Has anyone attempted to purchase 2 or 3 tons of shot directly from Lawrence/Mayco Industries of Illinois? I sent an email to them with an inquiry, but have not heard back from them. Is there some type of dealer/distributor stipulation?
If you tell them you want to buy a truckload (40,000 pounds) they will give you a price. I sent them an email saying I was interested in a truckload and the sales manager called me the next day. They did quote me a price. This was over a year ago.
Why is everything sold have a mark-up of about 300%. Diamonds, cars, tools, boats, and shot at $33.00 a bag the guy is only making $1.00 a bag. That's what they (the dealers) tell me they are making per bag. Reguardless of the market price of lead I can"t see a guy moving a bag of lead 2 or 3 times before it's out the door for $1.00 and tax on that $1.00 to.
I worked for a guy that sold hot tub parts. He would sell a moter to a plumber for $175.00,another dealer $125.00 and the guy off the street $280.00. Motor cost to him $23.75. It was that way with all his parts. A dealer could not stay in business at $1.00 a bag.
I've often wondered the same thing why a dealer would want to set on a pallet or two of lead to make $1/bag. I won't touch something if I can't turn a minimum of a 20% profit and if I'm only making 20% on something it better sell itself as quickly as I can get my hands on them.
I sure as hell wouldn't want to make a living out of trying to sell lead shot. I could see it now, buy a truck load 40,000lbs - 1600 bags at $25 a bag and price drops $5 a bag overnight.
A damn trapshooter will go by a local dealer and drive 100 miles down the road to save a quarter a bag, and then only buy 4 bags in hope that he can save another quarter a bag at the state shoot come June. LOL And being a normal trapshooter on that 100 mile road trip he will have to stop and eat on the way to, and eat again on the way home. LOL
That's the not so funny thing about this sport. It is expensive, but there doesn't seem to be many people making a good living off of the sport. Sure there are a few big gun dealers doing okay, and maybe a few more, but look at the majority.
I opened my shop in Oct. 2001 shot was 12.00 a bag dealer cost, I sold it for 13.00. now its 33.95 and I sell it for 35.00. You are right about shooters driving 30 or 40+ miles to save .50 a bag or a couple of bucks on 8#'s of powder or primers. trap shooters are among the cheapest people I know. If I relied on making a living on shooting supplies only I would not stay open. Some one will always have some supplies cheaper than me and others supplies more yet I enjoy shooting and meeting new people and talking with the people thayt have bought from me since I opened my shop.