Two months ago, I could have bought an AR stripped receiver for about $75. Didn't get around to it. I saw the writing on the wall, however and ordered a Kel-Tec KSG from my favorite gun dealer and paid the money up front, knowing that he would get one eventually. He always has in the past and I was not in a hurry.
I had just finished my first build of an AR and it was kind of fun, so I thought I might do it again, with some changes and upgrades. Again, I put the idea on hold while I saved up some play-around cash.
The week of the Newtown tragedy was harsh. We all know what happened to the supply of various guns. I found a good price on a Del-Ton full AR kit, minus the receiver and ordered it online. Paid in full, but it is backordered. So is my KSG. The price I paid for both is NEVER going to be honored. (I am not blaming my dealer at all. He is at the mercy of the distributors)
I cannot find an AR receiver for anywhere under $300 now, and we all know that there were thousands in stock. Another thread is talking about price gouging. Yeah.
I doubt that I will see my KSG, at the price I paid. I have no leverage, because the dealer has none, of course. The distributors know they can command usurious prices, so they will simply not honor any back orders. They will claim that the manufacturers are incurring higher prices. Yeah.
I'm not bitter, because it's a capitalist business. I get the whole supply and demand thing. It just sucks to be caught in the switches. I have lots of other guns, ..........