I bought my Tippmann A5 back when it first came out with the flatline, stock, remote line package, bought all the necessary gear and 'stupid' pod carriers.
Cost roughly $1,300
(Only gun I really used for 5 years)
I've spent more than $3,500 in less than a year with airsoft...
Although, having said that, the cost of paintballs are retarded. Probably spent couple grand on that alone. But what I am trying to say is airsoft is more expensive, more relative, and there are a copious amount of gear, accessories, parts, real steel parts, you name it.
You will never play paintball again.
"Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character."