock by next weekend.   So you guys are saying "Hey great man".   No it is not.  Here is why:

Once my shelves are bare I can not replace things because of the panic buying hit the entire country.  So for many months I will have nothing to sell.   2013 was my lowest revenue year ever due to the fact once my stock is gone my retail business is over for many many months.  I am fine as my business is on line and I do not need a single dollar from it to live on.   But not the case for your local gun shop or the bigger companies.

After Sandy Hook many shops closed once their stock was gone and some went out of business because they could not pay their lease.   For this reason I understand some of them raising their prices some.   I am not but I don't have a lease nor the bills the shops have.

So if you guys want local gun shops around you then you make sure you check there before you go on line.   Even if you know it cost a little more, if they have it get it there.  If not, there is a chance that shop will survive this.  All the wanted items will be off their shelves and what is left will not be in demand.  Think about that guys and if you plan on getting stuff for later like hunting and target shooting items buy them now instead of later in the year and support you local shops. 


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Very good points JD. I have made an effort to spend at mom & pop stores for food and other purchases. Big box can survive on their own.
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J.D. your points are on point. I have 3 gun shops near me and will be using them. The only reason I purchased my Remington 870 online is due the fact that this "panic" has emptied the stock of shotguns near me. One of the stores had a line of people outside it but it was only for people who had made purchases online. They don't let anyone come in to browse right now. The only shotgun they had in stock was the Shockwave and I, honestly didn't want that one.

I just made a purchase of a few items from one of the other shops near me today when I went in to drop off my dealer transfer form for my online purchase. They have limited ammo on their shelves but I bought a few 00 buck, a carrying case and a cleaning kit from them.

I was, and still am, thankful that you took the time to help me out the other day with what I needed to fit my shotgun with some of the mods I wanted. You did it after your store hours too! To me that screams customer service.

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I made up a saying years ago when I went into business.  I am surprised some big outfit has not stolen it from me.   It is this - If you are to busy to talk to your customers you won't be to busy very long.    I managed to do just that even with my little on line store getting 30-40 orders a day.   I also managed to keep the same or next day shipping promise except for a few days because I was also doing 10 hour shift for my main client for the first two weeks of that insane buying rush.  Even shut the store down on a Wednesday till 8pm Friday so I could catch up on the shipping as I was over 50+ orders behind.

I have to admit that a few times I shut while it was on the charger because I had to eat and it was hard to talk on the phone, eat and check on inventory while the phone was plugged into a charger.   I survived the buy rush, lost 5 lbs and most all my inventory.   So now I can eat in peace, keep my phone charged and even grab the chucker and let the K-9's chase balls in yard.   Won't be much business now till August as that is how long my Remington Rep says I will get most of my back orders.  I'm OK with that.

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I hope that it doesn't get too bad during the drought months for you, in between customers buying and Remington resupplying. You told me that it's nice to hear a thanks, well you've got my thanks.
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Heck no, I don't rely on the income from my store.  I have a very successful Security Company and I have great employees.  I have a retirement from Florida and started taking my Social Security at 66.  I am debt free and live that way.  My store was to keep me involved in the gun Industry after I stopped building my custom guns.   I can do the store into my 80's if I can walk then [smile]  

I am looking forward to the next few months.  Fishing, Quad ridding, garden fresh stuff on my plate and getting some things fixed around here.   This lock down has been hard on all of us and looking to the next few months if even just to be able to go sit in a restaurant and order food is something to look forward to.
 

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It definitely sounds as though you planned your life and finances well, that's great news. It's also good that you have the gunsmithing and online shop as a backup as well as being something you enjoy.

Yes, this lockdown has been hard. I just found out today that my company won't be running full capacity until possibly October. However they called and asked me back on a different shift than I normally work. I guess I'm essential to them. That's good news for me but, for my son who was working as a temp at my company, he may be out of work until they call all the employees back, he may not get brought back at all, or the company may call us all back earlier. That's all up in the air for now.

My son was given a job offer at my company just before this but, that has been placed on hold because the company put a freeze on hiring just before they furloughed all of us on the 30th of March. Him and I are both currently collecting the unemployment which is nice, but I'm going stir crazy right now because there is nothing to do. I've pretty much exhausted all the small things that I could do.

I know this stuff will eventually resolved and I can't wait for it to end. Just glad that I'll be returning on the 6th. It was originally only to be until the 20th of April.
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I shop at the small shops alot. They need our business more and I'm happier there than I am at a corporate store. Small buisness are much more personal. I love AI&P and I love that my questions are answered and the shipping is fast. The store came with this forum and there is a wealth of information here. That's what you get from a small place ran by a guy that really cares. I've put thought into the strain the panic buying puts on a business but this is the first time I've ever seen a business owner talk about it. It's interesting.
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