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12-28-2010 04:05 PM  7 years agoPost 1
RyanW

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Short Version- I am in Albuquerque, NM and drove by Hobbies N Stuff yesterday only to see an empty building and 'For Lease' in the windows.

Long Version- Albuquerque (ALB) has been the Christmas destination for our family long before I came along. I started going to Hobbies N Stuff (HNS) when I was four years old! I started building plastic model cars before kindergarten and did so for the next ten or twelve years. HNS was the "Mecca" for elite plastic model kits and accessories.

Growing up, I would go to ALB to see Grandpa twice a year- Christmas and for the Balloon Fiesta. One of the main priorities, after seeing family, was to have someone drive me out to HNS and just drool for an hour or so. I would save up my allowance to get the special items you could only find there. Models turned into r/c cars and that turned into airplanes and helicopters. Stan and his wife Helen were always so joyful to be around.

Fast forward to Christmas 2010. After at least a three year hiatus from going to ALB, I am here again. Grandpa has passed away, but we still gather at his home to celebrate. This year is different though- we have a little 10 month old boy. My wife asked me what main things I would like to do while I am out here. I always have a nice little 'to-do' list on trips, but for ALB it ALWAYS includes stopping by HNS. This time I was going to get to take my little boy in there and show him where I went when I was very young up until just a few years ago. They had changed locations many years ago, but it was still the same people and same environment when you went in the store.

It was closed. Not closed for the holiday, it was closed for good.

I understand nothing can last forever. I do miss the place and am thankful for the joy they brought to many people and to myself for over 30 years!

-Ryan
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12-28-2010 04:23 PM  7 years agoPost 2
Gyronut

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Ditto's

Rick

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12-28-2010 04:31 PM  7 years agoPost 3
Rogman88

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High Voltage just works better

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12-28-2010 04:40 PM  7 years agoPost 4
bjacks

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Hobby Shops
I hate to hear of any Hobby Shop closing, It sounds like that ones been there a long time, I'm sure they will be miss. Bobby

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12-28-2010 05:34 PM  7 years agoPost 5
MolokaiBoy

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Very sad indeed. No one wants to see a beloved business close their doors, especially when they've been around for as long as they have. I guess with so many people using the internet over the local hobby shops these days, it is hard for them to keep up.
I worked at a LHS and we always tried to be as competitive as the online stores. But many still choose to buy everything online, and will only go to the LHS when they need something quick and they are in a bind.
I must admit I buy online, but most of the items I purchase online aren't sold at the LHS. I try to buy from my LHS whenever possible. I like to browse the LHS, even if I don't need anything, I usually buy something because I realize, I could use an extra one of these, oh and maybe a couple more of those, oh and I better get an extra gallon of fuel, and fuel lines.
Short story long.................Always sad to see a LHS close it's doors.

Aloha,
Les

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12-28-2010 05:56 PM  7 years agoPost 6
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Government should promote RC to it's ability. RC is like the easiest to get money. And money = ECONOMY = Very good. Don't know why government doesn't promote RC... So businesses don't need to be closed...

Jeffrey Fung...15 Years old - FLEET: Evo 50, Raptor 30, Trex 500, SDX's, X-Spec, Logo 10/400

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12-28-2010 06:20 PM  7 years agoPost 7
Cowjock

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Government needs to stay out of BUSINESSES. If they per-mote them they'll have their fingers in them!

Damn that ground is hard! When's the right time to get out of this money sucking hobby?

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12-28-2010 07:47 PM  7 years agoPost 8
fung_jeff

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What does that mean?..

Jeffrey Fung...15 Years old - FLEET: Evo 50, Raptor 30, Trex 500, SDX's, X-Spec, Logo 10/400

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12-28-2010 08:28 PM  7 years agoPost 9
Cowjock

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Simple: more government regulation

Damn that ground is hard! When's the right time to get out of this money sucking hobby?

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12-28-2010 08:33 PM  7 years agoPost 10
derek533

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There used to be a shop in Tulsa called Wings N Things on Peoria right near I-44 (back in the days of the Camelot Hotel and Po Folks restaurant). They closed a few years back but as a kid, we would always stop there on the way from OKC to Fayetteville over Christmas break. In fact, that is where I saw my very first RC helicopter back in the day. I don't remember what it was, but remember being fascinated at the complexity of it compared to the box of wood my Dad would be buying there. My Dad (I sure miss him) was really into planes in the mid 80's to mid 90's and that was THE shop to go to for kits. You may have spent a few dollars more (they weren't the cheapest at all), but the guys at the shop made up for it as my Dad used to say.

