A few of us at our club have gone so far as to suggest that our LHS stocks up on Hobby King batteries, motors, esc's and such and start re-selling them. I would happily pay $25 for a $15 li-po to support the LHS and not wait for shipping. Our suggestions met with laughter, but the LHS is still claiming poverty.
We all know the LHS's are hurting with all the direct-from-China stuff...why not just ride the wave?
A very good idea! A few of my friends began buying HK components from me when I had extras and were happy to pay a few more dollars for shipping and not having to wait 2 to 4 weeks for shipping to the US!
Also the components such as Orange receivers, Satelite recievers, servos, esc's and such were already tested and if any were N GΒ* I took the burden of chucking them in the bin or sending back for credit.
In fact, I was encouraged to expand my efforts to stock and test parts for my mates and also have been offering them here in the classified section with some small success. Have a bit of a following of repeat buyers and all seem to be happy with the service!
I'm not taliking big time here... but some find it worthΒ*paying a few dollars for the guarantee and availability of having components on hand in days not weeks or months.
I have had no problem returning items for credit, yes it takes weeks and weeks for the credit to show but in the long haul you get something back for the 6 dollar item that costed 2 dollars to send back to China.
LHS types would do well to at least stock Lipo's and motors. There are online websites that mark up HK components for resale in the US...Β*PM me forΒ*a few links to USΒ*vendorsΒ*of HK components... And truth be told,Β*besides my classifieds here on RCU, I have a website in progress to carry HK products underway. PM meΒ*if you are interested in the link as I don't want to be flamed for shameless promotion! LOL!Β*
Some products such as the new Gyro Stabilizer that HK claims is created in house cannot be found elswhere and have some merit... where else can you get a 3 axis gyro stabilyzer for around $15 plus freight??? ( well freight... t could be a problem).
I agree with previous posts... Foamies, electronic components, lipos and assorted doo dads are a good value from HK, Large items and higher priced stuff... not so much.