I've shifted the goal post to 'until things normalize.' At this juncture, normalize means ammunition is actually in stock. Once gun stores can keep something in stock, I'll re-evaluate. Until then, I'm still in wait & see mode. As unfortunate as it is that I haven't been to the range just to shoot for fun in a year, I'm still doing OK as far as ammo goes. No need for me to start shooting and add more to the demand side of the equation when supply is still struggling.At one point do the "I'm not shooting or spending a dime on ammo until prices go back to normal" people who probably thought that was coming in a few months start to re evaluate.
There are a couple of reasons why a seller would mark up prices to a level that seems unfair: 1: Greed (that would be my motivation for selling anything right now, but I don't have a business or reputation to maintain), and 2: They know their costs are going to continue to rise in the future, and they don't want to get caught with their pants down.It should be directed at the seller if they mark up their 223 by 400% in March of 2020!!
CTD did that waaaay before there were shortages of any kind!
True bottom feeding scum.......
If you bother to look, the price of ammo has always gone up in the April/May/June time frame. The companies have been telling us "ammo will go up X amount starting on..." for YEARS! It should not come as a shock they did the same thing this year too. It's called inflation, and you can go look at the gov't "official" number, or go look at the actual/real inflation rate. For a rough guess, that is surprisingly accurate, just take the "official" rate and double it. Since EVERYTHING is dependent on gas, look at the price of gas and how much it has gone up, which means EVERYTHING else is going to up by that amount, wages, cars, ammo, tires, wood, etc., etc. According to creepy joe the inflation rate went down because we "saved" sixteen cents from last year's prices for a 4th of July cookout. It just cost $2.00 more to drive to the store and $2 more for gas to drive back, but hey! the price of the food "went down 16 cents"! But then the portions were smaller too, but who's counting calories?!At least Winchester has the decency to warn us and try to explain what's going on...rather than us pulling up to the pump and realizing in shock that it's going to cost 15% more to fill up our tank than it did last time (when prices were good).
You don't want the barter system haha. We use money for good reason. And many things have been "money" in the past. But the only thing that ever made money worth anything is "confidence" - confidence that someone else will accept it in trade at the same rate that you did. We're losing that confidence in our money. It starts with inflation, but it could end terribly. If China alone dumped our debt, we'd be in for a world of hurt. And they know that better than anyone.Hey, Im just fine if we have to resort to the barter system, I have more primers that all Y'all!!
The problem is, if we get to the two latter results after a collapsed democracy, they will be taken away with narry a penny.