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Old 04-18-2012, 05:14 PM
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I live in Southern California and there doesn't seem to be much as far as prepper stores. I would think some new ones would have popped up with all the mainstream media coverage but that doesn't appear to be the case, at least here.

Checked out a military surplus store today that was big but mostly had clothes and camping equipment. It did have a good amount of MREs and freeze dried foods, some 55 gallon water barrels for $80-$100 a piece, knives and a bunch of other stuff.

There is a SOS Survival store in Van Nuys that I have seen on two different news stations in the past week. I still want to check that out as well.

Anyone see some good prepper stores in their area?
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One popped up in my area, but his prices are generally a joke. Prepping, even now, is too niche to get enough foot traffic to be worth your time unless you're jacking up prices.
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I wouldn't think SoCal would be a good market, despite quakes etc, because of the lifestyle and attitudes. south/west, sure. are we seeing more online resources (Wise foods)?
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I thought there was a bunch in CA? Prepping didn't start in 2011.
I don't even have a surplus store near me.
Ebay and SMG are my surplus stores.
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I thought for sure a couple would pop up with the announcement of the pandemic last year. I read an article where many of the on-line/mail order businesses did tremendous business afterwards.
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Prepping is a good thing any way you see it although in Southern California seems a bit contradictory. Sure it is a beautiful place to live, sunny beaches and sky resorts can be visited in the same day right? well there is also the other side of the coin... Military bases, nuclear reactors and St Andrea's fault.
guess no one cant have it all right? maybe most of the people are here for the sun and not to prep.
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Maybe if you tried rural areas you would have more luck. Where I live that's where they are showing up.
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I'd Have to agree with merlinfire. Mainstream brick and mortar retailers are having a hard enough time with Internet shopping. I can't see opening a specialty niche store In an urban area being very profitable unless you just were in an area with huge demand.
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We have two in Boise. Food 2 Store and Survival Solutions. There is also a 3RD located here but is mail order only.

Also rumors of a HUGE one opening soon.

Our Walmart is now even carrying long term foods in #10 cans!!!

The LDS cannery is doing a land office business!!!

I guess Idaho is a little different than So Cal!!
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Not really any stores but the local Craigslist is filled with the description of "prepper"!!! A ton of stuff out there, a storage container place is advertising as "Prepper Bunker"!
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We have two in Boise. Food 2 Store and Survival Solutions. There is also a 3RD located here but is mail order only.

Also rumors of a HUGE one opening soon.

Our Walmart is now even carrying long term foods in #10 cans!!!

The LDS cannery is doing a land office business!!!

I guess Idaho is a little different than So Cal!!
**sigh** I'm soooo jealous!!

We have one here in MWC ... It seems to be doing okay. You have to watch their pricing though. I don't mind helping local businesses out when I can, but I don't own my own printing press ...
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No new prepper shops, here... we have a few "military surplus" and "camping supply" stores, but they're the same ones we've had for years.
However... I get a mail catalog from a bookstore I love. Usually, I can find 2-3 good survival, homesteading, or camping books among the mix. This issue had DOZENS!
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Thought cabellas, tractor supply co, sam's and bass proshops were prepper stores...
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We have one in our area that's been open for over a year now. They carry Coghlan's Camping Products, Deitz and Aladdin lanterns, books, #10 cans of FD and DH food, foods in 5gal buckets, sacks of beans, rice, wheat, sleeping bags, cast iron, water storage and quite a few other items. They are on the pricey side though.
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I can get plastic 55 gal. drums for $20 in my area...lol
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You're not factoring in the established competition from the internet sellers of prep and survival items.

The net has already forced a lot of the bricks-and-boards sellers of various types out of business. People are lazy. They would rather sit in front of their computer in their pajamas and buy stuff than actually get dressed and go out to a store.

There are also huge start-up expenses involved in starting a retail store of any size. Those expenses go on, day after day........regardless of whether you sold anything that day, or not. And if you specialize in just one niche area.......that only makes it that much harder to succeed. Big box stores (like Waldo World, etc.) can do okay adding prep items to their established inventory. They already have lots of shoppers coming in to their location, every day. But, if you are a small business......starting from Square One is tough under any circumstances. This is a primary reason why most new business start-ups fail within the first two years.

I've got a lot of retail experience, from owning my own store for years. I closed down and opted for early retirement when the economy started to tank. Opening another retail store is just about the last thing I would consider doing for income in this anemic economy.
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I'm willing to bet you wouldn't find ONE in the whole of Australia and we have disasters all the time.
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i wish there were a few in houston
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i would love to start one in west london ,but just dont have the capital.soon the sheep will be waking ,and then there will be a pyramid effect ,every day more busy than the last ,till your shop gets looted one night,lol.
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