After seeing this thread I can only think one thing .... "F" you Gardner Bros , "F" you
After seeing this thread I can only think one thing .... "F" you Gardner Bros , "F" you
Originally Posted by Coralis
TK has come out repeatedly sayinbg that the Xmags were too expensive to produce and they lost money on them. The SP legal issues had little to do with it.
Now what SP did to Pneuventures and companies like AKA are a different story.
Just to clear up the air...
02-27-2004, 03:42 AM:
I didn't answer because I am busy doing stuff tonight but I see that its going to cause a big ruckus if I dont.
Here is the short explanation. AGDE has taken a job to run the National Paintball Europe distribution center. They will still distribute our products but making bodies is not high on the list. They are machining the last of the extrusions so there will only be one more batch of about 50 xmags. Some people on the list will not get them, sorry I dont know what to say.
The Emag is going on 4 years old and is due for a complete revamp. We will be selling off the last of them (about 250) and discontinuing that product.
Now the bad news, with the current legal situations going on in paintball it is not strategicaly smart for us to invest in a new e-marker at this time. We are going to wait until the dust settles and see who comes out on top before we proceed with a new design.
We will work slowly on a new concept that will eliminate the large battery and charger, incorporate the ULT trigger system and completely new electronics. We don't expect to introduce this marker until 2005 if it makes sense to do so.
The point of all this is that we are making these decisions based on industry influences. Our customers have nothing to do with the products we do or don't develop these days. Think about it.
**at least keep it on topic....**
Thank you for your wonderful post. I'm glad I donated to the AO fund so we could keep a back-up of all of your greatest posts.... all 4500+ :p
Double post for good measure....
I was going back in the archives and found another interesting post about the production run of Xmags. Tom posted a thread explaining the long wait time and how AO seems to handle things. From a post from 2003 it still hits home to what we do on Automags.org
This is in response to to the many threads currently running about AGD's ablility to deliver product.
As the president of this company I have to look at the big picture. It is my responsibility to insure the survival and long term health of the company even before the wants and needs of the customer. Please note the words "long term". As an example, if we were making widget "A" and loosing money, I would have to raise the price IN SPITE of 100% complaints from my customers. From the companies perspective there is no difference between loosing money on a product or not selling it at all, which is what the customers might do if you raise the price.
There are only three variables when it comes to making a product, Quality-Delivery-Price. You only get to pick TWO! These three options are never clearly understood by the buying public. Marketing’s job is to make people believe they are getting all three. AGD as a company picks Quality and Price, we have never in our 16 year history been known for delivery, ask anyone. No one ever says “that’s way too expensive” or “that’s crappy quality” but they certainly complain about “AGD doesn’t make enough”.
So in the big picture (and we will use recent examples) what do I need to look at in order to make my overall business decisions? Lets start with the Superbolt! We came right out of the box with 1000 units, plenty for everyone so no one would wait. A problem was discovered and what did everyone say? No one said “hey great job on delivery!” there was a loud and clear bashing that “we came out with it before we tested it enough”. Our reputation for delivery went up ZERO and our Quality rep took a big hit. In order to shore back up Quality we had to do a trade in deal on all the old superbolts. This cost the company double to get out of that tight spot. Note to self, “better to wait than to rush because it costs twice as much to fix and they care about quality more than delivery”.
Lets move on to the ULE bodies with the detent issue. Now if that had been a slightly different problem and the bodies were unusable, we would have had to go to the bank and get a loan in order to trash the bodies and then make new ones. Note to self, “the more expensive the product, the more careful we need to be on the first few batches or else it could bankrupt the company”. I doubt many people would line up to buy a product that was non functional even at a discount price. At this point everyone has forgotten about the Superbolt and is back to complaining about delivery (good job Tom you are still scoring high on Quality and Price).
Moving further on lets go to Roller Triggers! Good quality, SUPER FAST DELIVERY and not a bad price! Sold the first bunch in a couple days so we banged out 1000 more and sold…….none. AO screaming for them one day translated into a dead item the next. Had to blow out the last batch to another manufacturer at a big loss. Note to self, “listen to AO but don’t count on everything they say as being true in the big picture”.
So finally we come to the subject at hand, the Xmags. It was never my idea to make the xmag body, AGDE came up with it and when the cnc version came out you all went wild for it. Of course you did because it was one of the hardest to machine parts in the history of paintball, that we didn’t design, made overseas, from a supplier we had never used before, on the most expensive product we ever made. Not a problem lets proceed. From the very beginning this is what I heard from AO “ I want an Xmag NOW but if AGD doesn’t get them out people are not going to wait”. Humm… based on the Roller Trigger above that means we could sell a few and then they could decide that the Matrix is better because they liked the movie. Thinking about the Superbolt fiasco these things better be perfect because we cant afford to replace them or we might go to the poor house aka ULE’s above. Thinking more about it, if we blow the quality (like on the ano) on our flagship product, we will never recover, if we raise the price….no can’t do that… its already the most expensive paintball gun out there. Ok only choice then is to let them wait, that’s what we have to do because our delivery rep can’t get trashed any worse!
