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I went to a Hobby Lobby in Lima Ohio today.It looked to me they had significantly less models than my last stop about 6/8 weeks ago.Anybody else noticed other stores with less stock on the shelves or is it just me?

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Mine looked the same Thursday just two empty spots.

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Could be many different reasons, but the best answer would be from someone who works there. They could be getting ready for a reset, waiting for a shipment, moving the aisle, the list goes on. 

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For some time now, it seems like the 3 HL's near me have been stocking more die-cast and fewer plastic models.  

The 1/64 and 1/24 scale die-casts used to take up a small space near the end of the aisle. But now they're taking up quite a bit of the rack space that used to be dedicated to plastic models.  That may be my own grumpy bias toward plastic, but it sure looks that way.  At least some of the 1/24 die-casts are interesting stuff, like the Greenlight vintage camper trailers.

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This last week I visited the three HLs close to me. The first two looked very normal in the kit display area and nothing in the clearance area. The third one had many open holes in the kit display. Could be no one had restocked the shelves or were about to since it was Friday. One thing I noticed was the absents of Tamiya masking tape. This was the reason for my visit and I have bought the tape there in the past. They were offering a different brand that I had never seen or heard of before. I went to a local Hobby Shop that I often use for supplies and the not only had the tape I wanted but it was also less expensive than HL. 

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I don’t know if they are downsizing or just filling up the shelves. I don’t know if new Revell has been shipping the volume that Hobbico did, which would leave some space. Time will tell

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22 hours ago, Mike999 said:

For some time now, it seems like the 3 HL's near me have been stocking more die-cast and fewer plastic models.  

The 1/64 and 1/24 scale die-casts used to take up a small space near the end of the aisle. But now they're taking up quite a bit of the rack space that used to be dedicated to plastic models.  That may be my own grumpy bias toward plastic, but it sure looks that way.  At least some of the 1/24 die-casts are interesting stuff, like the Greenlight vintage camper trailers.

That's what it looks like to me too

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The selection of kits at the HL closest to me started to shrink several months ago.  No empty slots of kits to come.  A few of the newer kits but nothing floats my boat even with the coupon.

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Several months ago many of the stores underwent a reset that kept the shelf space for automotive subjects the same, but about 1/3 of the spaces that were previously occupied by plastic kits were taken over by diecast kits and pre-builts. 

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16 hours ago, Tom Geiger said:

I don’t know if they are downsizing or just filling up the shelves. I don’t know if new Revell has been shipping the volume that Hobbico did, which would leave some space. Time will tell

 

2 hours ago, Mr. Metallic said:

Several months ago many of the stores underwent a reset that kept the shelf space for automotive subjects the same, but about 1/3 of the spaces that were previously occupied by plastic kits were taken over by diecast kits and pre-builts. 

See my point above.  Hobby Lobby is notorious on having no empty spaces on their shelves.  Could they just be filling in with diecast and once Revell is shipping product in quantity again, that be back filled with plastic?

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Brand new one opened last Friday a few miles away from me in FairLakes in the old ToysRus.  It was pretty well stocked but sadly nothing in either diecast or models that I had to have.  I also forgot my phone to get a discount but at least I got to see what they are going to carry.  The paint and tools and acessories selection looked pretty good but I was hoping there would be more Autoworld or Johnny Lightning diecast.  The kit selection was pretty good but of of course the prices are all retail.

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The one I frequent seems to have a smaller car model area, as noted , more diecast. I also used to get tamiya tape there, looks to have been replaced by the hobby lobby brand tape, along with a few other items that look the same, but are now hobby lobby branded.....

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I only have one HL near me and I get there maybe once or twice a year. The last time they had a fairly full isle on one side with various car/plane/ship models, supplies and small amount of paint. My regular hobby shop used to have just about any model car kitted (recent issues) but now has cut that down to 2 small mid-height shelf areas. One worker told me the higher price of the kits just stagnated the sales so they reduced and blew out what they could. R/C stuff in cars and airplanes is probably the most active from the looks of the inventory now.

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Since moving to Bend Oregon back last August , I've NOT seen any changes .

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Just visited the nearest one to me (Salem, OR) to get some flat tan paint. The kits were well stocked. The customizable diecasts seem to be slowly encroaching on the styrene kit shelf space.

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I went to the HL in Elk Grove, CA and the kit selection seems to be the same.

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There's a HL not too far from here, and I've not been there for several months, but I will be going in a couple of weeks.

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