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Old 08-11-2006, 08:10 AM   #16
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Originally Posted by tbeardmore
Bottom line ~ I support my LHS first. If there's something I want, I ask them to order it for me. They do a good job to try to get everything I ask for & if they can't get it .... then I'll order it online.
I agree.

For those that buy almost everything on line, maybe they should race online as well? But then they wouldn't need the physical items anyway.
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Old 08-11-2006, 08:20 AM   #17
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Well... I would buy from a LHS... If I actually had one that was any use.

Most of my gear comes from Japan, couple of reasons.

One, the Tamiya dist. over here basically doesn't support the TRF and TB line of cars. Yes you can buy the kits, but parts etc are v.hard to come by, and expensive.
Buying in from abroad is pretty much the only option if you a) don't want to wait 6weeks for a part b) be bankrupt after a particulary bad weekend...

Still, I've never had any problems ordering gear from abroad, I've used Speedtech, Rainbow Ten and RC Champ. I do tend to buy other parts such as tyres, motors and equip over here, from a couple of on-line retailers (see my first line for the reason) and thats pretty much it.
If I need something asap, I'll use the at track shop, simple.

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Old 08-11-2006, 08:27 AM   #18
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used to shop at my local hobby shop, as an ex employee I still recieved a discount. However, they never stock pro electric parts and accessories, and when they are order many times they cannot get the items from their distributor. so unless i have a lot of time and I am familiar with the item, I order on line, oval: lefthander rc, rc 4 less, On road: Tamiya On Line, Speedtechrc, RC Mart, motors: EA motorsport, Team Brood, Batteries: Voodoo batteries, EA motorsports, etc.

The only Hobby Shop that stocks pro electric on road items is Speed Tech RC for the latest items. He is almost local, about 40 miles away. but he can ship that day. I have received items within 1 to 2 days.
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