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03-06-2008 08:50 PM  10 years agoPost 1
Dilbeck

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Question, I asked my LHS why they don't Carry any heli parts or only the small cx2 parts. They said they cant afford to because all the guys around here and the field buy their parts on line. Seems to me like if i owned that shop i would find out what all the local guys flew and stock the most need parts or something. Or is the LHS going to just be a thing of the past? Their prices are the same as online and i would rather get it today that 3-10 days if they would stock it.

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03-06-2008 08:56 PM  10 years agoPost 2
Darren Lee

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3-10 days? Might want to re-consider which sites you are ordering from. I get my stuff within 48 hrs every time. My LHS sucks for parts selection and the stuff they do have is over-priced.

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03-06-2008 08:57 PM  10 years agoPost 3
Leif

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Quite simple - The customer buys from the place that offers them the service they need. For some, price is more important than local availability. The problem is that most local shops don't have the needed parts in stock, so they don't offer any advantage to the customer.

I think the main problems are the lack of helicopter experience in most local hobby shops and the large variety of helicopters out there. The smaller shops can only afford a limited inventory of parts, so they can't stock much except crash parts; and even then only for a limited number of models. This produces a vicious cycle, since customers aren't going to use the local hobby shop if they have to mail-order through them (incurring BOTH the higher price and the long wait).

Heliproz and other online stores are the solution. To be successful, a "local" hobby shop MUST have an online store. This offers them the ability to unload their stock of less popular parts while being able to offer a larger selection of stock to support walk-in customers. It also gives them the volume of business to get discount pricing to be competetive.

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03-06-2008 09:03 PM  10 years agoPost 4
holzback

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i have grown to learn that there is a slim to none chance that the hobby shop will have what i need. i just order two of what i need from the closest distributers and only wait 2 days. i think that it is to hard for hobby shops to carry everything that heli pilots need. even if they carried some stuff that would be needed, a lot of people figure they wont have it, do to past experiances, so they just go online.

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03-06-2008 09:12 PM  10 years agoPost 5
Dilbeck

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48 hrs for parts, what tha?? Maybe i just don't know where to get parts for century helis other than heli world. They are 7-10 days at best to nw arkansas. Is their somewhere else that carry a full line of century stuff?

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03-06-2008 09:14 PM  10 years agoPost 6
mickeyapples

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We have the same thing. Every one is flying trex 600's and Raptor 50's but the LHS is still selling bit for the shuttle and Raptor 30.
LHS should sell what is being flown at the local field.

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03-06-2008 09:22 PM  10 years agoPost 7
snobdrs

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How many of you would buy from the local guy even if his prices were higher then online?
I for one would. Not only does it keep my LHS open, but also gives me a hangout for those crappy weekends.

Support your local hobby shop

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03-06-2008 09:28 PM  10 years agoPost 8
Matt-Drummer

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Once all the small local stores are gone the big guns can dominate, then they can behave how they like because you have no choice.

I'm sure that most people will miss their local store when its gone. With more support they get better but its not instant.

The moral is `use it or lose it'.

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03-06-2008 09:31 PM  10 years agoPost 9
JRjoe

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The real problem is that is is very hard for a local hobby shop to carry all the different parts needed for the many different helis out there. My LHS does have all the E-flite parts in stock for all the blades out there. And they also carry trex 450 parts.From what i've been told they have sold a lot of the e-flite copters and still do. But there are not many nitro/ larger heli pilots around so they only have a very limited amount of parts for these bigger helis. If i need parts for lets say a JR heli they do take good care of me and get them ordered ASAP.And they price match most online stores. Usually just 2-3 days and they are here. I'm a firm believer in supporting my LHS!!!!!!

Where else am i gonna get fuel on a Saturday morning???!!!


JRjoe.....
Indoor plumbing??? No, we don't need that!!!

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03-06-2008 09:48 PM  10 years agoPost 10
holzback

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airplanes dominate, so a lot of hobby shops focus on them, or trucks. we buy new parts, they just go buy new planes. if helis were more popular i think that the lhs would have a lot of what we need. the chances of them selling a 150 dollar plane is a lot higher than them selling a set of side frames for a trex 600. most small town hobby shop owners want to make money, and the money is in the nitro trucks and planes, not helis.

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03-06-2008 09:50 PM  10 years agoPost 11
snobdrs

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The truth though is they will make more money on the sidframes then they will on the airplane kit.

