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No joy at local Walmarts
Posted by smhardesty on Sunday, July 24, 2016 6:36 PM

Unreal! My wife and I were out and about today and she wanted to stop in one of our area's Walmarts. I decided to cruise the toy department and see what they had in the way of kits, paints, and other supplies. NONE! Zip. Nada. Went and asked a young fella (employee) about it and he said they quit carrying models and supplies a couple years ago. Not only that, but he also knew that two other area Walmarts also quit carrying kits and supplies. And these are fairly nice Super Walmarts. Go figure. So I guess I will order everything online. Makes it a little inconvenient if I should happen to run out of a small bottle of enamel or need a quick tube of Testors cement. I guess I'll have to look for hobby stores in the two larger cities near me. Either one is over an hour's drive, so a quick trip after a single bottle of paint or tube of glue is pretty much out of the question.

Steve

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Posted by peanutgallery on Sunday, July 24, 2016 8:15 PM

Steve....If you have a Hobby Lobby in your area, they carry models and supplies

Dennis

 

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Posted by smhardesty on Sunday, July 24, 2016 11:22 PM

Hey, Dennis. There's the problem. I live in an area surrounded by towns of 10,000 or less. The 2 cities that would have Hobby Lobby or any other hobby places are both just over an hour away, and that's just to the city limits. Add on the time to travel in the city to get to anyplace and I'm usually looking at 75 - 90 minutes. Not that it's such a long journey, but it's sure not very handy either.

Steve

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Posted by smitherreen on Monday, July 25, 2016 11:17 AM

I like Scale Hobbist

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Posted by smhardesty on Monday, July 25, 2016 11:54 AM

Thanks for the replies.

I haven't done any real serious searching on Amazon, but have had a couple hits while doing general Internet searches. I'll have to spend some time searching and browsing.

Scale Hobbyist is a complete new one for me. I'll check them out.

Steve

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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Monday, July 25, 2016 5:20 PM

Every once in a while I need to be reminded how grateful to be for my local hobby shops -  THANK YOU Bow.

I love Mecum Auctions and Barrett/Jackson auctions and what would I do without Ebay.

 

 

                                     

 

 

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Posted by Goofy62 on Monday, July 25, 2016 7:10 PM

I buy quite a few supplies & such on ebay as well.

If you don't mind the hunt, you can get some pretty good deals on occasion.

 

Steve

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Posted by smhardesty on Tuesday, July 26, 2016 12:58 AM

I've been checking ebay off and on. So far I haven't run across any really great deals. I'll just have to browse every once and a while to see what I run across. This is all really interesting and kind of exciting since it's all new to me. I guess it's pretty sad when an old fella gets excited about finding a good deal on a muscle car model kit. Wink

Steve

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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Tuesday, July 26, 2016 8:56 AM

smhardesty

I've been checking ebay off and on. So far I haven't run across any really great deals. I'll just have to browse every once and a while to see what I run across. This is all really interesting and kind of exciting since it's all new to me. I guess it's pretty sad when an old fella gets excited about finding a good deal on a muscle car model kit. Wink

 

Actually, I think that's pretty cool Thumbs Up.

I love Mecum Auctions and Barrett/Jackson auctions and what would I do without Ebay.

 

 

                                     

 

 

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Posted by mdlblder on Wednesday, July 27, 2016 10:00 AM

try www.modelroundup.com

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Posted by jbwelda on Wednesday, July 27, 2016 10:40 AM

In my experience, "joy" and "Walmart" are rarely found in the same sentence. But I realize for some its the only choice other than the net.

jb

 

 

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Posted by smhardesty on Wednesday, July 27, 2016 12:34 PM

ModelRoundup.com is one of the two places I'm considering ordering from. I'm looking for the obvious things like a wide selection of kits and accessories, lowest prices, free or low shipping costs, etc. Here are the online places I've found and have done at least a little browsing through:

Modelroundup.com        TowerHobbies.com

Squadron.com               ModelCars.com

Megahobby.com            Revell.com

Amazon.com                 ebay.com

 

If there are any others I haven't run across, feel free to give a mention.

