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11-18-2018 02:13 AM  13 months ago
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wjvail

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Anyone Else Notice a Difference in Black Friday Deals This Year?
Has anyone else notice there hasn't been the same onslaught of Black Friday advertisements/bargains this year? If someone were to point out that it is only Saturday the 17th and technically 5 days from Black Friday, I'd understand. But, in years past it seems like there has been a month long count down to Friday and it seemed to drift into Cyber Monday. This year, I haven't seen it. It's not just hobby sales. All black fridays offers seem slower.

Every year for the last few years I've bought a set of new MKS servos marked down 20%. This year I don't know what I'd buy but I'm beginning to wonder if I'll get a chance.

Anyone else getting a different vibe this year?
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10-28-2019 03:15 PM  47 days ago
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So another year has passed and it's late October. Black Friday is 30 days away and I usually postpone any $1,000 purchases to see what goes on sale. Anyone else got a wish-list going? I'll be curious to see how aggressive the sales are this year.

Doesn't have to be hobby related. If you're looking for something as a Christmas gift to yourself, let's hear it.
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11-29-2019 03:16 PM  15 days ago
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I just couldn't wait on Black Friday, so I bought a Futaba 16SZH and a CGY 760 this last week. Probably could have saved a hundred bucks or so but wanted them to install on a Synergy G7Z gasser. Hoping to get in the air this weekend.
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11-30-2019 02:26 PM  14 days ago
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Chuck Bole I just couldn't wait on Black Friday, so I bought a Futaba 16SZH and a CGY 760 this last week.
Nice! I breezed through FutabaUSA and they had(have) some good sales - just not on anything I need. Like you, I bought a 760 a little bit ago at near full price. I might have bought a second but didn't see them discounted anywhere. I've been trying to figure out how I'm going to buy a 32MZ. Full retail isn't going to happen and it hasn't gone on sale at any of the on line shops I've checked.

I've been looking for a set of XPert servos on sale. Nothing on Friday. Maybe Cyber Monday.

I have seen where Align 470LM's are on sale at HeliDirect. I've wanted to try one for a while now. Notice I didn't say I need one - I want one.
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11-30-2019 04:07 PM  14 days ago
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wjvail I have seen where Align 470LM's are on sale at HeliDirect. I've wanted to try one for a while now. Notice I didn't say I need one - I want one.
Cool, I'll text you next week asking how the build is going

I've been browsing around too looking at stuff. Haven't really noticed anything majorly reduced, or any big announcements of sales. Not that I need anything, but it's always fun looking.
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12-01-2019 03:20 AM  13 days ago
SoCal Scott

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I picked up a Kontronik Jive Pro 120 HV which are usually never discounted for $405 so I’m happy! And Thunder Powers yearly 50% off sale got me some new 10s packs. I think I only received a total of two emails so far from online stores this season.

Personally I’m glad to not get bombarded with ads. For me it’s less about the initial “MASSIVE HUGE DISCOUNT” deal, and more about what deals you can stack for maximum savings
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12-01-2019 07:15 AM  13 days ago
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I picked up a 3D printer... Aycubic Photon S...
just what I needed...

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12-03-2019 04:51 AM  11 days ago
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I didn’t think Thunder power was still in business.
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12-06-2019 12:23 AM  8 days ago
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wjvail I've been looking for a set of XPert servos on sale. Nothing on Friday. Maybe Cyber Monday.
Xpert had some very good deals on servo combo packages (cyclic/tail) and a 20% off your entire order coupon. These were advertised on their FB page:

https://www.facebook.com/xpertrcusa/
  
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12-09-2019 08:10 PM  5 days ago
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wjvail I've been looking for a set of XPert servos on sale. Nothing on Friday. Maybe Cyber Monday.
Xpert had some very good deals on servo combo packages (cyclic/tail) and a 20% off your entire order coupon. These were advertised on their FB page:

https://www.facebook.com/xpertrcusa/
Thank you - and that sucks... I missed that sale. I don't Facebook and the 25th was both our Thanksgiving and my birthday. It would have been impossible for me to get that done then.

I checked AMain, GrandRC, HeliDirect and a few of my other favorite shops. Didn't see any sales. In any business dealing the goal is to find the win/win solution. That is, the solution that make both parties better off. In this case we found the lose/lose. I didn't get my new servos and they didn't get my $700.

Anyway. Life goes on. We'll get 'em next time around.
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12-12-2019 03:20 PM  2 days ago
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Overall seemed like there weren't many deals. I did end up getting 3 Gens Ace 6 cell 5000mAh lipos for my Goblin at 15% off.It's a complex, costly, glow powered anti-gravity machine!
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12-12-2019 11:50 PM  1 day ago
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I think part of the problem is that we have pushed vendors to very slim margins and they don't have the volume they used to to make money as our hobby coninues to contract. Secondly, our hobby really has returned to botique status. There is no benefit in a vendor offering large discounts to such a small market. They'd just be shooting themselves in the foot. They're going to have to rely on "value added" type things from now on to make a sale and gain a following. The old template of simply cutting prices might make them a sale but it eliminates their market for retail sales and puts them out of business from small margins too small to sustain themselves.
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12-13-2019 01:57 PM  1 day ago
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MartyH I think part of the problem is that we have pushed vendors to very slim margins and they don't have the volume they used to to make money as our hobby coninues to contract. Secondly, our hobby really has returned to botique status.
Certainly you are correct. I should have said this sooner, but I hope retailers do what they have to to stay healthy. The list is long of people I used to buy from that are no longer here. The terms "Black Friday" and "Door Buster" didn't exist a few years ago and my world would keep spinning if they went away. And while I'm not afraid of discount, I understand retailers are in this business to make a profit.

I've got a set of XPert servos coming from HeliDirect. 3 of the servos were discounted 17% and 2 were full retail. Years past this might have been a $700 order - this year it was $800. If that's what it takes to keep HD supplying the hobby, so be it.
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12-13-2019 08:20 PM  1 day ago
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BK Hobbies is having an up to Christmas sale. Maybe not black friday, but still some off.
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