Originally posted by popsracer
In defence of Hobby People, you have to understand that the stores are corporate owned. Each store receives it's merchandise (kits, parts, etc.) based on what the main office/warehouse sends us.
I've always been able to get the stuff I wanted or needed at Hobby People...no sweat at all. Gotta love the Red Tag bin, too.
I bought a TON of cool Pro 3 stuff there for super cheap...looks like I'll have a chance to use it up now.
BTW -- I just got home from Ultimate. They are direct with HPI. They have maybe
15 items on the hook for the Pro 4. They have a zillion 0 degree c-hubs (no others), about ten zillion shock seal kits(two hooks full, probably 30-40), one shaft, (had) one gear set, (had) one set of one-way outdrives...basically, they have squat on the shelf and everything else is on backorder.
When I told them what HPI was saying about the situation..."Yeah, that's what HPI always says, they always say it's our fault. Nothing new." Half the guys started in on how tough HPI is to deal with parts-wise.
These guys (Ultimate) are "down for the cause" -- they have a section all open, just waiting for Pro 4 stuff to (eventually) arrive...and since they ARE a distributor and they HAVE ordered the stuff...what's the holdup now?
One guy there said..."Just get another kit" I said, "Yeah...then what happens 5 minutes later when I need a part for that one?"
If you have the stuff there...the PUT IT UP ON BUY HPI. Sorry to yell...but it's kind of a "put up or shut up" deal at this point. Tamiya and Yokomo sell direct (at list)...so do you guys.