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03-07-2008 12:04 AM  10 years agoPost 21
holzback

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when you think about it, if hobby town would get rid of some of that stuff that is not really hobby related, mabey they could carry more common heli stuff. they could get stuff like blades, or whatever that any heli pilot could use.

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03-07-2008 12:12 AM  10 years agoPost 22
ttsingram

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Agreed. As big as hobby town is you would think they would be a little more "on top of it" than they are. I am shopping more on line because they are only stocking up on the current trends.

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03-07-2008 12:17 AM  10 years agoPost 23
stocky

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TTiger parts mark up 5%
Align mark up 30-35%

Guess which one you will find in the LHS

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03-07-2008 12:22 AM  10 years agoPost 24
wannaflyguy

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Low markups are good only if the parts are in. The LHS's here rarely have the parts I need.

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03-07-2008 12:27 AM  10 years agoPost 25
stocky

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Wannaflyguy

I think you missed my point.

The retailer can mark up Align parts by 30% so has a larger profit margin over TT parts, therefore he will keep and push Align more than a less profitable line.

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03-07-2008 12:34 AM  10 years agoPost 26
ttsingram

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That's why when I went in over a year ago to buy a Blade Pro. At that time that's only what I could afford. They tried to push me into a Trex. They finally gave up when I walked out the door with the Blade.

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03-07-2008 12:42 AM  10 years agoPost 27
Dilbeck

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thats the last straw, i will open my own hobby shop and sell nothing but helis! Then will find out what everyone flys and stock their parts. Then have a radio remote to promote the grand opening. Have some prebuilt helis ready to fly and get some attention to the hobby. Then throw in a tv advertisement on the new shop opening and show these things flying. Toss in a booth at the mall of videos and about 10 of the local flyer's helis with a questions and answers section to build the hobby. You've got to get the interest up as a LHS owner to promote the hobby. You cant expect to just set their and expect them to come in if the know nothing about it what so ever. Everyone I've ever met that have seen these helis in action were astounded to say the least and were excited. If you don't get it to the general public it will stay where it is, only in the minds of the people most fortunate to have been introduced to it in the first place!!!!!!

Clint

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03-07-2008 12:45 AM  10 years agoPost 28
hootowl

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I would buy from a local shop at slightly higher prices. I don't have one close that carries my usual parts but if I did boy would I be in trouble.

Wolves don't lose sleep over the opinions of sheep

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03-07-2008 12:51 AM  10 years agoPost 29
RappyTappy

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I like a happy mixture of both. Get my parts in advance from online and enough to get the free shipping and if I'm in a bind or too close to the weekened to get a delivery then I will try my lhs, sucks when they're out though.

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03-07-2008 01:02 AM  10 years agoPost 30
Blade_Master1

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My LHS also rarely carries the parts I need when I want.
They will order parts for me although it takes a week.
They also only have 1 staff member that knows what he's doing.

I want to support to my LHS but they just can't compete with the online stores and for the longest time they wouldn't carry Align stock.

I fly Century Hawks mostly and have a 450sa if I crash either one it will take a week for my LHS to get me the parts, If I order the stuff online it takes me less than a week to my door and I save on gas/travel time.

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If the LHS wants to survive they will adapt and go online with a decent website, do the neccesary advertising and carry the required stock as well as provide product support.

BTW has anyone seen a decent Canadian online store other than Great Hobbies ? good luck finding an up to date site!

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03-07-2008 01:20 AM  10 years agoPost 31
Dilbeck

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Man, i sure don't want to start purchasing fuel on line, Has mat this insurance that, no thanks!

Clint

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03-07-2008 01:42 AM  10 years agoPost 32
BladeRex

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Hobby Towns are franchises so it's hit or miss on what they carry. The one in my town doesn't carry much for parts on some brands they carry but have a lot for others. I have 2 more Hobby towns that are about equal distance in opposite directions from my house one is a little better and the other is pretty outstanding w/ how much RC stuff they carry, they even carry Gaui (which is where I got my Hurricane for the same price as the cheapest I've seen online).

