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Old 12-26-2012, 09:06 AM #169
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I had the GOG G1 as my first gun getting into paintball and the thing was easy the work with never had a problem and was just fun. You can buy it for 250 new but there is probuly a used one some were for around 200. This gun is a great way to get into the sport.
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Old 12-26-2012, 09:29 AM #170
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There are plenty of profitable fields out there. If it was really a losing business, the industry simply wouldn't be what it is today.

I have to say that occasionally, as a pump player, I'm allowed to play with rental groups and the like, but most of the time it isn't even worth it. Things are definitely not what they used to be, but we're all making due.
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Old 12-26-2012, 09:33 AM #171
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There are plenty of profitable fields out there. If it was really a losing business, the industry simply wouldn't be what it is today.
Agreed, but many of those fields have sponsorships or spin-off businesses to offset their costs (like a pro shop or Airsoft to draw in more players, etc). I'm not saying it's impossible to make a paintball field profitable, but it requires an almost perfect set of circumstances for it to happen.
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Old 12-26-2012, 09:39 AM #172
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Can you provide specific examples of sponsorships?

I'm aware that some stores are combined with other hobbies, but the same can be said of other businesses. That's just making the most of what you have.
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Old 12-26-2012, 09:54 AM #173
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I know that one of my local fields sells almost exclusively Kee gear, and there's a TON of Empire/JT POP signage and banners all around the field staging area and in the pro shop itself. I figured they were offered a wholesale discount on gear prices in exchange for exclusively selling and marketing Kee products. These types of arrangements are quite common in the retail world.
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Old 09-27-2013, 02:36 AM #174
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Old 09-27-2013, 08:03 AM #175
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This thread is so damn old, I think he has gotten what he needs by now
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Old 12-07-2013, 02:52 PM #176
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I'm in the same situation as you, returning after 15 yrs and I went the same way, Etek 4
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Old 12-09-2013, 11:11 AM #177
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Do your research and see if anyone at your local field will just let you take a few shots with their gun to see if you like it. or talk to people who work at the fields, many of them play on a team and if you chat with them you might get a chance to try one out. I got to try out an ego 07,08, 11 and a LV1 from a staff member who played just after talking to him for 20 min or so.

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Get an ego7... It is light, has the modes u would need to play just about anything. Reliable.. No orings to worry about really. Accurate and plenty of upgrades are available if u want
Then come on here or another used site, mypbfriend, or something and see if you can get a decent used gun for $300 you could possibly even get a 07, 08 ego or DM which are still great markers, or just go with a decent Empire Axe. I would stay away from the Ego 10 tho if you manage to find one cheap tho.
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Old 12-09-2013, 07:04 PM #178
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I'm in the same situation as you, returning after 15 yrs and I went the same way, Etek 4
By chance did you get it off Craigs list? I had a chance to buy one in recent weeks for a decent price (in the $200 range), but decided not to because the review on them said they were loud. What's your opinion of them?
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