Old 02-12-2008, 10:35 AM
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It is my understanding that distributors even though they offer online sales they charge full suggested retail. This is so that their dealers can charge less to encourage local hobby shop purchases. This kind of thing should already be managed between dealers and hobby shops. If you were a dealer, would you want to do buisness with the distributor you get stock from who competes with you at a lower price point? I don't think so. I'm guessing but there might even be laws on the books for this.

I guess the real debate here is the differance between a brick and mortor hobby shops that support a track or have tracks and online retailers. Maybe what your saying is that distributors should discrimiate against to this kind of activity. In the end, a distributor ultimately chooses who and how to conduct their business, and they ultimately rely on tracks to facilitate their product demand.
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