To be fair, at least it gets criticized by people quite openly on the internet. Plus theres a larger network of people to claim bullshit and to question bullshit. At my field, people come from all over the state because it's one of the better places to go to in Arizona. Most of what I hear sitting at the staging area is some kid thinking about what marker to get for his birthday, talking with his friend about it. Some guy a table down is saying stuff like don't get a Dye, they're overpriced and they always break down. Guy at the table across him says "oh really" and the other guy goes into a lengthy discussion about how he heard or he had a friend who's DM9 kept on going down on him so never trust a dye. The kid listens, and no one there is questioning that guy (unless I decide to), and that shit spreads like wildfire. Another guy on the other table says that he agrees, cause fuck it, why not? and goes on about how to only get eclipse. The owner is friends with eclipse, and has convinced everyone Planet Eclipse markers are THE only way to go. A kid hearing this from an owner is going to hold onto that information with him.
Another example. I take a friend out to the field all the time. He's only played 3 or so times, but is always eager to play with me. He seems to love playing with my KP2 pump, and keeps telling me his parents are going to get him one for his birthday. I tell him about the used market, blah blah blah..., and then he gets to asking why pump people are so good. This is all during the walk to one of the fields mind you, so one of the pump players jumps in saying that their markers are more accurate than my axe. Another guy jumps in by saying that it's because it's a closed bolt marker, and then goes along telling him about how true that is. Some guy with his cocker jumps in, telling us that that's what makes the autococker so great, about how it's semi auto and closed bolt. This happens on multiple occasions throughout the day, maybe at the waiting area, maybe walking towards the field, maybe when we're taking a few pot shots at a pole only to complain that our marker sucks when we miss. And no one questions it, because the experienced guys are the one spewing this stuff to newbies.
I remember at the end of the day, I tried explaining to him how I said marker doesn't matter, and I started to recommend some pumps that he could look at. But he refused to listen to me, saying how one guy said ccm's are more accurate, how another said that empire snipers suck and don't have that flat of a shot, and in general stuff that more people said that were against what I had to say.
Yes I agree, local stuff is useful. I ask guys around when I haven't been to the field in a while what paint is currently good, or their experiences with certain markers from the only store in town. When they share about forms and ways to play that I haven't heard of before, I listen, maybe even try it out just to see for myself. But when it comes to things I know that are bullshit, it's hard to take anything they say honestly.