My observation is that it is not just one thing.
I am buying things now because price will go up and may not be available.
I run into cash deals very often. Underground economy is going to be growing for a variety of reasons.
The attitude of screw the govt, they don’t care about me and I don’t care about them is valid.
Business may be buying to avoid taxes, especially farmers.
Your not kidding, screw them!
My wife done some minor damage to her vehicle this winter. Not enough to turn in on insurance which would have killed my rates. The guy at the body shop says $300 to repair it. I said how about straight cash? $250. He does the repair I hand over the cash and we both say screw you to the feds and the KY revenue cabinet.