Again another hobby shop that will lose customers that have a budget. These shops just don't get it when it comes to customers that don't have unlimited disposable income. These shops will tell you all day long how Redcats suck, and then compare them to one of their top of the line Hpi's or Traxxas models that they sell. Be realistic about the market place. Were not all here to race.
Yes we would all like the most durable, most reliable RC model on the market. But a lot of us just like zipping these things around the local park or neighborhood. Will a Redcat not let you do that? Will it be less fun screaming thru the park with your $300 big block Monsoon compared to a $560 Revo? Will the Redcat break every time you run it-no. Is it the same quality as the Revo-no, but it's a very good quality truggy.
I could never afford to go buy two Traxxas nitro rustlers plus the the fuel, igniter and batteries for the electronics just to start out as my first purchase for me and my son. I've met a lot of dad's like me at the park with their kids who want to get into the hobby, and have been to the LHS and have been put off by the price to get started. They've never heard of Redcat and were certainly never told of them from the LHS. They can't believe when I tell them how inexpensive my Tornado S30 was or that my son's Caldera 10E is brushless and the same price as a brushed Traxxas Bandit.
I know these shops are setup with their brand and already have the parts to support them.
It's not as easy as saying "were gonna start stocking Redcat models". To be a good shop, you need the parts to support what you sell, this adds a lot of overhead. But in the end, a lot of people wind up leaving and just saying, well it's a very expensive hobby...one that I really cannot afford. I don't know if there are any requirements in place from Redcat, but you would think these shops might stock 2 or 3 different models, especially the ones where a lot of the parts are the same. At least they might gain new customers that might otherwise decide not to get involved at all. After all, we all know once you get a taste for this, you'll be eyeing that next car as soon as you get the first one home. And eventually you might try some of their other products as well. I have 3 Redcats and an Hpi right now. My next purchase will probably be a brushless Earthquake for my son and either a Hpi Savage 4.6 or Revo 3.3. for myself but I'm not looking to ditch the Redcats anytime soon.