As ludicrous as this is, history shows us that it could be worse. Much worse. In January, 1637 a skilled craftsman in Amsterdaam or Den Haag could earn about 300 Dutch Florins a year. That same month, a single ‘Viceroy’ tulip bulb could sell for between 3,000 and 4,200 Florins . . .
That couldn’t go on for very long, and the bubble burst in February when no buyers showed up at the regular Haarlem tulip bulb auction. By the end of May, single-color bulbs were again sold by the pound and exotic ‘Bizarden’ bulbs like the Viceroy were selling for just 1% to 5% of their peak prices.
Yes, I know I’m comparing flowers to firearms. Dutch florists never faced a looming Assault Tulip Ban, but you should still keep in mind the total cost versus the final value of what you’re buying. A $400,000 tulip bulb is still just a tulip bulb, and a stripped lower is just a $500 paperweight without a raft of parts, components and ammo which are just as scarce and just as overpriced right now. “Build Your Own AR Later”? Yeah. Much later. If ever.
So don’t bother calling CDNN to order one of these lowers anyway. They only had a handful of them, and they’re almost certainly gone by now.