Originally Posted by aandabooks
Just an update of the last week or so. I've been around at 3 other LGS and Gander/Bass Pro. I have now confirmed that my usual LGS has gone overpriced. I have found a couple examples where he is higher than Bass Pro and Gander. This is comparing the same new guns. I've always considered those places to be the high water standard of gun prices. Guess my loyalty will be going where my dollar goes farthest from now on.
In most cases,it's almost impossible for a LGS to compete with the prices that the Big Box stores offer.They are like Wal-Mart and get better prices from the wholesaler's because they by in quantity,whereas most LGS's only buy a couple of this and that at a time.
I always give my LGS the first chance of selling me the goods that I'm wanting,and if there's not a big difference in the price,they get my business.
I would rather give my money to someone that I actually know,than to a big corporation that doesn't really care about the customer.
Now,if I see my LGS price gouging items,I do take my business elsewhere. I no longer buy my primers/powder from them.They have raised their prices because of the mad rush,and it is on items that they have had in stock for a long time,not that they had a price increase from their distributer.
I told the owner that unless he sold me those items at their previous prices,that he had lost a long time customer-And he has lost one!