Some facts about the xmags, we are currently 300 on backorder and its not going up. This is not a big backorder by any standards. We have 500 machined bodies in the pipeline right now. This is a prudent number in process for this level of backorders considering its such an expensive product. While AO has been complaining, there have been multiple dealers that have had these guns sitting on the wall and not selling. Adventure Games NH had the first 9 to come off the assembly line with no preorders. She wanted to cut it back to two but I told her to come to the AO dealers section and sell them. She did and got no takers in the auction she set up, she only took two. More were sitting at Predator Marketing in CA for weeks until an AO guy found them and bought them. This is even after I made a personal appearance out there to show them the marker and get them charged about it. Fox River Games home of our sponsored team Swarm had them sitting on the wall for weeks until AO found them there too.
In the grand scheme of things its not the dealers calling and placing orders, its AO voicing its opinion from the group that wants to have Quality, Delivery and Price all happen at the same time. While I can sympathize with your desires, the reality of manufacturing does not allow me or anyone else to make all three of these things happen at once. You have all made it exceedingly clear from your comments and actions in the past that waiting sucks but lack of quality is completely unacceptable. We still have the price variable that has not been tested yet. If we come up with some extra guns in this next batch I am going to put them in stock at some extremely high price just to say we have them. This is the only way to get rid of Delivery at the (increasing) expense of Price.
So AO I have to come here every day and read the gut wrenching complaints about delivery but I know based on the big picture that the long term successful strategy is to make you wait. I should see it as a good thing because that means or quality and price are on target, but that’s hard to do when people think its stupid when you don’t just magically make more. If it was a 5 dollar item I would gamble and make a bunch, fact is we don’t make enough profit on xmags to live off them so they are getting all the attention we can give them. For the reasons above I will restate that it is highly unlikely that we will ever be holding xmags in stock, if you can’t wait I apologize but that is just the way it is.
hey, I took an 8 year break from posting... I'm only at #37 right now. And that was a comment to the quote from tom about not making anymore xmags. I, again, visited the factory during the build and got to shoot 1 or 2 of them. Shooting an Xmag with Tom will always be a highlight of my life and I would give props to any other PB company owner to take 4 hours out of his day to spend with 1 of his customers. :cool:Quote:
Originally Posted by Bunny
BTAutoMag: Just giving you a hard time :D I'm still waiting for your pictures if you had any from when you visited.
P.S I hope to see you crack the top 10 before 12/20/2012 :spit_take
i was #8 at one point... ill look for the pics in the morning... seems everyone one of my friends got married over the last few weeks and I work 2 jobs :eek:
I found MOST of the pictures...
my 1 year old teamed up with my 5 year old and hid the cords for the scanner
this is the only picture from the day I have scanned in :rofl:
I can't let this thread die just yet.... Here are a few more pictures I was able to track down.... :D
Btw, who saves xmag pictures as GIFS.... :tard:
Dutch paintball opened up a shop and sold agd products. And they had a team that shot x-mags.
The shop did not stay open for long and closed its doors I have been searching for some x-mags they
had with no luck. I sold my x-mag in Holland while I used to live there and cannot get in touch with the buyer. Great to see all the pictures it is still one sexy gun.
Back on topic guys.
Black CnC X-mag:
Red STD X-mag:
Purple Fade STD X-mag:
Blue CnC Xmag:
Orange CnC X-mag:
X-mag Group Shot:
CnC Xmag Fade: from TK's personal website.
