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Old 04-12-2019, 03:05 PM
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Question FutabaUSA radio prices?

The radios Futabausa sells are they refurbs or brand new?
Why are they cheaper than Tower Hobbies?

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Old 04-12-2019, 05:54 PM
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The radios being sold by FutabaUSA are new radios.

As for why radios direct from FutabaUSA are less than those on Tower's site is open to speculation. I would suggest this... Last year Hobbico went bankrupt and it's assets were sold off. Horizon Hobby acquired several of those assets to include Tower Hobbies. It did not acquire the distribution rights to Futaba. At this point it is worth noting that Horizon Hobby, the new owner of Tower, is the exclusive distributor of Spektrum - a competing brand of Futaba. Some speculated that had Futaba come under distribution of Horizon, they might not have been well supported as Horizon is 100% committed to its own brand, Spektrum.

Now time has passed and I guess it wouldn't surprise me to find that Futaba equipment on Horizon's site, Tower, wasn't very competitively priced compared to Spektrum.

But I'm only guessing.

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Old 04-16-2019, 12:29 PM
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I didn2t see much difference in price between Futaba USA or TowerHobbies on the cost of their equipment. For example the radio that I purchased from tower a year and half ago the 8Ja was $279.99 before Hobbico folded and now that same radio is$327.99 at Futabusa and $329.99 at Tower. To me it was ruse just raise prices and its a good thing that I wont be needing more than 1 transmitter as this on 2.4ghz with a 20 model memory!
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