What are your favorite online dealers?
Oh, I still use two of my LHS's with a passion, for small items, like Rolling Stock, scenery, and paint.I don't have any real online orders. Well in a way I do, I just send an email to hobby shops I know of (not mail order ones), it seems to work good for me, if the item isn't in stock and they have to get it from Walther's well then I have a little wait. These are small business that have to work to make a go of it so if my purchases help keep them around, then I'm doing a good thing. There used to be some hobby shops around here but they're all gone now.
Exactly my thought. Why pay $135 for a Genesis SD70M at the LHS when I can can spend $100 on two and have them here in a week?Sorry fellows, but me saving money is more important than worrying about my LHS owner surviving. I am not going to pay inflated prices on already over-priced merchandise. Please understand that I am not blessed with the fantastic shops that some of you have, but I doubt that I would buy much from them if I had one. There is something that goes against the grain by paying 15-20% more for an item than necessary.
Depends on whether or not your local hobby shop is what the computer industry likes to call a "value added reseller". i.e. Does he add anything to the transaction to make it worth the extra time and effort you spend shopping at his store?Exactly my thought. Why pay $135 for a Genesis SD70M at the LHS when I can can spend $100 on two and have them here in a week?
RailroadBookstore.com - An online railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used railroad books. Railroad pictorials, railroad history, steam locomotives, passenger trains, modern railroading. Hundreds of titles available, most at discount prices! We also have a video and children's book section.
ModelRailroadBookstore.com - An online model railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used books. Layout design, track plans, scenery and structure building, wiring, DCC, Tinplate, Toy Trains, Price Guides and more.