The Texas AG has accused the Fort Worth-based firearms website Cheaper Than Dirt of price gouging at the start of the pandemic.
So who decides what's 'excessive'? Does the AG get to set maximum pricing on guns, too? Does he get to determine how many each of us get to purchase, to prevent 'hoarding'? How about ammo; does the AG get to limit ammo purchases to prevent 'hoarding'?Im fine with the Attorney General responding favorably to consumer complaints about excessive price hikes during a pandemic.
And that is deceptive advertising that IS against the law in most states. I have never purchased from them, and after Sandy Hook was when I determined that I never would.The other issue is that they did the bait and switch. One price advertised then once in cart prices were jacked up. That is what gets me pissed. I'm all for free market. They can charge what they want and I can choose not purchase from them.
I look at it as an ethics thing. They clearly have none and I have not purchased from then since sandy hook.
The standard is, as a retailer you can not raise your price(s) for a necessity for no good reason during a disaster. (greed is not a good reason).......All the folks saying that the AG 'decided' CTD gouged or took unfair advantage, what's the standard for that?
The government didn't determine what a fair price was. They determined ammunition is a necessity and that CTD took advantage in a declared disaster by raising their prices for no reason other than greed......do we really want the government 'determining' what a fair price is? ....
That was different. There was no declared disaster (that election result was a disaster but no one declared it as one ) They just took advantage when they saw market availability drying up. Same scruples, no ethics.I'm sure someone here is going to remember that they did exactly the same thing when Obama got elected. It's a pattern with them. They deserve what they get.
So the government decides what 'a good reason' to raise prices is? It's the same devil with a new mustache.Think of it like a Florida lumber company with 10 thousand sheets of plywood in stock selling for $10 a sheet this week. A week later there's a hurricane and the governor declares Florida a disaster area. No roofs, no windows, no storefronts, you get the picture.
The lumber company sitting on 10k sheets of plywood gets a big smile and for no good reason other than greed, raises the price to $40 a sheet. Nothing changed to cause the price increase other than the increased need. You and I can't stop them (the lumber company or Cheaper than Dirt from doing that, but someone has to.
"Good reason", that's my words, my thought process, maybe not the governments I don't know. But I would think, because government is SUPPOSED to work for us that we have some input into what they deem is reasonable and prudent.So the government decides what 'a good reason' to raise prices is? It's the same devil with a new mustache.
Putting the government in the position of deciding what is 'reasonable' or 'a good reason' is simply putting the government in charge. I'm not comfortable with that, and I'm surprised anyone-ESPECIALLY gun owners-are.