I find it no consolation because I don't buy that for a second. That just makes absolutely no sense on so many fronts it's hard to hit on them all but here's just a few.
Originally Posted by fatcat
1. I've seen no indication that manufacturers have substantially raised prices so there's no reason that the product wouldn't be moving out of their facilities. The demand is there and if the product is available at a reasonable price, it will sell. (step on soapbox)
2. There's no incentive for a LGS to not invest in ammunition. Think how difficult it makes it to sell firearms when you don't have ammunition to go along with them. Look at the new Kahr 380. Here's a $600+ pistol but you'll just have to take it home and hold it because we don't have any ammo for it. And if we did, it would cost you over a dollar a round to do the factory required 200-300 round break in so you've now got close to $1000 in your pistol that you may not be able to buy any more ammo for.
3. While I can't speak for Wal-Mart, I know one thing. Wal-Mart doesn't sell guns and ammo as a hobby or because they enjoy it. They sell them to make money, period. If the manufacturers had trailers full of ammo, Wal-Mart would be buying it because they know that it will sell. Wal-Mart has not substantially raised their ammo prices so it's obvious that they aren't perpetuating an artificial shortage to sustain over-inflated prices.
I also must take issue with calling this situation a "dead horse". While the ammo shortage has been much talked about, it is far from a dead issue. I'm sure it will at some point in the future rectify itself, but I see no indications of it happening anytime soon. But, it is something that we, as consumers, can do something about. We have to curtail our usage and refuse to pay outrageous prices for ammunition or components. Until we do, profiteers will continue to buy up supplies and sell them at inflated prices at gun shows or online auctions. sgtD hit it on the nose. Go over to the supplies section at GunBroker and do a search on primers in that category. I see most primers over there going in the $60-$70 per 1000 range. Add normal shipping of $8-$10 dollars plus a $22.50 HazMat fee and you're close to $.10 per round just for a primer.
To the OP -- while I don't think this shortage will kill the shooting sports, it is definitely going to have a detrimental effect until it is corrected. I shoot CAS matches and am limiting myself to two matches this year and shooting them cold (no practice). I have enough primers on hand for those but will not replace them at the current over-inflated prices. If that means I have to give it up until common sense returns, then that's what I'll do. It's time for us as consumers to quit feeding the frenzy and say "enough is enough".
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