When I was a kid back in the 70's, gun shows were the best place to find good deals, steals and interesting finds. Now that I'm back in a gun friendly state I have been going to gun shows again when the opportunity arises. I have noticed that prices are ridiculously high compared to retail NIB prices. Even the common items that I check out because i know the price- Ruger 10/22; Ruger Mini-14; Winchester WB Ammo in 9mm, .45, and .223 - they are all WAY over what I'd pay at my big box or gun store. No idea why I would pay $220 for a used (base model) 10/22 when I can get a NIB for $183 retail.... Similar: Mini-14 for $550- 650 USED (older model without rings and pre- accuracy revamp) when I can get NIB for $599.. WWB 50 rounds 9mm for $10 is crazy when i can go to WallyWorld and buy it for $7.85 with my 20 rolls of toilet paper. I know the volume thing, but firearms companies usually give the same breaks sub volume to other dealers. And then there's the catalog / e-tailers. Frankly Cheaper than Dirt is usually about 2-10% MORE than what i can find locally. (By the way CTD is in my hometown of Ft Worth, comparing to Wally World, Academy Sporting Goods, Local gun shops, in the Texas region.) What is the Deal? Does anyone else feel this pain? Sure i do find some random unique things at gun shows, but most of the time i'm looking for the staples to round out my needs/ feed the habit.