I'm in the building supply business, and i can tell you without a doubt all of my costs are going up. Due to these tough economic conditions the last few years several companies have went under, or been bought out by larger organazations. So there is less competition, but larger companies fighting over every sale. I see it on the resale end that everyone does, but what most people don't see is the wholesale mark-up. Larger companies are lowering their margins to try and put forward a cheaper price to get a sale. Smaller companies can only do that to a point. I'm making 15-25% less on the same product then i was 4 years ago, and it's still selling for more than it did back then. Unfortunately our federal government is doing nothing to help this either. We have large unions and labor organazations driving up our manufacturing costs, in turn sending jobs over seas. This is putting a strain on our federal unemployment like never before. Americans are sold on the "american dream" that all to often is simply out of reach. If you don't get a 4 year degree and more likely than not a masters, chances are your not going to "make it big" with the big house and nice cars. Personally i'm fine with that, and i think a lot of people on this site are. I don't need a fancy house and car to consider my self succesful. I have been saving for a OBR for 2 years now, and am still nowhere close. I had a stealth on order a few years back and had to cancel due to some unexpected health issues with my wife. I live paycheck to paycheck, trying to dig myself out of a hole i had no control over getting into, and i'm fine with that.I know that sooner or later i'll manage to get that OBR. Sooner or later i'll get my bills paid off. Unfortunately society today wants everything sooner rather than later. Kids from my generation, i'm 26, seem to have no work ethic. I manage this business, yet i'm packing 400 sheets of drywall tomorrow with one other guy because nobody is willing to work a little for a paycheck. I think that as mark looks at his reports, he sees his margins shrinking and knows that he's either going to have sacrifice some quality, or raise his prices. I'm sure that's an easy decision for him to make. I for one will say to go for it. Marke your business as successful as possible, so that whenever i manage to save up enough to get that OBR, it will be as good as it possibly can be, and that LaRue Tactical will be around as long as possible. If that means your prices go up, and takes me a little longer to save up, i'm good with that. If people want to bitch about it, then go out and do something about it. Elect some representatives with a little common sense, or bettter yet go run for office yourself. To me, if you are not willing to do something to make a difference, then you have no right to complain about the way things are, or the direction we're going
Sorry for the soapbox, i know i jumped all over the place in that paragraph, I just wanted to get some things off my chest.