Has Your LGS Raised Prices?

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I'm just wondering if anyone else's gun shop raised their prices substantially? If so, will you continue to do business with them when things die down?

I ask because one of my LGS who normally had respectable brick and mortar prices compared to online prices raised the prices of many of their firearms by as much as $200 or more. For example, be for the virus craze, they had the Glock 43, 48, etc for $450-$460. I just went there today, and they're charging $650 for those same guns.... Regular Glock 19, 26, etc are in the mid $700s now... $480 for a M&P Shield. The Taurus G2c's they where selling for $230 are now $330. So on and so forth.

Of cost they are free to charge what they want especially if other are willing to pay those prices, but it still rubs me the wrong way as a long time customer.
 
When I asked my LGS, they claimed they had to raise their prices because anything left in the case was a new purchase by them and that their wholesalers had raised their prices. Still, IMHO, for the most part it is "what the market will bear" at this point in time. Any LGS that has guns left to sell at this time, has little or no competition.
 
I'm just wondering if anyone else's gun shop raised their prices substantially? If so, will you continue to do business with them when things die down?

I ask because one of my LGS who normally had respectable brick and mortar prices compared to online prices raised the prices of many of their firearms by as much as $200 or more. For example, be for the virus craze, they had the Glock 43, 48, etc for $450-$460. I just went there today, and they're charging $650 for those same guns.... Regular Glock 19, 26, etc are in the mid $700s now... $480 for a M&P Shield. The Taurus G2c's they where selling for $230 are now $330. So on and so forth.

Of cost they are free to charge what they want especially if other are willing to pay those prices, but it still rubs me the wrong way as a long time customer.
nope, i bought a new CZ, and it was priced the same as on the website + taxes.

the ammo prices at all the locations here, fluctuate.
 
We crow and flap our wings when a dealer or manufacturer gets in a bind and has to dump merchandise at cost or less. Then cry like babies when the shoe is on the other foot.

If you’re foolish enough to wait to buy something you need until there’s a panic, you deserve to pay whatever the cost

I’ve had over 15k rounds of ammo and plenty of firearms over the last three panics. If you haven’t learned after the last POTUS election, and Sandy Hook before that, and the Obama election before that, you’re pretty dense.
 
Hi...
Prices haven't changed much if at all for firearms in my area.
In fact, prices for used revolvers seem to have declined a small amount. I have bought 4 used revolvers this year and got good deals on every one, including a used Model 27 from the 1970s that is in very good condition for less than $900.
 
My LGS, where I worked part time since 2008, recently changed hands. Our stock in trade was "friendly, fair service". The new owner is a young guy, not very knowledgeable and full of himself. Word is that dad has deep pockets and this is another venture he's bankrolling. I stopped in a couple times and it is depressing. Empty cases, off brand guns, and very few of them, and somewhat elevated prices. Little ammo. Not one Block, only five Kimbers, no Smiths, one or two Rugers and a half dozen Turkish guns. Maybe eight long guns.
I offered to put enough guns on consignment to fill the cases (getting on in years and thinning the herd) all of which he is missing. He said "sure, 20% fee". It had always been 17. I asked "even if I bring in a pile and it is no cost to you?" "Yup".
I told him no thanks, I'd find somewhere to do my business. He has turned down opportunities to order guns for several guys and doesn't even look to see if he can get them. Hours cut to 10-2. I hate to see it but one of the nicest, most popular stores is heading down. The previous owners were really nice people, a dream to work for and I was happy to take over for them when they went on vacation. I don't even want to go in any more.
Yes, prices, and cost of service both went up.
 
Just bought a Ruger 9mm PCC. Paid right at street retail (plus shipping and BG check); but considering they are in VERY short supply, I considered it a fair deal. Had I bought it 6 months ago when I first thought about getting one, I would have saved about $50. Oh well, had it time for a BLM march in town. Load up some 33 round G-18 mags and you have a serious amount of firepower in a fun package. Ammo has gone up, but that is the mfg. My LGS is a LEO full time and he said ammo costs to PDs has NOT gone up, only retail has. Guns have gone up a little, but it is the availability as many factories are either under mandatory shutdown for the virus or they have too many out sick, so production cannot keep up with demand.
 
It's true, all the distributors have raised prices and most LGS have long sold out of their stock and have to buy at much higher prices. I've also heard that part of the ammo shortage is due to the fact that the ammo companies are producing more defensive rounds due to both demand and the fact that they make more money on it than target rounds.
 
