A while back we had a discussion about how many magazines or speedloaders was "enough" and reached a general consensus of about 6 for the most part.
I'm pleased to say I am guiding a first time gun owner through his first purchase and although his budget is adequate, he still has financial constraints.
One thing I had to point out to him was that some guns have a hidden cost in the form of what you have to pay for the magazines. The gun itself you only buy once after all.
A great example was my great debate on whether I should go with the XD or a CPO Sig 226. The guns were both going to cost me about $460 after it was all said and done. What helped clinch it for me was that I can get new factory XD magazines for $20 each give or take a little, but the Sig magazines cost $40 give or take. This wasn't the only factor in my decision obviously but it contributed.
A more extreme example is the Bersa Thunder 380. The gun is $200. The magazines are $30 and you only get one with the gun if you bought it new.
I think revolvers win here. A speedloader is about $7-$10 depending on where you buy it. Speed strips don't cost a lot either.
It reminds me of the companies that sell you a $90 printer and then $200 worth of ink.
Now what it may really mean is that you have to wait longer to get more magazines, but to me it means less money for ammunition and range fees.
What say you? How much of a factor is this? Obviously the more magazines you buy the more it matters.