Originally Posted by Baliw
Growth in the industry means more stores will sell them and who knows, maybe it'll come back to where it's available locally for me again.
Stores are too shy (rightfully so) to deal with HL and that Tamiya suitcase, while beautiful is a big investment in cost and shelf space. Few retailers want to deal with a 50% return rate (HL) or have to lay out $600-700 wholesale for Tamiya. Tamiya is also a bear to ship, so online is tough too, there's really only two consistently good retailers in the FO Tamiya game, either the AAF museum or Banzai Hobby. Years ago, I couldn't even get local shops that sold Tamiya to order one for me, even paying up front.
Every hobby shop I go into is chock full of Horizon Hobby products. They aren't cheapest player in the game, nor are they high end, but they have outstanding retail and customer support. Older LHSs that used to deal with stick and tissue RC are carrying them because their support network and product development is second to none.