Originally Posted by SuperHog
Airsoft consumers are gullible. They continue to purchase pot metal based airsoft guns. If manufacturer "A" offer a CNC'd M4 at $600, and manufacturer "B" offer a pot metal version at $590, the consumer will buy pot metal to save $10. That is reality.
That pretty much is the truth now, unfortunately. Except not even $590.
I remember "back in the day" (circa 2001) when a plastic TM AEG would run about $650 in Canada. People were willing to pay that.
Now people scoff at paying more than $400 for anything.
And its not just Canada, players everywhere seem to be after bargain basement pricing, quality be damned. And unfortunately, manufacturers are there to fill demand and turn a profit. They could just as easily be making CNC'd 6061-T6 guns, but they would turn into unsold inventory, so they don't.