Referring to: Where can I buy bear banger launcher and ammunition and have them shipped to US?.

This question is not price shopping assistance. It is, at the core, a question of how to get something in the U.S. There are multiple examples of similar "where can I find" questions on the site.

Where can I find an iodine crystal water purification product?
Where can I find good topographical maps of Peru?
Where to get replacement parts for a Ugly Stik GX2
Refillable camping stoves for use in the UK
Where can I get long but light bottoms for water?
Where to buy ethanol in Canada?

Other shopping questions:
What Rope to purchase?
Why shouldn't I buy an ultra light tent?
The list goes on...

Price shopping means price shopping, not anything that can be shoe-horned into the broader category of shopping.

"Sourcing hard to find gear" may be a topic the community wants to ban. If so let's start that meta and have that discussion.

I suggest before anyone does they read Robert's answer to basically that exact question: https://outdoors.meta.stackexchange.com/a/588/127 -- "Gear talk is usually the mainstay of any half-way decent outdoors site. Let's not lose sight of that. I wish there was more of it on this site." (emphasis mine)

Also consider in our general outlook for flagging - Should we be more critical of questions (and closing many more than we do) to maintain quality of site?

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    I think, rightly or wrongly, asking where to source items is perfectly fine - even though sometimes the answers maybe as time limited as an actual price on a website (eg, websites may not sell them anymore, item has been updated to a new model etc). Perhaps in this case it would be better to supply multiple sources in an answer - or if you DO post an answer and notice that the product has changed, revisit it and maybe update it? - you see this on SO when code is deprecated or a framework changes.
    – Aravona
    Commented Sep 2, 2016 at 7:41
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    Take it there's not way to re-word the "price shopping" close reason? It does seem to confuse many people
    – user2766
    Commented Sep 2, 2016 at 7:59
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    @Liam -- I'm not sure to what extent we can get that, but if we had better wording, I'd be happy to kick it up the line to the larger SO. Commented Sep 2, 2016 at 11:24
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    Knocked something up, sure it's far from perfect so please amend if you want
    – user2766
    Commented Sep 2, 2016 at 13:11
  • Thanks for bringing this up. The whole issue is confusing, especially because it's different than some of the other sites. I agree that re-wording that reason would be very helpful, both to users and reviewers. Sorry I don't have a good suggestion, just wanted to say I appreciate seeing the topic raised! Commented Sep 2, 2016 at 15:08
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    @Sue -- Thank you. I have seen it said a number of times that TGO is unlike typical SO both in culture and rules. Commented Sep 2, 2016 at 16:53
  • I'm curious about Are there any low sodium meals?, a post you made wiki in March, 2013. It asks "if" there are low-sodium dinners, which seems on-topic, but also for a price range, which might fall into the close reason? Some answers list brands, which I think is okay, but also prices, which I imagine are obsolete by now. It's a wiki post, so does that mean it's still on-topic? Should prices be edited out? It had a format edit yesterday, so people are still seeing it. Clarification would help me know what I can ask. Thank you! Commented Jan 14, 2017 at 18:32
  • @Sue I definitely think your comment above would be better served as a question on meta or as an experiment where you ask the question you want on the main site and see what happens. My take is a price range is reasonable requirement, so including prices to show it is within the range feels appropriate. Of course the price should always include a disclaimer of something along the lines of "currently the price is generally between X and Y which fits your budget of A and B." Just my opinion though. Bottom line though if you want more feedback you need to do more than ask in a comment.
    – Erik
    Commented Jan 18, 2017 at 16:59
  • The link may not have been there when this was posted.
    – paparazzo
    Commented Jun 13, 2018 at 19:32

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The current text is a little vague and confusing. Currently it reads:

Questions seeking price-shopping assistance are off-topic because they tend to become obsolete quickly. Instead, describe your situation and the specific problem you're trying to solve.

For me the issue is the term price-shopping. People tend to read this as shopping advice. Regardless of whether it's for a product recommendation (which is on topic) or a price recommendation (which is off topic).

Asking for advice on where is the cheapest place to obtain a product or service is off-topic. They tend to become obsolete quickly. Instead, describe your situation and the specific problem you're trying to solve. If you want advice on which product you may need for a particular scenario, define what your requirements are for this product carefully and highlight what functions you wish it to perform

I've knocked this up above. Please feedback any amendments. I think we need to keep it quite short and pithy, so please we don't want to over describe the problem. If anyone can shorten this I think it could be welcome?

  • I'll see about how (and if) we can get this changed in the coming days. Commented Sep 2, 2016 at 16:52

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