Cheaper Than Dirt-Are you kidding me?

The_Vigilante

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Jan 2, 2009
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Just received an email from CTD advertising a 'real bargain' on 9mm ammo: American Eagle 124 Grain, FMJ, 50 Rounds per box....Price-only $24.79 a box down from $29.79. I used to buy this ammo from Sportsman's Warehouse for around $12 a box. Cheaper than Dirt obviously is no longer cheaper than dirt!!! I can still buy 9mm ammo at reasonable prices at Academy and Walmart when they have it. One has to be desperate to buy from CTD.
 

cuate

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Jan 27, 2009
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Comanche Co., Texas
Just received an email from CTD advertising a 'real bargain' on 9mm ammo: American Eagle 124 Grain, FMJ, 50 Rounds per box....Price-only $24.79 a box down from $29.79. I used to buy this ammo from Sportsman's Warehouse for around $12 a box. Cheaper than Dirt obviously is no longer cheaper than dirt!!! I can still buy 9mm ammo at reasonable prices at Academy and Walmart when they have it. One has to be desperate to buy from CTD.
CTD appears to have taken advantage of the ammo situation and priced theirs rather steep. There are other places like Natchez, J&G Sales, and a host of others that offer ammo at a more reasonable price. I am afraid that folks will remember who priced out of sight once this panic is over and they will have cause to shop where they were accomodated best.
 

DoubleActionCHL

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Jun 23, 2008
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Spring, Texas
Yep. I was once a faithful CTD customer, but no more. I sent them a long email about how chicken s**t it was for them to rape their loyal customers when things get tough. No response (not that I really expected one).
 

nalioth

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Oct 13, 2008
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Houston Metro
Cheaper than Dirt obviously is no longer cheaper than dirt!!!
They've never been cheap.

They've been the greatest snake oil salesmen - ever.

They are propagandizing you every time you think of their name, see one of their catalogs, etc.

I hope whoever came up with the name for their company got well compensated.
 

sean_bart1

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Mar 28, 2009
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Greenville TX
Come on guys! If you owned a store, or do own a store of some kind, I would hope that you try and make as much as possible. You guys don't seem to realize what it takes to be in business right now. Not just ammo is sky high. Go buy a gallon of milk!!! Everything is so high on the small business owner right now. I don't care what you sell, could be ammo or rubber ducks for that matter. If its selling at 50.00 a box/duck, you better get it while you can.
 

Texas1911

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Come on guys! If you owned a store, or do own a store of some kind, I would hope that you try and make as much as possible. You guys don't seem to realize what it takes to be in business right now. Not just ammo is sky high. Go buy a gallon of milk!!! Everything is so high on the small business owner right now. I don't care what you sell, could be ammo or rubber ducks for that matter. If its selling at 50.00 a box/duck, you better get it while you can.
At $15 / box you are making a steady profit on a box of that ammo. Even $19 / box is understandable since there is a large demand and slow supply, but even in capitalism there's profit and then there's honest profit. What CTD is asking for some of their products, among other retailers, is exceeding what I feel is honest profit, and in the case of the .380 ammo for $70 / box... gouging.

Free market is a free market, but there has to be some degree of honesty in the marketplace. Both on the account of the seller and the buyer. For years and years the buyer has had it his way and forced alot of companies to sell product at near loss margins regardless of it's true value, so to some degree the buyer is getting what he sowed. It's bad business on both ends in my opinion.
 

malladus

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Jul 20, 2008
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You think the internet specials are a hoot, go into the store on 820 and have a look. I was in there about two weeks ago with someone converting a Glock discount certificate in to a G34. Two guys were shopping for 9mm for hitting the range that afternoon for plinking. Cheapest stuff they had on the shelves was some milspec surplus stuff, 17.99 a box. Didn't recognize the name of the packing. Next cheapest stuff was the wolf steel case 9mm at 18.99. The guys saw me looking at ammo as well and asked if I knew much about the various ammo on the shelves. I gave tem the run down on it, then off handly mentioned that the Academy near the range they were going to shoot had steel cased monarch for 8.99 a box, and if they didn't like that also had a ton of UMC value packs at 250 rounds for what three of those boxes of cheap 9mm cost at CTD. Neither guy seemed to know much, the one that seemed to be the "expert" said steel case was bad for their XDs, and that the value pack stuff was junk, so they bit the bullet and bought 5 boxes of S&B 115 FNJ for 21.99 a box/50.

Just goes to show that if you sale it, folks will buy it no matter what the price.

malladus
 

smschulz

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Apr 13, 2008
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CTD is one place I will NEVER buy from again.

It is one thing to advertise something high ~ even the ultra-ridiculous prices like $40 Pmags or $1000 for a case of alum pistol ammo. I am all for supply and demand and letting the market work. If you don't shop and are stupid enough to pay those prices then it is all on you not CTD.

But to advertise something at a decent price and not honor it the next day when I called to order is another. They did not care one bit and the attitude bothers me just as much as the bait 'n switch.

There are toooo many other decent, hard working dealers out there and they will get my support and NOT CTD > not EVER!
 

sean_bart1

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Mar 28, 2009
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Greenville TX
At $15 / box you are making a steady profit on a box of that ammo. Even $19 / box is understandable since there is a large demand and slow supply, but even in capitalism there's profit and then there's honest profit. What CTD is asking for some of their products, among other retailers, is exceeding what I feel is honest profit, and in the case of the .380 ammo for $70 / box... gouging.

Free market is a free market, but there has to be some degree of honesty in the marketplace. Both on the account of the seller and the buyer. For years and years the buyer has had it his way and forced alot of companies to sell product at near loss margins regardless of it's true value, so to some degree the buyer is getting what he sowed. It's bad business on both ends in my opinion.
I will agree to that!!! But there's a lot of hands in the small businessman's pants pocket too. Sometimes my UPS bills are higher than my house payment and UPS goes up every week it seems. I'm not in no way agreeing with C T D practices, but the guns and ammo business is kinda a gamble right now. Our current government situation has people scared. The small business owner may be SOL very soon. In the case of C T D, He may be taxed so much that he's forced to go out of business or some other BS law passed that does him in. I say if he can get an extra buck out of it, then get it while the getting good. Some may not like it but I bet others will. If everyone "just said no" the prices would come down. The problem is that people are buying it up at any price. Ammo is going to continue to go up until it hits a point that its not selling. Then and only then will the price adjust until it starts to sell again. So I have to totally agree on the buyers getting what they sowed!!!
 

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