You also have to consider that a paintball field isn't like most businesses in that they are mostly open on saturdays and Sunday's so that means they only have 104 days to make money. (52 weeks x2) Now its going to rain and have bad weather some of those days or a big holiday falls on the weekend so they won't make money on those days. If that's 10-15 days a year that's a big chunk of there time to make money. Bill collectors don't care if it rains for a month or there is 3 feet of snow. What I'm trying to say is that fields have a very short window to make money and they have to make what they can quick. I don't know what it cost to make paint and I'm not sure what the fields pay for it but you have to remember that paintball has a very narrow window to make money(smaller depending where you live)
Why is the price of paint so high? Well let's take a look at the paintball business. The markup on clothing,pods,packs,tank,markers etc is not as high as you'd think and considering you only buy those things every few years or so that markup won't sustain the industry. So where else can we make money? Paint. Now paint is considered perashiable so the more you buy, the cheaper it gets. Now the fields have expenses. Saleries, property taxes, insurance, upkeep, buying/building bunkers and fields, electricity, water,etc.Tthey use the markup on paint to pay all of that plus make some profit cause they're not going to do all that work for free. So give up on the price drop.
Paintball won't go mainstream because of the players. It takes one bad apple to spoil the bunch and the only time you hear about paintball in the news is when someone does something stupid with a marker. As players we don't stand behind the big company's or players that try to take it mainstream. Ollie Lang started to get paid to play and everyone blasted him for it, calling him a sell out. Kee starts to grow by buying other companies and we say they are destroying the game. Right now Dye is paintballs Nike and all we do is complain about the price of their stuff. Do you think if Nike or Reebok or any big sports company comes into paintball their stuff will be cheaper? I dont think so. If we want paintball to grow we need to look at the players first, we should be setting good examples during games. No over shooting, wiping etc. Pros from other sports are held to a higher standard cause they are representives of that sport. Maybe paintball should start doing the same thing. Just my opinion.
Look into a G1. Same thing as an SP1 but a new marker made by GOG(formerly Smarts Parts) they still have a milsim look, come with a stock, case and you can pick how you want your hopper positioned(left feed, center feed, right feed) you could keep the loader out of the way for sighting or sights. Tippmanns are good markers but heavy. G1 still have all the rails you will ever need and I think you can still mount a mag light to the front. Just my opinion.
Im pretty sure I blew the noid. I had the trigger off to see if the board was leaking when I aired it up. Pieces of the noid flew across the room. Dumbest thing I ever did. It's what I get for being in a hurry and not paying attention to what I was doing.