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Agree with everything you said. I, myself have noticed now, for the past 18 months, that even the option market is getting harder and that, indeed, it is a rigged game, in favor of the Short option trader.
Hence, I changed my MO and now have 80-90% of my option "in plays" in Short Spread positions. I am on the other side of the Longs who are paying that higher premium, due to that increased volatility you mentioned.
I am wrangling, as I type, to get filled on some short Dec37Puts. They are priced just right and the MM's expect the EX to be B4 OPEX, which gives me great opportunity if management makes the EX date post OPEX. They will automatically reduce in premium by over 1 dollar, at any PPS lower than 35.00.
Evolution on a micro scale. I used to be 99% long options. Mutations, in this lone case, are not, so far, deleterious.....;-)