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One of your local LGS or online vendors is price gouging

  • Find what I need or want somewhere else

    Votes: 90 72.6%
  • Pay the price they are asking and shut up

    Votes: 4 3.2%
  • Sulk and badmouth the vendor/never shop there again

    Votes: 2 1.6%
  • Try and understand the problem due to outside influences

    Votes: 3 2.4%
  • Wait until things get better before buying anything

    Votes: 32 25.8%

What do you do?

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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!
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I continue go to the gunshops and look around at the guns and ammo high prices and then i hope and i pray that they come down soon.
Yep, i just prolong the search.

The more they gouge, the more my business dries up.

I trust in myself that Im strong enough to out-endure my compulsions and desire to covet.

Until the right deal comes along.
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Wait until things get better or look elsewhere and buy from someone who is not gauging prices.
I just cross my fingers when I walk into Wal-Mart and hope they have ammo. Bass pro has been good with keeping stuff in stock but it's 7 bucks over what I normally pay n it's a half hour away.
Higher prices on everything is inevitable. Get over it.:)

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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.
I'll go somewhere else unless it's something that I absolutely can't find anywhere else, then i'll just suck it up and buy it.
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. :cool:
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That's capitalism.

I buy from the vendor who offers the best price.
I buy most of my ammo from WalMart. I will buy from other sources if they offer a price that I think is reasonable (within ~10% of Wally). Except for .22LR, I haven't had a problem.

I have had no problem finding handguns that I like (mostly older ones). I do private transactions (legal here) and C&R trades (I have a 03 C&R license).
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.
I have a great app on my iPhone called RedLaser that helps me price check most products. I go where I can get the best deal.
After I sulk and bad mouth the vendor I find what I want somewhere else and remember to not shop with the gouger again.
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.
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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.
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I try not to get in any hurry when either buying OR selling. Getting in a hurry costs you money on both ends,

Can someone tell me how I can put my picture where that shadow is?

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.
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