I can say that I dont fully hate SP, the only smart parts gun i could ever love is a Shocktek SFT.
With the ion they flooded the market with a cheap marker that worked ok and some upgrades that could make them shoot decent. That alone ensured them a solid place in the market. They did not have to really go after smaller companies over patents to secure themselves a larger spot in the market, which is what they did and its a business practice that is pretty nasty but is capitalism at its best. As far as it goes i will say I wont ever USE a smart parts gun with the exception of the above gun
I personally have an ion and a ICD promaster both of which i purchased/traded for around 100$
the ion came with a firebolt, the promaster stock with the exception of a low rise feedneck
Not wanting to go on a rant I can say the promaster is by far the better gun stock and the ion, aquired in a trade, sits and is currently for sale for those interested.
For those sponsored you are the ones that are the advertisements and the ones who are loyal to them to the end, If you heard of them starting to make low quality guns or start handing out less money, then the smart move is to look to other companies to see if they will do a sponsorship deal at the same level you have now. Its not the moral decision just the smart one.
I myself am not sure about the restructuring, I could make a call or two but I'm not going to bother as the end of the month will bring the truth to everyone's questions. Its a good move for the corporate side as they will not be shelling out any costs but still be selling marker stock. I will say that if they decide to outsource i can say its a smart move but not the most moral one in my eyes because of the loss of jobs, however many there are, IMO one is too many. If they don't and cut some of the fat away, such as advertising .50 cal and other propaganda then I can say that they are doing good. However either way people will be laid off and people will loose jobs, its one of the top things in a reconstruction plan although its not the best one.
It'll be interesting to see what Smart Parts emerges as after this "reconstruction". I'll be sure to keep tuned in to this.
To each their own. I have had an Ion since it came out. The only upgrades that I put on it that was needed was the q-lock. The marker was "cheap" enough that new people getting into the game were not underguned from the get go. And for the record, a lot of the lawsuits came prior to the Ion hitting the market. So you may want to take a step back and re-evaluate that statement.
As far as your "ion v. promaster" comments, you understand that the suggested retail price was just shy of $400.00, compared to that of the Ion which was half at the time. So you are basically comparing a "mid-level" electro marker to a "low-level" electro marker. One of which has depreciated quite a bit compared to the other. In regards to the sponsored teams, I think its quite evident of who's "loyal to them to the end" and who is not. The smart teams are the ones that have made themselves more valuable to sponsors, this may include becoming certified on teching their markers, selling their products at events and so on.
Most companies do not hire a lawyer full-time. Most paintball companies do not need to.
Explain to me why the Smart Parts catalogs lately distributed to the dealers were clearance only, and no new products were being manufactured as far back as a year and a half ago, please. Feel free to elaborate on why they had no new stock of any markers since summer '09. When was the last time you saw an order of Impulses go through? Why did they cut back their shipping department to one or two guys? It wasn't because guns were flying off the shelves.
Their machine shops have been liquidated- of course, they could still manufacture in Asia.
This doesn't look like a great way to begin a year.
I don't know how many large companies you are familiar with, but most companies do employ lawyers. Most paintball companies don't because, lets face it, they are a step above being a mom-and-pop operation.
I don't know how much you know about the paintball industry, but most companies don't make a lot of "soft goods" because it doesn't give them the same return on profit that markers do. All t-shirts and the like are good for, is promoting the markers/other "hard goods" a company makes. Now your statement about "no new products were being manufactured as far back as a year and a half ago", what about the '09 Impulse? That was released in May, and started shipping in mid-July of 2009.
The reason why Smart Parts doesn't "manufacture new products each year" because the company spends a lot of time making sure what they do release is not crap and will hold up to time. The differences between the SFT and NXT shockers were small changes, however the marker still sold well for 7 years. I feel it speaks volumes that a company will stand behind their products and not release a new model each year, which in turn hurts resale value and screw's over their dealers who may have extra stock of the previous years marker. They could of released the same gun each year, with a ounce or two shaved off and the price being $1000.00+, but how would that benefit you the player?
Whenever I would call in need of a marker, I would get it shipped out right away. Most times I would have it the next day. So that statement is wrong. They started running into problems with markers being in stock after they did the last round of lay-offs, but that was to be expected. Even after that, I would/could still get markers within a week. The reason why there hasnt been another run of Impulses is because they stopped machining parts in September, and with the demand being so high, they would ship the markers out as soon as bodies were being made.
On a side note, we were playing with some of the new stuff they had in the works days prior to the bank causing all the problems. So there was new stuff in the works, it just never had time to hit the market.
This post has been edited by deltapaintball: 17 January 2010 - 12:05 PM