Originally Posted by rcmark24
We were 45 min. away from racing today and a guy wanted to run his 1/8th scale around the track. They asked him to pay his $5 like everyone else and he got pissed about it. $5! Just shows the mentality of some of the people we deal with trying to run a race program. He can afford a $500 car but not $5 to race like everyone else. I've posted before about what a hobby shop makes and I guess it just doesn't soak in. We personally marked kits up about $25 over cost to allow the racers a chance to get started. Parts we usually give a racers discount which lowers the profit alot overall. Now I'm talking a small hobby shop. Lets say we sell 10 kits a week and make $25 on each one. And they need parts for these kits. 40% mark up. So maybe another $20 profit on parts. So this week we made $450. Take that employee's salary from that. Minimum wage of course and you wonder why he has an attitude. So take $260 from that $450. Hmmmm....that only leaves $190 for the week. Now we have to take expenses out of that. See where I'm going? And you guys want to buy online.
This is the truth. Not all the BS about batteries and motors being the issue. The issue is the racers.
Locally we try to run an onroad season every year. Our first entry is $15 and second is $5. We end up short on paying the bills every race. Yet if you talk about raising the second entry by $5 which would allow the club to pay the rent the cry babies come out in force.
Try supporting your LHS or club. Dont buy everything online just to save $5.