Gloss Black CnC X-mag:
Gloss Black CnC X-mag: Up Close
Manike's CnC X-mag:
Manike's CnC X-mag: Closer
RobAGD's Desktop design: circa 2002ish
AGD's Lock n Load Team:
You get to see Manikes up close and personal if you come to Tunaball 7 :D
Click picture for Hi-Res photo:
Tequila Fade CnC X-mag:
<a href="https://dl.dropbox.com/u/6823946/Xmag/Misc/DSC034067873.jpg"><img src="https://dl.dropbox.com/u/6823946/Xmag/Misc/DSC034067873.jpg" width="1024" height="768"></img></a>
Black to Purple Fade CnC X-mag:
<a href="https://dl.dropbox.com/u/6823946/Xmag/Misc/DSC034074483.jpg"><img src="https://dl.dropbox.com/u/6823946/Xmag/Misc/DSC034074483.jpg" width="1024" height="768"></img></a>
Brown with Red Sponge CnC X-mag:
<a href="https://dl.dropbox.com/u/6823946/Xmag/Misc/DSC034096859.jpg"><img src="https://dl.dropbox.com/u/6823946/Xmag/Misc/DSC034096859.jpg" width="1024" height="768"></img></a>
Tequila Fade CnC (Lighter Fade) X-mag:
<a href="https://dl.dropbox.com/u/6823946/Xmag/Misc/DSC034104946.jpg"><img src="https://dl.dropbox.com/u/6823946/Xmag/Misc/DSC034104946.jpg" width="1024" height="768"></img></a>
Silver to black VV04934 CnC X-mag:
<a href="https://dl.dropbox.com/u/6823946/Xmag/Misc/DSC034117131.jpg"><img src="https://dl.dropbox.com/u/6823946/Xmag/Misc/DSC034117131.jpg" width="1024" height="768"></img></a>
Gloss Blue CnC X-mag VV4922:
<a href="https://dl.dropbox.com/u/6823946/Xmag/Misc/DSC034124825.jpg"><img src="https://dl.dropbox.com/u/6823946/Xmag/Misc/DSC034124825.jpg" width="1024" height="768"></img></a>
Black to Yellow CnC X-mag:
<a href="https://dl.dropbox.com/u/6823946/Xmag/Misc/DSC034134243.jpg"><img src="https://dl.dropbox.com/u/6823946/Xmag/Misc/DSC034134243.jpg" width="1024" height="768"></img></a>
Misc X-mag Parts:
<a href="https://dl.dropbox.com/u/6823946/Xmag/Misc/DSC034146481.jpg"><img src="https://dl.dropbox.com/u/6823946/Xmag/Misc/DSC034146481.jpg" width="1024" height="768"></img></a>
<a href="https://dl.dropbox.com/u/6823946/Xmag/Misc/DSC034152647.jpg"><img src="https://dl.dropbox.com/u/6823946/Xmag/Misc/DSC034152647.jpg" width="1024" height="768"></img></a>
X-mag ACE Boards:
<a href="https://dl.dropbox.com/u/6823946/Xmag/Misc/DSC034165345.jpg"><img src="https://dl.dropbox.com/u/6823946/Xmag/Misc/DSC034165345.jpg" width="1024" height="768"></img></a>
"White" to Blue CnC X-mag:
<a href="https://dl.dropbox.com/u/6823946/Xmag/Misc/DSC034175653.jpg"><img src="https://dl.dropbox.com/u/6823946/Xmag/Misc/DSC034175653.jpg" width="1024" height="768"></img></a>
Black to Purple fade CnC X-mag:
<a href="https://dl.dropbox.com/u/6823946/Xmag/Misc/DSC034185192.jpg"><img src="https://dl.dropbox.com/u/6823946/Xmag/Misc/DSC034185192.jpg" width="1024" height="768"></img></a>
Level10 X-mag Kits:
<a href="https://dl.dropbox.com/u/6823946/Xmag/Misc/DSC034196682.jpg"><img src="https://dl.dropbox.com/u/6823946/Xmag/Misc/DSC034196682.jpg" width="1024" height="768"></img></a>
Cnc X-mag Batch:
<a href="https://dl.dropbox.com/u/6823946/Xmag/Misc/DSC034213469.jpg"><img src="https://dl.dropbox.com/u/6823946/Xmag/Misc/DSC034213469.jpg" width="1024" height="768"></img></a>
Dust and Gloss Black to Red fade CnC Xmags:
<a href="https://dl.dropbox.com/u/6823946/Xmag/Misc/DSC034223998.jpg"><img src="https://dl.dropbox.com/u/6823946/Xmag/Misc/DSC034223998.jpg" width="1024" height="768"></img></a>
O ya, btw.... I'm working on recreating www.xmagworld.com.... I want to make OmniM and DJ89 proud.
Edit** Btw, someone please save these pictures. It was a PITA to find all of them. lol
all pics saved so far. :D
sooooooo pretty.......... :)
Thanks guys! I really hope the new and improved AO doesn't have attachments.... There were so many good pictures lost in that whole mess. I'm missing Gunga's updates and a handful of Toms pictures when he first posted them.
My next goal is to sort the pictures by batch. For example, the pictures with extra parts like Dye barrels and drops were for players sponsored by AGD were in batch 3.
Table full of X-mags:
Red, Purple, Blue CnC X-mags:
Red and Blue CnC Xmags:
Swe might be on to something....
Adding a new picture to the thread.
That red, white, and blue faded one is nice.#2
As it looks now, I have maybe ten images thats x-mag related. Downloaded perhaps a thousand pictures during the night ... maybe I'll find more that are AGD related.
I have also found many old short films from various paintball tournaments / games.
I will work about 20 hours today (5 hours to go) so I'll see how tired I am when I get home, if I have the energy I put up some pictures when I'm home.
//Johan "The Internet Digger"
Bunny, you have a pm. :D
Thanks to swe_crazy for digging through the wayback machine and finding 10 more pictures of X-mags off the assembly line.
I love this thread! I'll add my X-mags to it to keep it going.