See, I'm not buying the theories in either direction. Before the ammo shortage, there were routinely shortages at my local Walmart. You'd go in somedays, and their selection was sooo pathetic. You'd wonder why they bothered...
Now, I'd like to see a list of all the rimfire manufacturers. I'd like to see a chart of what they produced and sold in the year 2010. And another one for the year 2013. And I mean the real numbers, not some BS ones someone made up.
You would have a hard time convincing me that before the shortage, most places only sold a couple hundred rounds a week. If production hasn't decreased, and every outlet that sells it can/could only have a brick a week, that couldn't have held many retailers back then, either.
The other part of the equation is retail cost. Supply and demand says that as demand increases, prices need to go up. It will get to a point that nobody will buy it, and supply should go up, and demand down. Then the price will come back down. So it should hit a balancing point. But the people increasing the price should be the manufacturers. It shouldn't be the A-Hole hangin' out at Walmart every day at 6 AM to buy up the supply, and re-sell it. If it was high right from Walmart, there wouldn't be a profit to be had, right?
From the manufacturer's perspective, they get paid more for the same amount of product this way. Basically a raise. Maybe then they would invest in more people and capacity to make more ammo...
I don't see what the problem is. Everybody is being nice, and getting along, and I, for one, am learning stuff. So, if you don't like the discussion, don't look at the thread. Or, simply cut to the chase, and close it.
Is there an age limit for a thread, after which we kill it?