I was just busting your chops on your grammar. Had to laugh out loud on your comment.
New car sales have been stable despite the price tags.
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I believe, and it is only my opinion and yours and others may differ, we see so much about the cost of shooting because people have been programmed to complain. People are so quick to blast negative comments about a topic than a positive review. When was the last time you saw a comment about a person receiving good service at a restaurant vs poor service. Good service vs bad service - bad service will always be the first to be shared and most likely the only one to be shared.
Secondly. Trapshooter's are on the upper end of the age scale and they have decades of memories stored in their heads. Everything has gone up in costs but I don't hear as many complaints about the cost to assemble a peanut butter and jelly sandwich vs the cost to assemble shotshells.
I think if you do a deep dive on costs you may find the cost of shooting today is less than the cost of the 70's and 80's in percent of average income. But where it is really noticed is when our upper aged people see the costs rise and their fixed income doesn't. This is where they see the percent change and it is real.