The fact that it is 'no longer the good old days' is exactly what we all are talking about. I can see how COVID impacted the availability of ammo since people stop going to work and making ammo. And some p[rice increase due to ;limited avaiabiity makes sense, but to triple and quadruple the cost to the use is definitely gauging. Chealerthandirt is NOT the pnly retailer that jump on the bandwagon and drastically increased their prices. I also some ammo retailers either went of of business or dropped a lot of calibers or specific cartridges.
I have an ammo file that I have been building for over a dozen years, so I can track exactly what was charged 2, 3 4, 5 years ago, per ammo. My file has well over 3,000 entries, where each entry links to a webpage from a retailer, where you can buy that ammo. And clearly, some of the retailers socked it to us all. And today, with availability coming back, and prices definitely lowering, some retailers are still in the sky.
So, if you are a retailer, let us know what your ammo price was 4 years ago, 3 years ago, 2 years ago, 1 year ago, and now. This will clearly show if you were in the gouging business too or not. Pick two or three popular rounds from different popular calibers, such as 9mm, .45 ACP, .357 Mag, .380. .38 spec, 40mm, all in the handgun ammo. I can probably verify your numbers since I have been tracking most ammo over time as well. My ammo file tracks 35 handgun calibers and 25 rifle ones.