“ Category: Sports „
My boyfriend purchased tickets from these guys recently and it was a complete nightmare.
We were told that it was the best deal out there in regards to paintball so he signed up. £60 later he got 16 tickets which we could use whenever for a tonne of different sites across the country. A few months later we called up to book a day with a few mates. The booking process was quite simple and with everything sorted, we headed for our day of paintball.
In short the day didn't live up to anyones expectations.
The paintball centre was falling apart which seemed a little dangerous. The side of one roof had collapsed and it looked like it was only a matter of time before it fell down completely.
There was a review I read after we attended that described the game zones as lacking any creativity and I totally agree. It was such a disappointment and we just couldn't get into it at all.
Then when we were talking to another group, we found out just how much money we'd wasted with these tickets. We thought paying the extra amount per person was standard for attending paintball but we were so wrong! The other group said to book through the actual paintball site as that's where you can get the best deals.
Turns out that Ministry don't own the paintball sites, they just sell tickets. And these tickets don't give you a better deal. No matter what, don't get these tickets. You'll end up paying more then you should and there's no guarantee the sites will be any good!!
A few weeks ago I was pressured into buying a book of paintball tickets from a Ministry of Paintball street promoter. It had been about three years since I'd last been paintballing but tickets were significantly more expensive than the last time I went. Still, I decided to buy a book of ten and treat my friends to a day of paintball.
The booking staff were useless but eventually managed to book my group and I into a centre in Sussex. Come the big day we were all appalled about what we had let ourselves in for, and more importantly how much it had cost us do it! From the word go, the staff were rude, they handed us filthy old equipment to use for the day and the few on-site facilities that were there were rubbish.
After some hurried, uninformative safety talks we were given our greasy, useless guns. If the paintball didn't explode in the barrel, it swung wildly off target (that happened to everyone in our group). The game zones we played in were almost devoid of cover (aside from a few rotten pallets nailed to trees or rusty barrels) and the structures within the game zones felt very unsafe.
After three or four games, we made the decision to leave. The staff didn't seem to care very much and got on with running this awful day for the rest of the poor souls that had been suckered into this terrible deal.
I couldn't say a good word about MOP, even if you paid me. Everything about the service they provide is terrible and they should be examined by Trading Standards. On their website they claim to be "Regarded as the world's largest paintball company and renowned as the industry leader with over 125 paintball sites worldwide". I recently learned that they don't own or operate any of these centres and all they do is sell overpriced tickets for them.
If you want to go paintballing, don't get pressured into buying these rip off tickets from these con men. Shop around, trusted providers offer better packages at much lower prices. If I could give MOP zero stars I would.