Originally Posted by indy36
Non-existent price gouging? What are you talking about? There IS price gouging going on. The LGS is marking up what ever they get by 80%. Why? Because they can, and they know it. That's gouging. Their cost has not increased. CCI isn't charging them $20 for a single 100 round box. The store's cost is relatively flat. The stores, local and online, are increasing the cost nearly double (sometimes more) on purpose simply to make more to help cover their lost profits from not being able to sell more at a lesser cost because they can't get more. The consumer has 2 choices. Get reamed with no lube or go without. If the manufacturers were charging more because they couldn't get bullet making ingredients then fine, that's not gouging, but I've yet to see one article saying that was the case, thus, the stores are the only ones marking it up and that friends, is gouging. And need I remind you that every response from a manufacturer has stated round-the-clock production and increased efficiency and expansions to the production lines and investment in equipment and machines. That investment means production cost should be driven down as the plant's efficiency is maximized. So, again, if the plant can produce more than before for less than before then the product on the shelf should not cost triple. That's gouging.
The manufacturer's prices can/do go up depending on the cost of raw materials to produce ammo,but the wholesaler's that each dealer buy's from always hop on the gouging bandwagon anytime they can do it.Then the dealers follow suit,raising their prices to make a profit.
Yes,there are a lot of people getting ripped off at the moment,but as long as the public is scrounging around buying up every last box of ammo,this practice will continue.
It's all about supply and demand.
I'm glad I load all of my ammo,and don't have to worry about not being able to shoot when I want,and as much as I want.