Please take no umbrage or offense, but why not post the name of the store? High profile store does nothing to give us an idea of who to not shop at anymore!
On the other hand, I have seen that alot of people were burned by dealers before and noticed the demand was not as crazy as it was last time. Me thinks people are getting the picture that sometimes their local dealer may not be their 'buddy' but meerly a business whose goal is to rid you of your money. Check out stuff online: Everything is still relatively in stock. Stores actually still have stuff on their shelves. '08, I had nothing, literally nothing on the shelves, unless you wanted a box of .32-20 or .41 Mag.
Heck, I remember when I worked in a shop in '08, we had literally nothing on the shelves except really weird guns or expensive guns. People that came in late would say, "Just give me that one." I would reply with an incredulous, "That is a Springfield M1A, about $1200 dollars, not counting tax." "I don't care, just give me the gun, you don't have anything else left, do you take credit card?" was their hurried reply. After 4473 and payment, they would rush out the door. Didn't know what they bought, didn't care, they had a GUN. Was told to push the "upcoming ban" as hard as I could and I mean hard. Tell customers stories of cops getting orders to begin going door to door if I had to, just to scare fence sitters. Had two ol' boys almost fist fight over an AK, voices getting very loud in argueing who 'needed' the AK more. About a year and a half after, when things stabilized, shelves again full, people were coming in, wanting to "return" their hurried and unresearched purchase. Credit card maxed out, didn't care what they got for it. The same gun I just sold to someone for $1200 new, came back new and they only got $700 for it.
People are remembering what hype and are putting dealers under different scrutiny than before. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me 8 or more times, shame on me...