The Plastic Scale Modeling Hour – Perspectives – LHS Owner – Episode #9

WARBIRD RADIO – To give some Perspective of what its like on the opposite side of the counter, my guest this week on The Plastic Scale Modeling Hour is a local hobby shop owner.

Joining me is Bob Mazza, owner of a Hobby Town USA franchise located in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. He’ll share what the challenges and rewards are of being in the retail hobby business.

We’ll also have Hal Miller with his insights and news about the hobby industry with his Industry Report.

We’ll announce the winner of last week’s Door Prize Giveaway, courtesy of Albion Alloys. If you haven’t posted a comment to either the Albion Alloys Facebook page or the show’s episode do so before Noon EST on Thursday, January 26th.

As usual we’ll have something to give away to listeners this week.

If you have any questions for either Bob or Hal, please post them in the comments below or drop me a note using the Mailbag@ email link.

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3 Responses to “The Plastic Scale Modeling Hour – Perspectives – LHS Owner – Episode #9”
  1. Bigasshammm says:

    Not sure if I’ll be able to word this properly but here goes… In today’s economy when money is tight and everyone seems to be on a budget how does a local hobby shop compete with online sellers? I have a local shop and very rarely buy any kits there because their prices are outrageous. I do get all my supplies and such though as I can walk in and out with what I need. Is it a sign of the times that most all stores should have an online presence as well or are the days of Ma and Pa hobby stores becoming a thing of the past? At least for plastic model kits I know the local store does have a strong following in RC and trains but I’d like to see better prices on the plastic kits. Are the distributors of these kits gouging the local stores to where they have to charge a higher amount to make their ends meet? I just don’t understand why an online store could be so much cheaper. They still have to pay rent for a warehouse or location and usually need at least a couple employees to move product.

    That was more than 1 question but just some things on my mind.


  2. Scott Spahr says:

    What’s your opinion of Revell’s preferred partners distribution policy. Are all Hobbytowns in that program? My local Hobbytown got the new PV-1 Venturas before they were available online.

  3. QuestionTime says:

    Has there been a rise in junior modellers? I know that the hobby is on a slight incline, but how is it going for kids compared to 5-10 years ago?

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