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walmart = zero bicycles #5457734 06/19/20 01:21 PM
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was in walmart a few times over the last couple months, they have zero bikes on the racks. It amazes me how certain "hobby" items are almost impossible to get because of COVID. You would think WM would have a supply chain robust enough to make bicycles as fast as people can buy them.

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Same thing at our two Wal Marts where exercise weights are concerned. Went in to buy a 30 pound barbell and ......shelves were totally empty. Seems like such a simple item to run out of.


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Re: walmart = zero bicycles [Re: 1978elcamino] #5457745 06/19/20 01:39 PM
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Same here as well, almost....I think my wife said they had three left a couple of days ago

Re: walmart = zero bicycles [Re: 1978elcamino] #5457746 06/19/20 01:40 PM
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i have 3 words for both of you:
Made In China


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Went to several local stores to try and buy a new one. store after store, the only things they actually had in stock were the Giant(65"+), $800-1000 Sets.

when folks got their stimulus checks, they went and cleaned out the local stores.
almost all the panels are made in china these days. Even LG is moving their panel production from Korea to China.

we did finally find the LG 50" we were looking for on Amazon..


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Re: walmart = zero bicycles [Re: 1978elcamino] #5457756 06/19/20 01:58 PM
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Stating the obvious, try a bike shop.

Heard a story on the radio this morning that small mom and pop grocery stores are booming. Reason: they are more agile. When the superstores ran out of flour, the mom and pops were buying it from the restaurant supply chain and rebagging it for consumer use, something a established supply chain can't possibly do.

Walmart probably spent a lot of money driving numerous suppliers out of business or kicking them to the curb, only to come back and have it haunt them. IDK.



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Re: walmart = zero bicycles [Re: earlyre] #5457757 06/19/20 02:03 PM
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Originally Posted by earlyre
i have 3 words for both of you:
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This. Remember, China was hit months before us and only recently began to get back to work. So not only do you have the time to get the factories back up and running but the time to get it across the ocean by boat. The Pacific is pretty big. We are also competing with the rest of the world for those same things.

It's pretty much a lot of stuff - desk chairs, printers, PC parts, PCs, TVs, etc. Probably take a few months to get back to normal stock levels.

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Stating the obvious, try a bike shop.


Was talking with someone that stated the local bike shop is sold out of bikes until September. Even bike parts (tires, tubes, etc.) are getting hard to find.


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Re: walmart = zero bicycles [Re: earlyre] #5457763 06/19/20 02:09 PM
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Originally Posted by earlyre
i have 3 words for both of you:
Made In China


when folks got their stimulus checks, they went and cleaned out the local stores.
almost all the panels are made in china these days. Even LG is moving their panel production from Korea to China.



Friend of mine does business with a local powersports dealer here in Florida. He said new inventory is low because people have been coming in with 1200.00 down payments to finance new dirtbikes, atv's and jet skies. He's afraid after another stimulus they may not have that much inventory left to sell if the manufactures dont ramp up production again.

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Here in the middle of PA, there are zero bikes in Walmart, Dick's or Target. As mentioned above, the factories were closed in Asia until recently. I ordered a bike from my local bike shop two weeks ago, They hope it comes in by the end of the month but they aren't sure when it will arrive. The company would not give them a definitive date.

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Re: walmart = zero bicycles [Re: 1978elcamino] #5457826 06/19/20 03:49 PM
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People are dying to get out of the house now that nice weather is here. I've been shopping for RV's lately and there are few deals to be had as demand seems high right now.

Re: walmart = zero bicycles [Re: 1978elcamino] #5457840 06/19/20 04:10 PM
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I was in Walmart the other day and went to buy a Birthday card. They were almost out of them. Guess where most cards are made these days.


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Just got my son a craigslist bike. He outgrew the 24" and needed a 26". Kids bikes are still easy to find here but adult sizes are barren, save for the $1500+ preppy ones.

Dude had two bikes for sale so I sniped them both, 1/2 hour after the ad came out. I was riding a walmart bike that was falling apart-- now I have a 35 year old steel monster, that may have been from a bike store and not a big box.

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I was in Walmart the other day and went to buy a Birthday card. They were almost out of them. Guess where most cards are made these days.


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If you are looking to buy a bike at Wal-Mart, odds are a bike shop is no going to have what you want either (ie: an inexpensive bike). Most bike shops here are sold out of anything that is sub-$1500 at the moment. Resupply is a crapshoot and most wont even hint at an arrival date. Many brands won't even speculate...

That being said, I'd avoid the wal-mart level bikes like the plague. Poorly assembled and not made to last, no thanks. Even a cheaper bike from a real bike store will be a much better bet in the long run.

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Re: walmart = zero bicycles [Re: 1978elcamino] #5457882 06/19/20 04:52 PM
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Demand has soared during the crisis, particularly for fitness and commuter bikes,, and production has been affected by the shutdowns.

It has also affected Taiwan, which makes the higher end bikes, but sources parts from the mainland. Orders are booked through the end of the year.

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I think alot of it is suppliers by region. In Colorado several grocery stores have fully stocked cards and various items. We have a ton of tylenol and pain killer but my grandparents in Kentucky said the local stores seemed to have very little.


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