Originally Posted by Motorman
...we despise EBAY shops and have shut several of them down unless they are a legitimate store front, without your local hobby shop you will never have the proper support you need.
With us talking on the internet and all, I can't be sure of your tone, so I'll assume that its just a informative one and nothing aggressive.
So I'll simply say this, the dude asked a question, so I gave an answer. It sounds as though you have issues with eBay, not me. I don't know what they are and aren't supposed to be allowing to be sold, so all I can say is I DID
by mine from there(that was the question asked), IT WAS
a good deal, and the seller (an ebay store) DID
handle themselves in a very professional manner. Outside of that, like I said, thats not my issue.
As for the "support your local shops" call. Sorry, I've been in this hobby too long for that propaganda to work on me. I've supported local shops to no end and what has it gotten me over the years...
-donated track materials being misused
-suspensions from races
-alot of over paying
-showing up one day to find out that the local shop(with all its support) has sold out to a bigger business next door that wants to expand. (thats happened 3 times
in this small city alone, so I can't imagine how often it happens in larger cities with higher rent cost.
So now my "local" shop (that knows anything about RC stuff) is over 40 minutes away and has an owner that is clearly in it for the money and would sell us all out if the opportunity presented itself. And with sales tax so high, its cheaper to buy online...be it eBay or online hobbystores. Sorry I don't have the money, nor the interest(any longer) in fighting that tired "support the local hobby shop" battle. And personally, I think its time they
started supporting us.
No offense meant, and sorry for the rant, but you have to understand, I'm just a guy trying to enjoy his hobby...I'll leave the politics of business to the companies involved.
P.S. if it makes you feel any better, the moment I decided to get the Mongoose I talked to the "local" shop about carrying parts. They were planning on picking up RDLogics products anyway, so it seems I'll be able to get my parts through "proper" businesses. But we'll see...