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#41 Ace-Garageguy

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Posted 22 August 2013 - 12:10 PM

My closest HL is about 14 miles away. My only currently-operational vehicle gets about 12mpg. That means it costs me more than $7 in fuel to go there and back, so I only go when I have to be on that side of town for something else anyway, usually about once every other month...and NEVER without a 40% coupon.



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Posted 22 August 2013 - 12:20 PM

 I try to go twice a month, for a 40% off kit or if the selection is bad, paint.

 

My closest HL is about 14 miles away. My only currently-operational vehicle gets about 12mpg. That means it costs me more than $7 in fuel to go there and back, so I only go when I have to be on that side of town for something else anyway, usually about once every other month...and NEVER without a 40% coupon.

 

But it's got over 400 HP, right Bill? :lol:



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Posted 22 August 2013 - 12:27 PM

Always on a Saturday,always with coupon,but not every weekend.It's about a 25 minute drive one way so when I do go I stop at a Michael's that's close to the Hobby Lobby and a regular hobby shop not too far from there to make the trip worth doing.



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Posted 22 August 2013 - 12:33 PM

... always with coupon,but not every weekend.It's about a 25 minute drive one way so when I do go I stop at a Michael's that's close to the Hobby Lobby...

 

me too. seems quite odd and yet very convenient they are closely situated.



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Posted 22 August 2013 - 12:34 PM

Only once and that was in 2002. I am blessed to have an independently owned local hobby shop (LHS) near me. I spend my hobby $ at my LSH...in my humble opinion they need our financial and moral support more than a big national chain store. And before someone replies "I don’t have that option"  I realize this is the case for some people. However, that’s my two cents on the matter.


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Posted 22 August 2013 - 03:02 PM

 

 

 

But it's got over 400 HP, right Bill? :lol:

 

Sigh...only 210... :(



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Posted 22 August 2013 - 03:09 PM

 

Sigh...only 210... :(

 

210HP and 12MPG?

 

Geez... can't you do better than that?  :blink:



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Posted 22 August 2013 - 03:21 PM

 

210HP and 12MPG?

 

Geez... can't you do better than that?  :blink:

 

You would think so, I know, but that's the way GM built it in 1992, and I haven't done anything to it other than maintenance. :mellow:

 

Maybe if it DID have 400hp, I could more easily justify a 'rapid' trip to the HL. B)

 

There ARE a Michael's and a Hobby Town all within a block of the Hobby Lobby, and a Starbucks and Steak-n-Shake, so maybe I'll go a little more often... ;)

 

PS. Tenax was back at Hobby Town last time I was there a few weeks ago. :)



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Posted 23 August 2013 - 03:00 AM

One more thing- I will support any business that sells models or supplies, be it a big-box discount store, mom-and-pop LHS, craft  store, on-line, vendors at contests... I do try to stay local and keep the $ where I live, but the situation might not always allow for that.  So, the little bit  of wealth does get spread around and it helps everyone.



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Posted 23 August 2013 - 03:28 AM

We do not have Hobby Lobby in San Diego, CA



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Posted 23 August 2013 - 03:29 AM

One more thing- I will support any business that sells models or supplies, be it a big-box discount store, mom-and-pop LHS, craft  store, on-line, vendors at contests... I do try to stay local and keep the $ where I live, but the situation might not always allow for that.  So, the little bit  of wealth does get spread around and it helps everyone.

I too like to keep my money going to the LHS's but it's hard when they can't, or refuse to get what you want. You have no choice but to go elsewhere



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Posted 23 August 2013 - 04:31 AM

I'm lucky to have a boatload of Hobby Lobby's around me. They recently put some slow moving models (in their opinion I guess) on clearance for 40% off. There's an I-Phone app that lets you get a 40% coupon off anytime now. I remember used to it was every other week for one in the paper. They seem to get the "latest releases" a while after they actually hit elsewhere. They just recently put out the Rat Roaster, the '56 Shoebox Ford. The closet store carries a good selection of Testors paints including the spray lacquers. There is a great Hobby Shop about 30 miles away in Irving, Texas. "Wild Bill's" They buy old collections and have a great variety of cars, planes, etc. plus a good R/C selection. There are also Hobby town stores in the Dallas area, but they only carry a spartan selection of car models. I grew up with a Local Hobby Shop a few blocks away and remember how much fun it was to ride our bikes to the shop. That was also when kits were $2.25.

