Originally Posted by Spyder Ftw
I know AT LEAST three guys that buy at wholesale and sell $400 under MAP.. lol.
Well then, you know at least 3 guys that are killing paintball. Margin is there so that dealers can offer inventory, and support as well as build a business that grows our sport.
Want to know why you don't have a local store? Spyder apparently knows 3 guys who can tell you.
*Not a personal attack on Spyder - but truth is truth, no need for candy coating*
Margin isn't "evil" - its not out there to rob players, its out there so good business people can operate a retail location and support and grow their community of players. You cannot do that for free.
You know who "hooks you up" just to get the sale? The guy who is looking to make a quick buck and move on....that person doesn't care about you, or the sport. When dealers undercut each other just to make a sale - everyone looses...and the sport shrinks a little more.
Want to grow paintball? Care about the sport? Buy from the person who is knowledgable, helpful and involved in the paintball community - No matter what manufacture you choose.
Obviously sponsorships, employee discounts or work in exchange for gear are entirely different topics and situations.
As for used market retail - The answer here is simple, all luxury goods (which paintball most certainly is) will depreciate at least 30% in a used scenario. Any further they fall for that depends on several compound factors:
#1) Product availability -
With the Luxe ICE limited production model the MFG has already done everything they can to help you here. By producing limited colors, in limited runs each marker becomes part of a finite supply. That gloss purple/gold combo from the first batch...there where only 100 made, someone wants one that color, well they have to buy used, what are YOU going to sell it for?
Chances are if you are in this forum, you already know about Luxe and either want one or have one. The Luxe platform has won an enumerable number of events around the world and is often regarded as the benchmark for performance. "Smooth as a Luxe" "Ergonomic as a Luxe" are normal comparisons made across the industry.
What hurts desirability? Our current web based culture focuses on only becoming vocal in negative situations....people only "talk" when they have a complaint. When is the last time you posted a cool pic of your marker? An awesome story about an event? A podium pic of your team?
#3) Market Depth and Timing
There are more luxury items to buy now, more than ever. When paintball was at its highest participation percentage - there where far fewer big $$ items that where spread around. Cell phones came free with your plan, video games where $40 not $80 and teenagers rarely carried $300 purses....
Beyond that, Fall is the "closing" time for the season for about 80% of our market. Players returning to school, college, or just switching to winter sports. All paintball sales begin to slow this time of year - you sell in a low market you get low prices.
A race to the bottom helps no one - sell your marker for what you want out of it...not what the last guy sold it for. Often there will be one or two people that liquidate their gear for any number of reasons. Just because someone else did...doesnt mean you have to.
Bottom line - The LUXE platform is still the best investment in high end paintball, but any investment in a luxury good is one that will depreciate. How fast it does that is dependent upon market participants (you).