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Old February 14th, 2007, 03:38   #1
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your Business (eg. ASCA, A&A)

*CANADA*

how did u start ur business? i know they prob wouldnt want to share with us. but seems there is much potential in this market...

do any other here wonder how they started that business.. what give them the capability to bring in airsoft gun across the border (through customs)?

if any one here is curioius ...i try to google some information..
if anyone else have information plz share with us:
i have read a couple of threads and i see lots of mention of license or permit.. (this probably requires lots of phone calls)

importing...
http://www.dfait-maeci.gc.ca/eicb/menu-en.asp
importing ...
http://www.dfait-maeci.gc.ca/eicb/general/impcan-en.asp
business
http://www.cfc-cafc.gc.ca/info_for-r.../default_e.asp
forms...
http://www.cfc-cafc.gc.ca/online-en_...e.asp#business

hope to see some more business so i can buy ur guns!! (with more business, it enable us buyers to have more variety in both stock and prices _) just right now it seems so limited.

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Old February 14th, 2007, 04:31   #2
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You would be best to contact the individuals in person (either by phone or pm) rather than post this out in the open, you will probably receive more information that way and you can also ask any questions that you might have there and then.

I aggree with your point about there being a limited selection of retailers in Canada, but alot of that has to do with the heavy import restrictions on Airsoft products and how they are defined in law (or not as the case is). I think both the major canadian retailers are doing a fine job and considering all they have to go through to get them in to the country and still make some sort of profit.
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Old February 14th, 2007, 05:42   #3
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i see what you mean... about the import restrictions..

but if one company (small business) can do it... why cant others??
i.e why have some company have to close down while ASCA can still import no probs..

maybe this is out in the open.. but it was just on my mind

im not sure if anyone else had thought about this..

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Old February 14th, 2007, 09:16   #4
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i see what you mean... about the import restrictions..

but if one company (small business) can do it... why cant others??
i.e why have some company have to close down while ASCA can still import no probs.
It's called MONEY.

Anyone with enough patience and money can get the licenses to import airsoft. However, you won't be able to make a living at it unless you invest tens of thousands of dollars for inventory and licensing....money that few people are willing to invest in an industry that could be banned at any time. As well, running a business is hard work - it takes a lot of time, and there's not a lot of money in selling airsoft.....not enough that you could do it full time without having to guarantee several thousands of dollars a month worth of sales.

Realistically? You're going to need to invest about $50K in stock, another $10K or so for licensing and assorted sundry expenses for setting up your business, and you're going to need to make at least $5K-$6K per month in sales in order to pay yourself a decent wage you can live on. Not many people in this country have the ability or the will to pony up that kind of cash.
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Old February 14th, 2007, 09:58   #5
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^ this one makes sense to me! thanks. :-)
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Old February 14th, 2007, 10:21   #6
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not to mention, ASCA does great favors to stay legal. Ever see Hojos chest? Its awesome. No lawman in the world can resist hojoboobs.
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Old February 14th, 2007, 10:22   #7
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10 K for licensing... OUCH!
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Old February 14th, 2007, 12:48   #8
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damn tru and Hojo are the fathers of this board and community about 8 years ago! They've always been kicking around and the fact that no other retailer can advertise on this board except for the links, give them a great publicity and they price are fair aswell!
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damn tru and Hojo are the fathers of this board and community about 8 years ago! They've always been kicking around and the fact that no other retailer can advertise on this board except for the links, give them a great publicity and they price are fair aswell!
Yeah, plus they're just generally good people to deal with. Miles is really friendly, and answered any question I had, and Carl is a funny guy, and also friendly. Those traits REALLY help... I've never met tru, but I've heard he's a good guy.
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I've never met tru, but I've heard he's a good guy.
He used to be jollier and more rotund, like an Asian Santa Claus, without the beard. Even though he's now skinny, he's still pimpin like the old man in red....

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Old February 14th, 2007, 15:05   #11
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bahahha, best description of Tru ever...
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Well opening any business has some investments. But airsoft is a tricky one to get a handle on.
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Old February 14th, 2007, 16:28   #13
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i see what you mean... about the import restrictions..

but if one company (small business) can do it... why cant others??
i.e why have some company have to close down while ASCA can still import no probs..

maybe this is out in the open.. but it was just on my mind

im not sure if anyone else had thought about this..
After reading your posts I was able to readily and easily come to the conclusion that you have absolutely no idea or knowledge of the business of airsoft and retail.

Perhaps a weather report/traffic report from another planet in the solar system from you would yield more use than what's posted thus far. At least that skeptic perspective and misinformation is easier to accept.
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Old February 14th, 2007, 16:50   #14
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Old February 14th, 2007, 17:17   #15
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Yeah i'm an asshole, but then i'd rather be one then an idiot.

"Potential in this market..." - this is a high risk market with no guarantees for the future. Most retailers face animosity from both their own market (if you can believe that) and the government.

"...how did u start ur business? i know they prob wouldnt want to share with us..." - How many would take the time to read a business plan? Why is this all of a sudden deemed important public information to publish and share?

Making wrong assumptions off of these visual comparisons of retailers,...might as well get on a box and start proclaiming to everyone how you are using google for the first time, and how all those hits are oh so relevant to your search query...
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