HS owners are just trying to stay afloat and that sometimes means the true enthusiaist gets treated like the goober.Β*
And herein lies the problem. If the 'hobby' shop is not looking after the needs of the 'hobbyists', it might as well be selling vaccuum cleaners as far as I'm concerned.
When did people start thinking that a successful business model was what was good for the business and not the customers....
Give it a few years and the same 'hobby' shops will be wondering what went wrong
''Hot dam, I sold Traxxas models all through the difficult years, to thousands of spotty teenagers who I knew had sod all interest in the hobby, because it made my bottom line look good, now I'm closing because the kind of people who buy traxxas either; stay in the hobby but move onto other brands (which I don't stock because they don't pander to my terrible business skills, or my inability to manage my stock needs), or; only wanted traxxas style 50mph instant gratification, after which they sold it on ebay to someone in another state who doesn't buy his parts here. Where's my repeat business yo?''
To which my reply is ''you shoulda sold more hobby products to more hobby people and supported them and listened to them and respected their opinions, and, and, and...''
flatpack, you aren't wrong, and really I'm just playing devil's advocate and going for the other extreme, as always, the truth is somewhere in the middle, but really, bottom line, and the first rule you will learn if you get into a really serious multi million dollar corporation, is that you don't criticise the competition, you just do it better, and you always, ALWAYS treat people with respect, colleagues, customers, competitors, hobos, hookers, zombies, everyone.