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Jan 31, 2009, 10:27 PM
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It doesn't have to be. Some are great and give great advice. It all depends on the store.

Frank

PS I do know one thing though, if we continue sending our money directly to China, none of these places will be around when we need them.
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Jan 31, 2009, 10:31 PM
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The hobbyshop next to me is going out of business. 2 more weeks and it will be gone.

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Jan 31, 2009, 10:48 PM
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Originally Posted by murocflyer
It doesn't have to be. Some are great and give great advice. It all depends on the store.

Frank

PS I do know one thing though, if we continue sending our money directly to China, none of these places will be around when we need them.
I could go on at length about most items being made offshore while the prices remain the same for people in the US
e.g. (K2 ski manufacturing, about 20 miles from me
( http://www.allbusiness.com/retail-tr...4252980-1.html )

Yet we still pay the same amount with inflation ($900 Chinese skis???)

I know you want to keep money here (I do too), but if flows to China whether you want it to or not. By buying at Hobbyking, you are cutting out the middleman. If the LHS wants to stay in biz, they should buy from Hobbyking and mark up 20%
Jan 31, 2009, 10:57 PM
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The point is, is why should I pay $100 at the LHS for a Thunder Power pack when Thunder Power bought the same pack from the same factory that HobbyCity buys it from, then mark it up 300 or 400%? To keep my LHS?

Edit: On advice, I'll state that I don't know the source of Thunder Power batteries. They may be made in the U.S.
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Feb 01, 2009, 12:06 AM
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If the LHS wants to stay in biz, they should buy from Hobbyking and mark up 20%

MY LHS does that, they mark up the price by 150% though ripoffs hextronik 9 gram servos for 11.99 Hobby king price 3.50

of course I stopped buying from them, I only buy the essentials. I decided to do more buisness at Radical RC they carry more name brand stuff
Feb 01, 2009, 12:17 AM
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I think a brick and mortar hobby shop could make quite a bit of money just by buying motors, ESCs and batteries from Hobbycity initially, then finding better sources. (while charging just a 40% markup)

It would sure be a refreshing change from the same ol' monopolies.
Feb 01, 2009, 01:03 AM
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The local hobby shop here in Roundrock TX just had a 35% off sale this weekend. Shut the doors at 8pm tonight never to open again.
Feb 01, 2009, 05:39 AM
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Walt's Hobby Shop in Brooklyn N.Y. closed down a while ago.
Feb 01, 2009, 06:24 AM
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On Long Island, NY, I used to frequent Polk Hobbies and Larry's.
Polks was in East Meadow and Larry's in East Northport.
I remember when Larry had started his store out of his basement.
Larry's store is still around, but its not the same.
Sold out many years ago.
Feb 01, 2009, 11:41 AM
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So they should pay shipping, put parts in stock and wait for you to buy them and not charge for their time and space etc?



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Originally Posted by foam and tape
MY LHS does that, they mark up the price by 150% though ripoffs hextronik 9 gram servos for 11.99 Hobby king price 3.50

of course I stopped buying from them, I only buy the essentials. I decided to do more buisness at Radical RC they carry more name brand stuff
Feb 01, 2009, 11:55 AM
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So they should pay shipping, put parts in stock and wait for you to buy them and not charge for their time and space etc?

the price is still VERY steep I don't buy anything hobbycity from them. I only buy the selection of ''name brand'' stuff from them I'll let some one sucker themselves

BTW they charge 20.00 for a peice of 18x36 of 6mm depron

lukes RC (theyre also a brick and mortar hobbyshop) only charges 4.99 for the same size of depron
Feb 01, 2009, 05:43 PM
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I don't buy the no-name stuff, but if I need a cheap servo and could get one instantly and locally for about ten bucks- that's cool by me. You pay a little more, but you can take it back if it breaks or is defective, you can touch it, look at it, get some advice on it and not have to violate federal law by having some chinese company mail it to you with "gift" on the customs sticker. You do realize you're supposed to report and pay taxes on imported goods, right?
Anyway- it's a service they provide and it's worth something. Waiting two weeks to save a couple bucks and then add the risk of return postage to China? No thanks.
I wait for REAL stores to have sales and then I stock up.
Another neat thing is if the LHS has a way overpriced item, you can talk to them about it- maybe they'll work with you on it. It's all how you do it though, you don't start out with "you guys suck- your stuff is overpriced." Use some tact. It has worked EVERY time for me when a shop had something I wanted and their price wasn't what I was looking for.
Feb 03, 2009, 09:16 AM
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Round rock hobbies closed??????? I was just in there the other day............

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The local hobby shop here in Roundrock TX just had a 35% off sale this weekend. Shut the doors at 8pm tonight never to open again.
Feb 03, 2009, 09:33 AM
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We're kind of lucky in Rockford, IL. The HobbyTown USA is run by some pretty intelligent RC enthusiasts who seem to understand that they're competing with the online stores, etc. On batteries and a few other items, I can sometimes find items online a little bit less expensive online, but with shipping it usually works out to be about the same. But I choose to purchase from them because they're always very helpful if I need assistance understanding something, getting good advice, etc and I like supporting my local economy.

As with a lot of market-sectors, it's all about the level of service. Good service and fair prices=success. Our LHS seems to get that.
Feb 03, 2009, 11:45 AM
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Being a LHS is a tough road to hoe- The big distributors you buy from ( except Horizon) all have retail outlets which sell things with big discounts- So the airplane you bought from Great Planes shows up on Towers site at a retail price less than you paid wholesale for it. Horizon does not reduce it prices on their web site sales - but put through a huge price increase of 40 to 60% which makes them pretty expensive at a time when everyone is trying to save money and losing there jobs.
Retail is in real trouble in our country right now and mom and pop operations are paying the price.
I really miss the good old days about now

Cub Fan


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