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01-26-2007 05:55 PM  10 years agoPost 21
Jon the Rooster

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Johns Island, Charleston, SC

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There is another hobby shop in RockHill. Have you ever been in and checked it out? I can't think of the name of it, but I have heard they are good folks.
It's called "Hobby Stop!" They are good people, but no Trex parts.
Wish they did!!

and one more thing "DON'T BE AFRAID!"

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01-26-2007 05:58 PM  10 years agoPost 22
vsnyder8

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Ft Wayne, IN

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If they have a web page or email you should send them a link to let them know they are the center of discussion here. Maybe someone there would be concerned if they thought their attitude was costing them money, which it surely will if everyone avoids them.

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01-26-2007 07:51 PM  10 years agoPost 23
robl45

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Deerfield Beach, FL

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personally, I have never met a LHS that is decent. The couple near me aren't too bad, but the guys still have a bit of attitude, much better than most places though.

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01-26-2007 08:06 PM  10 years agoPost 24
shuttlepilot

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Mullins, South Carolina

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Wonder what it is with hobby shops and attitudes? It seems like a qualification for being a hobby shop means that you have to be anti-social to the point that you are a genuine a$$. It is totally the opposite of what stores that deal with the public have to be. I would love to own a hobby shop, but unfortunately I don't think I could make a decent living in my part of the country.

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01-26-2007 08:25 PM  10 years agoPost 25
sbalder

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Brighton, Michigan

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A couple of years ago I posted these "signs that the LHS owner cares more about his hobbies than yours":
I squandered my youth working in different hobby stores, and now I work in retail development for a major manufacturer and my helicopter flying frequently puts me on the customer side of the counter of the local hobby shop. Good hobby stores are well-stocked in the specific lines they carry, have excellent customer service, and are clean, friendly places. Lots of stores, however, fall short of these things, but how can you spot the difference before it's too late? I'd like to share some telltale signs that will help the members of our sport to spot the type of stores to avoid. This list is nowhere near conclusive, but if any of these things are present, realize that you are probably dealing with a small business misfit:

1) The cashier informs you that your special order items will be delayed because the owner was saving up for a "real cool" LBG train engine for himself and they didn't have the cash to order your items this week. When asked why they didn't just order your special order items on account, you are told that Great Planes and Horizon have recenlty filed a class action lawsuit against the store, and will only sell them merchandise that is paid for in cash along with 2 forms of ID.

2) Over a period of several years, the front half of the store is slowly being transformed into an HO scale replica of the entire Candian rail system.

3) Tumbleweeds blow across the store and the shelves look the "New Releases" section of your local video rental place at closing time on a Friday night, except for the department with the owner's particular area of interest, which is stocked like a pregnant WalMart.

4) The owner has a strict policy forbiding the words "May I help you?" to ever flow from an employee's mouth.

5) The only one who appears to ever do any work is a pock-marked 53 year old woman who's physical appearance belies horrific imagination. She's the owner's wife, and HER hobby is imagining a more inspired destination for herself.

6) A forty pound Maine Coon cat lies unconscious on the checkout counter.

7) Any of the following items are available for sale: Jetex tablets, slot car braid, new American Flyer trains, Century model rocket engines.

8) The owner decides to run for Treasurer simultaneously at three seperate flying clubs.

9) The store smells like a bowling alley, looks like a cave, and the whole place cries out for the match and the purifying flame.

10) White and black paint can't be found anywhere, but there is an abundance of harvest gold, metallic pea green, and gorillapoop brown lead-based Pactra dope, next to the tubes of asbestos wood filler.

-Steven Balder

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01-26-2007 08:51 PM  10 years agoPost 26
robl45

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Deerfield Beach, FL

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I should mention my mothers husband owned a hobby shop for a number of years and it went belly up because everyone had to do things his way or he got mad at them. Was the big spot for racing until his attitude ruined it.

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01-26-2007 09:04 PM  10 years agoPost 27
1stPlace

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There is one hobby shop in Ohio, I will not mention the name.
But, the owner is so mean that he won't even work at the counter any more. His attitude is so bad that he has been running off customers for more than 20 years. The shop is staffed with teenage kids that know nothing and will work for less than minimum wage.
If anyone within 50 miles of his shop opens a "basement" hobby shop, then he goes to their house and takes pictures. He sends those pictures to the distributors to prove that they don't have a legitimate store front. Then, he files complaints with the local authorities, that they are operating a bussiness in a residential neighborhood.

He has done this to 3 of my friends. They were all forced out of business! Even if you are only selling items that he does not carry, he will still put you out of business!
If he feels you have infringed on his territory in anyway, he takes it personally and will extract revenge on you!

The worst part of it is that he has a great inventory and prices below that off most on-line hobby shops..... He has one trusted employee that keeps the place growing by keeping up on items that fly off the shelves very quickly.

I hate the fact that I shop there. But, when you need parts to keep you flying, he almost always has what you need (as long as your a planker or a Raptor pilot).
Doug

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01-26-2007 09:11 PM  10 years agoPost 28
shuttlepilot

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Mullins, South Carolina

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Seems like he needs to find out if his fire insurance is paid up...

Just kidding of course

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01-26-2007 11:14 PM  10 years agoPost 29
Tommy Z

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Lubbock, Texas

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Whats the telephone number there? We should all start calling and asking for that guy and bugging him if he has smaller than 1.5mm hex wrenches
I agree, that would be great.

