Pine Grove, Calif, USA
Sumptin' to Think AboutThe wife and I spend a fair amount of time in the RV. She is a avid quilt maker as much I am an avid RC guy. We both have a mountain of the stuff that goes with our hobbies. Whenever we are out and about there is always at least one day at each stop we take to visit the community/area as well as to graze quilt and hobby shops. Ever since I can remember she has been receiving (about every other year) a book the size of a large city's phone book. The book lists every quilt shop on the planet.So, when we pull in to a new place, she makes a list of all the quilt shops in the area, combines it with my list of hobby shops and we spend the day grazing. Of course, my problem is that there is no similar catalog for hobby shops as she has for her quilt shops. Also, there are almost no phone books anymore, which was my major source of data, any more. If a local hobby shop does not take the time/energy/money to establish a web presence, then people not local to the area are not likely to know it exists.The hobby shop population has diminished to the point that you are fortunate to encounter one hobby shop within a large metropolitan area. Typically, when I do find a hobby shop my personal stock outranks theirs by a large margin. On the order of eight to ten years ago, large population areas would have four to six hobby shops with at least one resembling a supermarket in size.This last January we visited Arizona. We spent a week in Tucson, which is a large metropolitan area. Not that long ago Tucson had six RC hobby shops (that I knew about). This last January there was only one hobby shop and when I walked in they were in the midst of a going-out-of-business sale. After some negotiation I ended up buying all the peg board items (DuBro, Great Planes, propellers, etc, etc). I walked out with seven large cardboard boxes of "stuff" for next to nothing.It is clear that if this hobby is not gone, it is certainly circling the bowl. In my club of 82 members there is a very small handful of 40 years or less, a small handful 40 to 60 years, and the rest of us who all look like me (old).The point of all of this drivel is that for us old guys who currently have a mountain of RC stuff is something to think about. Over the last long time period I have been asked, more times than I care to remember, to help some lady whose husband had the nerve to drop dead. He dropped dead with a mountain of RC hobby stuff in his shop. The worst part of the exercise is trying to explain to her how much she can expect to get out of selling the stuff when she pretty much knows how much her husband had thrown at the hobby over the years. We all know what the stuff costs, what it's worth, and for what amount you can actually get someone to pry open their wallet. Those are three wildly different numbers. The problem of unloading RC hobby stuff, for any return, is growing even harder when you consider the diminishing interest in anything model airplane and the aging of the interest group. There is a very small market for selling off used RC stuff - at any price.So, if you look like me, you might want to consider starting to sell now what you don't need or will never use. Get whatever you can get for it and take solace that you are easing the burden on the rest of the family down the road.The older I get, the fewer things seem worth waiting in line for.