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If you have a problem with prices now, don't buy.
We've all known this was coming for 3.4-4 years now. That was plenty of time to stock up on ammo mags and scary black arms. We knew this was coming at some point in the next 4 years I just didn't think it would come so early after the election...remember never let a crisis go to waste.
Has the Occupy Wall St movement taken over the DC forum?
I know diddy on the AK AR thing. Are magazine interchangeable between all AK or AR manufactures or you must buy the "corrrect" mag for each manufacturer. I know all Glock 9 mm mags will fit in all Glock 9mm handguns.
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When NOAA comes on your local news and says your in their cone of death and you have a couple days to hunker down and Home Depot and Piggly Wiggly shelves are drying up. During that buying pandemic they don't raise their prices just because they can. When the manufactures send out their next first shipments after the storm to the retailers, they do not raise their prices just because they can.
But that is what seems to be taking place within the firearms industry? Yeah if you were at your LGS yesterday and P-mags were $12.98 and the next day they jumped to $79.98, like the one down the street from me. Well.....what can you do?
Like Smokey the Bear says: "Only YOU can prevent a buying pandemic!"
This buying and gouging frenzy has gotten so out of control that the monkey see monkey do syndrome has set in.
Like someone's post above said, it is hard to find any stores that aren't scalping stock, I'll add; it's like buying tickets to the Super Bowl.
I guess my days as a Boy Scout, Be Prepared, has made it easy for me to ride out the present events, such as, the possible gun ban, and the panic buying of ammo and guns. I still have a few 24 round boxes of .45 cal ammo I bought in the 1960's with the price tag still on the boxes with the outrageous price of $1.45 per box. I have long been a believer in at least 1K rounds of target ammo for each gun and at least 500 rounds of SD ammo for each handgun. The only impact that I can see for me in the near future is the reduction of my trips to the range to one or two per month.
Let's make a list of buyers who are willing to pay $80 for a plastic magazine.
Then let's make a list of sellers who would refuse to let them pay that much, because it would be "gouging" - and instead will sell it to them for $15. They are a big company after all, and the extra $65 means nothing to them.
Look on Gunbroker - lots of stuff for sale, with 0 bids. Lots of shill bidding. The stuff that is actually selling is going for ~$30/mag. Big deal.
There are plenty of people willing to take advantage of foolish/desperate people buying in a panic. They are not to blame here....if you want to pay $11.27 for a PMAG this week, you are out of luck.
And some are playing it straight Fleet Farm.
I wandered in this morning at 9am I was shocked to see the case had AR15 in it again. So I looked the prices was the same as it had been all year on them.
I had picked up two Ar15 Adams Arms 5 months ago as Christmas gifts so I was aware of the price. I picked up another one just because I could.
They were limiting sales to one a day. and 4 mags a day but they had some in stock at the normal price. They did not have any Ak style weapons in stock .
They had some good deals on Bulk 7.62X39 but it was sold out right away.
I could not believe my eyes when i saw the price of this GI mag:
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If they are selling all they have, they are not gouging. The market has set a new price. That is called a" free market", and is how the system is supposed to work.
Read there's going to be a Class Action Law Suit filed against Dick's........glad I returned my Score Card......they're phonies....IMO.
If people want to charge $1000 for a frakin hamburger that's their choice. It's also my choice not to buy said hamburger whether there are 20 of them available or if it's the last one on earth.
There is no guarantee of resupply in any business, especially during a major natural disaster(ie "cone of death", let alone when we have a president that behaves as a dictatorial king, and we're outnumbered by moochers and looters.
If I were running a gas station(I don't currently - just making that clear), and I were told there was a major hurricane coming the likes of which no one has seen since katrina, you're dam-skippy I'm going to be charging DOUBLE or even TRIPLE what I was the day before... WHY?
- Speed with which my supply is going to dwindle if I don't
- How long until I get resupplied...if ever,
- Theft and other loss of future income...
- the list goes on...
Also, you've made an assumption on why certain suppliers don't raise their prices after an incident...here's the problem. They don't not because of some virtue you think they may or may not have. They don't raise their prices because the government at the behest of a ruling mob of moochers and looters tell them that if they raise their prices even the slightest bit, that they will either A) get fined into oblivion ...if they survive said disaster, B) have their business license revoked, C) Go to JAIL, D) all of the above.