Not long after I got into this sport, I saw what people were doing with pricing and avoided shopping at those places and have stuck with that. One of them was Brownells, which put me on an ammo waiting list then took me off because it was too much work for them to maintain. They’ll never see $1 from me.
Saw this last night and can only think that if they’re passing along distributor price increases, they’re idiots for buying at that price; if CTD is setting the price, they’re just outright thieves! Either way, they’ve reinforced my decision not to shop with them. And they should change the name to Used To Be Cheaper Than Dirt.
I heard that CheaperThanDirt did the same gouging during the last panic (Sandy Hook?).
My fav online retailer (SGAmmo who held their prices right up until they had to shut down orders due to being overwhelmed) has been saying for a few months now that most of his upstream distributors have warned about upcoming price hikes. I guess due to rising cost of raw materials. And that was BEFORE the corona-panic. I dont know mid-to-long-term what this will do to prices.
SGA Ammo: Due to overwhelming order volume over the past week we are not currently accepting new orders. We are currently 5 to 7 days behind on filling orders and the priority is going to be given to filling existing orders. We will begin to restore inventory later this week once we have a handle on shipping all orders that have been placed so far. In order to aid us in providing faster service, please do not email to ask when your order will ship unless you need to cancel or change the address. UPS will email tracking info the day the order ships and we are working as fast as we possibly can to fill your orders. We have inventory allocated to fill all existing orders, if you have an order in it will be filled.
My understanding is SGammo is a small operation. They have an incredible inventory tho. That’s the only place I order from and have never had a single issue.
I posted this thread hoping to bring attention to those companies taking advantage of people. Everyone needs to make a buck but at a certain point it’s highway robbery. And when everything calms back down I won’t have anything to do with businesses that took advantage when things got hard.
CTD is up there with Brownells for me. I also use SG almost exclusively. If you plan well and understand their shipping model (They tell you how many more lbs you can order without increasing S&H), it is a great deal.
Not price gouging per se… But MrGunsNGear discusses his thoughts on current and upcoming ammo shortages. He has some contacts in various places in the ammo supply chain.
TL;DW -> Common calibers are selling out quickly. He thinks .22LR will be next. Mags are in stock, but maybe not for much longer. Costs will be increasing regardless of coronavirus after all is said & done