One of the local yards has had stacks of zipwall and Advantech sitting for months. I haven't check their pricing, but you have to know it isn't cheap.If you stop buying it the prices will drop. They have plenty of inventory, they are just holding it back. In a year there is going to be investigations on why the prices got so dramatic and they'll find that they held back inventory to increase prices. They'll be fined but there won't be any relief on the consumer end.
You know there are no federal laws against price gouging. State laws are all over the place but most are of the the don’t raise gas prices by double during a hurricane type.It is time for a federal investigation into this gouging of prices. There is no way that the tens of millions of acres of forests are affected by C-19, nor the loggers and certainly not the truck drivers. The mills are almost completely automated. Either hyperinflation has already hit and this is PERMANENT or some people need to be in PRISON for gouging.
Actually there is ONE federal law and other supporting federal laws. The one law is regarding fuel and energy prices. The other laws are in regard to interstate commerce. Where ONE state has anti-gouging laws and interstate commerce exists, and or two states have them and commerce exists, the federal government can be directly involved in the criminal prosecution. This involves an interstate criminal acts. Think of kidnap across state lines or any other interstate crime such as that.You know there are no federal laws against price gouging. State laws are all over the place but most are of the the don’t raise gas prices by double during a hurricane type.
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The issue is that you do not understand what price gouging is or what production or price collusion is. If an industry suddenly through INTENT decides not to be competitive and begin to match higher prices to increase profits that is price collusion, it is a form of illegal gouging federally and in every state. If an industry with or without its heads talking together over golf, decides that under the political and economic crisis that exists they should reduce production and cause a fake shortfall of product to increase price, that is production collusion and a FELONY both federal and state in general. Any time there is a declared emergency of ANY kind, federally fuel prices are fixed by law. Any increase has to have proven cause outside of the ability of the industry to control.Price gouging arguably isn't even real. Prices are dictated by markets. When a hurricane hits down here, as soon as the state freezes prices, the gas runs out. Because you can't pay truckers enough to truck it in. I'd rather pay 10 bucks / gal for fuel than be stuck run out of gas 500 miles from home trying to get out of state.