Opinion: Nerf accessory prices on Ebay

Time for another opinion piece, this time about EBay and Nerf products.

Ever gone on Ebay for Nerf things? You might find some great deals for lots, or blasters in general, but there’s something I really notice. Ever tried to buy an accessory?  Let’s say the Nerf Recon barrel–

Look at this one. 

That’s 14 bucks, over half  the price of a Recon.  For just the Barrel. By that logic, the stock/body are 2.00$ bucks each, and the light/sight are 1$ each in the retail price.

This is my point here; if you go on Ebay, the prices for the accessories are so high you might as well buy the real blaster, even if you have one already. It’s seriously not worth it to just buy single accessories when you could buy everything including the blaster for six bucks extra.

Plus you could always resell the parts you don’t want for probably the price you bought it all for.

Now, let’s talk about everyone’s favorite thing.

Yes. I’m talking about this, the most expensive thing you can buy in N-strike probably. You know how much it goes for on Ebay?

Seventy bucks.

This one honestly makes more sense; it’s the most beautiful sight you can buy stock for a Nerf blaster, but it was discontinued. Naturally, supply and demand means the price is skyhigh as so many people want it and so few have it. But the thing is, it originally went for eight bucks when it first sold. That’s right, if you bought a few of them, you could have a couple hundred dollars from a 24 dollar investment.

The thing that gets down to the prices is the fact people want accessories that they normally can’t buy on their own, or because they can’t buy them at all elsewhere. Sure, there’s money you can save on certain accessories, like the Longshot front gun for 15$ when the Longshot itself costs you a good 60$ on Ebay. That’d be a reason to not buy everything, but there’s yet another thing that really gets me.

The Raider Drum.

With shipping, that’s about 35 bucks. Know how much the Raider costs in a store? 35 bucks.

Why do people actually buy that? Well, ask any HvZ Nerfer and they’ll tell you how a Raider drum can save their lives in a zombie attack. Competitive Nerfers want to buy plenty of these, without having to buy extra Raiders. But if you ask me, I’d buy a bunch of raiders than spend 35 bucks per drum. Like I’ve said before, it’s just not worth it to buy a single accessory for the stock price of the blaster. Heck, you could sell the Raider and its stock without the drum for about 30 bucks.

Evidently the prices aren’t based on the retail prices, and are rather by demand. Everyone wants extra barrels, sights, and Raider drums. I sure would have extra if I had the money, but I just don’t see it as being very worth it. Especially now, when the Nerf Elite is coming out, but that’s a whole different story; the Hail Fire is selling for about 80 bucks, I could go and buy one for 40$ at my local Target and gain 40$.

Maybe we should start investing money by buying Nerf weaponry. I mean, now that Elite stuff is coming out, maybe N-Strike will get discontinued and the prices will soar.

Nerf Stockade on Amazon, curiosities abound

The Nerf Stockade is now up for sale on Amazon.com, strangely enough. Although Amazon.com is American, it appears their listing is still based in Europe, as the box shows the ’20M distance” claim. But this raises some curious questions about the blaster; I’ll discuss this in a sec.

Thanks to Basic Nerf(Link) for making me aware; this is a pretty interesting find.

Nerf N-Strike Elite Stockade Blaster – 50$  (Does anyone else feel like it’s very overpriced?)

Anyway, my questions about the blaster are mainly about American localization. When it evidently comes out in America, will it fire 75 feet? Sure, those are angled, but as reviews of the Hailfire have shown, it gets around 65 feet angled. Will they modify the flywheels to shoot farther? It’s an interesting problem. Maybe they were waiting on how the Hailfire works in the U.S. before they release it with the full range claims.

Either way though, this is a blaster I look forward to. Though, I would be even more excited for a Elite Rayven.

I photoshopped the colour on in five minutes, just to try to show off how brilliant an elite-series Rayven would be. Beautiful, yes. Ignore how horrible the white looks, just imagine for a moment. It’d be a beautiful thing. And it’d move the Rayven back into normal N-strike, rather than Firefly.

Busy life, slow blog

I’ve been so overwhelmed by life recently I haven’t had the time to write a very productive post; for this I apologize. However, I should be able to write up at least a few short posts, whether it be about the Elite Series, or reviewing some of the other blasters I have.

Sadly, life doesn’t give me much time to write long reviews like what I did with the Stampede. So those will be far and few between. However, things like the Jolt are almost too easy to write!

So I’ll try my best to get something done soon.

 

Also, 5 views away from 100! Thanks for the first stretch, great to even get a single view.

Shelf news: Target

It seems the northeast has now gotten Elite fever, as my local target is decked out. Sadly, I didn’t get anything yet.

Apologies for the low quality! My phone isn’t very fantastic for photography.

