Originally Posted by mcguyver
Your thinking is flawed. By your rationale, more players = more retailers opening up to supply them = more competition = lower prices. This could not ever happen in a legal way.
A actual scenario would be more players = more competition for scant resources = higher prices.
You can't just open up a legal business to import these thing just because the demand is there. The CFC doesn't give a shit about demand, and won't issue you a license to import just because. If this was the case, we'd still have 15 retailers in Canada, like we did up until mid-2006. Then, there was competition, but guess what, a Marui that cost $220 U.S. on Redwolf was still $450 here. And that was at a time when retailers skirted the law and were bringing in guns by the seacan (anybody remember the pictures of Peter Kang in front of the open seacan full of guns?)
So, as you see, bitching and moaning does nothing at all. Even if you were motivated enough to open a business to remedy the situation, you would get nowhere and nothing would change.
If it really bugs you that much, quit airsoft, because you can't do a thing to change it, unless you become PM with a majority and force the issue through Parliament.
And don't think for a second I wouldn't like to see price equity, but it won't happen with our legal framework. I've learned to accept it, as you can't fight it.
Sorry i don't agree. Simply because people WILL open up business. Mind it if its legally or illegally, but more business will open. Even if we can cut off $100-$300 of the price of the current AEG's i'll be happy. Money saved is money saved.
Also if you look you will see more and more airsoft guns available for sale. Sure they are only clones but its only because they are cheaper to get and more people can 'dish in' the money to 'start a small business'.
Leaving things as it is, is only bad. I encourage people to start up small business (legally!) to compare with the current shops. If some people are happy with current prices, good for them. I know a lot of people who wouldn't mind saving a bit when buying airsoft guns.