I think there is a clear difference between stocking up, hoarding and those that buy in bulk for resale.
Buying for resale is just capitalism. These guys are just looking to make a profit, many who I believe don't even handload. They can be looked upon as the "scourge of the earth, but again it is just capitalism.
Hoarders are those that buy everything in bulk whether they need it or not, amassing large stockpiles they will probably never use.
Last are the guys and gals that have been through the shortages before and can see it coming. They say, "never again". They take advantage of the sales, buying a case here and there to stay ahead. They add primers to their orders of powder. There is no shortage at the time, everyone has them for sale. These people never feel the pinch.
Those feeling the pinch right now will probably never let this happen to them again.
The days of the $30-35 bricks of primers are gone. I knew this was coming when I read press releases from the manufacturers 3 years ago. However increases were said to be about 15-20%. I realize that raw material shortages have increased the cost. But that should get back to normal soon (you pick the definition of soon). So I would have to agree the cost for primers now is based on greed. If powder and bullets can be sold at the same prices before the shortage, then primers could be also. If you are paying large increased costs for powder and bullets, look harder. Normal prices are out there. Brass is another story, worse than primers in most cases, shame on those sellers, you will not get my cash.
David Reiss - NRA Life Member & PSC Range Member Retired Police Firearms Instructor/Armorer
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