- Sales of Z (or lack thereof) would not be enough to bring ANY hobby
shop down, or, for that matter, to keep one going or make it
successful. Z is still a very small segment of the overall hobby, so
when a store folds you can be 100% certain that sales of Z alone was
not a major factor in the equation. ALL scales in model railroading
are experiencing something of a slump these days, and in some
scales--O gauge for example--the market is a real mess.
Truth is, Z is probably one of the few growth areas in the hobby,
along, perhaps, with Large Scale.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Don" <d.f.avila@a...> wrote:
> Several times you have mentioned the demise of Buki's, including in
> Ztrack. I was in both his old and new store plus you took me to his
> home. I don't believe I really saw much Z at any of those
locations, but lots and lots of other scales. This would imply that
Buki went down the tubes for reasons other than Z.
I actually wrote about Buki's closing in the March/April 2005 Trackside
Perspective. Here I talked about the demise. Bill Anthony, the owner of Buki's is a
wonderful man. He did offer a large selection of Z, though it thinned closer
to the time of the closing. Actually, at the time, Buki's was the largest AZL
dealer in the country. The fact is Buki's did not shut his doors because he
could not sell Z. He also did not shut his doors because of a lack of model
train sells. He closed his doors because he tried to be a high end toy shop that
carried model trains. This business plan was flawed and soon he found himself
in the red and unable to recover.
I miss Bukis. I also feel for those such as Tim who just lost their local
hobby shop. More and more shops are going to close. It is happening in the US and
Europe alike. All I have to say is support your local dealer especially if
they are good people and support Z scale. If you don't have a good dealer close
by, then try the dealers who advertise in Ztrack. Any one of these dealers are
good people who support our scale.
Ztrack Magazine Ltd.
6142 Northcliff Blvd.
Dublin, OH 43016
phone/fax: (614) 764-1703
Distributor for American Z Line
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