From what I gather, if the item is considered a normal stock item, then they do not ship any for the sale (they just assume that they will have them). It's not that strange for them to be out of stock. I live in the dallas area so there are multiple stores and it is not that uncommon for to find a few that are out before I find one that has something.
Also, while there are no limited to stock on hand kinds of disclaimers, the act like there are. Its too bad that there is not something beter than verbatium as they usally get a substitution list around wensday or thursday. the subs are often beter but they often won't tell you about the sub unless you are a problem for them. I lived on ricohjpnr01 for a long time from OM. Anytime they had anything on sale, I got imation ricjpnr01 subbed. My favorite is call a store that you know is probably out, ask them if they have it. there is a 50 percent chance the underpaid, under trained employee will find the wrong thing and tell you it is in stock. Ask him to hold it, you are on your way but you have to drive a ways so it might take you a while. When they don't have it, be nice but keep talking to the manager about it. Tell him your in depth story about how much time and trouble you spent to come get this item and how far you had to drive. Most will give up pretty quick, but I'm not above talking to him for an hour plus. Never say die!!!!I used to love getting one over on them because they run fraud ads.