Sadly, they are no longer there either. I remember hearing that towards the end of the shop's life, the guys were less than stellar to deal with but I'm not sure how true that is or not.

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12-28-2010 08:38 PM  7 years agoPost 11
heli_jon

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This is a sad and tragic scenario being played out all over North America.

There is a simple answer to stopping this trend, shop local.

Stop buying form online retailers stop buying from grey market dealers, etc.

This is the only way locals will survive, unfortunately this will never happen so we all better get used to our old hobby shops shutting down.

Cheers,

John

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12-28-2010 08:46 PM  7 years agoPost 12
fung_jeff

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What can they do more? Right now the rules are QUITE strict I find...

Jeffrey Fung...15 Years old - FLEET: Evo 50, Raptor 30, Trex 500, SDX's, X-Spec, Logo 10/400

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12-28-2010 08:47 PM  7 years agoPost 13
ampex456

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Stan is at Hobby Proz in ALB
Isnt Hobby Proz the replacement or at least a competitor. I am good friends with the pervious Hobbies and Stuff owner for many years, then he sold the biz to retire. I was happy to hear from him recently at Hobby Proz. So the "old guard" Stan is with Hobby Proz so some of Hobbies n Stuff still exists. Maybe go by and see him.

Nice story. Sounded like me and my dad many years ago.

Jeff

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12-28-2010 08:52 PM  7 years agoPost 14
Noobyflyer

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That means we will fly 18 inch helicopters with foam blades that run on double AA batteries for 2 minute flight times in color beige.

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12-28-2010 09:09 PM  7 years agoPost 15
TheWoodCrafter

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Costa Mesa, Ca.

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I have seen a lot of LHS go out of business over the years. ALL that I used to buy from years ago are gone.

They close for many reasons. Some give poor service, some can't compete with prices, some loose interest in the business and let things go, some owners retire. But I think most close due to the area where they are located change. There neighboring stores close, the neighborhood matures, the demographics of the local people change.

And then there is Walmart. Look at what happens to main street in Anytown U.S.A when Walmart decides to build outside of town. Main street dries up, the businesses close and people move away.

Things change and not always for the better. The older you get the more change you see and the less you like it.

Thanks, TheWoodCrafter

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12-28-2010 09:10 PM  7 years agoPost 16
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The unfortunate truth is retailers must adapt to the ever changing industry and customer markets. If they don't adapt they will indeed have a very difficult time surviving.

The hobbyshops that are doing very well have greatly succeeded in adapting and taking advantage of the trending market. Look at readyheli for example. Brick and mortar hobbyshops that sit on their bums and wait for the customer to walk thru the front door will never survive.

-Jeff T.

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12-29-2010 12:07 AM  7 years agoPost 17
Ghia

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yeh the new owners of Hobbies N stuff put in a valiant effort but with the internet and china under cutting their costs its hard to survive in a market like that.

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12-29-2010 12:15 AM  7 years agoPost 18
inkspot1967

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wow i have been to there shop at least 4-5 times over the years sad to see them close

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12-29-2010 12:22 AM  7 years agoPost 19
Anthony.L

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I had a similar experience. When I got into RC when I was 8 years old there was one local hobby shop that was huge and had it all. Trains, plains, boats, cars, trucks, etc. I used to beg my dad and grandmother to drive me there every single weekend.

Sad to say they went along the same lines and closed a couple years back.

The online, much like Walmart, is killing the small local businesses in this country. I try my very best to spend local as much as I can. I will admit when younger I used to shop online 100%. However in my older age (30 next year!) I've figured out that is very short sided.

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12-29-2010 12:58 AM  7 years agoPost 20
rexxigpilot

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Things change. Just go out and try to rent a movie from a brick and mortar store nowadays.

I had great times with my dad going to the LHS when I was a kid. A hobby shop is the most facinating place imaginable to many a young boy.

The LHS's demise will be to the detriment of the hobby industry. If the LHS goes away, many a young man will never get involved in this great hobby! It is important for the hobby manufacturers and distributors to start giving discounted prices to the LHS in order to compete with online stores. Otherwise, this industry is not sustainable for future generations. It would also be good for local economies that rely on sales tax.

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