Gunflation

As a child I was taught the concept of inflation with this analogy:

If Joe has 1000 oranges and you really really want one how much would you pay? If Joe has 1 orange and you really really want it how much would you be willing to pay?

I never forgot the story of the guy with oranges that “I really really wanted”. Anyway, here is a modified version of the story:

If Joe has 1000 SCAR 16s rifles and you really really want one how much would you pay? If Joe has 1 SCAR 16s rifle and you really really want it how much would you be willing to pay? Answer: $9500

Checkout this gunbroker auction

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Michael Bane commented that while the SCAR is cool, 10 AR-15s are a much better!





Steve Johnson

Founder and Dictator-In-Chief of TFB. A passionate gun owner, a shooting enthusiast and totally tacti-uncool. Favorite first date location: any gun range. Steve can be contacted here.


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  • jdun1911

    I didn’t want to be rude to Jason so I didn’t ask how much he paid for his. Someone posted on AR15.com that he made over 12k profit selling two SCAR.

  • Bones

    Maybe not so much “gunflation” or inflation but supply and demand. “Gunply and demand?”

    Okay I’ll go sit in the corner.

  • Nomen Nescio

    that’s not inflation you were taught, that’s supply and demand. an inflation example would be a bit trickier to make, and involve how much money you make per hour, as compared to how much your dad made doing the exact same job twenty years ago.

  • That’s insane! Did it sell?

  • Yep, you guys are right. Very embarrassing considering I spent years studying economics at college 😉

    In my defense I have been blogging my brains out trying to cover everything at SHOT 🙂

  • K. D.

    We have gone mad on the prices of “black” rifles in this nation….

  • Jason

    To jdun1911, I paid $2895.00 before tax. I think that is still too much money for the rifle however. I paid less than $1500.00 for my sig 5.56 used. It is crazy what people are trying to sell scars for on gun broker. I will not be shooting mine anytime soon just in case I did get some kind of rare special edition model. On the flip side I would NOT sell mine for $9500.00. I really lucked out getting one for a fair price.

    • Jason, good price! I would be very tempted to sell it if I had one for that price! Make an extra $500-$1000 and buy an AR-15 🙂