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Old 04-10-2005, 12:40 PM   #11
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Don't count on them giving you your money back.. about the best you will be able to do with them is getting a credit... I think I got money back from them once and that was just luck..
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Old 04-10-2005, 01:25 PM   #12
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Now now Fozy.... you should know by now that I will try to be as unbiased as possible in my posts. If you want to know, I will tell you later. The last thing I want to start is a flame war about hobby shops.

Btw... I didnt get my money back, that was okay though, I was given a bit of a deal on some other products I wanted to buy.

It doesnt make up for the astronomical amount they wanted for other things in the first place, but at least some effort was made. I can say this much, I wont be going back to that particular shop any time soon if I can help it.
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Old 04-10-2005, 02:08 PM   #13
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I don't care what ANYONE says the mark up on stuff is huge. Kits are the exception as they dont tend to make as much money. However, having seen some pricing from distributors the mark up on parts is stupid and anyone who says different is crazy.

As far as the prices further from the city getting lower the main contributing factor there would be overhead. Rent is less, taxes are less and the smart guys are the ones who take advantage of that and lower their prices to get your business.

I am a big believer that things in this industry are overpriced. however it' like gas. Unless your prepared to stop buying there isnt a whole lot thats gonna happen.

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yeah, Ebay is great, but sometimes you cant wait for the shipping time.

It just boils down to this, Sometimes I fee like I am getting raped by the hobby shop. Certain shops know they can charge astronomical prices and get away with it.

I was sent a pm about how pricing works in a hobby shop. And frankly I think its a load of crap. I worked in retail for sometime, and there is a mark up on everything, thats how a profit is made. But the mark ups are supposed to be based on desired income, expected expenses like hydro, rent etc. It seems like certain hobby shops in the GTA charge immense amounts because they can.

I have found that the further away I get from the GTA the better the pricing becomes. Why do you think that is? I think its because the shops get farther apart, or there are less of them, so charging 29.99 for a 6.99(US) radio box wouldnt fly

And you are right, I should have called around first. But the problem was, I was on my lunch for work and had to get the parts I needed because I didint think I would make it to the hobby shop I like the most. Got burned, nuff said, will be taking the rest of the stuff I bought back today and hopefuly they will give me my money back.
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Old 04-11-2005, 01:34 PM   #14
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Hobby shops within the GTA is far and few. They are at least within 15 to 25 Km apart so shopping at a hobby shop nearest you is best specially if you know that most of the parts you will need is there. I'm lucky that way.

I will however travel farther if my first shop does not have what I require even if the price is higher than his.

If I need parts and there is only one shop that has it, I ask a fellow hobbyist to buy it for me that is close to the shop or I go there myself and pay the higher premium.

First things to consider in a shop is service, second is knowledge, third is parts availability, fourth but not last is pricing.

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Old 04-11-2005, 02:11 PM   #15
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I went to a hobby shop that will remain nameless...bought a tmaxx gas tank, there were 2 - side by side, one was 16.99 the other was 19.99, they were side by side, I took the 16.99 one... obviously
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I think I know which one that was.. I tpays to dig to the back of the stack to find the cheaper price.. lol.. I have saved up to 15% just by looking around the other pegs...
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thats why i like boats...less things to break....and you can make your own parts without the use of state of the art machinery..
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I wanted GPM extended TVP's, for my savage. I went to a hobby shop and was told 99$ (+ tax) CAD, I contacted GPM and I paid 45$ cad shipped to my door, GPM parts are way cheaper if you buy them from GPM
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