Originally Posted by mryella
I also think custom Cockers would definitely be a good place to ask for forum space. That way website is maintained for you all you have to do is pop in every now and then.
This seems like a pretty good idea, but wouldn't necessarily allow editing by the community.
cww516- I really like the idea of a wiki, but I don't think I'm a good candidate to maintain it. Honestly, I haven't played paintball since undergrad, and I'm totally out of touch.
What's the going rate for a used cocker these days? A major concern I've always had about the valve was the fact that it could be a large fraction of the price of your gun. Does it make sense to drop a $125 valve in a gun you paid $250 for? I don't think so. We really can't make them any cheaper... our price hasn't changed since 2003, and we take a lower margin every time we buy a new batch of solenoids.
Are e-frames readily available? Most of you are running e1 and e2 frames, correct? We dropped support for the race frame because we weren't selling many of those valves, and correct function was very hit or miss.
Sandridge- I'm not really comfortable taking preorders after the debacle we had with PBX. We don't do direct sales anymore because Jim got tired of it. I offered him a larger commission, but I think he wanted to focus on other things.
The financial risk isn't too big. The only thing we need to put up cash for is a couple $k worth of solenoids and maybe $500 of misc materials. Assembling and testing the valves is very labor intensive, and it's difficult to convince a couple of guys with masters degrees in engineering to work for $10 an hour. Time is the limiting factor.