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'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.
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.