Originally Posted by bradmc
I think I should also note that you should buy from Canadian vendors whenever possible. Airsoft is a niche hobby, meaning that businesses who cater to us have a very limited market and rely on us to stay in business. If everybody shops online in other countries, we have no local support to purchase things quickly when we need them. These businesses also support new players, who expand the market making it lucrative for fields to open. It is the same for any niche hobby. I mean, go on ebay right now, there is a decent cadpat set for 100 bones...shipped from Canada. Not saying you shouldn't ever shop overseas since much isnt available here but it is something to keep in mind.
I might have to agree with your last post but not this one when it comes to money..
I usually order from amazon.ca if the price is similar(usually $5-$10 difference), or else order from amazon.com. The problem with Vancouver, is that airsoft item prices are jacked up so much that I'm just like wtf..The same item can be 30-40 dollars cheaper in the USA..Even with conversion it's still worth the 20 dollars u save. I'm not even counting tax, cause I don't really have much against the 12% tax since it fuels our services. I don't know how much business pay to import all their stuff, since I don't do business importation. Either way it's expensive.
although $10 don't seem much, but when you buy like 10 items that are $10 more each, you lose $100 that could of been used towards something else. If local business cannot keep up to lower the price point, well, you lose the customer, that is business my friend.
Just look at milsig, trigger airsoft. These are really overpriced stores, even warface who doesn't really have a website is overpriced when I walked in. Badlands is okay, but they don't have enough airsoft stock to keep me there.
On the side note, milsig's "sale events" are a joke, a pistol priced at $499.99, drop the price to $99.99. A Google search that pistol is about 100 anywhere in Canada on regular price. All their sales make me laugh.