Oh, there's still plenty of stuff there to be bought, but every time I bid on something lately and offer a fair and reasonable price, I wind up getting outbid at the last second, usually by some newbie who tries to "snipe" me as is the norm on ebay. ("Sniping", for those who don't know, is the rather sleazy practice of waiting until the very last few seconds to throw a bid down with the idea being to keep anyone else from being able to come back and top your bid.)
Time and time again, I keep getting outbid, and I see the item that I was willing to give fair value for go for crazy prices. And lately I've been checking and almost every one of these "winning" bidders is someone who just got on Gunbroker and started bidding for the first time in the last couple of months. In short, it's rookie panic-buyers running around the internet trying to scarf up everything in sight. And these are the ones that make it profitable for the speculators who already snapped up everything a few months ago with no desire for the stuff other than as resale commodities that they could hold hostage until scarcity-created demand brought prices up enough for them to profit obscenely just by flipping the stuff. In other words, the newbie panic-buyers are enabling the pirates and rewarding them for being scumbags as both parties manage to keep you or I from getting practically anything at a reasonable price.
If I had my way, new bidders would be barred from participation in these auctions during the last 24 hours that an item is listed and restricted to participating in one auction at a time. Maybe that's harsh, but then again, it's hard to feel sympathetic for folks who apparently didn't give a damn about their right or ability to own guns right up until the gun bans started looking like a reality. NOW they want to get in on the game?
Sorry, but screw them and double-screw the pirate re-sellers that they're enriching.
Gunbroker, I luv ya and we've had great times, but I'll be back when the idiots and crooks are gone.