Up until today, I hadn’t actually seen any price gouging on ammo. Heard about it, read about it, but haven’t seen it.
But today that changed.
Went into a gun store with Crapgame (not going to name the store, but it isn’t one of the 2 notorious gougers in the area) and looked around. On the shelf I saw a 500-round bulk pack of Winchester XPert 22.
I figured it might be a good idea to stock up, since I am shooting more .22 these days.
There was a little sticker in the corner of the box. It said: $70. (I checked MidwayUSA when I got home; their price was $30.99.)
And there was a 525 round box of Federal bulk pack ammo priced at $65.
Neither box included lubrication to ease the pain of the ass-rape being offered to customers.
Now, I am not one of those people that equates price increases with price gouging. I am mostly in the John Stossel camp. Business is business. A vendor needs to be able to make a profit on the products they sell, after factoring in all of the variables. And prices have gone up across the board for ammo, and I accept that reality.
But there is no way in hell that this gun store is making less or the same profit margin on that ammo that they would have made before the sale. They are being opportunistic dicks.
I don’t want a government solution to this problem, like NJ did.
If you see stupid prices on ammo, and you aren’t in desperate need of that ammo, DON’T BUY IT! Let it sit there until the dealer gets sick of staring at it and makes the price more reasonable, or until someone who does need it desperately comes looking for it.
That’s the only way to restore some sanity to the ammo marketplace.
That, and more production.