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jetmech43 01-07-2013 07:25 AM

Hobby King
Has anyone else experienced long time to ship form Hobby King. I ordered some batteries and its been almost a month and still nothing.

Walt Thyng 01-07-2013 07:31 AM

RE: Hobby King
Shipping times from the "International" warehouse can be long. 3 weeks is the longest I've experienced.

Have you followed the tracking number for your order?

I've heard of some people havin problems with the air-mail option. Did you choose that?

jetmech43 01-07-2013 07:41 AM

RE: Hobby King
yes I am keeping up with the tracking number, says it was hand over to airline in 12/20/2012 at 2308 and theres been no activity since then

Walt Thyng 01-07-2013 08:01 AM

RE: Hobby King
Yeah, I'm not looking at an HK, but there are two different shipping options and the one that sounds faster is a problem.

Jeff Worsham 01-07-2013 08:01 AM

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I've had batteries take 4 weeeks from HK International warehouse in middle of the year. Maybe add at least a week for the holidays. UPS took almost 2 weeks getting a small box from Futaba Service in Ill to central New Mexico. Finally arrived last week.

Walt Thyng 01-07-2013 08:06 AM

RE: Hobby King
Before the holidays I ordered pair of motors from the US warehouse and later the same day I found a deal on the Zephyr (fantastic plane by the way) from China. Guess which one got here first?

I think most of the slow shipping issues involve LiPos getting though some kind of check by Chinese customs.

jetmech43 01-07-2013 08:29 AM

RE: Hobby King
Well HK dont have any issues of taking your money

jetmech43 01-07-2013 08:30 AM

RE: Hobby King
I ordered the batteries on the 14th of Dec. and says they where shipped on the 15th, go figure

Flyer88 01-07-2013 08:33 AM

RE: Hobby King
I've been choosing the cheapest form of shipping and receiving my stuff within 1-2 weeks ??

jetmech43 01-07-2013 08:48 AM

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When I ordered it says the US warehouse had them, but then said they didnt have them in US so I dont remember what kind of shipping, they must be flying a ultra lite from China to get them here

Hokie Flyer 01-07-2013 09:40 AM

RE: Hobby King
There may be an issue with shipping.  I seem to recall HK getting their hands slapped for shipping LiPos by air, which they are not supposed to be doing anymore.


Flyer88 01-07-2013 09:47 AM

RE: Hobby King
Just got a parcel this morning, containing switches and two receiver batteries (lipos).
Took two weeks, paid the lowest shipping cost too.

jetmech43 01-07-2013 09:48 AM

RE: Hobby King
well maybe my tracking number I have says the shippment was turned over to airline

jetmech43 01-07-2013 10:18 AM

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The way my luck runs when I do get them there will be something wrong with them

ma_mulcahy 01-07-2013 10:56 AM

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You guys got it all wrong! The shipping date isn't when they ship you your goods, it's when they ship your money into their account.[8D]

klhoard 01-07-2013 11:00 AM

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Did you ever get your batteries?

lopflyers 01-07-2013 11:27 AM

RE: Hobby King
It took 3 was for my Lipo s to come supposedly from the US warehouse

JohnAsaPrice 01-07-2013 11:33 AM

RE: Hobby King
in my experience, it takes about the same amount of time to get shipping from the USA warehouse as it does from the International warehouse.
The primary difference I have seen is cost of shipping.

I hear many people complain about HobbyKing. For me, it is a matter of expectations.
If I expect/want great customer service and good support, then I buy a US product from a US manufacturer via a US supplier or local hobby shop.

If I want something cheap, and am willing to live with a 10-15% risk of something being broken and being pretty much on my own with respect to troubleshooting... (there is usually enough help on groups like this)
Then I go with HobbyKing.

With my expectations set appropriately, I'm generally happy with the results.

jetmech43 01-07-2013 11:39 AM

RE: Hobby King
Only problem there arent any places to buy descent batteries with out paying 200 dollars for one 5000 mil 5s 25c battery unless theres someone else out there

Flyer88 01-07-2013 12:18 PM

RE: Hobby King
The biggest beef I have with the local market is with the price or cables and batteries.
I'm sorry but $9 for a wire lead is robbery .... When I can buy a pack of 6 for $3.95 from HK !!!

AmericanSpectre505 01-07-2013 01:11 PM

RE: Hobby King
I am still waiting on F3A Unlimited to re-stock thier packs (4900). They have a nice set of packs from what I understand and they are right under $100.00 per pack. The HK USA distribution center gets them out pretty quick when they have them in stock. In the past I have waited for over a month for International orders from HK to arrive, some faster, some not so fast? I do know their is a U.S. Customs/ International trade agreement that is slowing the shipping of hazzardous materials to and from the USA.

I am still waiting on 4 sets to arrive from HK.


oneaew@msn.com 01-07-2013 02:10 PM

RE: Hobby King
overseas buying is not the best for the usa

wallace.tharp 01-07-2013 02:31 PM

RE: Hobby King


ORIGINAL: oneaew@msn.com

overseas buying is not the best for the usa
Yea, & China just bought out 123 batteries after Obama put billions in it.. go figer? I love the Nono Tech batteries, they are half what Tower charges for 5s 5000mah. I do support us companies when I can. I have had pretty good luck tith HK through the US store. wallace.tharp

Flyer88 01-07-2013 03:44 PM

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[quote]ORIGINAL: oneaew@msn.com

overseas buying is not the best for the usa

Neither is a inflated US economy good for consumers !

OliverJacob 01-07-2013 03:50 PM

RE: Hobby King
My orders take usually 3-4 Weeks.
Tracking only works until they hand it over to the airline, so it's pointless.

While it does not take long to ship the goods, they can sit for a weeks or two in US customs before they will
get to them. Very seldom a package will be inspected on it's way out of any country.

I have had good experiences with HK, and I still buy locally. But I see almost anything I can buy in a local hobby shop was made in China.

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