Has it appeared every gun store has went down?

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  1. Axis II

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    I'm about done with some of these stores. LGS who owns about 6 shops throughout the state has always had prices a hair more than Cabelas and Midway but I like to shop local and help keep jobs local. Now he's selling 50rd 9mm aluminum for $35-40, 100 primers for $10-12, cleaning supplies doubled, firearms prices almost doubled. One store is 15min from the inner city and everyone that goes in there has their rear end hanging out of their pants and smells like pot. They used to be super helpful and now no help at all and act like you just cursed them out asking for help.

    I quit shopping Cabelas after Bass pro took over because they turned into a sunglasses and t shirt store. I went in yesterday to look for primers because they have had them consistantly and within 2-3 weeks they doubled. I thought about buying a brick for $65 and then wanted to look at something in the optics case. Of course everyone was standing around BS so I ask a worker pushing a cart if he can call someone to help me. He says yeah, as soon as I get done cleaning up this dog crap I will be right over, how's that sound to you? I replied it sounds like your attitude sucks, you lost a customer and I walked out without spending over $300 like I planned. Primers and powder went up here but some ammo seems to be hovering around normal price or a buck or two higher. Whats with that?

    Went to Midwayusa for bullets and holy crap! double the price. It seems after Potterfield resigned they jacked the already high prices up even more.

    I scored 4 100rd packs of CCI Mini mag at walmart last weekend for $8.99 box. They also have AA shotshells in and only a buck or two more than before. I see all you guys posting deals and it seems like the smaller guys are having the best prices while the larger places screem they raised the prices due to the manufacture raising them.

    Who does everyone use ONLINE other than Cabelas, BP and Midway for stuff like solvent, oil, cleaning supplies, cases, etc? I used to despise shopping online but maybe the way to go.
     
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  2. earplug

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    dog crap would be priority due to spreading and smell
     
  3. Hartkopf

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    Sounds kinda like the OP is fed up with everybody's dog crap!:D

    I've been there too. Times have changed and the world is upside down but it's not all bad. There's still good people and good places to buy gun related items. Hopefully supply comes back and all of these places will be forced to lower prices.
     
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    Midsouth and brownells and midway is mostly where I look for items.
     
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    I've cleaned, oiled and put away all of my guns. If things come back I may too. I believe that I'm more than one dimensional and can play with other things besides guns. Oh, I can still keep the wolf from my door. All that and I'm just too old to give a damn!
     
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    I was fine with him cleaning it up but the way he said it was flat out rude. I didnt even want his help because I saw he was busy with the cart full of stuff I just asked he call someone. When he said how's that sound to you was the nail in the coffin.
     
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    Is Midsouth and Brownells pretty secure? Never really fussed with them and I am paranoid using a CC online.
     
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    I am not sure about security. I've used them both. Brownells is more known, but midsouthshootersaupply.com has been around a good while (I still have an old printed catalog) and has about the best prices I've seen. I mostly buy odds and ends, some cleaning stuff, occasional part. I've bought both stuff and components from midsouth and was real happy with the price and service.
     
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    I like Midsouth and Natches. I can get my part numbers on a paper and call and talk to a sales person to order and pay. They always have reasonable prices it seems.
     
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    e rex couldn't have said it better. If you're easily POed about high prices and lousy service it might be best to stay in quarantine for a while yet.
     
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    Haven’t you heard that there has been a pandemic? A lot of manufacturers, depending on what state they are located in, could not run at full capacity for several months.
    Oh! And then there were those two groups of mostly peaceful protesters Going around burning and destroying things, and that defund the police garbage. This caused a large increase in the number of people buying guns. Those same people started buying ammo too. I heard somewhere that there was something like 4 million new gun owners in the last year. It could be a little less.;)
    You should be old enough to understand supply and demand.
    I have a friend that owns a LGS. He is just starting to get enough ammo in to sell. For the last six months he has only been able to get enough to sell one box with each gun he sells. He told me that he could get a lot 9mm ammo in, if he was willing to pay $37 a box wholesale.
    Oh! And the thing about getting help when shopping. Remember that the government is paying people not to work right now. With the added unemployment benefits the government is paying out, a lot of people are making more money on unemployment then if they went back to work.
    These are just a few things that have effected us since this man made pandemic started.
    But look at the bright side. You now have $300 in the bank because, you didn’t spend it.:)
     
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    Shopping takes more personal effort, price awareness/ understanding and patience these days - it will get worse - become a more educated, patient and persistent shopper, this new world of shortages requires due diligence, lots of due diligence - make shopping a challenge instead of a chore - embrace the change.
     
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    Has almost nothing to sell, same bills to pay, everyone wants something, sometimes anything despite it being something they can’t use, sell what he can for the most he can.

    Makes sense to me.
     
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    The whole economy is like this. Have you looked at the car market? I think we're in for at least a couple of years of readjustment before things return to "normal."
     
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    All this... and my wife wonders why I prefer to stay home on the weekends and not go out. ;)

    Everything posted about at the top has been an issue for well over a year now. As was stated above, don’t expect much to change anytime soon.

    Stay safe.
     
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    What you are seeing is the dark before the dawn.

    A year ago, factories were shut down, employees sent home until they could be separated by 6 feet or more (and their County and States permitted them to be open). Which was on top of a national shortage of long-haul delivery drivers (further complicated by States closing their borders).
    Them somewhere between 5 and 9 million people went out and ought their first firearm, with each of those buying a couple of boxes of ammo.

    Which made 10 to 20 million boxes of ammo disappear from shelves. Which made the existing 80 to 160 million firearms owners increase their buying, locally and online. Further emptying shelves. And the factories were not open to make more ammo to ship (when they could) to the wholesalers, and thence to the distributors, and finally, to retailers.

    The distributors and retailers had to increase prices to keep product on the shelves to keep customers coming in. Thousands of retailers competing for hundreds of case of ammo and ammo components. This is not ideal for economical shopping.

    But, it's been a year. The momentum is shifting. Once the factories were open and producing, the deliveries moved down the supply chain. When the emergency and rush orders are filled, supply will overwhelm demand--prices will drop as retailers figure out where to put entire pallets of ammo.
     
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    The actions of one minimum wage shelf monkey do not reflect the entire company.
     
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    I've watched prices of ammo and such slowly creep up at my LGS. I truly think they applying their standard markup to it and are caught up in the crazy price fluctuations from their suppliers. They're trying their darndest to hold 9mm at $24 a box where a year ago it was 1/2 that. I've seen it double that at some places. It's a crazy world out there at the moment.
     
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    Oh but they do.
     
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    They shouldn’t. By extension of that logic the entire USA should be judged by any one Senator or Representative.
     
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    We are!

    It’s like judging strangers by their clothes; we do it, right or wrong.
     
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    Um.......Bass Pro/Cabelas has a LOT more than just "sunglasses and t-shirts". What store have you been in?? :-/
     
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    Supply and demand. Remember 2 and a half years ago AR prices were at all time lowes when adjusted for inflation and reloading suppliers were giving primers away for as little as $25 per brick if you bough a case or 2.
     
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    My Son owns a shop , I have worked behind the counter and worked the floor . I assure you , we hate you right back . Cry cry cry or open your own shop....it's so easy a caveman can do it.
     
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    That's and ignorant thing to call someone .
     
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