  • 6 bucks: 12 darts
  • 10 bucks: 18 dart magazine
  • 13 bucks: 30 darts
  • 17 bucks:  4 six dart mags/Hailfire upgrade kit
  • 20 bucks: 75 darts
  • 25 bucks: Nerf Retaliator
  • 30 bucks: Nerf Rampage
  • 40 bucks: Nerf Hailfire and Vortex Pyragon

20 bucks for 75 darts is a pretty good deal.

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All N-strike Elite products for the year are out, even the Hailfire and Pyragon.

Another interesting thing is the first Alpha trooper I’ve seen in a while.

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Hoping to see the Elite Jolt, Firestrike, and Strongarm on shelves soon, to get 75 feet for a low cost.

Review: Stampede ECS-18(Image heavy!)

So this is my first review.  Obviously going to be reviewing the Stampede; my primary blaster of choice. It’s a great multipurpose blaster, with many pros and some cons. It dominates the N-strike line for most engagements, although it falls short compared to the new Elite series. That being said, it can hold it’s own in any situations.

Onto the review though. Click through for the comprehensive details!

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Off-brand Nerf products rant

One thing that always gets me are the off-brand Nerf products. They always fall under three categories-

  1. Useless: Nerf USB Drive- 1 GB; not enough for a single .RAW photograph.
  2. Overpriced: Nerf Digital Camera: 50 bucks for a 2.8 megapixel camera with no external storage. Really?
  3. False advertising: Nerf LED Flashlight: I’ll get into this.

This looks great, right? Attaches to your blaster via tactical rail? Awesome for once.. Or was it?

It was a product that many Nerfers were looking forward to- a real, simple, official tactical flashlight for our blasters. The days of attaching our own tactical lights were over. And for only 10 bucks, it would be cheaper than buying a Recon Red Dot sight on Ebay. It sounded awesome, it looked awesome, and it sounded so good.

Sadly, ‘Sayar International’ did not live up to the hype. When bought online, the flashlight does not come with a tactical rail attachment. It was just a shoddy flashlight with a Nerf logo and some rubber grips.

Thanks to the Nerf Wikia for the image.

I personally think someone realized that it had a tactical mount too late, and decided it would be pointed in people’s eyes and give them eye damage if put on a blaster. But that didn’t stop the early images of it from getting everyone excited; which ultimately was really depressing.

So here’s where my rant began. Nerf branded products not made by Hasbro are gonna make your life miserable. They never live up to what they could be, and just make you wish for something more. Whether it be the 50$ camera that gives you less than your mobile phone, or the flashlight that tells you that you can put it on your blaster, and then is just a cheap flashlight.

Semi Auto VS. Full Auto

I’ve noticed people across the internet being disappointed by the Hailfire not featuring full-auto capabilities; something normally expected out of a flagship blaster. I’d like to make a point about this.

My primary blaster of choice is the Stampede. It’s a full auto beast, but I have yet to use full-auto power in an actual battle. When firing full auto, you waste mags very quickly as well as lose accuracy. Generally, even in a suppressive function, full auto firing modes won’t help you out much. Semi auto gives you a dart  for every pull, and it works almost as a controller to stop you from wasting ammo.

I always use the Stampede a trigger pull at a time, even with 18 dart mags, it’s easy to burn through them all as it stands, so I try not to waste darts. Naturally people want to hold down the trigger and get as many shots off as they can, but when dealing with a long battle, you’re going to wind up on empty quick.

It makes sense to make the Hailfire semi auto, that way you have 144 darts and you’re not likely to waste them quickly for no reason.

That being said, I do look forward to an Elite version of the Stampede, or even a brand new full-auto. Not because I want to use full auto, but because of the electronic direct plunger system they used; it makes the trigger pull so much easier.

Elite Approaches

I’m sure you all know about N-Strike Elite line, the new line of blasters that all promise 75 foot ranges; quite the feat. This promise has not been broken, as many bloggers would tell you. Sadly, I don’t have my hands on any of them yet, so I can’t really talk about my experience with them.

can talk about my observations about each of the new blasters though. Click through to see the comprehensive list! Continue reading

Sonic Vortex Series slowly appears

Looks like Toys R Us has started to release their popular Sonic series, this time covering the Vortex line.

I think both of them look fantastic. I’m curious to see if the Vigilon will allow you to see the disks in it or not; if so, then the Pyragon’s disks will look amazing in it.

Hopefully, we can look forward to a sonic Pyragon, since that would be incredible; especially if it came with a transparent green drum.

Heads up on these two from the Urban Taggers(Link!) blog.

NERF Vortex Sonic Proton Disc Blaster – 15$

NERF Vortex Sonic Vigilon Disc Blaster – 20$