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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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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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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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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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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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Yeah, Radioshack. You hit it, SantaFe. Try to buy any radio parts there now.
"We'll have to order that for you, sir".
Duh.
 

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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!! :thumbsup:
 

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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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Better prices , free delivery, no question returns, all the benefits of shopping on line. When all the retail stores are gone you will not be able to see it, touch it, have it demonstrated to you, and of course free shipping, free returns, and lower prices on line will all go away! Be ware and shop local! You will be sorry.
 

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My dad worked 40 years for Jewel Tea Co. Some of you old timers will remember them.
It was a home shopping service. They came every 2 weeks to your home and bring you
what you ordered 2 weeks ago and get a new order. It was a great convenience for the
housewife. Not many housewives left. Most women work now and are not home during the day. Back in the day families had one car, or non. Men took the car to work. Jewel
Tea Co. sold dry goods. Yes tea and coffee, but also clothes, lawn furniture, toys, and
great cookies. The route man would bring in a basket of items to spot sell. These were
items that were not ordered but could be bought. It was a way to upsell. I worked 2
summers for them. I would run a route while the normal guy took vacation. I was good,
all the route men wanted me to run their routes while they were off. I kept their sells going. I would say the internet put them out of business. They were over 100 years old. They started with horse drawn truck.
Yes, things change. I have 2 trains that were sold by Jewel Tea. a 1952 American flyer
and a 1960 lionel steamer. My dad retired in the 1990s and Jewel Tea closed up a year
later. He knew they were on borrowed time.
 

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Better prices , free delivery, no question returns, all the benefits of shopping on line. When all the retail stores are gone you will not be able to see it, touch it, have it demonstrated to you, and of course free shipping, free returns, and lower prices on line will all go away! Be ware and shop local! You will be sorry.
Species which don't or can't adapt to the the changing environment become extinct. Mother Nature and market economies work the same way. While I am sorry to see the demise of the personal service that accompanies the local store, forecasts of doom and gloom because they are closing are off the msrk.

The market will force change, as it always has. If online retailers are all we have left, and they decide to raise prices, charge for shipping, and question returns (although you have to admit that no question returns are pretty rare, even today), it's only a matter of time until one of them decides to undercut the competition and offer these services again. Then, as now, companies that are content to sit on the status quo will get left behind.
 

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The hobby shop here in Southwest Michigan is about to close, but only because he mismanaged his finances. He owes the big three money so they won't ship anything to him. He won't pay his bills and when he does get some trains he sells them at a auction and still doesn't make money because he has to pay the auction house most of the profits. His train tech quit and his store has black mold.

It's a shame, when he closes that's the last train shop in this area. All the rest are 50 miles away or farther.

I don't buy on-line unless I have no other option. I wait for train shows or make the drive to the other train shops.
 

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We just lost a shop out here last month.

Was the franchise style hobby shop, forget the name, but it was in Merrillville, IN.

Park Lane Hobbies in Dyer, IN will be closing Apr. 17th. Owners are retiring.

Only local place left is G&G hobbies in Griffith, IN. Stop and talk to Larry. His dad started it in 1956 and still going strong.
 

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We just lost a shop out here last month.

Was the franchise style hobby shop, forget the name, but it was in Merrillville, IN.

Park Lane Hobbies in Dyer, IN will be closing Apr. 17th. Owners are retiring.

Only local place left is G&G hobbies in Griffith, IN. Stop and talk to Larry. His dad started it in 1956 and still going strong.
You ever consider going to I Love Toy Trains in Michigan City? It's right off 94.
 

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We just lost a shop out here last month.

Was the franchise style hobby shop, forget the name, but it was in Merrillville, IN.

Park Lane Hobbies in Dyer, IN will be closing Apr. 17th. Owners are retiring.

Only local place left is G&G hobbies in Griffith, IN. Stop and talk to Larry. His dad started it in 1956 and still going strong.
Is Hawkins still going?
 

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As CTV says change and adapt or die. If you don't believe him ask Darwin who once said: 'It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change'.
In the UK there is a old established shop called Hattons in Liverpool. In 1999 it employed just 6 people, today it employs 64 and last year made, not turned over about $12m. So it can be done . They still have a shop front. Read about them here: https://www.google.com.gh/amp/www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/hattons-model-railways-moves-out-10767754.amp
 

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You ever consider going to I Love Toy Trains in Michigan City? It's right off 94.
Haven't made it there yet. Kids are usually wiped after hitting Hesston Steam Museum! Planning on stopping eventually. Thought that place was in New Buffalo?

It would only be on Hesston trips, its a little over an hour for me.

Is Hawkins still going?
Lafayette is about 1.5 hr south of me.

Last time I tried to go I talked to him a week beforehand. No one was there when I got there..... This was late summer/early fall last year. I know his health has been bad. Someone posted about it recently and he has gotten worse. Nothing was said about the store. Was hoping for a chance to get there, but may never happen now.
 

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3.8TransAM-"Haven't made it there yet. Kids are usually wiped after hitting Hesston Steam Museum! Planning on stopping eventually. Thought that place was in New Buffalo?"

"It would only be on Hesston trips, its a little over an hour for me

It use to be in New Buffalo, but now it's five miles down the road from The Hesston s Steam Museum in Michigan City. Tom McComas owns it and moved it to his property.

http://ilttstore.com/
 
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