Guys the fact is there are more than twice the number of shooters out there now than in 2007 but there is no more 22 ammo production capability . . . there are many more folks trying to get their portion of the same pie. There are such a small number of scalpers buying/selling 22 that even if you hang them all by the gonads and shut them down 100% you still won’t have any 22 on the shelf when you get there . . . all would be bought by the shooters and hoarders and you’d have zero opportunity to buy some when you need it at any price! If I needed 22 I’d be glad there are some scalpers out there willing to part with some now.
I refuse to sell any 22 anymore because of all this price animosity going on, I sure don’t want to be branded a scalper by the “occupy 22 ammo street” movement in the effort to redistribute the flow of 22 ammo wealth in a more “fair” way. Yea I have 22, more than I need because I hardly shoot it anymore but I’ll not sell any no way no how in this market. I give some away for kids to shoot but I’ll sit on most of what I have. I’m a dealer and get emails all the time, I could buy a pallet of 22 and lesson the Alaska shortage a tiny bit but I won’t because I couldn’t sell it for Wal-Mart price and would get branded a scalper which would be very bad for my reputable business!
This extra demand of new shooters/hoarders combined with the stone throwing at anyone that doesn’t keep a rock bottom price is the real problem guys! If the retail shop price never goes up then the wholesale price can’t ether.
So tell me;
Who is going to invest millions of dollars into new production facilities for a product that the price is fixed at an artificial low indefinitely by threat of boycott?
How will the availability ever get better with more than twice as many shooters now if nobody will grow the production side?
Are the handful of nasty scalpers selling a couple bricks a month to desperate people the real issue here?
Or is maybe some of the problem a vigilante/union picket line like attitude toward fair market pricing of 22 ammo that stifles investment in new production capasity?
I completely agree. What people don't realize with the way the market is right now is that 1) "scalpers" are in a no loose situation since they buy at a unreasonably low price. 2) The people that are pissy about price increases are also causing an issue 3) seems like everyone has 5 kids their introducing to shooting with a .22 and is also contributing the ammo shortage.
If basic economic principles were followed this would of sorted itself out but no, we have too many people that don't understand these principles which in turn leads to manufacturers and distributors from investing more (since the would be labeled unfairly by the market).