The Panic of '08 hit .22 rimfire in our area. They lasted slightly longer than the 380, 9mm, 40S&W, 45ACP, 38 spl, etc. but then There Were None. Never saw the prices return to the $10-$12 per 550 count bulk pack.
There's the old saying that, "All things come to those who wait."
I guess the sage was in the know on when the .22 ammo shipments would arrive at Wally World and was waiting at the gun counter.
A lack of planning on your part does not necessarily constitute an emergency on my part.