posted on Jan, 7 2009 @ 03:08 PM
There is one thing to ALWAYS keep in mind about WalMart and other large chain stores -- the only thing they are concerned with is THE BOTTOM LINE. If
an item is not selling, oh, let's say 10,000 cases a week nationwide, even though there is a high demand for it in Virginia or Tennesse, the item is
pulled from every store in the nation.
In October our WalMart went from one of the old, smaller stores to a Super Store and in that short length of time, I have seen at least three items
that I use removed from the shelves. No more space for them, and probably no intention of ever returning them to the shelves. Also, items that were on
the shelves in the older store weren't transferred to the new store and they aren't planning to carry them anymore. Really makes a lot of sense to
sell just one size of socks for people with leg problems -- went from S, M, L and XL available to just XL.
WalMart is extremely bad about having oodles of a new item to sell, but from what I can tell, as soon as they sell the 100,000 or so units of
whatever, it is never replaced. Try to find blades for that fancy new razor you bought in September.
So . . . empty shelves in WalMart may not be attributable to a shortage of anything, but rather to the amount of profit WalMart is expecting to make
on an item.
Check with locally-owned pharamcies (if you have any in your area) for health type items, including deodorants, etc. If there is a locally-owned feed
store, see what types of feed they can order for you. Ditto for groceries, etc. Some locally-owned places will special order items they don't
normally carry. If they have a source for them, that is.