Baca Loco on VFTD (http://viewfromthedeadbox.blogspot.com/) in his latest post says that “paintball sales in all the box stores has declined in recent years and is losing shelf space everywhere”. Apparently WalMart is phasing paintball out of their line-up altogether. I don’t know if that is true, but Loco’s sources are usually pretty good.
I would assume that this is due to first time players not getting excited about paintball and not planning on returning for a second outing. I know over the years, I’ve had many players that were so excited about their first time playing, by the end of the day they were asking where they could buy their own gear. I didn’t send them to WalMart (sorry Sam Walton), but I did give them advice on where to go. But I’m sure there are lots of people that have a great time on their first outing and do go to places like WalMart to buy their first set of equipment.
I wonder if WalMart has put 2 plus 2 together and realizes that the cheap paint they are selling is a big reason people are not having fun on their first visit and therefore not buying their first set of equipment from WalMart? Probably not. Let’s face it, they are not going to put that much thought into the problem.