In paintball..youll hear this alot..
YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR....
you pay $35 for a case of "white box"..youll get poopy white box throw away paint....its shoots...just not great.
You pay $40 for a case of DXS heat or something...it will shoot a bit better...but its poorer quality than other more expensive brands..
You pay $65 for Tourney grade paint....it shoots amazing...and its just brittle enough to break on the littlest things...
For Rec play, or practice, I usually try to find the best paint for my money... I usually ask what type of paint will be at the field before hand and make my decicion accordingly. Ask about the types of paint if you dont know about them..
My local field Has All-Star, Evil Tourney Grade, DXS Heat, Weapons Grade, Spectrum, and some other crappy stuff....
I do work for my field so I do save a bit of cash...maybe sometimes scoring some paint for free....if its free...ill use it..idc if it is white box.
I mainly shoot All-Star because it shoots really good...and is $10-$15 cheaper then the Evil..and because its what i used back in the day through my shocker...never let me down, and its looks cool lol.
Now if its an Event, or a local tourney that might mean something besides just a "practice event"....I bring like $200-$300 just for paint,....I buy the best stuff and ALOT of it. Playing Short bump/Doritio side, I shoot a CRAP TON of freakin paint.
I buy the best because I dont want to loose a game...or have something stupid happen if I get the call to bunker. Bounces piss me off...Even more when its like 2-3 in a row when im doing a run through to end the game...then end up getting zippered.
i dont like to waste money either...i know were your coming from...but dont skimp on paint for a tournament. Get the best...play your best...win.