Originally Posted by Blitzninja
I'm used to spending multiple hundreds of dollars on stuff XD and I've been trying to translate my 'learning curve' experience over to airsoft buying.
When it comes to the cost of gear, the idiom "you get what you pay for" pretty much holds true. For the most part North-American brands are more expensive, higher quality, and come with warranty. Asia brands are cheaper, sometimes use lesser materials and are hit and miss.
When it comes to gear manufactured overseas, try to inspect/buy them in-person if that's an option. I'm sure if you dig around the forums you will find a list of recommended brands. Me personally, I've had good luck with Flyye gear.