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Old February 11th, 2009, 06:39 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Pro Shops Vs. Big box stores.

Now I know that the Pro shops got the best paint because they are fresh and not dented but if you are trying not to spend their ridiculous prices. Do you think you can spot some good paint at a box store.
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Old February 11th, 2009, 08:23 AM   #2 (permalink)
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You can, although my local proshops sell paint at a VERY competitive prices since they also go through it quickly, and so buy in fairly decent bulk quantities. You'll get better grade paint for ~$5 more/case than at the box stores.
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Old February 11th, 2009, 09:03 AM   #3 (permalink)
 
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What do you pay for like a 500 bag, because I have to fork out like 17-18 dollars?
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Wow...that is outrageous. $40/case at my local proshop...they sell it the same price whether you buy 500 or 10,000.
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Old February 11th, 2009, 02:15 PM   #5 (permalink)
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mine runs $50 for some pretty good stuff, the best paint i have ever shot was $70 a case and it was worth every penny

ya if you look at the quality of the paint you are buying, chances are the stuff from the box store is not worth what you are paying for it, that $17 bag of entry level paint is costing you almost $70 a case

save your money up and buy a case at a time from the shop, you will have better paint and be saving money over time
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mine runs $50 for some pretty good stuff, the best paint i have ever shot was $70 a case and it was worth every penny

ya if you look at the quality of the paint you are buying, chances are the stuff from the box store is not worth what you are paying for it, that $17 bag of entry level paint is costing you almost $70 a case

save your money up and buy a case at a time from the shop, you will have better paint and be saving money over time

This just doesnt make sense to a player like me. If you shoot maybe 500 balls in a month for $17 how is paying $70 for a case of paint going to be any better? And this is just for those rec ballers/scenario people who play milsim or very little. Sure, I can save up for a few weeks and get the $70 paint, but by the time I use half it will be old. Atleast how conservative I use paint.
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Old February 16th, 2009, 09:12 AM   #7 (permalink)
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youll notice i never said buy the top of the line, tourny grade stuff.

if the prices there reflect what they are here you can buy some pretty good stuff for $50, at any rate the $70 case would be better than the $17 bags nomatter which way you look at it. you think that box store is carrying fresh paint? not a chance, i worked at one before, the paint just sits there and sits there, buy the time you are on that 4th bag of $17 paint, it will be much much older than the case of $70 paint. just because you buy it later does not mean its fresh.
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Old February 16th, 2009, 10:02 AM   #8 (permalink)
 
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I never said that. I have found plenty of fresh paint from Wal-Mart. Just check the date. I can buy 500 balls for $10 and use it by the end of the month. Even then it starts to warp and dimple. If I go buy 2000 balls for $50 I will only use 1/4 of it before it starts to warp. So its all about looking at the dates.
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Old February 16th, 2009, 12:41 PM   #9 (permalink)
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higher quality paint also has longer shelf life (typically) for the money, JT tactical is a pretty good mix between preformance and shelf life, as is nightmere (iv had a case sitting for about 2 months and the stuff at the bottom has just now started to dimple, stuff on top is fine which leads me to believe that if you turn the bags every few weeks it would be just fine), primium is decent, a little more on the quality side than shelf life side, at any rate most shops will still sell you a bag of 500, its just by the time you have bought 2k it costs you about $5 more than buying a case in the first place but most field grade paint that shops sell is better than any "high end" stuff that wal-mart will sell. go ask the shop what their field grade paint is, gennerally field grade stuff has a long shelf life.
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Old February 16th, 2009, 04:41 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I'd rather pay more for quality paint and when I'm playing pump I want the best paint possible because I want every hit I make to be a break. Playing pump I might shoot 100 rounds in a day and even semi in a paint shooting mood it is rare for me to shoot 1000. This Sunday I shot more than a case because the paint was so lousy it was bouncing off everyone so I had to send a few extras if I even dreamed of getting anyone out. So my attitude is why cheap out? If you can't be certain that the hits you make are going to break does it even matter if you saved $10 buying your paint at Wal-Mart?
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Old February 16th, 2009, 06:16 PM   #11 (permalink)
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ok here is a simple solution

reguardless of what you are buying, paintball shop > wal-mart
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^^^^^ i'm with stupid.
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Look, the difference between a $40 case and a $70 case is night and day. The flight path of the ball is better in all aspects and the paint breaks almost every time. Now about "fresh" paint. I've heard a couple reps state that the whole "fresh" thing is junk, as most paint sits in warehouses for weeks before it makes it out to the players.
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Old February 17th, 2009, 08:49 AM   #14 (permalink)
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yes but a few weeks in a warehouse then maybe a few more weeks at the shop before you come by to buy it is better than a few weeks in the warehouse, then at minimum another few at a wal-mart distribution center, then months on the floor of wal-mart because nobody buys it
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There you go again assuming things. I have had fresher paint come from Wal-Mart because of when the delivery truck arrives. We don't have a huge paintball community here in the Wasatch Front. Pegleg is it, and even they are an hour away. So Wal-Mart paint is a common sight, and is usually at most 2 weeks old.
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I've heard a couple reps state that the whole "fresh" thing is junk, as most paint sits in warehouses for weeks before it makes it out to the players.
I personally agree with that FOR THE MOST PART. If the bags are sealed, then sealed in the box, and stored in decent temperatures and humidity, there is no big deal if it sets for a long time. I have used quality paint that I kept properly stored for 6-8 months and it shot beautifully. If however it's not sealed anymore, or it's stored in extreme cold or heat, then you start having a problem. the biggest thing is once it's opened, it really does start going downhill. Don't know the science behind it since it's not made in a vaccuum, it's been exposed to the air the entire time it's being made, but that's what I've found.
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Old February 18th, 2009, 07:59 AM   #17 (permalink)
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I've heard a couple reps state that the whole "fresh" thing is junk, as most paint sits in warehouses for weeks before it makes it out to the players.
Manufacturer's warehouses or store warehouses?

If it all sits in the manufacturer's warehouses for the same amount of time (considering fifo inventory management, which is what i would think they would have), then relative freshness will still depend on the time spent at the store.
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