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In Topic: Paintball in Bloomberg BusinessWeek

18 December 2014 - 01:44 PM

Bloomberg says paintball revenue from 2008 to 2013 dropped from $240 million to $139 million for U.S. domestic sales.  John Robinson, CEO of Kee said in 2013 that worldwide sales that year were $225 million, down from a high of $700 million (in, best guess, 2004).  Folks, there is your curve to fight against.

In Topic: gog paintball

16 December 2014 - 02:56 PM

I don't know why they aren't releasing anything new yet, but I do know that they would have to pay patent fees on any new markers with an electronic board in it - unless Kee has an agreement with them not to charge for the patent licensing.  The licensing is certainly a deterrent to many smaller shops (I've heard on the order of $40k but I don't know the number specifically).

In Topic: The $500 Setup!

16 December 2014 - 01:08 PM

A better hypothetical is that the player that's only going to spend $500 on equipment is going to make the choice to go without soft goods.  I think that's a reasonable alternative.  So then they just need mask, marker, tank, and hopper.


SeanPB mentioned a 68/4500 used for $50, which I think is an unrealistic price for much of the country.  The used equipment websites are going to push up the price closer to $110-ish, and most states of lower density players (anyone not living in CA, TX, or FL) will struggle to be able to find cheap used tanks for much below $80.  I think saying a used tank at $100 is a very fair estimate.

In Topic: first electronic marker

12 December 2014 - 02:56 PM

There were two new shockers and both were high end markers.  The first was called the Luxe and the second was called the Vanquish.


OP: I like the Empire Helix as a budget mask, maybe even a bit more than the Proto Switch.  I don't think that's a bad choice.  Size, weight, and capacity all sit against the 48/3000, but I understand if you just can't get up to the $100 range of used 68/4500 tanks.  My teammate recently got a used 68/4500 tank (just re-tested) for $70 on craigslist, so if you haven't pulled the trigger yet it's always a good idea to see if anyone is trying to sell locally.

In Topic: Need a new gun.

07 December 2014 - 08:40 PM

Wait, neither the Ion nor the Shocker are spelled R-E-V-i....