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Old 08-16-2016, 06:26 PM   #1
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Old 08-16-2016, 07:07 PM   #2
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That is a shame but it happens to all of us and all of the things we grew up with.

As I have gotten older I think about the numerous stores I enjoyed and shopped at through the years and have good nostalgic memories of and then realize that they are all gone and I feel sad.
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Old 08-17-2016, 02:46 AM   #3
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The fact is the Internet has changed the way we shop.
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Old 08-17-2016, 08:12 AM   #4
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West How we shop today

One of the things I've found from my last foray into model railroading in the late 1980's is a box of almost 30-year old issues of Model Railroader and Railroad Model Craftsman. Sometimes I look at the ads and wonder if the companies are still in business. One of them I saw (an ad for craftsman-level HO boxcar kits) had a list of "Authorized Dealers". Hmmmm . "MB Klein, Baltimore, MD". Which reminds me, my latest order from modeltrainstuff.com should be here soon
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Old 08-18-2016, 06:24 PM   #5
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That is a shame but it happens to all of us and all of the things we grew up with.

As I have gotten older I think about the numerous stores I enjoyed and shopped at through the years and have good nostalgic memories of and then realize that they are all gone and I feel sad.
Yeah, like radio shack sure, it's still here but... damn. it's just "Cellphone Shack" now.
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Old 08-19-2016, 07:59 AM   #6
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Yea, Cy already nailed it, the interweb has really changed the landscape for shopping. Too easy to let your fingers do the walking and the Brown Truck do the hauling nowadays. Even when there IS a store it has NO stock worth mentioning, or very little and you cant get "everything" you need. I tried to "go local" and all I could find was cork roadbed, no loco's EXTREMELY limited selection of rolling stock and a few packs of joiners was ALL they had. In the ENTIRE city! Sad.
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Old 08-19-2016, 08:51 AM   #7
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Yea, Cy already nailed it, the interweb has really changed the landscape for shopping. Too easy to let your fingers do the walking and the Brown Truck do the hauling nowadays. Even when there IS a store it has NO stock worth mentioning, or very little and you cant get "everything" you need. I tried to "go local" and all I could find was cork roadbed, no loco's EXTREMELY limited selection of rolling stock and a few packs of joiners was ALL they had. In the ENTIRE city! Sad.
That's the way it is where I live also. I do miss the one store we had years and years ago. A place where you can ask questions, actually hold/look at a product before making a purchase. Today, I have to ask questions on a place like here and wait for a response. Digest the responses, make an intelligent decision and hope I made the right one I'm the type of person that would buy from a local shop that takes their time with a customer instead of the Internet.
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Old 08-19-2016, 08:37 PM   #8
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Yeah, Radioshack. You hit it, SantaFe. Try to buy any radio parts there now.
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Old 08-20-2016, 07:34 AM   #9
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Thumbs up Engine House Services Green Bay!

We are so fortunate to have Engine House Services in Green Bay, which is a 40 minute drive away for me, that is thriving and has expanded in the last year. Caboose Hobbies has been around longer than I have and that's been a tremendous run through all sorts of financial ups & downs...retirement comes for all of us and I wish the Millers all the best as the family has spread a lot of joy to hundreds of customers!!
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I have a hobby store 10 minutes from me but the prices are outrageous so I only used them when I was building the layout if I needed a couple pieces of track or needed to fix some landscaping, etc.
http://www.aaahobbiesandcrafts.com/

There is another All Train Store about 45 minutes away and I have not been there yet, one of my Grandson's keeps asking me if we can go and we will around the holidays.
http://www.etrains.net/
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