Steve

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Posted by smhardesty on Wednesday, July 27, 2016 12:49 PM

Jb, I feel exactly the same way you do. In fact, I really hate shopping there because of what they have done to the small towns in my area. Within a very short time of them opening in a new town, all the local Mom & Pop stores in town shut down. Most of our towns now have Main Streets or town squares that are empty and abandoned. Lots of folks argue that we now have a big, beautiful box store to shop in, but the fact is that a LOT of items that I could have purchased at one of the old stores just aren't available in the big box. Hardware is a big problem. Where I used to be able to go into a hardware store and find just about anything I needed to repair whatever I was working on, I now have to either completely replace whatever I'm working on or order online and wait a couple weeks to make the repair.

Nope, I'm not a fan of theirs at all. And apparently I can add model kits and supplies to that list of mine that I can no longer purchase locally! And to be honest, the Internet is actually another reason local Mom & Pops are shutting down. I have mixed feelings about the whole Internet thing as well. I started my computer career working on large main frame type computers used strictly for business purposes. The personal computer came along and changed life as we know it forever. I resisted the whole PC thing as long as I could. I was one of those guys that saw “computers in every home” as a threat instead of a convenience. Kinda still do.

Just my 2 cents worth. SoapBox

Steve

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Posted by Goofy62 on Wednesday, July 27, 2016 2:23 PM

jbwelda

In my experience, "joy" and "Walmart" are rarely found in the same sentence. But I realize for some its the only choice other than the net.

jb

 

 

 

Ain't that the truth! Smile

 

Steve

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Posted by Goofy62 on Wednesday, July 27, 2016 2:32 PM

smhardesty

 

Jb, I feel exactly the same way you do. In fact, I really hate shopping there because of what they have done to the small towns in my area. Within a very short time of them opening in a new town, all the local Mom & Pop stores in town shut down. Most of our towns now have Main Streets or town squares that are empty and abandoned. Lots of folks argue that we now have a big, beautiful box store to shop in, but the fact is that a LOT of items that I could have purchased at one of the old stores just aren't available in the big box. Hardware is a big problem. Where I used to be able to go into a hardware store and find just about anything I needed to repair whatever I was working on, I now have to either completely replace whatever I'm working on or order online and wait a couple weeks to make the repair.

Nope, I'm not a fan of theirs at all. And apparently I can add model kits and supplies to that list of mine that I can no longer purchase locally! And to be honest, the Internet is actually another reason local Mom & Pops are shutting down. I have mixed feelings about the whole Internet thing as well. I started my computer career working on large main frame type computers used strictly for business purposes. The personal computer came along and changed life as we know it forever. I resisted the whole PC thing as long as I could. I was one of those guys that saw “computers in every home” as a threat instead of a convenience. Kinda still do.

Just my 2 cents worth. SoapBox

 

I never, ever shop @ Walmart either, but it has less to do with running small stores out of business & more to do with lousy customer service.

The first thing that happens to me when I pull into the parking lot is that I begin to get chest pain just navigating the nightmare that is a Walmart parking lot.

Once inside, if I can't find something, neither can the employees!

My biggest complaint is the checkout lanes.

30 checkout lanes with 3 checkers!

Self checkout? no thank you.

If I'm going to check myself out, I might as well do it on line.

And to top it all off, even if I do decide to wait for a human to check me out, I'm expected to bag for myself.

Is there anything that they will do for me?

No thank you.

There are other places that will at least act as if they want my business.

 

Steve

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Posted by Luke80 on Wednesday, July 27, 2016 4:22 PM

Growing up in the 90s my brother and I got most of our kits from Walmart and Ben Franklins and an old school hobby shop in Belleville, IL called Harter's Hobby House.  It had been there since my dad was kid in the 50s/60s.  I think it closed 5 or so years ago.  Eventually we branched out to larger hobby shops in St Louis.  I wonder if Wal-Mart had a deal with Ertl back in the day?  I used to get lots of toy tractors there and those are limited now as well.