My shop raised their prices a year and a half ago.
I only used them for transfers. I like to help out local businesses, but when I save two hundred dollars on a $200 pistol still including the transfer, they don’t need to have a business.
Now that it’s only them or Dunham’s, they raise that to fifty dollars.

Because I usually buy new, I find myself in Dunham’s more lately...

I have to look out for me. But I still feel bad.:(
(A new firearm gets me over it quick!;))
 
It’s basic Economics. The laws of supply and demand.
Look at the availability of guns from all distributors online. Supply is very low which means prices will increase.
My LGS normally sells bulk Glock 9mm magazines for $20 each. Now they are $28 each. Guns are a little higher but maybe $50-$100 higher each.
 
The two LGS around here kept prices sane. When new stuff arrives it is marked up from cost. Usually a bit more than the one it replaced but so far none are full retail yet. This model seems to work so far.
 
The two LGS around here kept prices sane. When new stuff arrives it is marked up from cost. Usually a bit more than the one it replaced but so far none are full retail yet. This model seems to work so far.


I realize that prices can vary regionally, depending on demand, But in my hood, I haven't noticed any increases in prices. But I suppose if the distributors are raising their prices, then the dealers will follow suit. The only thing different I've noticed is that inventories of ARs are getting a little thin around here. Possibly because of increased demand in other areas, dealers here are not able to replenish their inventory as quickly?
 
Just about everybody has increased prices.

What boggles my mind is online ammo though for oddball calibers, like 7.65 Argentine, 8mm Mauser, 7.62x54r, 7mm Mauser and so on, they don't fit in the typical guns you see being panic bought AR or AK or whatnot, yet the average price per box is up $3 to $4 more now. Makes shooting mil-surps even more expensive now, or just shooting them less now.
 
Many, perhaps most, things have gotten more expensive in the past few months. There are some exceptions like gasoline, but my non-transportation cost of living is probably up 30% compared to last year.

From what I’ve seen, guns and ammo are likewise going up, to the extent that you can say there is a price for something that doesn’t exist.
 
I've seen some price increases of maybe five to ten percent. Hard to tell how much of that is "pass on" from their suppliers. I don't think I've seen any in the two stores I go to that I really would call being opportunistic.

Selection of rifles and defense-oriented handguns is thin, though.
 
We crow and flap our wings when a dealer or manufacturer gets in a bind and has to dump merchandise at cost or less. Then cry like babies when the shoe is on the other foot.

If you’re foolish enough to wait to buy something you need until there’s a panic, you deserve to pay whatever the cost

I’ve had over 15k rounds of ammo and plenty of firearms over the last three panics. If you haven’t learned after the last POTUS election, and Sandy Hook before that, and the Obama election before that, you’re pretty dense.

I actually planned out my gun buying based on a panic buying spree from the upcoming election. Last year I bought a Glock 26, FN 509M and VP40. Normally I would not buy 3 striker fired handguns in a year. Intended to sit this year out without even taking the pandemic and social unrest into account. This panic though is something to behold. The local gun store has set up tarps outside for people to stand under while waiting to get in. People are willing to spend hours standing under the things to buy a gun they have no idea how to use. Last time I was in the shop the only thing left on the wall resembling a black rifle was a Galil Ace is 7.62x39. The sales kid was selling it to some guy who clearly knew nothing about guns. Kind of ridiculous first gun.

I knew the panic would sell out 9mm and 5.56 ammo along with AR's. Never would have believed Glock and S&W could not make enough polymer handguns to keep up with supply or Remington and Mossberg wouldn't be able to crank out enough riot guns. Props to the local gun shop though for not gouging. Class act.
 
I don't think this is really the time to buy firearms so I am not sure about gun prices. As far as ammo and reloading the LGS stocks haven't been high enough to check.
 
I haven't checked the prices on any guns at the local store as I'm not presently in the market. I have been buying some powder and primers at the LGS though and was happy to see prices about the same as pre-panic. I commented to the owner about that and he said it's his opinion that if a store gouges their customers in times like these simply because they can, customers will remember that later when things become more normal. He said he'd only raise prices on new stock when his cost went up.
 
There's a time to buy, and a time to sell. This is the time to sell.

I was overstocked in Russian steel .223 and 9mm ammo I couldn't use at the indoor range, so out it went and for a nice profit.

Might be time to sell my S&W 64, which duplicates a model 65 I have.
 
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