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    The price of slow-pitch softballs

    So I went to Sports Authority last week to look at softballs for our upcoming season and the price has skyrocketed from like $4.99 (last year) to $7.99 per ball! WTH happened? I plan to buy a box of a dozen of them somehwhere but nearly $8.00 per ball seems pretty outlandish to me. It is the same ball too, not like they are different in any way, shape or form. Anyone have suggestions for a fellow Fanatic?


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    Re: The price of slow-pitch softballs

    Do you have, or have access to, a time machine?



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    Re: The price of slow-pitch softballs

    Quote Originally Posted by mike4cy View Post
    So I went to Sports Authority last week to look at softballs for our upcoming season and the price has skyrocketed from like $4.99 (last year) to $7.99 per ball! WTH happened? I plan to buy a box of a dozen of them somehwhere but nearly $8.00 per ball seems pretty outlandish to me. It is the same ball too, not like they are different in any way, shape or form. Anyone have suggestions for a fellow Fanatic?

    Supply is down. The weather in Equatorial Guinea where the balls are grown was not conducive to good yields.



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    Re: The price of slow-pitch softballs

    Quote Originally Posted by CloneLawman View Post
    Supply is down. The weather in Equatorial Guinea where the balls are grown was not conducive to good yields.
    Only jokers so far...awesome, thanks.


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    Re: The price of slow-pitch softballs

    Quote Originally Posted by CloneLawman View Post
    Supply is down. The weather in Equatorial Guinea where the balls are grown was not conducive to good yields.
    This, plus add in the political unrest that the area has expierienced lately causing strain on import exports. It looks like until we see a switch in power we will be paying nearly double on balls throughout the summer. Quick look at the futures market is showing even higher prices as we move into fall.



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    Re: The price of slow-pitch softballs

    Quote Originally Posted by bringmagicback View Post
    This, plus add in the political unrest that the area has expierienced lately causing strain on import exports. It looks like until we see a switch in power we will be paying nearly double on balls throughout the summer. Quick look at the futures market is showing even higher prices as we move into fall.
    You are all hilarious


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    Re: The price of slow-pitch softballs

    Quote Originally Posted by mike4cy View Post
    Only jokers so far...awesome, thanks.
    It's the price you have to pay. Hang in there...somebody will likely help you out. Bump the thread if you have too...


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    Re: The price of slow-pitch softballs

    Quote Originally Posted by mike4cy View Post
    Wait, so that reply was serious? I completely thought he was joking, well crap.
    Ya, a quick google search will get you some charting info
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    Re: The price of slow-pitch softballs

    Quote Originally Posted by mike4cy View Post
    So I went to Sports Authority last week to look at softballs for our upcoming season and the price has skyrocketed from like $4.99 (last year) to $7.99 per ball! WTH happened? I plan to buy a box of a dozen of them somehwhere but nearly $8.00 per ball seems pretty outlandish to me. It is the same ball too, not like they are different in any way, shape or form. Anyone have suggestions for a fellow Fanatic?
    PM me I can get you in contact with someone who refurbishes found softballs and are much cheaper some are almost like new.



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    Re: The price of slow-pitch softballs

    Sounds like someone needs some cheap high quality softballs.



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    Re: The price of slow-pitch softballs

    Quote Originally Posted by bringmagicback View Post
    This, plus add in the political unrest that the area has expierienced lately causing strain on import exports. It looks like until we see a switch in power we will be paying nearly double on balls throughout the summer. Quick look at the futures market is showing even higher prices as we move into fall.
    I hope this true since I have a lot of lettuce invested in the softball futures market. However, I believe in diversification so I've also got some money in field hockey sticks.


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    Re: The price of slow-pitch softballs

    Quote Originally Posted by bringmagicback View Post
    Ya, a quick google search will get you some charting info

    a nice strategy you could take to protect yourself against softball futures prices is to buy a put option so you can short the underlying futures price and offset the risen prices




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    Re: The price of slow-pitch softballs

    I've got a couple extra in my trunk. Not that it helps much.



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    Re: The price of slow-pitch softballs

    Quote Originally Posted by bringmagicback View Post
    Ya, a quick google search will get you some charting info
    This. In the past couple years, December has seen a high price range. This is mostly due to the weather being cyclical. During cyclical periods, such as this year, softball activity is increased in the summer and decreased in the winter.

    Inconsistencies appear in your typical supply/demand chart.

    With this model, and a few calculations, it appears you should have gotten your best price point on March 14th. It appears if you hold out until mid July (preferably July 18th) prices should see a steady drop that week.

    PM me if you need any more calculations, I should be able to get you close to exact prices day over day.



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