« on: November 26, 2011, 10:53:56 PM »
The mid-end market just fell out when the chinese copies were making clones of the high end models that ran. Not as well, but like most hobbies, good enough to play once in a blue moon is all most people are really after anyway.
The GBBR and AEBBG thing is improving a lot - low cost GBBRs can make great training copies, but with the same mag cost issues.
In all, since every chinese gun can run out of the box at 400fps (or more) the upgrade parts market has shrunk somewhat, and since the base cost of most guns has dipped below the magical $100 point, it's becoming simpler to just trash older guns and move on to the next shiny model.
From what I can tell, only a few HK retailers run enough volume to really cater to high end users anymore, and even at that those that carry stuff like G&P WOC lines, Inokatsu, Systema and the like aren't able to move much volume.
If you have older guns, odds are those are going to be the best you have, and the resale on them is going to be absolute shiite anyway (the average buyer will see the profile of a three year old top of the line AEG and only see the cheap knockoff that came out last year). Upgrade parts are the same way - I don't see as much talk about high end upgrade parts (towards full custom conversion kits, tightbores, and complete gearbox rebuilds) simple because the quality of cheap guns has improved so much that you literally would get better effective performance out of duck taping four of them together for the same cost.
I'm a bit disappointed that the GBBR thing didn't catch on more than it has. I realize it's definitely an added hassle for some, but on the milsim purist end, as well as the 'this is cool to use' end, I was expecting more takers once JG and a few others released their own version.
I'm finding myself in basically the same position, only that I still have all my old stuff, but a burning desire (and scorching hot bottom of a wallet pocket) to get some GBBRs.