Originally Posted by Mr Vengeance
IPG are in Canada now. Soon they will be in your local mall ripping off your punters. April 11 2012
I don't think it's IPG that is here in Canada, but one of the owners of the Canadian version of this company was/is one of the owners of IPG.
They have been able to get the majority of the fields in the Vancouver area to sign up with them, selling their coupon books, and then the outing can be booked at one of the participating fields. They don't have their own field...yet. I believe they started out the same way in New Zealand.
It's the misrepresentation of the company that really alarms me. Every field owner seems to be offered different deals to sign up with the company. As far as the end user goes, Googling IPG brings up many, many examples of customer dissatisfaction and misrepresentation by the company. Things like selling vouchers for fields that don't exist or aren't signed up with the program for instance. Telling customers that the 100 paintballs they sell them directly will be all they need. Basically they will tell customers whatever they need to tell them to get them to buy. They keep all of the proceeds from the voucher sales.
It will be interesting to see if they even try to make it into the USA market. With paintball prices the way they are at fields in the USA, it will be much more difficult to find fields to sign up, as the fields can't survive on paintball sales alone. But having these guys at the local malls on a regular basis is exactly what happens. Income from entry and rentals becomes a thing of the past.
But then again, they only need one field in a local area to sign up, and all the other fields will suffer because of it. One field owner in the Vancouver area would like nothing more than to have nothing to do with them, but feels that he may have to sign up just so that he can get his share of the pie, since almost every other field has already signed.
This is one of those things that no one will worry too much about until perhaps, it's too late. Also, the guise of different named companies will help keep them low profile at the start.
*Edit* It looks like they are definitely interested in heading into the the US paintball market. From their new Canadian website: "With new locations about to open up in Canada, South Africa and the United States, IPG is on a mission to bring the adrenaline-fuelled thrill of paintball to as many people around the world as possible."