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Old Nov 06, 2013, 08:27 AM
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Has anybody here had any dealings with "Hobby King?" Their prices on materials and radios and just about everything look really good to me.
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Old Nov 06, 2013, 08:32 AM
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Search is your friend - about 1k + threads on Hobby King. The good the bad and the ugly one might call them.
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Old Nov 06, 2013, 09:38 AM
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I see what you mean. I can't find much of anything good about Hobby King on the customer's reviews on the net. Crummy service, forever shipping, defective products and on and on. Never saw so many one star ratings before. Some folks even call them crooks.

Thanks for the heads up.
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Old Nov 06, 2013, 09:47 AM
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Can't say I've read all the reviews, but I have purchased some Lipo's, TX/RX, ESC's, brushless motors and a few other little items. Items shipped from overseas did not take too long to arrive, and items in USA warehouses shipped quickly. I got everything I asked for, and none were DOA. Although shipping charges on overseas Lipo's are getting very high, but that is not a surprise.
Now, when you read the reviews you have to consider the source. A kid saying this tiny motor did not push his brick of a boat at lightning speeds is not, in my mind at least, a bad review.
Is there a specific item you have questions about?

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Old Nov 06, 2013, 10:55 AM
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I've used HobbyPartz http://www.hobbypartz.com/ several times, no issues...
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Old Nov 06, 2013, 11:11 AM
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Years ago when I bought my first 2.4 Ghz radio, HK was the only affordable option out there. Over time, I bought two more 2.4 Ghz radios and a basket full of receivers - all with no issues. But I knew full well that if I had a problem, I would face substantial obstacles getting a resolution. Any new radios from here on out will come from US based resellers. Given the extent of the published problems, I feel that I was extra lucky.
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Old Nov 06, 2013, 11:32 AM
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No problems!

I've had absolutely no issues with them, over $1000 in motors, ESC's, bat's and other boat and radio parts ordered and received in excellent condition. One thing, keep in mind it's still all Chinese products you're ordering, not always the highest of quality yet you get what you paid for Had one recall, it took two email's and it was solved to everyone's satisfaction

I can dig linerfanatic's approach, I went in the same way Good luck on your choice! Boo
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Old Nov 06, 2013, 11:34 AM
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I've bought from Hobbyking several times as well with no problems. From their overseas warehouse as well as their US. Have bought batteries, radios, misc parts.
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Old Nov 06, 2013, 12:18 PM
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i just checked.

i have ordered from hobbyking 19 times, totaling a bit more than $1350, ranging for items from batteries to RTF boats and planes. cancelled one order, that order was from the US warehouse, for a sailboat ( totaling $110). they claim the order fell through the cracks, but after seeing the order sit in a "processing" state for two weeks, i demanded my paypal be credited, and when they wouldn't, i had paypal stop payment. it took 2 weeks to clear up, but they have the boat, and i have my money. i have ordered from them since then, and have had only the one issue.

i have also ordered from hobbypartz, but the two really don't carry the same stuff. hobbyking has considerably larger inventory, and with a broader selection of types of inventory as well. most of my hobbypartz orders are limited to batteries.
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Old Nov 06, 2013, 01:55 PM
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OK guys, thanks! They sound a little chancy, but maybe OK
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Old Nov 06, 2013, 03:44 PM
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Shipping times vary widely depending on where the items are located.
If you make sure you are ordering from the USA warehouse for shipping to
North America, then delivery is very quick. If you order from an overseas
warehouse, then delivery time can be up to 45 days.

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Old Nov 06, 2013, 03:45 PM
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OK guys, thanks! They sound a little chancy, but maybe OK
Here are the rules with Hobby King:
  • Order only IN STOCK items
  • Pay attention to the warehouse
  • Plan on the quality be a tad less than you are used too
  • If it breaks they won't help
  • If they send you the wrong stuff - it won't matter to them
  • Shipping will take a while - even if you order priority! i.e. they don't rush anything
  • Use PayPal so if they don't ship/gets lost/get wrong stuff you have options
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Old Nov 06, 2013, 10:27 PM
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Never had a problem. They have revamped their entire structure and now have a USA warehouse. Not everything is available in the USA, but they are getting more stock in everyday. Shipping times are long! Even in the USA.
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Old Nov 06, 2013, 11:31 PM
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I ordered a LIPOs from HobbyPartz and a 2.4ghz TX/ed's from Hobby King with no issues. Pda4ypou's rules are pretty accurate, although I thought the shipping times weren't bad.
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Old Nov 06, 2013, 11:46 PM
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I also have orders with them, over $2000 IIRC, Ive had 2 failed parts but they were cheap enough to order spares at the same time.

Problem with customer s is that if they have a good report about a company they might tell 4 people, but a bad report will be told to 20+ people, I think its even worse on the forums

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