Ahhh, the good 'ole days.

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Posted 23 August 2013 - 04:56 AM

i remember AMT 3 in 1 kits for $1.19 - discounted down from $1.25. the Styline kits with the nasty putty were $1.49, and i think the same for the double kits.  but i guess that's a whole other thread . . . .



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Posted 23 August 2013 - 05:06 AM

They recently put some slow moving models (in their opinion I guess) on clearance for 40% off. There's an I-Phone app that lets you get a 40% coupon off anytime now. I remember used to it was every other week for one in the paper. They seem to get the "latest releases" a while after they actually hit elsewhere. They just recently put out the Rat Roaster, the '56 Shoebox Ford. 

 

I did notice the AMT '65 Chevelle Wagon, Ford Van, Stude Avanti, and several other Revell kits on clearance at the Green Bay, WI store, replaced by several other newer releases. The Avanti's been on the shelf for almost exactly one year, but the AMT '76 Gremlin is still on the shelf, and I've yet to see it clearance priced.

 

HL seems to get both "new" releases (as in they stock them within the month the hit the street) as well as some which are a few months old (such as the Rat Roaster), so they don't seem to follow the typical stock pattern a LHS would.



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Posted 23 August 2013 - 05:17 AM

 

I did notice the AMT '65 Chevelle Wagon, Ford Van, Stude Avanti, and several other Revell kits on clearance at the Green Bay, WI store, replaced by several other newer releases. The Avanti's been on the shelf for almost exactly one year, but the AMT '76 Gremlin is still on the shelf, and I've yet to see it clearance priced.

 

HL seems to get both "new" releases (as in they stock them within the month the hit the street) as well as some which are a few months old (such as the Rat Roaster), so they don't seem to follow the typical stock pattern a LHS would.

 

The same exact kits are on clearance at our location plus a few others, Monogram Lambo Diablo,AMT 71 Charger, AMT 70 1/2 Z28, AMT vette 2010-12



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Posted 23 August 2013 - 06:01 AM

I too like to keep my money going to the LHS's but it's hard when they can't, or refuse to get what you want. You have no choice but to go elsewhere


I was at my local HTU today and they we confused about the new 57 Ford police car kit. They didn't seem to interested in finding out if they could get one, which would have been a sale. On another note they had several of the exact same kits that hobby lobby carries for the price for one as two of the hobby lobby kits with the coupon. The 57Fireball Roberts kit was 33.99, I could get two at hobby lobby for that price. It's one of the reasons that I by more kits at hobby lobby than at the lhs. Even though I would like to support them, I can't justify that kind of spending.

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Posted 23 August 2013 - 06:18 AM

I go to Hobby Lobby once a month because they let us have our Florida Auto & Scale Trucks (FAST) model club there for free.  Most club members check out the kits before leaving the store.  We also have a supply of 40% coupons at the meetings.



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Posted 23 August 2013 - 09:03 AM

I was at my local HTU today and they we confused about the new 57 Ford police car kit. They didn't seem to interested in finding out if they could get one, which would have been a sale. On another note they had several of the exact same kits that hobby lobby carries for the price for one as two of the hobby lobby kits with the coupon. The 57Fireball Roberts kit was 33.99, I could get two at hobby lobby for that price. It's one of the reasons that I by more kits at hobby lobby than at the lhs. Even though I would like to support them, I can't justify that kind of spending.

Our HTU is horrible. We have to practically beg him to get things in that modelers would obviously by, like BMF and wetsanding sheets. The same goes for us R/C racers. We run on his track, yet he won't order the type of tire the pretty much everyone prefers to run on the track. We can't support him if he won't carry what we want. I mean, do you want to make money or not?? lol



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Posted 23 August 2013 - 02:04 PM

Apparently , three times this week :lol:



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Posted 23 August 2013 - 02:15 PM

Our HTU is horrible. We have to practically beg him to get things in that modelers would obviously by, like BMF and wetsanding sheets. The same goes for us R/C racers. We run on his track, yet he won't order the type of tire the pretty much everyone prefers to run on the track. We can't support him if he won't carry what we want. I mean, do you want to make money or not?? lol

 

And the wonder why the local hobby shops are in trouble.  My local Hobbytown doesn't stock Tamiya paints. When I asked the owner he said, "Yup, people keep asking for that."  Sooooooo?!?!  It hasn't occurred to him to actually stock it?