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Old 07-23-2007, 07:32 AM #1
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Okay, I recently conducted a survey of approximately 15-20 of the most popular online paintball suppliers and their prices for paint. I did the work, you reap the benefits!!!

First, the disclaimer: I do not work for any of these companies nor do I have any relationship with any of these sites. Most of these sites I have never used. These prices are "pictures of the day"...which means they are subject to change without my knowledge.

Other Notes (IMPORTANT TO READ):
A) These prices are not for "skids" or "pallet loads" of paint. If you get paint by the skid, good for you...you can probably get a better price that way...but it's not practical for most consumers.
B ) I'm sure if you've convinced some website somewhere that you deserve their sponsorship (in other words, you filled out a form), they probably give you a little better deal...good for you...but it doesn't help most of us consumers out there that aren't on your team. This also applies to being sponsored by "paint companies."
C) If your uncle owns a local store and gives you paint at cost because you're his favorite nephew....good for you....but it doesn't help the rest of us non-nephews.
D) I've tried not to use "white box/seconds" paint...because this paint can really vary in quality from source to source. At the same time, there were instances where it was necessary to include that paint because the difference between some low end paints, white box, and house paint is sometimes very little.
E) If all you shoot is marbalizers, evil, or empire paint because you're all bad like that....good for you...this list isn't going to help you.

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F) These prices are shipped to Michigan. You can expect a difference of around 0.5 cents/ball to 1 cent/ball based on shipping differences, i.e. places that are closer to you charge you less to ship than places that are further away. That is why you should use this list as a "guide", not a firm set of prices. No matter where you live, I think the list is a good guide, a good representation of sites where paint is cheap and different kinds of orders where you get the best deals.

Price Listings are "cents per ball" and are listed from 10th best to best.
10. 1.74 cents/ball: Firstcall Paintball/Skanline: 4 cases of Nelson Precision or Zap Tork
9. 1.72 cents/ball: Action Village: 2 cases of PMI Stingers + 1500 rounds house paint
8. 1.70 cents/ball: assassinspaintball.com: 3 cases of RPS Stingers + 500 rounds of house paint (NEW 7/06)
7. 1.70 cents/ball: Action Village: 2 cases of Diablo Midnight + 1 case of seconds
6. 1.6787 cents/ball: Firstcall Paintball/Skanline: 4 cases of Zap Spank
5. 1.662 cents/ball: Firstcall Paintball/Skanline: 4 cases of paint (Mix and Match Draxxus Rainbow, Nelson Affordaball, Severe Atmosphere, or WGP White Box)
4. 1.65 cents/ball: Action Village: 2 cases of PMI Stingers + 1 case of seconds
3. 1.64 cents/ball: Firstcall Paintball/Skanline: 4 cases of Zap Revolt
2. 1.59 cents/ball: Firstcall Paintball/Skanline: 4 cases of Zap Low Ball
1. 1.537 cents/ball: Firstcall Paintball/Skanline: 4 cases of Draxxus Rainbow or Nelson Affordaballs or Severe Atmosphere or WGP White Box.

These are pretty good prices. If I were to go to the local discount sporting goods store, I would pay 1.59 cents/ball for the cheapest paint they have (1 case) if it's on sale. Most of the time I would pay 1.91-2.12 cents per ball for a case of paint at those stores, same quality of paint except I've actually found that it's older and in worse condition.

You'll notice that only two sites are listed, Firstcall Paintball (also known as Skanline) and Action Village. What makes them more affordable is the free shipping when you buy a certain amount of paint and that "certain amount" is reasonable. At firstcall, all you have to do is get 4 cases...that simple. At Action Village, you only need to spend $70. assassinspaintball has been added as of July 2006...found a good deal on Stingers there.

You only want to buy one case? Maybe it's the end of the season and you don't want paint laying around all winter? Here are the best prices I found on just 1 case of paintballs:
10) 2.18 cents/ball: countrysports.com: WGP practice paint
9) 2.18 cents/ball: xtremepaintball.com: Draxxus Midnight*
8) 2.18 cents/ball: xtremepaintball.com: Draxxus Competitive Edge
7) 2.153 cents/ball: Paintball Gear USA: Draxxus Rainbow
6) 2.153 cents/ball: Paintball Gear USA: Worr Practice Paintballs
5) 2.10 cents/ball: paintballexpress.com: White Box practice paint
4) 2.0 cents/ball: xtremepaintball.com: Draxxus Blitz
3) 1.99 cents/ball: xtremepaintball.com: Zap Spank
2) 1.947 cents/ball: **********************: Zap Spank
1) 1.785 cents/ball: xtremepaintball.com: Draxxus Midnight*

I added Paintball Gear USA to the list, I don't like their $3 handling charge, but they got some cheap prices on their cheaper paint. (8-6-06)
* There are 2 different prices for this because they are running a special where you get 4 140 round pods free with the order of Draxxus Midnight. If you take into account the values of those tubes, you get a better price per ball.Now, lets look at the worst sites I found (3rd worst to worst):
3) II Sports- 3 cents/ball for Nelson Nelsplat. This is much higher than many other sites and the shipping charges were tremendous.
2) Xtremez.com- Again, cheap brands like Core and Nelsplat at 3 cents/ball, also much higher than other sites and again the shipping charges were very high.
1) *******************- I was excited about this site because it's actually a nice website. However, not only is free shipping not available on paintballs but they tack on a $8 handling charge to each order.

