Originally Posted by bobly
I agree with an earlier poster that this thread really should be about the plane, and my jury is still out on it, so I keep reading, but just could not stop myself from commenting about this program and their association with their dealers. Since this program, our closest local hobby shop has broken ties completely with HH and the next closest large shop (100 miles) is not one of their preferred partners, so I feel sort of left out in the cold. I do not like to order things, preferring to drop in to the lhs and see what rubs up against my leg like a puppy wanting me to take it home. I have no doubt that I would have had this plane from day one if I could have picked it up locally. But by not having local availability, I could easily refrain and now am talking myself out of it. Thus far since these changes it has cost my lhs over $600 from me alone, and I know of several others that would have dropped even more than that locally since the change. HK is looking better all the time if I have to mail order everything anyway.
I'm the same way, though I'm definitely not as hesitant to order things online. I much prefer driving business through my LHS, he runs it out of his mother's garage! In my case, it just means less of an impulse buy (boy I can't tell you how many planes and helis have "followed me home" from his shop...) and more of a researched educated decision... probably not a bad thing I guess. I do feel bad for him though because there are several other stores that aren't too far away that have online storefronts and do the volume required to be certified partners, so he is losing business to those shops (in my experience, the folks that run shops that do that kind of volume are more like used car salesmen...).
Back on topic, I think I'm going to pick up the Visionaire. I was tempted by that new larger as3x plane they announced yesterday, and am still going to give it thought, but I think the visionaire would be a good 3d plane to replace my aging Typhoon 2...