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02-16-2011 12:14 AM  6 years agoPost 1
krashtagain

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So i'm in a hobby shop yesterday that carries an ample supply of heli parts . I ask the meathead behind the counter if he has any vbar systems on hand and he replies as follows . "We don't stock fbl systems because they're just a trend , if they ever become mainstream then will carry them". I about fell over . I was like what rock have you been hiding under !!! Some peeps never catch on .

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02-16-2011 12:16 AM  6 years agoPost 2
heli-cuzz

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lol

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02-16-2011 12:19 AM  6 years agoPost 3
James Allen

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Wow! Sounds like the meathead is in the wrong line of work!

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02-16-2011 12:31 AM  6 years agoPost 4
Flying Brian

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Yeah, I have been through this kind of stuff with my LHS as well. BUT, I think we as pilots are wrong for expecting our shops to know every in and out of the helicopter industry. They know what they sell, and that is it. So we really can't expect that much from them.

On another note, they do not sit on the internet exploring every in and out to this industry either.

"I just don't Listen" "

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02-16-2011 12:35 AM  6 years agoPost 5
JOLT

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They're probably waiting for the T-Maxx to get popular too?

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02-16-2011 12:38 AM  6 years agoPost 6
Swoop

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10 years from now there will be young pilots who have never even seen a flybar.

Chris
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02-16-2011 12:40 AM  6 years agoPost 7
Steff Giguere

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10 years from now there will be young pilots who have never even seen a flybar.

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02-16-2011 12:43 AM  6 years agoPost 8
OLROY

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Glad I don't have this problem at my LHS
As I don't believe they stock Vbars there but they our up to par on the HELI trend

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02-16-2011 12:58 AM  6 years agoPost 9
James Allen

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Yeah, I have been through this kind of stuff with my LHS as well. BUT, I think we as pilots are wrong for expecting our shops to know every in and out of the helicopter industry. They know what they sell, and that is it. So we really can't expect that much from them.

On another note, they do not sit on the internet exploring every in and out to this industry either.
Yes, but if I were running a buisness where I sold RC helis, planes, cars, boats, etc.....

I would do as much research on all the top products and learn as much as I could about each one. It could only help out my buisness to know these things, and it would help you know what items are hot, and will stay hot.

I also would higher a variety of employees that specialized in certain areas, because they would know about the popular products in the area of there expertise, and be able to help customers with there questions. That in turn, might help sales too, instead of saying, thats just a trend. Thats how you loose buisness IMO.

A little reading on a rc forum like this one would do wonders for that LHS.

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02-16-2011 12:59 AM  6 years agoPost 10
Anthony.L

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Let em guess, was it Hobby Clown USA? Sometimes when Im bored its fun to visit my local hobby clown and wonder around like I'm shopping. Instead Im listening to the BS they spew to the poor customers that walk in the door...

I'm 100% in support of local hobby shops, but places like that make it very hard for me to spend any money local.

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02-16-2011 01:20 AM  6 years agoPost 11
gmcullan

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I've bought both Align 3G and Beastx systems from my local hobby shop. The have R/C cars, planes, helis, boats; trains; slot cars; models of all sorts; arts & craft supplies; puzzles and games. It's about as complete as a local hobby shop can be. While they didn't have the 3G and BeastX systems in stock, they got both of them in-house with in a week and at pricing comparable and competitive with Internet/Mail Order operations. They don't BS, and have a fairly well rounded staff.

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02-16-2011 02:03 AM  6 years agoPost 12
helismash

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My LHS is run by a heli guy. He has a small shop and as such, he does not stock a lot of stuff that he won't sell a lot of. However, if I want / need something that he does not stock, he gets it very quickly and will price match anyone. Most times, that's not needed as he try's to so the research on the pricing and then knocks off a few bucks because he had to order it and I waited. If I can support him, I will. Another thing that is impressive is that if he dosen't know, he tells you that flat out. No BS and no excuses. When I got my first 700 a few months ago, the first thing he asked for was a list of the parts I thought he should stock so he had them there for me. I would hate to see him close up shop because everyone was shopping online.

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02-16-2011 02:07 AM  6 years agoPost 13
hornet dave

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I think the original hobby shop guy was right. FBL IS a fad! Watch them go away just like 3D TV's.

I got a fever! The only prescription is MORE 6HV

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02-16-2011 02:10 AM  6 years agoPost 14
HeliNerd

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I wish I had a hobby shop that would carry something mainstream other than that Eflite crap. Who wants a dusty Eflite 3S 15C batt pack for 87 bucks? Not this guy. At least he carries 30% nitro. That just sends a message to the newcomer when he has to ask "what burns 30% nitro??" and can't find the answer in his shop, and is then forced to stare hopelessly at a blade.

Sorry for the rant, it's just the common thing i've noticed with alot of hobby shops. Leaves you disappointed.

Here's another good example: I've been debating on a 11X, 9503, or a DX-8. The LHS carries spektrum, so I asked the clerk if he had a DX-8 in stock. The answer surprised me- "Heck no, that there radio is too expensive". I just shook my head, put my fuel back on the shelf, and walked out. Fired up the Iphone and ordered a DX-8 from Ron's. I would have ordered thru the LHS if it wasn't for that "too expensive" comment, despite having to pay more than MSRP and 6.5% sales tax to boot. Some people just weren't meant to be in business.

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02-16-2011 02:24 AM  6 years agoPost 15
Supertoyz

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I wish we had any hobby shop

I remember asking Blockbuster when they were going to carry DVD's and was told that they were a phase as well.

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02-16-2011 03:13 AM  6 years agoPost 16
Agilefalcon

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....well, in the case of DVD's and BluRay, the latest figures indicate that they were indeed a phase. Optical disk sales were down 40% over the same period last year.. Streaming video is the new phase I'm afraid - but that's a good thing!

I showed my sons my record player and vinyl albums that I had in storage. They had never seen such a thing! So yes, 10 years from now we could be basically programming a flight routine and watching the helis perform the maneuvers via point of view perspective.

Look what's changed in the past 10 years. Unbelievable.

Chris Berardi
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02-16-2011 04:10 AM  6 years agoPost 17
Ace Dude

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"We don't stock fbl systems because they're just a trend , if they ever become mainstream then will carry them".
Perhaps they have thousands of flybars in inventory and they're in denial?

  

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02-16-2011 04:28 AM  6 years agoPost 18
max232

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HeliNerd.
Here's another good example: I've been debating on a 11X, 9503, or a DX-8. The LHS carries spektrum, so I asked the clerk if he had a DX-8 in stock. The answer surprised me- "Heck no, that there radio is too expensive". I just shook my head, put my fuel back on the shelf, and walked out. Fired up the Iphone and ordered a DX-8 from Ron's. I would have ordered thru the LHS if it wasn't for that "too expensive" comment
Was this the store in Ft. Walton?

Helinerd, you should have drove to pensacola, one of our shops has them in stock

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02-16-2011 04:36 AM  6 years agoPost 19
krashtagain

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The hobby shop was in Ohio , lol . I think FBL is here to stay IMHO . If the heli mfgs can cut the moving parts down and there are controllers that work well that's what they'll do . But I doubt the price of a kit goes down .

If you're not living on the edge you're just taking up space !

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02-16-2011 04:43 AM  6 years agoPost 20
max232

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The hobby shop was in Ohio , lol
I was refering to Helinerds post I guess my post was kinda misleading. sorry about that

Our hobby shop thinks they are a fad too. something about "we did flybarless back in the 80s"

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