I didn't buy them with the intent to gouge. I bought them with the intent to buy more lowers and piece them together.
but when the prices on magazines, ammo, and other items that I regularly buy (not panic buy) started to skyrocket I scrapped my plans to build 10 more lowers and I needed the cash to buy 2 or 3 well put together ARs.
it's just the way that it is right now unfortunately. I am still selling them cheaper than the stores are - I don't have an overhead but I do have to buy a BCG and a few other parts that have near tripled in price in less than a month
you don't rise to the occasion,
you just fall back on your level of training.