***Update***  I just found our Harter's is still open!  If you find your self on West Main in Belleville IL, check it out!

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Posted by jbwelda on Wednesday, July 27, 2016 4:27 PM

Preach it brother, with you all the way.

And those self checkouts are puzzling to me too. Here all the mom and pops (and the revenue that used to be plowed back into the local economy) are gone due to proliferation of big boxes, and to top it off now they want to eliminate the checker jobs through this self checkout stuff. Just shot yourself in the foot and now you are stepping on the wound. Amazing.

But such is life i guess. Personally i am/was a computer engineer so the PC and the net have become my haven when it comes to specialty shopping. Not a whole lot better than Walmart i guess but you dont have to stand in line.

Didnt mean to rant about Wally world, its just it used to be nice to have a real selection of tools at a real hardware store. Can't really find such beasts around here anymore.

 

Just noticed this: Harters Hobby shop in Belleville Il? Jeez i remember that place from when my dad was stationed at Scott AFB in like 1964! Sorry to hear it closed down, that and the basement of the Woolworths in St Louis were my paradise when i was 13 years old.

jb

 

 

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Posted by smhardesty on Wednesday, July 27, 2016 6:18 PM

I already ranted and raved, so won't carry on except to say I'm 100% with you on the checker situation and the "no help" employees.

I will add one thing about the trip we just made to Walmart. I asked a young fella in the sporting goods department about the modeling stuff and he was kind enough to tell me about the Walmarts in this area dropping it all. He also supplied an honest self assessment. He flatly stated that he was a new employee and didn't know where everything was. He also added that he hadn't received much, if any, real training before he was put on the floor. I'll give him a pat on the back for at least being honest! Smile, Wink & Grin

And jb, yes I also have resigned myself to using the Internet for a very large portion of my purchases. It's almost entirely becuase I just can't find anything I'm looking for within less than about an hour and a half drive. Ya gotta do what ya gotta do. And I guess without the 'Net I wouldn't be able to find all the great info I do, like here on this site. Geeked

Steve

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Posted by peanutgallery on Wednesday, July 27, 2016 7:30 PM

Steve.....Another online to add to your list is Hobbylinc.....As far as the big box stores, #1...... Look at all the money they spend in advertising to get you into the store...and they spend very little to get you out of the store. #2... When you go to buy a fairly common item, thinking they will have a huge selection only to find out they have just 1 to choose from. #3.........I've bought an item and returned 6 months later to buy the exact same thing, only to be told..."That item is discontinued".   "Only in America"

Dennis

 

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Posted by smhardesty on Wednesday, July 27, 2016 8:30 PM

Thanks for that suggestion. I had been on that site before, but didn't bookmark it. Got it now!

Only in America. Yep. 'Nuff said!

Steve

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Posted by Tiburon on Wednesday, July 27, 2016 8:33 PM

No Joy! Not here, we are so full of Joy we have a special name for our store, " The Outhouse". 

But that said, we have models in our Toy Department here. Not much choice, but glue, paint, brushes, etc. So it's better than nothing.

Online works for the things I can wait on or large orders. My local hobby shop closed a few years back and forced me to a 70 mile trip or the net.

Dang but I do miss touching and feeling the boxes as I pick and chose which kit(s) will ride home with me.

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Posted by High octane on Wednesday, July 27, 2016 9:32 PM

Touching the boxes, and even one hobby shop opened the kits for me to check out as well. This isn't the 50's and 60's where there were hobby shops galore. Back in the 50's there was a camera(remember those?) shop that had a hobby dept., a bicycle shop that had a hobby dept., a paint store that had a hobby dept., a hardware store that had a hobby dept., a sports store that had a hobby dept. also. Did I forget any, maybe as we had it "great" back then but this is now and it's a lot different.

High octane

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Posted by Goofy62 on Wednesday, July 27, 2016 9:57 PM

I remember just starting out in the hobby at about 8 years old & buying all of my kits at a pair of five & dimes in my small home town of less than 3,000.

