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Old 08-11-2011, 09:33 AM   #1 (permalink)
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The value of markers in the future

Hey guys,
Now that a potential caliber change in paintball has failed once again, .68 reigns supreme for some time to come.
I was thinking about markers last night, particularly the 150 or so that have passed through my hands in the last 10 years. Looking at pictures of them, I can't help but wonder if in 30 years or more these original cocker bodies, Carters, and PPS guns are each going to be worth a small fortune.
Currently the market is down big time on ALL collectibles, people just are not buying them. It will come around eventually and anyone currently buying some of the rarer PB stuff will be rewarded with a jump in value in a couple of years.
But I am really talking about the long term here, not the next few years. It is hard to look at PB guns as an investment, you just never know if PB as we know it will be around in 30-50 years.
Have you guys ever put much thought into this?
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Old 08-11-2011, 09:38 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I'm not much of a collector, I use my guns and they show it. I take care of them but a scratch isn't a blemish it's a battle scar to be proud of. Doubt any gun I own will sell for what I paid for it.

That said, most collectables I think of are valuable for nostalgia reasons, or rarity. If it's rare, popular and in mint condition keep it that way and you might just make some money down the road.
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Old 08-11-2011, 09:39 AM   #3 (permalink)
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IMO, investing in markers (even collectables) is equivalent to investing in gold.

Way too volatile, and based on emotion rather than true value.

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Old 08-11-2011, 09:50 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I have to agree with Lom. It's just not worth the risk for such an unknown chance of return. If you like your markers, and you like keeping them in mint condition, then do it. Just make sure that in 30 years, if it isn't worth anything that you are still glad you kept it.
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Old 08-11-2011, 09:58 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Buying paintball guns as an invesment is just silly, IMO.

Buy them because you want to use them
Buy them because you like they way they look/function
Buy them to have one of everything in a particular group (or just one of everything, lol)
Buy them to flip

As an investment? Not so much.
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Yeah if you looking at PB guns as an investment..... I have some nice land in Florida Id like to sell you cheap too.

Most of what the market deems "rare" now has dipped in price due to the economy and even the newer stuff in the future will be worth about the same level as scrap aluminum due to the scarcity of parts... hell PE already doesnt have any more parts for there 05/06 egos
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IMO, investing in markers (even collectables) is equivalent to investing in gold.

Way too volatile, and based on emotion rather than true value.

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Sooooo False.

Gold has been "money" for thousands of years.
Paintball markers have been around for what.. 30? And you're only talking about them as collectables.. not money.
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IMO, investing in markers (even collectables) is equivalent to investing in gold.

Way too volatile, and based on emotion rather than true value.

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Precious Metals are actually the most stable investment. Gold has climbed steadily over the past 20 years.

I think that they wont be as valuable. The market is flooded with cheap crap and kids these days wants the newest, fastest, thing. I probably have 3, maybe 4 guns that I could sell for what I paid. Paid $300 for my E2 Karni, I could easily get that back plus some. I paid $165 for my 2k2 STO, I could probably get that back, $225 for my Dark Alias, they usually get about $2-250.. And finally my PTP 2k9 MM. Paid about $550 total for it. Body and a brand new X-Valve. I might be able to squeeze $500 out of that.
The rest, excluding the harder to find stuff, arent worth near what I paid even 2 years ago.
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Considering all of the "big money" is going to gold at the moment and it jumped ~$120 in two days vs $20 here and there.. and the dow is tanking...Ahem..
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Gold is due for a crash. That bubble is insanely inflated right now.

And "big money" is going into Treasuries right now. As Jon Stewart put it...

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