Re: [HOn3] Age Factor?
- Duncan, I would like to add my 2 cents worth to your comments on
manufacturers. Many of the manufacturers are of the small garage type of
operation and work at it on a part time basis. I am a so called garage
manufacturer and find that a very large order from a hobby shop will clean
out my reserves of stock therefore making it impossible to fill other orders.
I am many times at the mercy of other garage manufacturers for supplies in
my kits. When they don't ship, I can't ship.
If I get an order from a modeler and the same time from a Hobby Shop for the
same kit I too will ship to the direct order first. One, it usually is a one
off kit or part and the price is full retail. The hobby shop orders many
kits which takes longer to fill and many times the profit margin on hobby
shop sales isn't all that much. If I priced my kits for the time I put into
them you would not buy them. The direct sales makes up for the close profit
margins. If it were not for direct sales you would not have the pleasure of
building any of my kits as I would not produce them.
One manufacturer I know sales most of his kits at trade shows and therefore
sells at retail prices. I only attend two trade shows a year due to other
I hope this may answer some of your concerns.
Eric Bracher/ Rio Grande Models
Thanks for your reply. I am aware of most of what you said, but others
may not be. It is good to hear a clear explanation of what goes on in the
hobby business. It is also good for the general customers to realize just
how many factors are involved in getting an item on the shelf of a hobby
shop. I have several of your kits built and many more on the shelf awaiting
the time to build them and the place on the layout where they will
eventually go, to come into existence. They are very nice models and of
items that are unique in the field of model railroading. Again, thanks for
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- In a message dated 10/2/02 10:26:09 AM, train3guy@... writes:
<< Again, thanks for
your explanation. >>