Yeah well screw 'em... I've had the same problem can't understand that we exist??? Well too bad when we hear about another business going under...I've got good money to spend on my passion, and do I'm better off buying on line :thumbsup:I would be happy to pay the $24.00 to my local Hobby store owner, but he treats me like crap, I wanted to order the Invisible Man, kit and he says, "didn't you see it over there?" I said "no", he said "because it's invisible!" (him and his friend laugh at me) I like figure kits, but I'm not going to feel silly buying them at a store, so I will buy on line from now on.
deejay, to answer some of your economic points:
- Dedicated hobby paints can be expensive (I'm almost exclusively a Testors enamels guy), but the basic spray colors a lot of us use can be had on the cheap by buying hardware store brands. Flat black is flat black, right?
- In my neck of the woods, cement hasn't hit the $7.00 mark yet. On the other hand, that's another item I can get cheaper at from a model show vendor.
- As for the price of kits, ya got me there. I do recall that in the sixties Aurora kits cost $0.98; I don't know what they should be when you factor in the rise in prices over the last four decades. But given the satisfaction that the hobby can bring to modelers of any age I would argue that they're still a good investment.
Have ya priced a plasma screen TV lately? :freak: But you're right, everything's gotten more expensive. My point is that the hobby industry has done a better job of keeping in step with inflation than, say, the health care industry.... And what has NOT gone up in price (well aside from electronics)...