One site I was not able to assess was Paintball Gateway. For some reason the website wasn't working properly and you couldn't add paint to your cart. I tried to e-mail them about the problem and they never got back to me...so customer service is questionable in my opinion.

I hope this helps!

Please let me know if there are any sites you know of that would be competitive with these sites (the good ones) in price. But please do not list sites that are running temporary specials or are selling seconds only (at a good price) or any site where you need to order more than 4 cases to get free shipping.
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Old 07-23-2007, 07:35 AM #2
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Huh. Two of the sites listed are ********...that's weird. I guess they must not have paid their advertising bill to PBN or something. Oh well, the information should still be helpful despite the censorship.

If they can make a program that can automatically filter out websites like that, why can't they apply the same program to the word "Agg" and stupid newb questions about how to get sponsored and how to get their parents to let them play?

I don't know...but it seems like a very logical question!
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Old 07-23-2007, 11:46 AM #3
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You have either posted this before or you took it from someone else.

Good info, regardless.
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Old 07-23-2007, 01:09 PM #4
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orderpaintball sells blaze for like 29 bucks a case
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Old 07-23-2007, 01:20 PM #5
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plus $ 8 handling charge + probly around $12 for shipping.
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Old 07-23-2007, 01:51 PM #6
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Ya it's not the shelf price that you have to look for, it's the shelf price plus shipping and handling. Thats where they get you.
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Old 07-23-2007, 02:47 PM #7
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You have either posted this before or you took it from someone else.

Good info, regardless.
Good eye. I posted it before but it went into archive and I couldn't update it so I just reposted it. The info is just as relevant now as it was when I originally posted it.
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Old 07-23-2007, 02:50 PM #8
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orderpaintball sells blaze for like 29 bucks a case
That's #1 that is all **************. I guess if you put ".com" after it all those asterisks replace it.

Great website, easy to find stuff, everything looks cheap...then BAMM! You get hit with $8 handling and a bunch of shipping.
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Old 07-23-2007, 02:52 PM #9
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Ya it's not the shelf price that you have to look for, it's the shelf price plus shipping and handling. Thats where they get you.
The list I made includes shipping and handling. All those prices include shipping and handling.
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Old 07-23-2007, 05:50 PM #10
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i have a very good one, http://www.paintball-discounters.com/get_list_209.htm
they also have different sites like firstcall and skanline, but same place

The only downside is you need to order 150+ for free shipping and that it takes about a week if you dont pay the extra 5

32 bucks for a case of draxxus recsport, need 150+ for free shipping
32 * 5 case * 100 = 16000 cents / 10000 paintballs = 1.6 cents

ive done a lot of research as well ;-]
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Old 07-23-2007, 07:19 PM #11
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are you sure its AV's free shipping is for orders over $ 70? i thought it was more like $99?
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are you sure its AV's free shipping is for orders over $ 70? i thought it was more like $99?
i think when he originally posted it it was 70 now it's 99
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Old 07-24-2007, 03:12 PM #13
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i have a very good one, http://www.paintball-discounters.com/get_list_209.htm
they also have different sites like firstcall and skanline, but same place

The only downside is you need to order 150+ for free shipping and that it takes about a week if you dont pay the extra 5

32 bucks for a case of draxxus recsport, need 150+ for free shipping
32 * 5 case * 100 = 16000 cents / 10000 paintballs = 1.6 cents

ive done a lot of research as well ;-]
Already listed up there if it's the same as Firstcall and Skanline....but I thought paintball-discounters was not the same place....I'll have to double check my list when I get home.

But if it is the same as Skanline or Firstcall...one of the best places for paintballs online. Having like 5 different website names for the same store was kind've annoying...especially when each one charges different shipping when you calculate it (try it...it's stupid)...but virtually unbeatable from the research I did. Only assasins and Action Village could compete.
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Old 07-24-2007, 03:16 PM #14
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i think when he originally posted it it was 70 now it's 99
I'll have to go back and re-look at the numbers if they've raised that limit. It probably won't effect the price per ball that much because all you would do is add a $29.99 case of paint and it would be over $99 with free shipping...and you would have 2000 additional balls.

AND...it's important to realize that $99 is still the lowest I've seen (for orders that include paintballs) regarding limits for free shipping.

But I'll go back and redo the numbers to see what I get. Thanks for the heads up!
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Old 07-24-2007, 09:21 PM #15
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yeah i just ordered 4 cases from firstcall btu i already knew about it before i read this post.

since your making it known to the masses (of newbs), ill have to wait longer cause their stock will keep running out.
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Old 07-24-2007, 09:40 PM #16
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^^hahahaha. im going to try firstcall paintball in the future about the 4 cases of paint.

nice job aslan!!
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Old 07-25-2007, 11:07 AM #17
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yeah i just ordered 4 cases from firstcall btu i already knew about it before i read this post.

since your making it known to the masses (of newbs), ill have to wait longer cause their stock will keep running out.
DOHT! Sorry! Maybe the increased business will make them more profitable and they'll give us ballers a price break...probably not.

Let me know how the transaction goes and the quality of the paint you get. I actually haven't used them yet because I haven't needed to buy that much paint yet.
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paintball-discounters is not firstcall paintball, but they run similar each company with different site names, sorry for the confusion, if they were, the they would have the same paintball prices and contact info, you should add paintball-discounters recsport at 1.6 cents :k
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95 shipped for FOUR cases. But is it any good? Anyone had any experience with this paint? It's not seconds, it's paint they had made for them...it's their House Brand....
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