As many of us search the Internet as well as our local stores for ammunition and magazines for our firearms, some of the prices being seen are very frustrating. Let me state for the record that I not only expect – but I support a 20% or so price increase by my local gun shop on ammunition, magazines, and high-demand firearms.
They sell products to make money to pay themselves and their employee’s. Profit – it drives many of us. They have had a substantial part of their product lines removed or diminished from their inventory due to high demand. So – they cannot stay in business if the do not have product to sell. Pretty simple concept. They HAVE TO charge more for the fewer products they have or they cannot stay open. So – 20% or so I understand.
What is really pathetic is the ruthless price gouging that is happening by some retailers and online establishments. CheaperThanDirt.com is the worst. Shortly after the demand increased for certain products they increased their prices by 4-5 times their normal “cheaper than dirt” prices. Even today – their prices are absolutely crazy.
Here are a few examples over at CheaperThanDirt.com:
Federal XM193 20-rd box 5.56 – $34.59
PMAG 30-rd magazines – $49.97
Lancer 30-rd magazine – $39.97
Korean-made 30-rd M1 Carbine magazine – $29.97
Come on! A box of 20 rounds of XM193 for $34.59. Insane!! How about $10.00? Those PMAG’s were under $15.00 two months ago. The M1 Carbine magazines? I bought 5 of them for $9.97 each. CheaperThanDirt.com is taking advantage of the sportsman and firearm enthusiast that built them to where they are today.
I will never, EVER do business with them again.
Dick’s Sporting Goods is another one. In a knee-jerk reaction to the Connecticut shooting they removed all AR-type firearms as well as magazines from their stores. They even removed airsoft and paintball guns that resembled AR’s. I will never step foot in another Dick’s Sporting Goods again.
On the other side of the aisle, Academy Sports has not caved. MidwayUSA.com is also another source that has maintained great customer service to its customers.
Unless something significant changes things will get back to normal – or close to normal….eventually. When they do – do not forget those that you saw taking advantage. Those that were unfair and took advantage – ignore them and take your hard earned money elsewhere.
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