Gun Show Craziness, Prices and Surprises

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    Gun Show Craziness, Prices and Surprises

    Went to a nearby gun show this afternoon with a friend. My first one.

    Ammo prices were out of sight. Watched one guy, who couldn't seem to get his money out fast enough, pay $50 for a 525 bulk pack of Remington 22lr that used to sell at Wally for $18.95. Another vendor was asking $25 for 22lr cci minimag round point 100 rnd box that we used to buy at Wally $7. 9mm ammo was in scarce. But as I walked by another table an older attendee was in the process of selling a vendor at least 25 - 50 round boxes of WWB / 115 gr / fmj / 9mm. Never did go back to see what the retail price was.

    One vendor had new Ruger SR9, SR9c, LC380, SR1911, LCR 22mag, M&P Shield 40 and more. Bought an SR9c for $439 + tax. All of his stuff was reasonably priced. I commented it was nice to deal with someone who wasn't taking advantage of folks. His response? "This craziness will be over in 6 or 8 months and people will remember who did what and that will be good for him". How true.

    As I walked around with my new Ruger SR9c in its shiny plastic box under my arm, 5 vendors and 2 attendees wanted to know if it was for sale. :-)
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    will remember who did what and that will be good for him
    Wise man. Very true words.
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    about three months before all this stuff happened ( last summer) I picked up a new from vendor Keltec sub 2000 in 40 Caliber, since this stuff started I have watched the price go from the 339.00 that I paid to 900.00 or more I am ready to get back to normal prices and ammo back on the shelf. I got a re loader for Christmas and locally can't find 45 cal FMJ just lead. so I have been practicing with lead which Ill probably just blow at the range.

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    I posted a thread a week or two ago where I traded off an AR-15 that I did not like for a M-1A and with the current hysteria I got much more in trade than I originally paid for the AR and got a much better rifle. Went to both the Fayetteville and Goldsboro shows this weekend, there are bargains out there but you really have to keep a sharp eye out to find them.
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    At our recent gun show ( Two weeks ago ) AR's were running from 1600 to over 3k. Most vendors were running obscenely high prices, but a few were keeping it real. I picked up a 50 rnd box of Winchester ranger 9mm for 25 bucks. My roomate got a bodyguard 380 for 350 ish. In my area things are slowly returning to normal. The chain stores have a lot more ammo on the shelves and a lot of 40 cal too. 9mm is still scarce though.

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    I'll be heading to my first show in a while next weekend. Interestingly, in my area, prices at most booths never dropped after the LAST ammo shortage, so 'that we used to buy at Wally' has been interesting since the guys probably DID pick it up there on the way to the show.

    At the craziness of pricing, I've got a few things I'd ponder unloading for the ridiculous prices people are giving.

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    Two weeks ago I ended up purchasing a project built AR for my wife at the gun show. Was able to get it for $1300. More than I wanted to pay for it, but, it's built better then my bushmaster. And with the options (trigger assembly, fiber optic sights, and a few more), I guess it would be equal in price for the same options on my rifle. But, the sad part is, I was seeing $800 colts going for $3000. Just plain stupid. But, in return, my wife let me buy a $1000 Smith & Wesson 1911 this past Saturday.

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    My Uncle is friends with the people that run the Crossroads shows out west here and they said they are having trouble finding vendors, a lot are out of product to sell.

    Crazy, but normal, whatever that is, will be nice when it comes back.

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    I'm still waiting to get an email from Midway USA on when they're stock of daniel defense upper assembly's will be in stock again. I ordered a 40 round ar mag two days after christmas and I still haven't received it. I am also waiting on a couple of pmags through Brownells that aren't supposed to ship until Feb 11th.

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    I'm a bit puzzled by the people that think playing by the rules of capitolism are "taking advantage of people". Supply and demand drive the price,always has, always will, unless Obama gets his way. Before this latest artificially induced buying frenzie was introduced, we hailed the goodness of capitolism over the direction we were being led, socialism. Now, when the demand outpaces the supply, capitolism bad, people that are adhearing to one of the fundamental rules of capitolism, supply and demand, are taking advantage. You don't have to shop in this market, you can wait. You can say no. In fact if so many people were not still shopping in a market that is temporarily inflated, the prices would come back down. There are two sides to this equasion. While the supply is low and people keep on demanding, the price will stay up.
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    I went into an Ace Hardware store today.I saw they had 4 boxes of some 45 cal fmj practice rds.I thought i'll buy a couple of boxes.They were only charging 58.00 per box.I decided to leave them for someone else.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Exacto View Post
    I'm a bit puzzled by the people that think playing by the rules of capitolism are "taking advantage of people". Supply and demand drive the price,always has, always will, unless Obama gets his way. Before this latest artificially induced buying frenzie was introduced, we hailed the goodness of capitolism over the direction we were being led, socialism. Now, when the demand outpaces the supply, capitolism bad, people that are adhearing to one of the fundamental rules of capitolism, supply and demand, are taking advantage. You don't have to shop in this market, you can wait. You can say no. In fact if so many people were not still shopping in a market that is temporarily inflated, the prices would come back down. There are two sides to this equasion. While the supply is low and people keep on demanding, the price will stay up.
    You are dead on. I was planning on buying my first firearm this spring but after the panic that is currently playing out, I've decided to wait. I'm not going to get caught up in the hysteria and pay far more than I should. Additionally, I want the availability of ammo after my firearm purchase so I can put in some good trigger time and become familiar with my firearm. There's no point to purchasing a gun and then not having bullets for it.

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    It just amazes what people ask for their stuff in times like this. Ive got enough ammo to do me for a while and I reload some 9mm. That should do me until things settle down a bit. Until then Ill leave the price gougers to prey on unsuspecting victims.

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    The guns shows around here are notorious for inflating prices even before this mess happened. Never again will I go to one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Exacto View Post
    I'm a bit puzzled by the people that think playing by the rules of capitolism are "taking advantage of people". Supply and demand drive the price,always has, always will, unless Obama gets his way. Before this latest artificially induced buying frenzie was introduced, we hailed the goodness of capitolism over the direction we were being led, socialism. Now, when the demand outpaces the supply, capitolism bad, people that are adhearing to one of the fundamental rules of capitolism, supply and demand, are taking advantage. You don't have to shop in this market, you can wait. You can say no. In fact if so many people were not still shopping in a market that is temporarily inflated, the prices would come back down. There are two sides to this equasion. While the supply is low and people keep on demanding, the price will stay up.
    I agree to a point. There is reasonable capitalism, then there is exploiting. But you are right in that the market rules. I passed on a PPS today because the dealer wanted full retail.
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