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A post on another local forum got me thinking? What are reasonable, or community acceptable prices?

In that post the author is offering ammo for sale. He doesn't what specific ammo , and at what prices, just that it is "for sale at reasonable prices for members who need it." After that statement, the post gets fun. He goes on to rant about price gougers and how people take advantage of one another and how he will sell only to those who meet his specific criteria of being a nice person and truly needing some ammo, as judged by him and him alone. Sounds familiar? No? Let me try... "You don't need an AR-15 with a 30 round magazine! I will be the judge of what you really need..."

To be clear, I don't personally care he won't sell to just anyone. I have plenty ammo. The concept just got me curious. I'm sure the authors heart is in the right place, but I think the execution is bad.

Anyway, at the core is the question. What are reasonable prices? What the market will bear, even if that market is artificially inflated like it is now? At some percentage of current market? Like 50%, 75%? What they were in some time in the past, at some arbitrarily picked moment? 2018, 2017, 1999? What would be a spot that most of the community would accept without labeling you a a$$..... price gouger?
 
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There is no way to quantify "reasonable". Price ammo too cheap and it's gone in seconds. Price it too high and no one buys. So the price is what people will pay. My favorite place to buy is selling ammo at what I think of as stupid prices right now. I have to guess they have to price it higher just to keep their doors open right now as they can't sell the volume they used to. Some must still be buying it so why should I care? The world is not fair, never going to be. Commodity is in short supply, those who have it set the price. No one has to buy it. I could make bank on the ammo I have. While it would bother me slightly to do so what would bother me more is not being able to shoot till I rolled some more. So tome it's not worth the work to roll the stuff I could make some money on.
 

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A post on another local forum got me thinking? What are reasonable, or community acceptable prices?

In that post the author is offering ammo for sale. He doesn't what specific ammo , and at what prices, just that it is "for sale at reasonable prices for members who need it." After that statement, the post gets fun. He goes on to rant about price gougers and how people take advantage of one another and how he will sell only to those who meet his specific criteria of being a nice person and truly needing some ammo, as judged by him and him alone. Sounds familiar? No? Let me try... "You don't need an AR-15 with a 30 round magazine! I will be the judge of what you really need..."

To be clear, I don't personally care he won't sell to just anyone. I have plenty ammo. The concept just got me curious. I'm sure the authors heart is in the right place, but I think the execution is bad.

Anyway, at the core is the question. What are reasonable prices? What the market will bear, even if that market is artificially inflated like it is now? At some percentage of current market? Like 50%, 75%? What they were in some time in the past, at some arbitrarily picked moment? 2018, 2017, 1999? What would be a spot that most of the community would accept without labeling you a a$$..... price gouger?

Reasonable is what I'll pay. And not much more. Unless I'm in a spot and need something bad. OR, in my opinion the person selling is a gouging Richard, I'll figure a way to do without.

Now about the font on your posts? Are we trying to save space? Is there a reason it's so small? It's very hard to read.
 

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Now about the font on your posts? Are we trying to save space? Is there a reason it's so small? It's very hard to read.

You know, exercise is good, especially for seniors. Muscles in the eye should be exercised as well, so I'm just trying to do good for the community. ;)

Actually, the font is likely because of my home office setup with multiple 32in monitors and the scaling set on my browser.
 
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Reasonable is what I'll pay. And not much more. Unless I'm in a spot and need something bad. OR, in my opinion the person selling is a gouging Richard, I'll figure a way to do without.

Now about the font on your posts? Are we trying to save space? Is there a reason it's so small? It's very hard to read.
YEP!! When the Ruger PC9 hit I REALLY wanted one. No dealers here could touch one. So I was watching the auction. Some were going for amazingly high prices. When one place got to a price I could live with, one was on the way to my dealer. It was worth it to me to pay what I did rather than wait months for the price to go down any more.
 
Much like the infamous definition of porn :
"I know it when I see it ".
Reasonable pricing can mean many different things to many people.
Reasonable pricing can also vary , for the time and place.

