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08-11-2012 07:46 PM  5 years agoPost 21
dkshema

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Cedar Rapids, IA

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I go to my LHS about once a month. It's like going to a museum and I get reminded that they just never stock anything I need. Now if you really want a set of red/white frequency flags for you transmitter, I know where you can get a set...

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08-11-2012 08:12 PM  5 years agoPost 22
Solmanbandit

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Tucson , AZ

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I like going to the LHS. My problem is that their prices are killing me. I just can't afford to keep going there. Now there is a new hobby shop and they are starting to get some 450 Pro parts. I need to compare prices, but their prices seem to be pretty good. That may make me rethink in using the LHS more often.

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08-11-2012 08:25 PM  5 years agoPost 23
GyroFreak

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Orlando Florida ...28N 81W

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When I go to my LHS it is like a wonder land. You wonder how in the heck did they pack all this stuff in here. It is located in Orlando and wow do they have everything. You can't see the ceiling because of all the planes hanging above you. I don't like going there because of all the stuff I see and think I might need and end up buying way to much. Prices are good, and the staff is excellent if you need help.
If you are in the Orlando area you need to take a short visit to Graves Hobby, you will not be disappointed.

I think about the hereafter. I go somewhere to get something, then wonder what I'm here after ?

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08-11-2012 08:46 PM  5 years agoPost 24
Bouchah

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Willow Spring, N. Carolina USA

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I used to be fortunate enough to have Experience RC as my local hobby shop in Mich. Now in N.C. I cant find a shop that even carries Align parts. This really does suck. Hopefully I will be able to find a good shop around here somewhere. It may cost a bit more to buy parts from a shop but it was nice to be able to go pick up some parts when you need them not to mention the knowledge and help that they offered, it was great.

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08-11-2012 09:20 PM  5 years agoPost 25
whiskey

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Richmond,Va. USA

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It all depends on what you fly. I would love to shop local but the only hobby shops that would have the birds I want are in Germany

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08-11-2012 09:39 PM  5 years agoPost 26
HeliNutAndy

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worcester, MA USA

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Given that once you're flying at size, this hobby is a horrific money pit, so getting nickel-and-dime over the LHS prices is just lame.
I think everyone here realizes this hobby is a little costly but if quadrupling the price of batteries for instance is what's lame. Why get one for the price of four? I believe in supporting the local guy but cmon.

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08-11-2012 10:01 PM  5 years agoPost 27
Sar

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Saugeties, NY

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Before heli flight center opened up I used to/had to order everything online, or get a few things from another hobby shop which had mostly plane stuff. It's great having heli parts locally again!

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08-11-2012 10:28 PM  5 years agoPost 28
shlm

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West Chester, PA

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I visit hobby hut a couple of times a week....very luck to have them so close to me.




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08-12-2012 03:27 AM  5 years agoPost 29
Wedge77

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St. Charles Missouri USA

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I not only live 1/2 mile from my lhs, I also work there! lhs 1/2 mile one direction, flying field 1 1/2 miles in the other.. life is good!! LOL
Wedge

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08-12-2012 04:05 AM  5 years agoPost 30
RCMUstang

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Rockville, MD - USA

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I visit my LHS regularly when I need parts. Hobby Hangar in Chantilly, VA is first rate. They are well stocked with all flavors of RC stuff, especially helis. They sponsor all the local DC area clubs. They staff is first rate. If I need parts, I go to them first. I bought helis from them even if they are slightly more expensive because they are local. Worst case, they are 10% more expensive. Well worth the local convenience and the support they offer.

Support your local shop.

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08-12-2012 04:11 AM  5 years agoPost 31
rocket_33

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Mount Pleasant, Michigan USA

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I not only buy as much as I can from my LHS I also try to help educate them into products. We all need the brick and mortar stores because that helps bring new people into the hobby. So I try to work with them and help them

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08-12-2012 08:39 AM  5 years agoPost 32
taxus812

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Conecticut - USA

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I guess we are very fortunate to have a LHS that is well stocked and has reasonable prices. I can get parts online for less but not much less. I try to buy from them when I can. I love being able to walk in and bounce things off of the shop staff (did I mention they really know their stuff). Well worth the additional costs if any

Man is so anxious about his future that he does not enjoy the present. - Dalai Lama

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08-12-2012 12:29 PM  5 years agoPost 33
Steff Giguere

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St-Eustache, Quebec, Canada

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My LHS is about half hour drive, I go as often as I can, but when I need to get them to order parts, they often forget and it takes sometimes up to weeks before they get the parts in. Therefore I go and if they have the parts I want I get them otherwise I order online.

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08-12-2012 08:57 PM  5 years agoPost 34
ch-47c

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san jose, ca

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My LHS gives a 10% discount on the advertised price if you belong to the local heli club. Sometimes more on airplane stuff.

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08-12-2012 09:36 PM  5 years agoPost 35
ba board

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England

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Mine used to give a discount. Now apparently, everything in the shop is discounted so as a club member you don't gain anything.

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08-12-2012 11:37 PM  5 years agoPost 36
AWittleWabbit

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O.C., CA

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I'm lucky enough to have a couple of well stocked ones within a reasonable drive. I try to give them my money when it makes sense to do so. The closest one, Gyro's is a good place for me to play around on the sim and shoot the ****. Now if the owner would just get a liquor license ....

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08-13-2012 01:03 AM  5 years agoPost 37
Ray Fernandez

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Guam (U.S.A.)

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I would love to buy from my local hobby shop but unfortunately they do not stock parts for the helis I fly. I have no choice but to shop online. Plus the LHS here caters more to the RC cars.

Ray Fernandez - GUAM

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08-13-2012 02:58 AM  5 years agoPost 38
sonnyhad

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Holland,Mi

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I use the local hobby shop as much as i can, but they don't carry all the stuff I need, but luckily ExperienceRC is only a day or two out on orders, sometimes I order one day and have it in hand the next day. I'm lucky its a 2 hour drive or I'd be broke, its like being a kid in a candy shop going there! They have everything!

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08-13-2012 03:39 AM  5 years agoPost 39
jgalen0025

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royersford, pa- US

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Hobby hut is a brick and mortar with online sales.
When i have money and they have or can get what i want it goes straight to hobbyhut. They have competetive prices and sell fuel which is a god sent since i sold my last e heli. THey have great customer service and wayne the heli guy will bend over backwards to get what i need or exchange something that is faulty
Dont take for granted your lhs bc many many lhs's go out of business and every sale helps even if you have to pay a little more you will be sad when they close!!
I would be willing to bet money on that!!

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08-13-2012 11:57 AM  5 years agoPost 40
Yogi 1

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Clinton,CT USA

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Hi Andy,There is an online shop called Heli Direct that has adds on here and has excellent prices on lipos and they have local pick up available says they ship from Malden,MA check them out get some batteries and get flying.Yogi

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