This ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^It's not gouging if the market supports it. There is no such thing as "fair" price. There is only what the market will bear and what it will not bear. "Fair" is a word used by socialists.
Exactly. I get such a kick out of it when people start taking this personally, just as soon as they can't buy something they want. The capitalist economic system runs on supply and demand. Period. That's it. That's all there is to it. Everything else is nothing but a bunch of smoke filled, coffee house crap. Right now everyone and their brother wants ammo, primers, and powder. They can't buy it, and when or if they can, the price is very high because everyone wants it.
If the government ran the economy, they would control distribution by having limits on purchases, and price controls. All so the lazy and unprepared could get their, "fair share". That's socialism / communism. And it's total B.S. Nothing more. We saw this type of thing happen before with guns and ammunition. Time and time again. After the Sandy Hook shooting, you couldn't buy .22 ammo for almost 5 years. People stood in line at Wal-Mart to buy it..... Then turn around and resell it at swap meets and gun shows. Or else they were hoarding it because they thought the world was going to end. Or some such nonsense. Guns flew off the shelves after Obama was elected in 2008.
Most people haven't learned a thing. Ammo, guns, and reloading components were available everywhere after Trump was elected. And for a long time afterward. Vendors were all overstocked to the rafters, because they, like most thought Hillary was going to walk into the White House. When she didn't, there were sales galore on EVERYTHING for several YEARS.
Today the very same people who passed on all of those deals, are the same one's who are b!tching now. I have zero sympathy for any / all of them. They had as much opportunity to stock up as anyone. But for whatever reason, they chose not to.... And now wish they had. As they say, you can wish in one hand, and crap in the other, and see which one fills up first.