What I do know is that I will not buy from someone who :
Brags about buying out the existing stock of ammo , only to re-sell it at a exorbitant price...
Changes the price of their items , to a higher one , after already placing a for sale ad....
Is a new member , and their only postings are for sale ads , with ammo and guns that are offered for what I think are outrageous prices.

Now one is free to ask whatever price one wants....Just as I am free to buy the item , or not.
Andy
 

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I've been off the site for many, many months, although I've tried to keep up my Support badge. I jumped into the classifieds after a long hiatus and about fell off my chair at some of the prices. But I see it as a natural progression of the times. None of us can say we didn't ge the proverbial shot across the bow with the early shortages and prices from just a few years ago. I don't golf, I fish occassionally, but my first and only real hobby is shooting and reloading. Because of that I bought a lot of ammo and components over the years. I literally have been thinking about giving primers for Christmas gifts to my closest friends (no, I don't need any more close friends!). My son is a marine and when he comes home for leave we can literally go through 1000s of rounds. It hurts to think there it's a .50cent piece every time there is a bang, but I wouldn't have it any other way.
 
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Whatever the market will bear. If that bothers you or makes you feel guilty (why?) then give a discount.

A seller is trying to make money. A buyer is trying to get product. If the transaction goes through, that means both parties were satisfied. If it doesn't, then the seller should adjust his price downward, or advertise better.

I never understood the tendency to buy something, then to look further at other ads to see if the person (i.e., my wife :rolleyes: ) got a good deal. "Ignorance is bliss."
 

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I just received a case (250) of 12 gauge #4 Buck. Some Italian stuff... (NobelSportItalia)

#1 - I was happy to even find the stuff in semi-bulk. (No limit, etc.)
#2 - Pre-pandemic I was fine with around 75-80 cents a round - When I could even find it.

I paid $1.15 a round with shipping. No problems. :)

Another filled ammo can.
 
There is no way to quantify "reasonable". Price ammo too cheap and it's gone in seconds. Price it too high and no one buys. So the price is what people will pay. My favorite place to buy is selling ammo at what I think of as stupid prices right now. I have to guess they have to price it higher just to keep their doors open right now as they can't sell the volume they used to. Some must still be buying it so why should I care? The world is not fair, never going to be. Commodity is in short supply, those who have it set the price. No one has to buy it. I could make bank on the ammo I have. While it would bother me slightly to do so what would bother me more is not being able to shoot till I rolled some more. So tome it's not worth the work to roll the stuff I could make some money on.

Finally, someone who understands supply and demand! We get a ton of people complaining and threadcrapping about our policy of allowing members to set their own prices for classifieds here. Sure, maybe they're asking $1200 for that PSA AR, but you'd be a lot more upset if you wanted your first AR and couldn't find one, period. Fact is, your perception of reasonable cost directly correlates with your situation.
 

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Finally, someone who understands supply and demand! We get a ton of people complaining and threadcrapping about our policy of allowing members to set their own prices for classifieds here. Sure, maybe they're asking $1200 for that PSA AR, but you'd be a lot more upset if you wanted your first AR and couldn't find one, period. Fact is, your perception of reasonable cost directly correlates with your situation.
And this is why we shouldn't be complaining about gun shops charging high prices. If I was a first time gun buyer, I would rather pay a high price for ammo that is available then see a lower shelf tag price on an empty shelf.

I have noticed that the people complaining most about high ammo prices are not first time gun buyers. The first time gun buyers probably feel lucky to get ammo at any price.
 
And this is why we shouldn't be complaining about gun shops charging high prices. If I was a first time gun buyer, I would rather pay a high price for ammo that is available then see a lower shelf tag price on an empty shelf.

I have noticed that the people complaining most about high ammo prices are not first time gun buyers. The first time gun buyers probably feel lucky to get ammo at any price.

I agree. I don't have to like it to understand that they need to make a living too. Times like these help balance out the times when they're struggling to make $10 on the sale of a gun. Most people don't realize how competitive gun sales are or that the margin is so low.
 
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