Editor’s Note: One of my pet peeves with the industry is the tendency among the various players to deliberately spread disinformation about competitors in an attempt to hurt said competitor. With the advent of various internet forums and social media outlets, this ‘trolling’ has taken the next step with ordinary players with no stake in any of the companies throwing their often ill-informed and obnoxiously stated opinions where they’re neither needed nor wanted.
I’ve made no secret over the years that I’m a fan of Barnett and his wife Suzy, which drives veteran writer Pete ‘Robbo” Robinson patently insane, for unknown reasons. The fact is that Barnett and Co. are taking on the establishment in UK paintball and appear to be succeeding, which I’m an even bigger fan of.
What Barnett has done here with this text I lifted from FaceBook is politely and effectively stuck his thumb into the establishment’s eye and their tactics. Facts have this annoying tendency to trump hyperbole.
In the past couple of months, we have had literally dozens of teams contact us who have been given incorrect information regarding Valken Paintballs from retailers who supply other brands.
For the most part we tend to ignore this stuff, but it has reached a point where we feel the need to very publicly and transparently put right this incorrect information being given to teams and players.
Rather than hide behind anonymity, we’ll be very clear and upfront about where and how this is happening. No inferences, vague hints or allusions – we’ll be quite clear what is being said and by who and then correct the errors.
Every single team to date who has been given the wrong information has been given that information by either BZ or LIPS. We are sure that it was never the intention of both these retailers to deliberately mislead or misinform players about a rival brand of paint to what they themselves sell, so we assume that it is purely a mistake on their behalf. We are happy to once again tell them they are wrong and do so in a nice public and open manner this time which hopefully will mean in future they can pass on accurate advice to their customers.
LIPS very specifically have said over and over that the Valken paint we are offering to CPPS teams is oil based. They have also said that the same paint is banned from their Bricketwood training facility for the same reason and that it ruins bunkers. Many teams will be able to confirm they have been told this.
BZ have very specifically said that the reason Valken paint is not permitted at the PSP is because of the toxic fill of the paint.
So – let us be very very clear. We offer three grades of paint to teams and players who play at the CPPS. Valken Echo Training paint, Redemption and Redemption Pro tournament grade paints…….none of which are oil based or have any oil. They are 100% PEG.
The reason Valken paint is not on offer at the PSP is everything to do with global paintball politics and nothing to do with the ingredients of the paintballs. 100% of the paint used last weekend at the APL by teams like Dynasty and Houston Heat was……Valken Redemption paintballs!
The CPPS contacted us last year after they too had been told by the same people our Valken paint on offer to our CPPS teams was oil based and would ruin their bunkers. So we supplied the CPPS with the COSHH sheets proving this was untrue. The CPPS are 100% happy with that which is why Valken are a top level sponsor of the CPPS series. The ‘oil’ rumour was killed then and there within the industry….but alas, did not stop the same people continuing to tell teams and players.
We are fully aware that both BZ and LIPS have been informed that the Valken paint on offer is not oil based. Weirdly, both seem to have poor memories and continue to tell teams and players that it is, which is really odd. We’re assuming both are so busy that they just keep forgetting they’ve been informed and accidentally keep telling players the wrong thing.
Maybe a nice public and open statement like this will help them to remember better so that they do not continue to accidentally mislead players and teams.
We are happy to help our our fellow retailers BZ and LIPS in this way. As a company who tries to be always positive and upbeat and have a modern approach to paintball, we enjoy great relationships with other retailers like Fat Bobs, Magfed UK, Arsenal, Just Paintball etc all of whom seem to have great memories.
So today we are having a whip round here at our offices and all the Bluewater/Shoreline staff are donating a few quid each to buy a couple of tubs of fish oil which is known to be fantastic for improving memory function. We’ll send a tub each to our fellow retailers who maybe struggling to remember not to tell people wrong information about rival brands. We’ll send the fish oil with our absolute best wishes for the season ahead and if we can be of any further assistance we’ll always be happy to help them out.
If any teams or players have ANY questions regarding this at all, then you are welcome to call us on 01970 613 083 and speak to a human here in our offices or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org
If as a CPPS team you have been accidentally told by other suppliers Valken paint is oil based but you want to find out for yourself, then drop us a line and we’ll ship you a FREE sample. That way…..you’ll be able to see for yourself if our paint is oil based and decide for yourself if you have been accidentally misled by suppliers who sell other brands.
We’re here to help!