I get this and started gathering things slowly over the years garage sales and flea markets thrift stores, i have several boxes of Alcan Bluestreak fiber and cork wads, Alcan overshot cards and nitrowads, I picked up for free at a local church owned thrift shot they refuse to sell anything gun related, with the exception of hunting clothing. i recently( summer 2019) picked up a MEC Versamec press for $15 at a garage sale. I have several vintage roll crimpers and such. To be honest my favorite press to reload on is my Lee load all junior. I have a Mec 600 jr specifically set up for .410 which i won on auction for $125 came with tons of extras including dies for 16, 20 and 12 gauge. but i had the money back then before i was forced to retire due to health.For many, indeed most, there's a time element involved. We didn't go out and stock up all at once. Good grief, who could unless you were a millionaire and especially at today's prices? It's a life time's accumulation. A little here, a little there, a deal or two at past gun shows, friends or family who decided to stop loading, others who knew we loaded and told someone we might be interested in buying their accumulation, or part of it and, estate sales. I have 2 or maybe 3 pieces of loading equipment I bought new. The sizer/luber I use most is from the 1940's or maybe 30's. My old Belding & Mull powder measure is from the 30's and still more accurate than any RCBS, Lyman and definitely Lee I've ever used. Some of the powders I have and use haven't been available in years and carry price tags of $8.00 to $12.00. The last lead I paid for was 20 cents a pound. I understand if one buys a hard alloy today, it's $2.00 a lb. I finally used up the last of my Winchester LP primers in the red and yellow boxes, priced at 68 or 78 cents a hundred, and those haven't been made since the 70's I think. I think I have a few cans of black powder that still say Gerhardt-Owen....now known as GOEX and one that says DuPont...and I don't remember when DuPont got out of the BP making business. According to your profile I'd already been loading for 10 years when you were born. That isn't some kind of a....an....a pointed comment, just an observation that time is on the side of a lot of guys...not mine so much anymore.
I have no problem with people making a good profit from an auction. You didn't set the price, the bidders did. I have a problem with the retailers that try to take advantage of people.My wholesalers raised there prices saying the makers raised there prices to them.
I just put some ammo in a local auction house to see what people would pay for it and WOW!!!!!!
3 boxes of .22 went for $45 and ALL the other ammo I put in went for over 3+ times it's normal price.
The guns I put in went for over 2 to 3 times there value.
People are freaking out and the bidding was steady for the last hour of the auction.
I was joking with my wife about putting the ammo I have up to pay off my house.
No I do not feel bad about it because it is a auction and if they want to pay too much for it it is there choice.
That's an interesting distinction to draw.I have no problem with people making a good profit from an auction. You didn't set the price, the bidders did. I have a problem with the retailers that try to take advantage of people.
I know, someone is going to come back with "you have the right to refuse to buy".
As I said, in the store or on line with a "buy it now" option, I can just pass on by. If I'm in an auction, I have the choice to continue bidding or drop out. If I choose to keep bidding and end up paying 4 times what the item is worth, that's on me, not the seller. I don't like a price in a store, I have the choice to pass it up. If I feel they're gouging, I have the option to boycott that store.That's an interesting distinction to draw.
The buyer always sets the final selling price whether at a store or in an auction.
Everybody that walks by a box of ammo on the shelf and doesn't buy due to price didn't bid that high. Someone who walks up and pays the price did bid that high and was actually prevented from bidding higher due to their being a set price.
What's your opinion of an auction with a buy it now price?
Would you be offended if Goofy just took the ammo he auctioned and pasted a price tag on it for the exact same amount and set it on the shelf?
Please know I'm not trying to attack your position, I'm trying to understand how people think.