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Old 10-16-2019, 01:28 PM   #1
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Where do you make your purchases?

Where do you frequent the most for your train hobby purchases? And why?

Who is most helpful?

Who has best customer service?

Thank you for your responses!

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Old 10-16-2019, 01:39 PM   #2
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A big chunk of mine are from used sources -- mostly online, some ogr, some here, some ebay. I bought some items at two shows -- the only two I've been to. Then several online retailers -- train world, modeltrainstuff (m.b. klein), and several others. After this -- the actual soon to be closed M.B. Klein retail front, the closest to me hobby shop down the road -- and several in the greater area. I've purchased 2 HO engines on travel in foreign lands from the same retail shop. [oops - edit]

I think the online retailers have all been top notch -- I like trainworld and modeltrainstuff. I can't say which I've bought more at -- perhaps about even in a dollar amount. And though I favor the latter these days due to proximity but also because it's a little more HO oriented and I could or so I thought "always just run up there and get some answer..." - although this is changing soon. Anyway, nothing bad about either or any other online retailer.

My used purchases being mostly O -- have been good experiences, no issues at all. On ebay I had some minor issues with HO but ignored it, overall its been fine too.

Never had any problems face to face -- just note that some shops have more knowledge than others. Some are run by train people, some are not.
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Old 10-16-2019, 02:11 PM   #3
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Patrick's Trains in Wheeling, West Virginia.

Competitive pricing, excellent service, friendly interactions and backs what he sells.

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Old 10-16-2019, 02:15 PM   #4
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Mercer Junction in Pa & Pat's trains.
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Old 10-16-2019, 02:32 PM   #5
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primarily ebay , both used and new
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Old 10-16-2019, 02:34 PM   #6
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Mr, Muffins, Modeltrainstuff, and Nassau hobbies, very little from Ebay, some from the two shows I go to every year.

The three dealers have great service, no issues.
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Old 10-16-2019, 02:37 PM   #7
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Plenty of on line stores have excellent service and will be happy to answer questions. Beside the ones already mentioned, I like Nicholas Smith, Model Train Stuff, Menards and Just Trains of Delaware. If you spend more than a few bucks in your order, some will give free shipping.

Ebay is another source, but you do have to use a bit of caution. I’ve gotten good buys from ebay and I have been burned.

I’m lucky to live in SE PA where there are plenty of train meets and local hobby shops.

I would see if you have any local hobby shops or train meets near you in OK. You might also find an on line place that’s not too far from you (might get cheaper or faster shipping).
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Old 10-16-2019, 03:25 PM   #8
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I do a lot of my new stuff at Henning's Trains, though I have bought from Pat's Trains, ModelTrainStuff, Nicholas Smith, and Charles Ro a few times.

As for used, I get a lot of it through personal contacts, forum sales, and the trainshows I visit locally.
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Old 10-16-2019, 03:58 PM   #9
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Old 10-16-2019, 04:07 PM   #10
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Interesting that Menards hasn't been mentioned. I also buy from Pat's Trains, TrainWorld, and Modeltrainstuff.
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