As many have said, Airsoft is much cheaper than it used to be a few short years ago. If you wanted a solid gun with metal bodies and upgrades etc... you were looking at usually around 1000$. Now you can buy a gun that is full metal and upgraded for less than what a stock TM used to cost.
The cost of airsoft now is just enough to be affordable for serious players but prohibitive for kids and morons (though some morons do have money).
"Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side" - Han Solo
Commanding in Airsoft