Curious if anyone can explain how certain models of handguns are "rare" in one region but seemingly plentiful in another. For example, I've been trying to find a Smith & Wesson M&P Shield in 40 cal, and I can't find one anywhere locally. Sportsmans in Wasilla tells me they haven't seen one since January (but I'm 2nd on the list to get one if it comes in). Similar story at Sportmans in Anchorage (except no waiting list there). Three Bears on KGB has yet to see one (per one clerk). Similar stories at local gun shops I've called in the area...
Yet Gunbroker.com has several shops in the lower 48 that offer this model regularly. One particular shop has had them available for auction on a daily basis for the past week, but they are going for quite a bit above what Sportmans will sell them for (IF they had them, and therein applies the law of supply and demand...).
How is the distribution of these handguns so skewed?
Not complaining, really. Just kinda curious to understand the dynamics involved here. Are these Gunbroker.com guns in any way different than the guns being shipped to other stores???