I see it differently. I have a mountain of ammo and have been selling some here and there to the people who can't find it and are willing to pay these stupid prices.
I would never screw a fellow shooter and I do not call everyone who shoots a fellow shooter but with the general public, game on.
Right- so it’s ok to screw someone that you don’t know but not someone you consider a “fellow shooter?” I understand retailers charging more when they get ammo/components in because they have overhead and need to keep the lights on. You and the fellow I quoted in my earlier post on this thread to my knowledge do not depend on selling ammunition or components to keep your lights on. You are just taking advantage of someone (fellow shooter or just “another shooter”) that wasn’t prepared for the shortage- I might not feel like that if he didn’t say something along the lines of he would keep the primers if he could just get $36-$40, but since people are willing to pay $75-$100/1000, he is willing to sell them. You must feel similar because you said you have been selling here and there to people willing to pay stupid prices, meaning if they were going for what you paid for them, you’d just keep them.
I guess it’s one thing to do it, also- but then to admit/justify it on a talk forum, doesn’t sit well with me. I say the same thing to people I hear talking about that at clubs, too.
Sorry Justin L, I just don't see your point. DuckNut has taken the time to accrue components - call it forethought or being smart, but he has what nobody else has. He has no obligation to move them on in any way, shape, or form.
If he decides to sell/give some to a buddy - that is his right. If someone comes to him desperate for something (let's say primers) it is entirely his right to set his sale price. Don't like the price? You are free to go somewhere else.
I helped two friends sell primers (all types) during the worst of this at $100 per thousand - and each buyer was grateful. I did the same letting stuff go for $60 per thousand - and again every buyer was grateful.
I have always picked up the supplies that people getting out of reloading want to sell - I will buy everything they have. I have powders and primers I will never use. From full cases to a few boxes, presses too. With the craziness that has been going on I have started to organize all of this. I have maybe 40 half cans of powders - which I have sorted. If someone needed 700X or 231 I had them covered (it might be three different cans, but I had what they wanted).
Truth be known I would have given the odd lot stuff to friends in need, but what I found was there were scavengers looking for a killer deal in the middle of a supply crisis. I had someone get angry with me when I offered five pounds of 231 in about ten containers - he demanded that I give him a sealed eight pounder at $5 per pound... that never happened.
So, if you did not see this coming and did not prepare for this you are at the mercy of the market - don't like it... take up knitting.