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Old 12-14-2007, 04:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Future Investment Possiblity?

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Well the other day I was think of how I should have bought so many guns that used to be cheap and now are worth far more then what I would have payed for them 5-7yrs ago. So it comes to me, the Ion. With the Basic Ion being sold at $165 to make room for the new 08 versions of it ( Ion ex, EOS, etc.) I was thinking why not buy a few Ions and keep them in the box for 5-10 years then try to sell them hopeing that I can make a profit on it?

I see the Ion having a strong following much like the Autococker and Automag and maybe someone would like to collect ions...

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Old 12-14-2007, 04:07 PM   #2 (permalink)
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While cockers and mags tend to be sought after buy collectors and those who simply love to shoot them, they go for a fraction of the price now that they used to. Very few paintball guns seem to gain value, some just tend to hold value more than others. IMO ions will not hold their value. I highly doubt you'd make any money, but hey, its all speculative so what do I know .
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Old 12-14-2007, 04:10 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I see the Ion having a strong following much like the Autococker and Automag and maybe someone would like to collect ions...
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My opinion: Bad investment. I don't expect an Ion to ever appreciate in value.

Cocker and Mag following? Sure, but the cockers that sell now for $300 (or less in most cases) cost $1000 new. The only markers that appreciate much over retail prices are items of limited supply or have other virtues not easily replicated. A plastic Ion (which is probably made in China for all I know) is not such a marker.

If you want a new collectible, buy something from PPS, KPCS or MAD Customs.
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Markers that are quality made, are rare, have an excellent reputation, and are one of a kind or the first of a kind are those that tend to increase in value over the years.

Ions score a big NO for each of those.
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Old 12-14-2007, 04:20 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Yeah those are good points... Its sad that I paid $75 for my Cold Fusion which had a $799 retail price

Like I said it was just an idea I had while at work the other day.

Thanks for the opinions guys and keep them coming
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Very few markers have EVER appreciated above MSRP.
I think we can count them on all the flanges
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Old 12-14-2007, 04:29 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Don't you think you'd be better off buying 1K of Google or Cisco stock? Who wants to bet against me that this investment will be worth at least ten times any paintball gun in a decade?
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Old 12-14-2007, 04:35 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Of course I would be better off investing in google/ebay/cisco stocks but I dont have that kind of money right now.
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You're better off buying some KP's... They'll increase in value. 3 years ago... they could be bought any day at $300.00... Still high... Now, they go for $400 - $450 it seems every time one goes up for sale in good condition on ebay.

An ion will always be an ion. Better ones will come out with features people want, and they'll pay for those. They'll expect the older models to remain cheap.

You would be correct in your thinking if the market wasn't flooded with them.

Just like the autococker being flooded... They now sell for $100.00

The gun we paid $1000 for only 3 or 4 years ago, gets scoffed at as high priced even if you try and sell it for $350.00 with an electro trigger upgrade.

My 1999 Black Magic was over $1000.00

I'd be lucky to get $125 for it now.
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Old 12-14-2007, 04:45 PM   #10 (permalink)
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This is very hard to do. One example that would have worked is the Nova. After the recall and bad press no one anted one and they were getting blown out by National. I didn't realize it but I heard that some were selling for $75. One of the (very) few times you could actually make some money off of these.

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