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I have worked at the local WalMart for about five years. This is the first year that we have put Christmas merchandise out as it arrived in the store rather than hold it in the back. They have started a program of "truck to shelf" this year where we try not to keep anything in the backroom. When it comes in, it goes right to the shelf, so you will probably be seeing stuff "trickle" in over the next few weeks. Depends when it gets to the distribution center from the distributer, then, they turn around and redistribute to all the stores in their district. With the exception of groceries, we have very little in the back room. Home Depot and probably Lowes operate the same way.

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I'm getting a little worried but at my walmart it doesn't look like they have as much lights as they did this year. So maybe they're putting a few out now and our gonna put more out later. Kinda weird with no red and green. I called at least 10 wal mart and they all say clear, blue and multi is all they got. So if any one finds red or green let me know.

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I remembered to check our WalMart today and there are plenty of red minis on the shelves here. We have only received the multi, blue, red, and clear minis so far.

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Denny wrote:

We have only received the multi, blue, red, and clear minis so far.


It's starting to look like Willie's prediction of a worldwide shortage of green ISN'T just another one of his hoaxes...

Bummer - no more green and no more controllers. I say we should just cancel Christmas for this year and get a jump on being ready for 2012.
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I gave up on wal-mart. I ended up getting all my lights from lowes. They had all the colors i was looking for. I talked to the manager about getting a discount since I was buying so many and she ended up taking 50 cents off of each box. They came out to $2.79 thats 20 cents cheaper than walmart. I couldnt wait any longer. Im so exited to start putting everything together.

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Have gone to about 12 Wally World's in the So Cal area. Those that have their LED lights out do not have any individual colors our yet other than white.....but they have large blanks sections set aside for more lights. Hope that means green ones!

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Go to Target. All theirs are out. Maybe a bit more expensive than WalMart, but in my opinion, well worth it. They are much better lights. This week our local Target had all their lights out---including lot of individual colors (but still no green).

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TJ Hvasta wrote:

Went to three WM's in the East Valley, no green... plenty of clear, red, blue and multi incand's and LEDs but no green. Lowes had the shelves cleared and price tags up but no stock last week..


That is probably because all the Walmarts in this area are served by the same distribution center.
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Max-Paul wrote:

I wonder what goes into making green pigmentation? Makes me think that there must be some kind of world wide lack of this material. Any chemist in the crowd?


Sometimes the salts needed to produce the desired color are unstable. Barium chloride (green) is unstable at room temperatures, so barium must be combined with a more stable compound (e.g., chlorinated rubber). In this case, the chlorine is released in the heat of the burning of the pyrotechnic composition, to then form barium chloride and produce the green color. Copper chloride (blue), on the other hand, is unstable at high temperatures, so the firework cannot get too hot, yet must be bright enough to be seen.

copied this from a site,this is for fireworks but probably the same
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Max-Paul wrote:

I wonder what goes into making green pigmentation? Makes me think that there must be some kind of world wide lack of this material. Any chemist in the crowd?

Its not a pigmentation thing, it is a diode issue. Green ones are more difficult (ie. more expensive) to make. For a place that has various colors all priced the same (big box stores), their profit margin is going to be less on lights that cost them more to buy. That is why wholesalers like CDI sell green at a higher price. Red LEDs are one of the cheapest to make, which is why you see all the stores with ton of reds. Blue is cheaper too, which is why blue is fairly common as well (didn't see tons of blue incandescents typically, but you do with LEDs).

Some discussion on this:
http://www.physorg.com/news/2011-04-zeroing-elusive-green.html
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