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03-07-2008 02:10 AM  10 years agoPost 33
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I wont give my LHS the time of day I wouldnt even stop to help the owner if he was broken down alongside the road dont like dealing with thiefs and lairs. Nor do I like paying almost double what I can buy the same items for online.

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03-07-2008 02:23 AM  10 years agoPost 34
Dilbeck

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MUTT, Do you feel this just for your own LHS? Or do you think the vast majority are this way? Just wondering because my hobby shop may not carry some of the things i like the most but i have a great deal of respect for them. Hobby shop owners that act and due business the way your describing wont be their long, You think? Sorry to hear that you don't have someone local that you trust to do business with. I would hope this is not the way with most shops...Clint

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03-07-2008 02:25 AM  10 years agoPost 35
JRjoe

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I wont give my LHS the time of day I wouldnt even stop to help the owner if he was broken down alongside the road dont like dealing with thiefs and lairs.
Sounds A little harsh to me. Guesss you LHS sucks and you never needed fuel on a Saturday morning.


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

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03-07-2008 02:26 AM  10 years agoPost 36
whirlyspud

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I support the local shops as much as I can. I am lucky in that there are 3 good shops within a half hour of me. Certain items I am willing to pay a little more, but on bigger ticket items they tend to loose out. I wish this was not the case, but the reality of the situation is I am going to spend my money in a manner that gets me the most bang for my buck. If it is an item I need in a hurry, I almost always buy local. If not mail order wins out. I'm not too concerned with service. The only service I look for is the part I need being in stock.

Mike

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03-07-2008 02:41 AM  10 years agoPost 37
Mutt

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Sounds A little harsh to me. Guesss you LHS sucks and you never needed fuel on a Saturday morning
!. You hafve no clue as to the owner of our LHS so your opinion is null and void to me.
2. No I have never needed it on a saturday morning and I do not buy fuel local as I will not pay his almost 40 bucks a gallon for fuel.
MUTT, Do you feel this just for your own LHS?
Yes the owner of our LHS here is the worse person I have ever met in my life. They dont even cater nicely to the car guys.

One small example a guy in our club his son bought his kids 2 rc cars spent a grand on 2 cars and supplys well they were having issues trying to get them started and running he went back to said store they laughed and said oh freaking well. That is the nice story I wont go into detail on some of the horror stories from that place. I have delt with a lot of LHS's over the years but this place is a joke and I wouldnt ever even think of spending a dime there again.
We get new people in the club they ask about the place I say go find out for yourself I wont tell them not to go I feel once they walk in and get the treatment they give people an see the super over inflated prices they will learn fast. I mean come on 299.99 for a hawk pro they are 209 everywheres else.

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03-07-2008 02:48 AM  10 years agoPost 38
ttsingram

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40 bucks a gallon for fuel

I am suprised he is still open if he is bad as you say.

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03-07-2008 02:52 AM  10 years agoPost 39
Mutt

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I am suprised he is still open if he is bad as you say.
He wont be much longer lets put it that way thier lease is up in another month or two and everyone is sure they are going out only customers they get are newbs that dont know any better.

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03-07-2008 02:53 AM  10 years agoPost 40
wannaflyguy

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Stocky, point made and received. You're right. I wasn't trying to debate you... sorry if I came across that way. For the record, I agree with you.

The hobby town here didn't even have deans connectors last week.

One LHS is all about cars, the other LHS is pretty good, but they only have a small wall for helis and maybe only 4 helis for purchase. I still go by to see what $ I can spend with them.

The LHS which is mainly cars... once I went in to look at helis, the dude there said, "you don't want a heli, there too expensive and require highly technical TXs."

Another point, If I have to order something, why not have it delivered to my door? Plus I get my shipments faster than the LHS.

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