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Old October 8th, 2008, 22:01   #1
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Economic uncertainty affecting your airsoft purchasing?

Interesting to know

I know the majority of airsofters are young, don't have shares in the stock market, don't have pension plans, don't own property and have a mortgage or any of those types of investments. However, at a time like this I am sure that the proportion of the youth that pay attention to the news may think twice about spending money on airsoft. Maybe? I don't know.

To those of you who have bills to pay and money invested in the finance market, what goes through your mind when you see that tasty AEG that you've always wanted pop up in the BST forum?

Discuss please
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Old October 8th, 2008, 22:03   #2
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I'll buy it, I save for my new toys so it doesn't break the bank.
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Old October 8th, 2008, 22:09   #3
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Interesting to know

I know the majority of airsofters are young, don't have shares in the stock market, don't have pension plans, don't own property and have a mortgage or any of those types of investments. However, at a time like this I am sure that the proportion of the youth that pay attention to the news may think twice about spending money on airsoft. Maybe? I don't know.

To those of you who have bills to pay and money invested in the finance market, what goes through your mind when you see that tasty AEG that you've always wanted pop up in the BST forum?

Discuss please
I can see prices of the china made parts/guns will go up in canada since canadian dollar drops significantly in the past 6 monthes. Last year, 1 canadian dollar can buy 7 chinese yuan, and only 6 chinese yuan now. Next year may down to 5 chinese yuan.
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Old October 8th, 2008, 22:22   #4
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Old October 8th, 2008, 22:30   #5
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Ive saved my pennies and i am just gettin into airsoft. I just made sure what im gettin doesnt over extend my limits.
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Old October 8th, 2008, 22:55   #6
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Whether markets are up or down, oil is up or down, makes absolutely zero difference to me. People always need my services, and pay, whether they can really afford it or not. Just like plumbers I suppose.

Some guys live big when the oil cash rolls in, but starve when the market sours. I fail to see how people can really barely make ends meet when they make $30K/month, and don't really own anything. But I digress.

I don't care about a couple dollars difference here or there. You pay what you need to get your product and get the job done.
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Old October 8th, 2008, 22:58   #7
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I'm new to airsofts but spending in general, I won't be changing my habits much. I still have an objective to see much of the world and to photograph all that I see. I don't have any investments or assets, just savings. I try to keep my monthlies at a minimum and splurge once in a while but I'm a froogal shopper so I'm always looking for deals. My current earnings brings in between $700-$800 per 2 week paycheck and it should be going up once I get my manager gig, with monthly bill expenditures around $500 (internet, cellphone, car insurance, public transit fare).

My thinking is with the downing economy, I could possibly afford to go to Europe next summer which I've been eying at. That or build a new computer since electronics is guarneteed to drop in price.
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Old October 8th, 2008, 23:24   #8
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Personally with over $3,000 a month going into diversified mutual funds, RRSP's, and on(no stocks yet but maybe later in life) I choose to save when I'm young so that my it's worth more when I get older. I tend to spend alot however I do make quite a bit as well. Between buying bottles of wine, airsoft, volleyball, soccer, and other hobbies I choose carefully what I spend my money on and when but still live for today but remembering I still got at least another 50 left.

The market has and will always go up and down, so never worry.

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Old October 8th, 2008, 23:39   #9
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Old October 8th, 2008, 23:46   #10
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If you're waiting for ads like "Stocks Tanked - PTWs $500 each", don't hold your breath.
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Old October 8th, 2008, 23:51   #11
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I've had money saving habits instilled into me when I was young and I can say that I'm very financially secure relative to most people my age.

I've found that there is a lot of good advice on the internet (and some not so good advice) on financial matters but most of my knowledge comes from the book "The Wealthy Barber" which it seems like there were a lot of people who have read it (that was 2 years ago I think when it was discussed).

I recommend it to anyone. (Also get an ING account if you want to save money, I've found their interest rates are the best for savings accounts). I'm looking into buying mutual funds in the future, and getting a house once the market cools down in Vancouver (my hometown). It looks like the housing starts are slowing down which is an indicator it might go down and in a few years once I'm out of university it should be prime time to pick up a mortgage.
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Old October 8th, 2008, 23:54   #12
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That's true, for that I need to wait for Pvt Vince to change his loadout for the tenth time this year.
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Old October 8th, 2008, 23:56   #13
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Every bank sucks.
Never ever attempt to save money for your future with any bank.
It's useless, like buying a springer to compete with systema's.
Even a conservative mutual fund can get you 6-7%. Mine's at 12% an has a 30 year track record.

How about Economy crashed- PTW's $600? or maybe that's a stateside thing.
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Old October 9th, 2008, 02:00   #14
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No to the original question..... I live in calgary, yes growth is going to slow down out here so we might not be rolling double digits anymore.... OH NO

Mind you if I lived in ontario and I was a member of the auto union, i'd cut me throat
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Old October 9th, 2008, 02:51   #15
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Solution: Invest in airsoft!

Maybe that will keep it's value.
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