Originally Posted by Ronan
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.
You can't open a business if you can't get stock. Years ago, there were airsoft retailers who themselves did not have a license to import. They were supplied by other businesses that did have a license. Those guys are all gone now, except 007. There are no businesses bringing in quantities enough to supply their needs as well as their competition. The days of plentiful AEGs are over, and as time goes on, things will only get worse. At some point, there will be no retailers willing to bother with the hassles, both from the government side as well as the consumer side.
Airsoft businesses will start up, like this new one by leGros, but they stock nothing of value in my opinion. Nowadays, people think Marui and Classic Army are something to work toward, and Kraken and Chinasoft are the shit. Myself, I was baptized into this sport when none of that existed, or was even a thought. And even though the lines of clearsoft have opened up, it's not the same and many guys don't like what that represents either, regardless of the cloning quality.
I hope airsoft doesn't degenerate into discussions about which clear $99 guns are the best and which black paint works best on which clear body. Unfortunately, our laws push us in that direction. And just because you want to open a business and believe you can supply guns does not make it a possibility. Buyairsoft.ca? Where are their ICS guns? Everyone else selling quality guns is gone except A&A and 007. They will not be replaced.