On the advice of a friend yesterday I stopped into two shops in the Tidewater area of Virginia. As it turned out both had plenty of stock. One was stacked with ammo, the other was stacked with guns and ammo. The problem was neither was priced reasonably. So what if you have a particular caliber if you are selling for a dollar per cartridge what was thirty cents in November, I just cannot see parting with the money for something I don’t absolutely need. It’s gouging in some respects because you have driven the price up simply because you can. On the other hand since it is no an item essential for life it really isn’t gouging, it is simply overcharging. Both had some unique items and plenty of them in stock, but when the price is twice what a reasonable individual would consider expensive then I have to pass. These two places made Gander Mountain look affordable. Last year I bought a particular .380 ammo at a large sporting goods chain for $11 per box. If they get it in stock again that will be the price. One store I went in yesterday had a plethora of the same .380 ammo for $24 per box. Another store had stacks of Pmags for $40 each and I just received some from a December order which were $12.30 delivered. Federal 5.56 was $175 for 480 rounds from WalMart out the door in December when it was in stock and one of the stores yesterday was $400 plus tax.
So if you have to have it you can go pay twice to three times what you should and get it, or just have some patience and eventually the market will cool down as products become available everywhere.