Don't forget, despite you picking them up right at the factory, the components to make the targets were still delivered by truck. I know as I have delivered to Midwest Targets in Litchfield many times. They are likely passing the fuel surcharges on to their customers. Fuel costs go up and it's a snowball effect all the way to the customer
We use the Bio for our trap fields and can't seem to get the grass and brush to stop growing... no "Magnificent Desolation" at our place...
I remember Downers Grove having some real cosmetic issues up cloase with combo fields, from the Skeet throwers; but for trap-only fields it's not an issue, actually a benefit I suppose... no recovery/removal costs!
In NC we have had three price increases in the past six months for Lawry targets. The White Flyer prices have been increasing at the same rate. Oil prices go up, target prices go up. We are told that another increase will take place on the next shipment. For a small club, it's killing us.
Recent quotes peg an anticipated price increase on our Bios @ 11%... I'm sure that is due in large measure to shipping, but while there is no pitch - I would venture it is also due in part to manufacturing process costs - processing of sulfur binder and other base materials, paint, etc.?!
Next order were taking a a full load in lieu of the 1/2 we normally take to cut on shipping...
While at a registered shoot two weeks ago. I overheard one of the directors for our state shoot talking to other board members. The general concenses was that the price of targets was going up $3.00 per case and that they were going to raise the cost of events by $2.00 per event to cover the cost of the target increase. Apparently Biodegradable targets are cheaper, however most shooters do not like Bio targets and prefer to shoot pitch targets. I do have to admit, The event was held at a club that only throws Bio targets. I can say that I for sure would prefer to shoot pitch targets over bio targets.