hi all, i was just posting on another thread about what i've bought in the last 48 hours (firearms related) and it brought to mind my small purchases yesterday at the crossroads of the west gun show here in vegas. i was floored by the prices!! i've only gone to a few other gun shows in my life, but usually they have some screaming deals, some fair deals, some ok, and some stay away. yesterday virtually all the big ticket items (ie., guns themselves and huge bulk quantities of ammo, etc.) were ridiculously high-priced. i priced the firearms i already own against what some vendors had, and EVEN ASSUMING THESE WERE NEW GUNS FOR THE SAKE OF ARGUMENT, their prices were higher than what i could go to sportsmans warehouse or wallyworld right now. who would buy a new but possibly used gun at a gun show for as much or more than you could NIB at a reputable store????? same thing on mags-- same or higher prices than what i could get right now at those same two stores. craziness!!! you could make the election cycle argument, but that doesn't really cut it, since those stores aren't raising their prices, and if they're not raising their prices, these vendors aren't competitive. thoughts on the insanity? (mind you, i still had fun going and buying a couple small items that i couldn't have gotten anywhere else and just browsing around, but i would have been disappointed if i'd gone in with the idea of making a big purchase).