Price Gouging VS Supply and Demand is a fine line...
Several of my local gun stores saw this coming and refused to raise prices... their customers appreciated it but there shelves has been empty for months and anything that does show up is gone instantly.
We have a "new" shop in town as well, they opened up about a month before Newtown. I stopped in once and was shocked to see a wide selection of hi cap auto pistols but they were all marked "price on request".
Asking about his G19 Gen 4 revealed an asking price of $750 for a gun that was selling "pre Newtown" for $525.
Are these practices "evil" or are they just "business".
If every "know" dealer in town has empty shelves because they did not follow the laws of supply and demand, how long will there doors stay open? Awful hard to pay rent and salaries when you've got NO product to sell.
Initially, I was pissed at the price I was quoted but I also recognize a large cross section of "new" gun owners who:
A. Will buy from the place that actually has guns in stock
B. Will pay the inflated price because it's there... and they lack our "frame of reference".
On one hand, we should all be grateful to President Obama... after all, we've all been striving to increase the number of gun owner for years in an attempt to preserve our rights and this guy... with ONE speech... created more NEW gun owners than the entire membership of FTF will accomplish in our entire lives!
The downside of more demand is the obvious LESS supply and the higher prices that come with it.
Stay calm... prices will come back down... and we can all get back to the important work of killing pop cans.