Originally Posted by ILLusion
When the Canadian dollar was at $1.55 per American dollar, do you know how much guns costed back then? Approximately the same as what they cost now, and in many cases, the guns costed WAY more than what they costed now (anybody remember $700 MP5s?) This was also back when airsoft was completely legal to import.
When I first started playing nearly a decade ago, Regiment Airsoft was selling Tokyo Marui M4's for $700, and it was over $800 for an SR16. That didn't include tax or shipping. Getting an M4 shipped to your house with a battery, charger, and a couple of hicaps was a $1000 investment.
And you know what? People still bought them at that price. Myself included. This is why I laugh at all the people complaining nowadays about the cost of a $500 airsoft gun.
If you can't afford prices now (some of the lowest they've ever been) you still have a couple of options:
1) take your chances and break the law and smuggle them in
2) quit your paper route and get a better job so you can earn more expendible income to spend on toys
3) find a different hobby that you can afford