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I'm sorry you folks don't understand how markets work, but for any interested:

Demand skyrocketed. Supply cannot adjust in the short term. Either prices rise to make demand balance supply, or you have a shortage (cheap mags you can't buy). As an added bonus, the higher prices incentivize supply expansion.

The great part about a free market is that if you think the price increases are unwarranted, you don't have to buy. The people who do will either be shown to be foolish or smart in the long run.
Higher prices do not incentivize the manufacturer to increase supply when they aren't seeing any additional profit on a per unit basis. That is the case here, Glock & Magpul haven't increased prices to distributors, it's retail locations that have decided to pull this little stunt.

I work in an industry that went though a similar issue, our OEM distributors decided to screw over end users. We decided to end our distribution agreements with those companies. Why? Practices like this create a crap ton of negative branding for the company. There are a lot of people out there right now that think holy crap, glock raised prices, screw them! In reality, they didn't raise anything, but now thier business has the potential to be damaged by people down the supply chain.

I hope when all this is settled that Glock, Magpul and others reevaluate who they enter distribution agreements with, and act accordingly. Distributors and retail locations represent you as a brand to the consumer, it's extremely important those folks share the same business practices you value as a company.
 

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I'm sorry you folks don't understand how markets work, but for any interested:

Demand skyrocketed. Supply cannot adjust in the short term. Either prices rise to make demand balance supply, or you have a shortage (cheap mags you can't buy). As an added bonus, the higher prices incentivize supply expansion.
That's theory, but in reality vendors like CTD take advantage of the situation with unethical practices. In another GT thread, a poster told how he ordered mags from CTD for "normal" prices in Dec 2012. They cancelled his order and are now selling those mags - HIS mags - for a much higher price.

The great part about a free market is that if you think the price increases are unwarranted, you don't have to buy. The people who do will either be shown to be foolish or smart in the long run.
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A.) price gouging is an American tradition during frenzies. And most of it is our fault! We are the ones that flocked to the stores and bought up everything in mad panic. The laws of supply and demand is what drives the cost up. And right now demand is through the roof and supply is low so boom you get high prices. It's economics 101. If we didn't run out and buy stuff like the sky is falling we never would've seen jacked up prices.

b.) local dealers are still sporting good prices here and there just need to call around. Just have to find them. I got a gen4 g23 for $599 at an army/navy store during the frenzy and that's a spot on price. Only 50$ more than gen 3 and it comes with 3 mags!

C.) not so keen on those scout weirdos. BUT, that fully excludes Girl Scouts cuz they provide me with amazing cookies every year. In fact just order 4 boxes of coconut delights from the neighborhood girl and can't wait for my cookies. Lol
 

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I don't deal with Dirtbags and so as a result I will have no dealings with Cheaper Than Dirtbags, Ever. SJ 40
 

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Unless you had a coupon for a lower price and they're refusing to honor it, it's not gouging. It's supply and demand. I bought most of the glock mags I've accumulated over the years at or below 20 dollars. Do you think I'm going to sell them for 19 bucks?
What a bunch of low-life dirt bags:

http://www.cheaperthandirt.com/product/MAG-257

$49.95 for a KCI G17 MAGAZINE! They pulled this crap back in '08,too.
 

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Let's be honest, the only people complaining about CTD's prices are those that didn't stock up before, and now, they feel they're getting reamed. You're not, and your complacency will cost you more.

I made an order with CDNN and a few other places on things I didn't need, just wanted spares of, but they weren't the high ticket items or big sellers so they were normal prices and shipping. I did get ripped on shipping though from CDNN for not ordering more stuff for one price of S&H. :embarassed:

Have a great gun carryin' Kenpo day

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Whether or not you chose to "stock up," it still doesn't make what they are doing right.
 

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Whether or not you chose to "stock up," it still doesn't make what they are doing right.
What's right about capitalism at it's finest? Seriously, you can't win around here. The price is what the market will bear, bottom line. If jackholes buy at those prices, they will remain. It's very simple.

And yes, as a manufacturer, when you're still selling them at the same price to the vendors, and the vendors attempt to rape the public, well, buyers need to talk to the manufacturer about not sending those vendors anymore product, and let them suffer for their actions.

Seriously, find a different place to buy if you already know they have a bad business practices.

Call up Magpul, Glock, who ever, tell them you're not happy with their choice of vendors.

Have a great gun carryin' Kenpo day

Clyde
 
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