Ammunition Subscription Program?

Ammunition Subscription Program?

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    Ammunition Subscription Program?

    I have a question for you guys but first would like to give you a little background info (mainly because I'm not sure how to start this post)

    I've often wished that I could automatically pay Cheaper Than Dirt, Midway, or any other online ammunition retailer each month and have them send me a months worth of ammo. Why you ask? Partially in preparation for the ammo shortage that I think will follow the 2012 election if Obama wins and because I look at it as kind of an "Ammo savings" program (just as one might automatically transfer money to a savings account every month)

    For a time I toyed with the idea of doing this type of thing either as part of the business, and then later as just a local ammunition buying group. I figured how I would work the program but ultimately decided I wouldn't be able to make it work on a small scale.

    So here is the flow of how I thought the program might work.

    1. You select select the amount of money you want to spend every month (say $40.00)

    2. You select the types of ammunition you are interested in (Both generalized options to allow for flexibility in what the company has in stock and specific options for your ammo preferences. For example one might choose 556 FMj, .357 SIG FMJ, 9mm FMJ (General options just for training) .308 federal gold metal match, .9mm Federal Hydrashock)

    3. You select the maximum of each you would be willing to take each year

    4. Each month, you are charged, and shipped a box of ammo that can include any of the options that you have selected, with the goal of allowing the company to send you the ammo with the best price (because ammo inventory and availability changes from month to month .Maybe one month the company got a good deal on PMC 556 and sends that for the entire shipment, where another month they might send you 2 boxes of .357 and 3 boxes of 9mm)

    The reason I mention this is because I wish it was offered because I would sign up for it! I'm curious what you think about it, if you would be interested, and if you think there is any chance that a large retailer would offer something like this.

    Thanks!
    Clay


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    Personally I only need .40 & .38 ammo, heavy on the .40. If I had that option I'd be interested.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hiram25 View Post
    Personally I only need .40 & .38 ammo, heavy on the .40. If I had that option I'd be interested.
    yeah, that would be the idea, the customer could choose which type of ammo they wanted.

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    Easier for me to just order a case when I get down to the low limit.

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    The idea is not at all practical. Shipping costs are far too expensive besides a 1/2 dozen other reasons.
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    It's easier and probably cheaper to go to wally world once a month.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SIGP250 View Post
    The idea is not at all practical. Shipping costs are far too expensive besides a 1/2 dozen other reasons.
    Yeah that. One thing that made me really shake my head was where you wanted the retailer to send you the cheapest stuff every month...the retailer is supposed to implement this elaborate scheme and then sell you the stuff he's going to make the least amount of profit on? Not in this universe he's not.

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    No vote here. Not something I would see as practical for me.
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    I voted "no" because I want to have control over what I'm getting and how much I'm paying versus let the seller choose for me but, I do see how this idea may benefit some folks.

    In my case, I hardly ever go out to buy ammo. I prefer to find a good deal (value) online of what I need, as long as it has no tax and no or low shipping/handling charges. I don't have to drive anywhere and let the delivery guy carry the heavy box to my door. This is how I buy my ammo 95% of the time.
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    As for me, I go to CTD at least once a month anyway. I have the luxury of living within 15 miles of the store.
    Or, like paching said, go to WM once a month. I am at WM at least once a week so that is no problem.
    Also, CTD ammo is very expensive compared to WM. I paid 32 dollars for WWB 45cal box/100 at WM.
    The next day I was at CTD and they wanted 54 dollars for the exact same box! I like CTD but I don't think I'd ever buy
    ammo there unless they were the only place that has it.

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    Thanks for all the replies! Good to know, I am kinda surprised that no one else is interested, but the points you guys make are good. I suppose the main reason I like it is because I've never been good at budgeting for ammo. I think to myself "I'll just save up this $150 to buy a case of .556." Then I get to that point and I think, well shoot, "The gun I want is only a few hundred more, I'll just buy the gun!" I suppose I just need to make buying ammunition a priority.

    When it comes to the 9mm and 40, walmart is hard to beat, atleast locally. But when it comes to any rifle caliber or .357 Sig I can usually buy online for much cheaper, even when you include shipping.

    Thanks again!
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    Amazon mom/Caregiver

    Amazon does the same thing, but for diapers. It gives you 2 day free shipping on everything (not just diapers), and then 30% off recurring diaper deliveries. I think if people shoot as regularly as my kid poops, and a good discount/shipping rate is provided, it would definitely be worthwhile.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scott625 View Post
    Amazon does the same thing, but for diapers. It gives you 2 day free shipping on everything (not just diapers), and then 30% off recurring diaper deliveries. I think if people shoot as regularly as my kid poops, and a good discount/shipping rate is provided, it would definitely be worthwhile.
    Ah! Thanks for posting an example of a real world situation. I like it. I would say, the best part about it for the retailer would hopefully be an increase in the volume that is moved.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SHTFGearLLC View Post
    Ah! Thanks for posting an example of a real world situation. I like it. I would say, the best part about it for the retailer would hopefully be an increase in the volume that is moved.
    Absolutely, it gives a predicable revenue stream and ability to quantify the volume of purchases for the retailer. They can then negotiate the greatest discount.

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    Thank you very much for starting this thread, but I think I will pass this time.
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