I was a bit shocked when I went into a local outdoors shop/LBS to pick up an Ortleib outer pocket for my panniers. After a bunch of searching they found the pocket, handed it to me and started to ring up the sale. I noticed that the pocket was a bit old, with the old Ortleib logo. No problem. What was a problem for me is that they hiked the price by $8 (or nearly 40%) to reflect the current catalog price. I found this out by peeling off the price tags off to look at the ones underneath. When I asked the sales guy about this he told me "it's a political issue." I find it to be price gouging. If they could have made a profit off it at the original price, what other reason do they have to hike the price?
Do you think this is fair or ethical?