I thought we had a free market system here in the good ole U.S. of A. I'm not an economist, but at the moment, the market is setting the price for ammo and reloading supplies. Know how I know? Because people are paying the current asking price. When the market decides to no longer pay these prices, the price will reset to what the market will bear. But if people continue paying the current prices, then those are the current market prices for the products. You can hardly blame online retailers for selling at the current market price.I suspect the legit ammo sellers are matching the scalpers prices otherwise the scalpers buy the entire inventory and resell it. Good 'ol greed plays into this too.
I have a hard time believing .45 cartridges cost .12 cents back then, or whiskey for that matter. Results from using an online inflation calculator:
I have set myself up so that I never have to do that. Going out early for Black Friday because my wife insists is enough of that crap.The Superstore you speak of, I believe is the same place around me with multi-locations where customers are lined-up to get in, and when they do on ammo morning...they all go running straight to the ammo to grab their two box limit on very high priced ammo.
And here is where the problem really lies.Because people are paying the current asking price.
I saw the same ad, no wonder they have ammo in stock. I sent them a nasty email, told them I had bought from them before (I bought 3 pistols from them) and told them to take me off their mailing list and I was no longer a customer of theirs. We need to tell these vendors something is wrong and that we're going to take our business elsewhere.Scalpers & Gougers. I'll name one. Sportsman's Outdoor Superstore. They advertise plenty in stock. 9mm fmj $1 a rd. and up 45 fmj $1.10. JHP's try $2.50 up. I bought a gun from them before. Never again. Nothing. That's why ammo is messed up.
+1There is a difference in those accumulating over time. Your lifetime supply of ammo was in your basement long before the covid/riot/election/panic started. You bought when ammo was on the shelf for all. Which actually helped now- all of us that bought when ammo was cheap and plentiful helped keep ammo makers in steady demand. You (and many others) have actually helped them hold more capacity for times like these.
Those people we call to be tarred and feathered are those who either:
1. go all over town buying out the inventory of every place they can, right now [in the shortage] with no intention of shooting the ammo and no care for fellow gun owners who might actually need ammo to shoot.
2. they are at academy every morning buying all they are allowed and repackaging in zip lock bags for the weekend gun shows for 4x-10x what they just bought it for- purely out of greed.
Well, I guess I only speak for myself... but that's my take on it.
I wish I could make primers. I paid $300 for 1000 cci 500. My son and wife have been pushing me to pickup a hobby. Long story. I decided to submerge myself into all of it. My oldest found powder today. I might finally get a chance to load now. Of course I only have a BB gun but that’s okay.😆 I used to say that too!
I think you would make a fortune if you just made primers!
I'm not certain I understand. You mention "those of us who prepare" which would lead me to believe you stock up on ammo in preparation for uncertain times. But then turn around and say you "get screwed because of the lazy, greedy few." If you're not needing ammo, how are you getting screwed? Primers are $300 per 1,000 now. I have plenty so I don't feel I'm getting screwed at this point. So in your particular case, did you prepare by storing away ammo, or did you store away everything BUT ammo and are now blaming others because you didn't?And here is where the problem really lies.
Those of us that prepare, and do the right things whilst shunning the procrastination urge, get screwed because of the lazy, greedy few. Those that rely on making a profit off of these fools are in a special class of their own.