Recent times have shown a shortage or price gouging on guns, ammo and magazines. Your favorite LGS or online vendor has fallen victim to price gouging on one of your most needed items. The vendor still has other well priced items you use and the customer service is good but you are emotionally upset. How dare they do this!
If it was a local shop (or even online seller), I would stay away for a few months and then come back and see if their prices are still high. It could be that they were either trying to take advantage of the market or just trying to keep inventory on the shelves. If they still see to be gouging then I would do the same thing again. I've tried to boycott stores before but my self imposed boycotts only last a few months and I start shopping there again out of curiosity, wifely pressure, or simple convenience.
Occasionally, I buy ammo at Walmart if there is ammo that I have a gun to use it in, or sometimes I order from outfits such as Natchez SS, if there's a need.
Most of the time, I reload My emptys, and I do have a good stock of powder, primers, bullets, and enough cases to last into My son's retirement.
As far as 22 LR and other rimfire ammunition which I need, there is quite a pile saved up (or hoarded..whatever), and much of it was purchased prior to the current Regime's election, back in Nov of 2008.
The Clinton Regime and the lack of available primers (for reloading way back then), woke this shooter up, so during the "W" years, I spent My $$$$ wisely.
I went to Sovereign guns in Fuquay Varina Nc in mid Dec when everything was just about to go crazy. I watched them price stripped lower receivers that were $99 and marked them up to $450. I said isn't that price gouging, he said nope it called making a good profit. I have not been back there since. I'm all for making profit but that seemed a little excessive to me.
You forgot one answer: always buy the necessary reloading items ahead of time. You never know when the idiots in Washington will interfere with the sale and production. Buy lots of primers and store them away in cool, dark areas. Buy the powder you most commonly use in bulk. Empty cases never go bad: buy lots of them and store them in .30 caliber/.50 caliber ammo cans. You can always use the ammo cans to store reloaded ammo. He who hesitates is lost in this game.
If I feel that obvious price gouging is in practice at any business I frequent they will never get another dime from me and I'll go elsewhere. There should have been another "option" which is a combination of "go elsewhere to buy and/or wait to purchase until prices are more in line with normal markup". We, as firearm owners, are seeing an extended "price and availability" issue due to the present political climate in our country but I know of a few LGS that never took advantage of their customer base and they are experiencing new customers that shopped older established stores now shopping exclusively with them and abandoning the guy that tried to squeeze them due to the "panic". Karma is a mean mistress.
Well, here is a case study: I went to a local gun show the other day. First time in 7 years. There were 5 different "vendors" selling ammo. One had a little .22s out, so I asked if he had any low velocity for my old Woodsman. He peeled open an ammo can and pulled out 5 50rd boxes, said $7 a box. They go for $3 online. I said, "what is your best deal if I buy all 5?" He answered "$7 is the price." I told him he could put them back, that I was waiting to buy when the prices were back where they should be. Every one of these ammo scalpers was a young dude, and probably wasn't born when I was shooting .22s in High School. I'm just not playing the "Hoard and Panic" game. I'll shoot less, or other calibres, before I buy into making middlemen a 100% profit for doing nothing other than watching online like a hawk and going to walmart every day to buy them out. Screw em.
The only people I saw buying at the show were gangbangers and scared middle aged men. As soon as people quit panicking and hoarding every box they can find, supply will catch up. If they don't, we'll see a flood on the market when they die and their widows have to sell the closets full of .22s. Rant over.
I take my business to the gun shops that aren't gouging their customers. Yes -- They are around if you look. And I remember who was gouging when prices are back to normal and avoid those folks if I can.