Support your local hobby shop

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03-06-2008 10:00 PM  10 years agoPost 12
holzback

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when you walk into most hobby shops the first thing you see, a lot of the time, is trucks, planes, and trains because that is were the money is. even when i go to hobby town in indianapolis, i see more trains, trucks and planes, by far, than i do heli stuff. there are two pretty big hobby towns in indy, and they only support small electric helis, small amounts of raptor stuff and some jr stuff.

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03-06-2008 10:02 PM  10 years agoPost 13
JRjoe

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when you walk into most hobby shops the first thing you see, a lot of the time, is trucks, planes, and trains because that is were the money is.
Now right there is the truth of the matter. It's all about the demand, and the demand for heli parts just isn't that high.
The truth though is they will make more money on the sidframes then they will on the airplane kit.
That's only if someone actually comes in wanting side frames.
For the small hobby shops it's all about being able to turn the parts over. Not having something that will collect dust and sit around for a year.


JRjoe.....
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03-06-2008 10:15 PM  10 years agoPost 14
holzback

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there is just not enough of us around. if hobby shops focused more on us they would not break even. 1000 dollars worth of airplanes > 1000 dollars worth of heli parts.

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03-06-2008 10:50 PM  10 years agoPost 15
Dave M

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When I walked into one of the big multistore hobby shops around here last year.....I asked them where the nitro heli stuff was.... their answer ??...( are you sitting down ?)..."No one flys them nitro helis anymore".

This was only 2 weeks after IRCHA... I asked him if he lived under a rock.

He then told me they carried electric helis.....

He then showed me his pride and joy.......... a Venom Night Ranger.

Needless to say... I have not been there since.

It's OK....It's not your fault !!!

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03-06-2008 10:56 PM  10 years agoPost 16
Dilbeck

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I don't think people realize that rc helis even exist. I didn't untell i saw that stupid air hog commercial and thought cool, then got to looking around and was amazed at what was out their. When my friends see my heli the are totally freaked out, like they just saw a UFO or something. Then its where did you get that? and where can i get one? its just one of those unknown hobbies that very few people know about. Could you imagine setting up a stand in the middle of the mall like those sun glass stands with a bunch of prebuilt helis their for sell!!!!!

Clint

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03-06-2008 11:29 PM  10 years agoPost 17
holzback

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i think if espn will put poker and scrable on tv, then the masters and xfc should have been there a long time ago. i think a lot of people would be glued to the tv with pure amazement for what this brilliant machines can do.

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03-06-2008 11:35 PM  10 years agoPost 18
Park

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I don't think people realize that rc helis even exist. I didn't untell i saw that stupid air hog commercial and thought cool, then got to looking around and was amazed at what was out their. When my friends see my heli the are totally freaked out, like they just saw a UFO or something. Then its where did you get that? and where can i get one? its just one of those unknown hobbies that very few people know about. Could you imagine setting up a stand in the middle of the mall like those sun glass stands with a bunch of prebuilt helis their for sell!!!!!

!!!BINGO!!!

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03-06-2008 11:37 PM  10 years agoPost 19
BladeRex

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I have several good LHS in my area and I buy most of my stuff from them even if it cost a bit more. If they don't have what I need or their price is a lot higher and they can't get close then I'll order online. It also helps that I do field service so I can stop by LHS (a lot have online stores too) in 5 different counties.

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03-06-2008 11:56 PM  10 years agoPost 20
ttsingram

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when you walk into most hobby shops the first thing you see, a lot of the time, is trucks, planes, and trains because that is were the money is. even when i go to hobby town in indianapolis, i see more trains, trucks and planes, by far, than i do heli stuff. there are two pretty big hobby towns in indy, and they only support small electric helis, small amounts of raptor stuff and some jr stuff.
You got that right. We have two Hobby Towns here in Lincoln, Ne. Their headquarters is here also. One of them was pretty good for a while. Had a part-time guy that was into helis that worked there. They carried a pretty good selection until he quit and moved. Now the heli part is dying. Now is is just mostly the trucks and their big attraction is gaming. It would be nice to go a hobby store that the help would know more than you do. I am no heli expert by any means but I know more than anyone there. I inquired about a part time job to help fill for they guy who left, "no, I want someone who knows about everything in here" was my answer. I would like to meet the person who knows about rc planes, rc helis, rc trucks, plastic models, trains, rockets, gaming, puzzels, stuffed T bears, ect...........

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