Why are you seeing ammunition prices that are higher than they should be? It's partly because of the rise in ammo scalpers, who are gaming the market.
Originally Published by Outdoor Life.
Understanding Ammo Distributors and Dealers
If we're going to understand the ammo shortage, we must first understand how ammunition is distributed and sold. Ammunition traditionally flows from a manufacturer's facility to a distributor's warehouse, where it's then dispersed to dealers based on when they placed their orders and the quantity they ordered. I spoke with a large distributor who said that they, just like their competition, are getting the same regular shipments from manufacturers and those shipments are quickly broken down and allocated to dealers based on the timing of their orders. In other words, it's business as usual. If a dealer was asleep at the wheel and failed to plan, their order is processed when they're next in the queue. This could contribute to what customers are seeing in their local brick-and-mortar stores, and why some have empty shelves while others are getting pallets of ammunition delivered.