Whiskey, I think there's a whole lot of folks who feel exactly the same as you on this situation.
But, not to hijack my own thread, I did a quick search on this before starting a new one, but even though I recall a few posts here and there in the recent past, a search showed nothing specific to 22LR.
I agree on the non-reloadable aspect of rimfire... i'll admit I hadn't considered that as much. as for the bartering aspect? well, that never occurred to me before. But... the whole panic buying thing really does leave me cold, as I remember '09 all too well.