This was in the very early 70s.

Almost every "variety" store in the country carried some model kit related items at that time.

And what a "joyous" time it was! Big Smile

 

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Posted by andrewwjohnson on Thursday, July 28, 2016 4:43 PM

Those were the good old days when you  not only could find scale models not just in five and dime stores but drug stores, hardware stores, grocery stores and even some gas stations  In some cases this was as late as the eighties and ninties.

Twenty years ago most Wal Marts would have a whole hobby section with the latest kits and a full asotment of nobby supplies.  Now the few scattered Wal Marts that stock models only have a small selection of Revell and AMT kits along with a basic assortment of Testors paint and supplies. 

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Posted by smhardesty on Thursday, July 28, 2016 6:36 PM

Dad gum! You guys keep going on about the good old days and now you've made me homesick, or time sick, or something. Just basically really missing those really good old days. As for me, my home was 6 miles from town and that town had a population of 1600. The actual count wavered over the years between 1400 and 1600, but I don't recall anyone ever claiming 1700 or more. Then the next “big” town was 7 – 8 miles from there and it had a population of about 6500 – 7000.

Here is the amazing thing. My home town with the 1600 population had 7, yes SEVEN, service stations and those were FULL SERVICE stations. We also had 3 grocery stores, a large hardware store, clothing store, drug store, jewelry store (and he did watch & clock repair), Dime Store (5 & 10), western store, 2 restaurants, 2 taverns, one private club, fabric and sewing store, 5 tractor dealerships, furniture store, carpet store, 2 paint stores, and there are probably several business I can't recall at this moment. And all that was in a town with only 1600 residents! Oh, I forgot the electronics repair shop. And we had 2 banks and one savings and loan. Dang, forgot the auto dealership stores – one new & used and one used only. I could check out the models at the Dime Store, drug store, or at one of the grocery stores.

My son can't understand why it was unnecessary to travel 60 miles or more to shop. The fact is that a trip to the town of 6500 was a special trip and a trip about 30 miles to a city of 25,000 was an absolute adventure!

Ohhhh, how I miss those days. But like High octane commented, “this is now and it's a lot different.”  Sigh

Steve

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Posted by Bucky on Thursday, July 28, 2016 7:09 PM

There are some shops in far off places (to some of us, anyway) that have some hard to find older kits, if you get to looking for something you remembered from years ago. Spotlight Hobbies, and Deans Hobby Stop are just two of them. There are more. An internet search for scale model kits can turn up several sites to look at.

My memory's not as sharp as it used to be. Also, my memory's not as sharp as it used to be!! MOPAR...by far!!!
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Posted by smhardesty on Friday, July 29, 2016 4:40 PM

I've found a few "obscure" web sites so far. I found Deans just a couple days ago. Hadn't run across Spotlight Hobbies yet, but will do a search and get them bookmarked. I've also been doing some searching for hobby stores in the two bigger cities that are both about 90 minutes away from me. Haven't found anything yet, but I might be using the wrong search terms. Will keep plugging away to see what I run across. Now that I've made the first purchase of kits I'm kind of pacified for a while.

Thanks for the tip on Spotlight.

Steve

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Posted by Fordforever on Saturday, July 30, 2016 2:01 PM

mdlblder

try www.modelroundup.com

 

Model Roundup is a great site.Fast service! 

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Posted by Goofy62 on Saturday, July 30, 2016 2:06 PM

Fordforever

 

 
mdlblder

try www.modelroundup.com

 

 

 

Model Roundup is a great site.Fast service! 

 

 

I agree.

I buy a lot of stuff from them.

 

Steve

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Posted by smhardesty on Saturday, July 30, 2016 3:13 PM

Model Roundup is one of the ones I bookmarked for ordering from. I ended up not ordering from them this time, but they have several kits I'll eventually be interested in. I noticed they have a good selection of paints, tools, and other accessories. I'll be looking there first when I get ready to start buying those supplies.

Steve

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