Tommy

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01-26-2007 11:27 PM  10 years agoPost 30
Dood

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PROFESSOR FATE: I haven't been to Hobby Clowns in aroud a year. Nothing but morons
I can tell you that I have been to the very same Hobby Clowns store he speaks of. I couldn't agree more.

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01-26-2007 11:29 PM  10 years agoPost 31
Professor Fate

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Goose Creek S.C.

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Welcome my son, Welcome to the machine

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01-27-2007 12:11 AM  10 years agoPost 32
VKGT

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Sanford, NC

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Jon, I'm not suprised!

When I was in NC and visited John, Scott and Tom, I stopped into this Hobby Town and they were pricks! They REALLY didn't want to help me, had attitudes and I was a first time customer! When I asked for the parts I needed, they didn't even look, but pointed to the wall! Come to find out that the biggest jerk was the owner.

I even briefly posted about it here: http://www.runryder.com/helicopter/t314266p1/

Hayes Hobby House in Fayetteville is outstanding!

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01-27-2007 12:20 AM  10 years agoPost 33
eyeflyhelis

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charlotte nc

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sbalder- have you been to this shop? you hit right on the head

only you have the power to make no difference!

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01-27-2007 12:23 AM  10 years agoPost 34
eyeflyhelis

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charlotte nc

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well onetime i asked if they have a part and they said no (with out looking) so i take it to the counter and say can i have it free? they were a little bent. i said but if you dont carry that part why should you charge me for it. they alomst threw me out also.

only you have the power to make no difference!

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01-27-2007 12:35 AM  10 years agoPost 35
eyeflyhelis

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my last visit there they almost tossed me too.well last time the guy gave me a piss poor attitude after i asked him to help me find carbon rods & threaded rod that fit it. well the help was if you dont see it i dont have it. i asked could you at least point me in the right direction or tell me where to look- " awe come on you just walked by it twice" - my reply well ok that means i didnt see so how about you share the secret location??"
that ticked him off more (thats y i said it) well by the time i got to the register i opened 5 or 6 packages out of spite because he didnt want to help im sure he didnt see this, tried to make it obvious so he would come back to where i was. but he never looked up-reading a train mag.

i've been there about 10 times & pay with a debit card. so of course i need the code to pay right?? well nobody there ever asked for my id but he was being suck a prick about it. grabbed all the stuff i picked out and slide it to himself and said no ID no sale. i protested and said i knew the code what do i need id for? he said everyone needs to show there id here. i said- 10+ times here first i heard of this. he said to bad to bad for you then, i guess you dont want it. - so i was pissed but broke out the id. got my parts and said your service sucks here it always a problem and walked out.
so im might no be allowed to go back but if i can get in again im going to get hundreds of dollars worth of stuff pile it all by the register and ask for some help. then when they refuse to help im just going to walk out!! haha put that away you a$$

only you have the power to make no difference!

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01-27-2007 12:40 AM  10 years agoPost 36
eyeflyhelis

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way i see it is its a HOBBY SHOP. which implies a HOBBY- something you like to do but not a necessity. so they should kiss your butt when you get there & until u leave. after all your paying the bills and dont need to buy anything.

i realize they have to deal with lots and lots of stupidity but didnt they ever go to a hobby shop before they opened one?

only you have the power to make no difference!

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01-27-2007 01:05 AM  10 years agoPost 37
Professor Fate

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Goose Creek S.C.

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Hobby Clowns

I like how when you order a part and the DS(I don't mean digi servo!) puts it on the shelf so some Joe Blow buys it out from under you. That happened to me one time and one time only.

Welcome my son, Welcome to the machine

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01-27-2007 01:58 AM  10 years agoPost 38
TMoore

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Cookeville, TN

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Y'all got it rough. The LHS here in Cookevegas is the shizznitz, man. Chris takes care of me and all the other dudes that fly around town and in the general area. We have setup clinics and invite folks to the local flying fields all the time.

Is it a perfect situation all the time? No, but Chris tries hard to take care of all of us and anyone that comes in from out of town.

I can't bitch, it's a great store.

TM

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01-27-2007 02:08 AM  10 years agoPost 39
sbalder

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Brighton, Michigan

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I did work for one hobby shop that was actually a well-run business. It was in a large mall in Northern Virginia and was called My Hobby. The owner had been in business for 35 years and planned to run this store until retiring when his lease was up in 1992. He went broke his first year in the 50's and decided that he had to be a businessman first, and a hobbyist second. With 800 square feet and mall rents he charged full retail for everything and kept a limited selection with the belief that no one area of the business (such as trains) should account for more than 10% of sales. He had inventory control systems and management processes figured out intuitively that I would later study in graduate school.

-Steven Balder

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01-27-2007 02:18 AM  10 years agoPost 40
sbalder

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One thing about HobbyTown USA that you have to take into consideration compared to other hobby stores- People who open a HobbyTown franchise generally do not know enough about the business to open a hobby store on their own. This is like the difference between an independent restaurant and a McDonalds. McDonalds isn't great but it's pretty consistent. Most corner restaurants are filthy, decrepit, and you get a crappy meal! But.... there are some incredibly good local restaurants out there if you are lucky.

If you can find an independent LHS (or even a HobbyTown) that isn't run by a small business misfit, cherish it and SUPPORT it. For the rest of us- Heliproz, Rick's, Tower Hobbies, FX Aeromodels, Heliworld!

-Steven Balder

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