|Paintball News The latest in paintball news brought to you by the oldest independent publication in paintball and the best paintball site on the web - The Paintball News and MCB|
| ||Thread Tools|
|07-29-2010, 09:12 AM||#51 (permalink)|
Owner of Crazy Cats
I have heard this over and over from some field owners that I have met. They all love and hate Smart Parts for the fact that they made a mid-range pried marker that can compete with the high end markers. That meant they were making more with paint sales but what they noticed is that their renters were getting lit up by guys who didn't have that mental block on how to tone "the game" down.
How could they separate the new guy who walked on the field for the first time just because he came there with an Ion?? If he put them with the more experienced guys, the person would have a bad day, alot of hurt feelings and might not come back. If he let them play with the renters, then there is a good chance that they probably won't come back.
I know even myself, I hate getting overshot. I can understand when I do a ballsy move up the field and have all the markers on the field on me at one time and get shot but when one gun shoots me 6+ times, not cool.
I am sad to see Smart Parts go. It has been hard to find companies to fill that that niche they filled at store. We have had to find a new company that does inexpensive barrels, barrels with sizers, and good on/off CO2 valves. I have to say in the last while there have been a few companies that took up the slack for Smart Parts but there are areas that we are still looking for "something new".
"I shoot pump because it hurts more feelings." -- ryantuomi (heard at Living Legends 2)
"Not everybody understands English... but everyone understands stick" - Big Sexy Medic
"Pumping is about as much a disadvantage for me as shifting is for a Nascar driver" - Ralanti (in an email between ryantuomi, ralanti and I about playing pump)
Thunder Bay Pump Club
|07-29-2010, 09:18 AM||#52 (permalink)|
Personally speedball ruined this sport,because it made the sport look one dimensional. That's all anyone associated the sport with. $1000+ guns and speed ball. Truthfully I like seeing alot of these big name companies stuggling. It's now forced them to realise that the rec player is really the ones that keep this sport growing. I have seen an increase in players since woods play started back up. You can thank people like Tippmann and Spec ops for pushing it with the milsim stuff.
Not the guys that are always asking the stupid question "Can a speedball gun be used in the woods????????" Come on that's just stupidity when someone ask a question like that.
The industry hurt themself and not thinking ahead. Actually that was probably the Smartest thing Smart Parts did was release the ION,a decent electro wrapped in plastic with plenty of features. Kind of the same thing WWP did with the Razorback when pump prices got out of hand.
Just my 2 cents.
Visit my Sponsor page:
"When all else fails, pull the pin and see what
Follow Team Blackrain on Face Book:
Best Auto cocker info ever
Just like to make crazy stuff for paintball? Click here
How Paintballs are made
|07-29-2010, 10:01 AM||#53 (permalink)|
Filing for Chapter 7 really puts control on the situation in the banks' hands at this point. Whomever gets appointed as a receiver will have the responsibility of going through the books and determining what the remaining parts of the company are worth (inventory, IP, hardware, etc). At that point, they will have to come up with a plan to repay the creditors - and start selling stuff off.
It will be interesting - paintball isn't a low risk industry right now and I think it will be hard for the smaller companies to raise the capital that they need - and I really don't know too many banks or venture guys that would be willing to back ownership that ran their company into the ground.
Ain't No Rest for the Wicked....
"Battle not with monsters lest ye become a monster; and if you gaze into the abyss the abyss gazes into you." - Friedrich Nietzsche
"If you don't stand for something, you'll fall for anything."
"If you can't do something smart, do something right."
|07-29-2010, 10:51 AM||#54 (permalink)|
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Finally back from Iraq and freezing my butt off in Wisconsin
How much you want to bet that GI-Milsim or some Gardner proxy is the first in line to start buying at the fire sale? Seems to me that with a chapter 7, you buy all the IP on the block, buy up your old equipment for pennies on the dollar, and you go to work just as usual with a different name.
Don't go grave dancing yet... this zombie ain't dead yet. For whatever the Gardner brothers are, stupid isn't one of them.
|07-29-2010, 11:26 AM||#55 (permalink)|
All the jobs lost were over months ago. SP had something like 5 total people working since that time, including the Gardners.
|07-29-2010, 12:16 PM||#56 (permalink)|
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Victoria, BC, Canada
Even rental Tippmanns can ruin new players fun if fieldowners allow (and even push) high volume paintsales, which most fieldowners were doing for a long time.
It all amounts to ignorance and lack of forethought on the part of the fieldowners. Laughing all the way to the bank with a fistfull of dough made by pushing paint, only lasts a short time. It didn't really take all that long for the laughing to stop.
Smart Parts was one of the foolhardy victims. They bet on continued growth in the industry when common sense should have told them the growth would stop. But the guys at the top of the company structure were speedball guys with tunnel vision. It had always been about getting a little advantage over the other player, mostly through the ability to reliably shoot higher volumes of paintballs, so that's what the company focused on. They had tunnel vision, like just about everyone else in the industry at the time, and in the end, it did them in.
|07-29-2010, 12:18 PM||#57 (permalink)|
Join Date: Nov 2008
Some asshat with a $1000 gun, ruining a new players experience, happened long before cheap electros.
How field owners run their business is >90% of what dictates how many new players come back.
When we had well trained, well educated, strict and helful refs/operators, players flocked. When our ownership changed and ref pay was halved to the minimum wage, renters rarely lasted a day. When the previous owner returned, the players returned.
|07-29-2010, 12:24 PM||#58 (permalink)|
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Los Angeles
ahahaha serves Smartparts right, hope the owners go through some more after this.
how ever I do feel bad for the employee's who's lost their jobs due to crappy ownership of a company.
Hope you get hired else where, great companies like kee's are always hiring !
|07-29-2010, 03:43 PM||#60 (permalink)|
They call me Alter She-Go
How would I go about finding out the history of Smart Parts?
Like, how are they related to Luxe and GI MilSim?
I never knew they put AKA out of business, ect.
Red Stock Class Phantom