I hear supplies are tight but the biggest complaint is the price. If you don't have the materials on hand, your bid might be low. I saw a roll of 12/2 Romex for $180 the other day at a big box store. Yikes.
175 KW generator for new surgi center 48-52 weeks 200 amp meter pans, very hard to come by, even the POCO is short supply Dry transformers, supplies are very limited, and lead times are long. Some resi PVC device boxes are unavailable.
That may be more of a California thing. We have not decriminalized shoplifting in Florida. They don't have a problem arresting people here. We still have people rolling carts full of merchandise out the door but the pictures are on the news and they catch a lot of them ... usually driving back to Miami.
Recently saw a theft article here for $3200 in 'wire' (probably Romex) from the Orange Box. Was put into a stolen SUV, and the thief got caught.
An interesting theft was some brave (stupid or skilled) thief cut the 4160 volt primaries from a mat transformer pad, then cut the secondaries from the pots to the buss that went thru the wall. Guess it was about $150-$200 in scrap value. Now, the bldg. owner needs a new service!