Here in S.W. Ohio Sch. 40 3" @ $50.25 per 10' stick, would be Cheap! Between three Distributors that are close to me, the average price is $65.00.
12-2 NM 250 ft. roll took off like a rocket from $39.00 to an average $179.00, with one large distributor now charging $205.00!
Being a Mechanical Contractor, I've seen cost increases that I've never thought possible, in Sheet Metal, PVC Pipe, Controls, Freon, Black Iron Piping, Equipment, & to compound the problem,.... Un-heard of shortages, where I'm being told that "Back-orders" are as long as "HOPEFULLY 26 weeks!!
A large residential remodel, that I'm currently doing, of a Mast. Bath., along with the installation of a Gas Log Fireplace, & new Condensing Gas Furnace with Heat-pump has been Mind Blowing, when the Customer has added to the work, cuz' the "Additions" in material alone are far above the materials that I placed at the job site, before all of this Insanity began.
The reasons that I'm getting from the Distributors/ Regional Sales Reps/Manufacturers ranges from the "Wuhan Virus", To People not wanting to return to work due to all of the $$$ that they got from "Big Brother" due to the shut downs, To Shipping Congestion, To Factory shutdowns overseas, To "Chip Shortages", To the ONE Factory in Texas that produced chemicals for PVC Piping, To the still existing "Trade War/Sanctions", To "Blame it on Trump/Biden".
And this "Labor Issue"? ...... The "Mentality" of many that I've physically had interactions with is absolutely Ludicrous!
When this "Stimulus $$$" started flooding America,.... The Bulk of the "Labor Pool" in my area appears to be "The Government will support me the rest of my life!", & this is with "Help Wanted" signs practically everywhere I go.
Judging from a lot of Data, I don't think that America is going to return to "Normal", let alone "MAGA!".
And, In My Belief,... This is just a "Sign" of what is coming.