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Old Nov 15, 2013, 06:38 AM
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Motion Rc, Hobby Lobby and FMS ??

Just curious about FMS lately and wondering if anyone can add clarity.
1) I really like Motion Rc and think they are one of the new best distributors in the USA in every aspect .
2) I really like Hobby Lobby and there proven years in the business, expertise and service.
What I don't understand is why when Motion takes the first step and risk involved in distributing FMS defined as taking inventory on hand , that now FMS also has Hobby Lobby doing the same thing and Dymond ?
Now please don't explain China and distribution to me or MOQs, if you know anything about me I have 28 years in the import business and know more then most distributors in the segment. What i do know is that more distributors mean less sales per distributor and a more difficult ability to make cost effective minimum orders from China.
Now perhaps they have a gentleman's agreement and they are splitting containers into the USA with the hopes that there is enough for all to go around , if that is it , then great .
I just want to make sure that when we get good new distributors that actually care about the hobby like Motion , that they get a chance to get established.
Again no offense to Hobby Lobby first class operation but perhaps they could have been an LX /New Starmax distributor and Motion could be all FMS .
Just food for thought
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Old Nov 15, 2013, 08:04 AM
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I concur with the "Gentlemans" agreement thought.......plenty to go around and we keep prices at some standard. No sense in being in business if you can't turn a profit......kind of like the oil companies?..........Glad for some ability to have these products distributed from here......I like the FMS 1400 series.....
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Old Nov 15, 2013, 09:52 AM
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Hobby Lobby is basically out of the game. They haven't received any new stock for several months.

MotionRC has direct relationships with FMS, Freewing, etc., etc. Diamond is only a FMS distributor, and is working on getting those products into local hobby shops like HobbyTown USA, for example.

MotionRC is here to stay I'd say.
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Old Nov 15, 2013, 12:06 PM
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Originally FMS had one major distributor in the U.S., Banana Hobby. That relationship enabled FMS to gain a foothold in the market and would've worked well, until the clamor for better customer service from Banana Hobby got too loud. FMS needed a better on-line distributor.

Around the same time, FMS became aware that brand presence in local hobby shops was just as important as on-line marketing. While many hobbyists like to shop on-line for convenience or low prices, there are many who like to see and feel what they buy and like the face to face human interaction they find at the LHS.

So in 2012, FMS marketing strategy developed into its current status. They got MotionRC to do on-line sales. They have Diamond Hobby as their hobby shop distributor.

For a country with a market as large as the U.S. having two distribution channels with pretty much distinct boundaries or territories so to speak, is excellent strategy for FMS as well as the importer/distributors. The US market is big enough to support these two companies and based on FMS's recent resurgence in the market, this strategy seems to be the correct method for the U.S.

BTW, it is not only having any online distributor or a LHS distributor. The key to FMS success is finding and developing distributors who truly care about delivering great customer service. I believe FMS found two winners in MotionRC and Diamond Hobby.
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Old Nov 15, 2013, 01:32 PM
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Banana Hobby still sells FMS, Hobby-Lobby is selling FMS, Pacific Coast Hobbies in Lomita is selling FMS, There seams to be lot of shops selling them now
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Old Nov 15, 2013, 01:52 PM
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Old or older stock.
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Old Nov 15, 2013, 02:01 PM
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Old or older stock.
Hobby Lobby has just taken them on. Not old stock with them.
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Old Nov 15, 2013, 02:14 PM
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Old or older stock.
All New stock
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Old Nov 15, 2013, 03:57 PM
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I am willing to bet Hobby Lobby is one of Diamond's dealers. That's a lot of stores right there.

IMO, FMS hit a home run with Motion and Diamond (no pun intended).

They are following the marketing cue of Hobbyzone/Parkzone. By next year FMS will be a much stronger player in the US RC market.

With their diverse product line-up and excellent quality and competitive prices, they can eat deeply into the HZ profit line.
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Old Nov 16, 2013, 08:58 AM
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My LHS, HobbyTown, is now selling FMS. Curious, because HT is a major distributor for PZ and E-Flite. With that happening, maybe PZ will start dropping their over-inflated prices.
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Old Nov 16, 2013, 09:32 AM
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I would agree that Hobby Lobby is new stock, I follow there site and its all new and just listed. They seem to drop Starmax/Londga as they had the P47 and were set to get the Fw190 .
If what is being said is true that Dymond is the hobby shop distributor and Motion the virtual distributor then it would make sense that making a container order would be easy as well as staying in the spare parts business.
I would to see Dymond and Motion pick up LX, I know LX would consider new distribution but for now its all at Banana Hobby .
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Old Nov 16, 2013, 10:24 AM
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Ok first of all, Hobby Lobby JUST got FMS. I never check their site because it hasn't been updated in months. So sorry there.

But BH I doubt will get any further updated FMS birds.
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Old Nov 16, 2013, 10:32 AM
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don't confuse Dymond with Diamond... two different hobby companies.
Diamond is an FMS distributor.
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Old Nov 16, 2013, 11:06 AM
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I said I'd never go back to Hobby Lobby. I guess I'll have to stop by now.
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Old Nov 16, 2013, 11:24 AM
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Ok first of all, Hobby Lobby JUST got FMS. I never check their site because it hasn't been updated in months. So sorry there.

But BH I doubt will get any further updated FMS birds.
My friend talked to BH and said they just got a container from FMS about a month ago and also got a brand new P-51 with sliding tray and gold motor so yes its all new stock.
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