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flycap93
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agre and disagree...nothing better than a person to talk to face to face..but i've had all good experiences online too..am i the only one? HobbyKing..HobbyPartz..Graysonhobby...ValueHobby...Nitroplanes..RCFoam...RCtimer and even the dreaded BananaHobby have all gotten business from me with good results..basicially i find what i want/need and look for the best deal..never gotten a bad part or bad service....just gotta be careful...


Ditto...
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JettaManDan
thanks for the backup guys...

here is what i do...when i want to look for something specific...the 1st 3 places i go to are

graysonhobby.com
hobbypartz.com
nitroplanes.com

i have 5 graysonhobby brushless motors...3 V2's and 2 V3's - the motors are QUALITY...have taken a pounding and been flawless...when i have a new plane i ALWAYS put on of those motors on there for a test...right now my 5 main planes that i fly all the time are Graysonhobby motors on them...my Mig-29, my New SU-37, My slo trianer, my 3D plane and my seadart all have those motors on them. My F-22 now being beaten to death has a RCtimer 2212-6 on it..motor has been great as well..

for batteries i always go to valuehobby.com - probably the fastest shipping and best packs i've seen domesticially and a competitive price..their packs rock...

i've rolled the dice on hobbyking several times for lipo's, tools, parts and connectors etc...matter of fact i just ordered 2 of their clone ESC's for my DX7 and servo's and more tools..and i've never had a problem...they ship slowly because they are international...but i don't mind the wait..

for servo's i buy from hobbypartz almost exclusively..unless i'm doing a order from hobbyking and tack a few on there..

so far in over a year of building and buying planes and parts and electronics i haven't had one bad experience...finding out info from sites like this one and doing your homework is the most important..and going on recommendations of those who have done this for a while is your best bet...and then see what fits your needs and price range..

hope that helps!

Dan
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I'm an R/C Junkie! 40+ planes - 12 Heli's - 6 multirotors - and ground vehicles galore! I've got issues.
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DJRubberCow
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agre and disagree...nothing better than a person to talk to face to face..but i've had all good experiences online too..am i the only one? HobbyKing..HobbyPartz..Graysonhobby...ValueHobby...Nitroplanes..RCFoam...RCtimer and even the dreaded BananaHobby have all gotten business from me with good results..basicially i find what i want/need and look for the best deal..never gotten a bad part or bad service....just gotta be careful...


Ditto and you have also to mention that not all local guys are good. My hobby store has prices that bring tears to your eyes.. The cheapest servo he has is for 14$ (9g servo), the standard 3S 2200mAh battery is 42$ and so on.... With prices like these, HobbyKing is a good alternative to keep the hobby financable.
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JettaManDan
it sucks for the LHS guys..casue they have to pay for their staff..their stock and running a business...so rarely do i find one that can complete with a mail order place...
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rodrigo
I completely agree with Dan... use paypal to pay and you don´t have any problem...
I admit that I envy not being in USA because our stores are really expensive (x2-3)... internet is the only option. sadly, some USA online store don´t accept international orders(eg: valuehobbye, sad, really sad)

for the rest of the world, besides the stores mentioned (in the same order, good experience with all of them) , would add:
-www.robotmarketplace.com from USA: if you want more "exotic" electronics
-www.Giantcod.co.uk from UK: really good service (they respond the emails really fast) and forum with lot of info , variety of motors, electronics and excellent batteries
-www.hobbyking.com... really cheap
-www.himodel.com ...similar to hobbyking (all GWS catalog)

from my country the distance is the same from china, europe and USA, and the shipping cost and delivery time are similar (Giancod is cheapest and hobbyking fastest).
the only consideration is that you have to know what you buy, ask and be sure before pressing the checkout button...

good luck
good luck!

tx Futaba 9CAP & 8U
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flycap93
Yeah same here. I am good friends with my LHS guy and he always asks me why do I not come into his store often. Heres what I told him, well first of all your prices are outragous for the most part. He agreed...but he has to make a living. Really the only time I do buy stuff from the LHS is if its a part that I need for my trojan or something like that. The LHS is easy to get too and get a part. For example I snapped the elevator on my trojan during a belly landing, so I go down to the LHS and pick one up. Thats pretty much the exceptions I make to help the LHS out. However, my local LHS (the owner) has started to sell china stuff now from hobbyking for cheap. The other day i was down there just looking for a good motor for about 20$ and he told me he now makes orders from china and will sell the stuff in the store. For example he will buy some lipos. for ex. he will have some 1300mah's there for me to use on my f-22 the china price is about 10$ he is gonna sell it too me and other costumers for 14-16$. Which is not bad at all. Plus it will be in NC...so I dont have to wait for it. i just walk in and get one and take it home and fly. NO MORE waiting!!!
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DJRubberCow
Well for low-price stuff the lhs seems to generally suck since he cannot compare with no-quality-assurance chines prices. However, the more expensive the stuff gets, the less difference it's from my lhs prices. For example the DX6i costs exactly the same online like at my LHS so I bought it there (to save S&H, to get it faster and to support my LHS). Same is with the MSR helicopter I'm planning on getting next. costs ~8€ more at my LHS than on ebay so I'll buy it there. But for the cheapo stuff I'm sorry but with his prices he simply cannot expect me to buy batteries from him.
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JettaManDan
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Well for low-price stuff the lhs seems to generally suck since he cannot compare with no-quality-assurance chines prices. However, the more expensive the stuff gets, the less difference it's from my lhs prices. For example the DX6i costs exactly the same online like at my LHS so I bought it there (to save S&H, to get it faster and to support my LHS). Same is with the MSR helicopter I'm planning on getting next. costs ~8€ more at my LHS than on ebay so I'll buy it there. But for the cheapo stuff I'm sorry but with his prices he simply cannot expect me to buy batteries from him.



for bigger stuff like radios and most actual vehicles most manufacturers have a Minimum advertised price for selling..we do it with my company...so buying a DX6i or a plane online or in a LHS will be no advantage for either..except for walking out of the store with your shiny new toy..but when it comes to smaller stuff like motors and Lipos is where the LHS has a disadvantage....now..my LHS does only car stuff..and they do stuff online and retail..so if i need a part for my Traxxas vehicle for example..they are the same price and no shipping..so it is worth me going in there...and support them when i can..
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