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« on: June 23, 2011, 11:47:19 AM »
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Hi all,

I would like all of you to help find a substitute for Hobby King which offers most of the HK Items at good price and also reliable customer service.
Please post your review & exp about other online stores here.

Thx


PS- Recently i purchased some items from www.rctimer.com and their service is good with almost free shipping.

[Admin Note]  Lots of stores listed in Reply #29 of this thread : http://www.rcindia.org/rc-outlets-and-resellers/finding-a-substitute-for-hobby-king/msg102884/#msg102884
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« Reply #1 on: June 23, 2011, 11:51:15 AM »
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www.lowpricerc.com
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« Reply #2 on: June 23, 2011, 01:52:59 PM »
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Below are the other online shops I dealt with and found them good. Please note that not all of them provide 'Boxed' packaging , and sent the item in properly padded envelope. But then they passed customs without any scrutiny.

http://www.lowpricerc.com
http://www.rctimer.com/
http://www.hobbydream.com
http://www.himodel.com
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« Reply #3 on: June 29, 2011, 02:48:36 PM »
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Another HK Based Shop. Great prices on OS and Zeonah /Align engines and Scorpion motors
http://www.hkstreets.com

Another good shop for high end items at good price:
http://robotbirds.com

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« Reply #4 on: June 29, 2011, 03:17:26 PM »
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Leave apart substitute, none of the shops are qualifying to be compared with HK Bow.....
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Could you please clarify your parameters ? What we are emphasizing is stop considering HK as end of the world. Try Towers some time. Their inventory is at least 10 times more than HK, and the best part is that most of parts are in stock and not like HK where 50% of items have bot been restocked since ages as if they were stolen/rejected items arrived only once and listed since then without replenishment.
And about price, look at the Scorpion motor they are introducing. The prices are 150-200% over other sites like

http://www.hkstreets.com


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wow, thanks.... Grin.... Hats Off

Hey HK you listening...your market is depleting.... Giggle...

The topic itself is a warning to HK, good to see some great competition coming up... Bow
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Hey folks!! I got a direct mail from 'THE Man' Anthony Hands Himself!!! from his @Hextronics.com  ID!!! Ha Ha!! he is smart and listening...
It would be nice if good things remain good, if they can get any better.
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I saw the movi "social network" mindblowing impact of online media these days on business. Just one thread is enough to cut the business pie...... Undecided ..Dont know if its good or bad......Smiley, whatever it is but amazing ..... Bow
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Hey folks!! I got a direct mail from 'THE Man' Anthony Hands Himself!!! from his @Hextronics.com  ID!!! Ha Ha!! he is smart and listening...

And did he threaten to nuke you ? Smiley
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Yah next ujjwanna would get a job offer from hk Cheesy Brand ambassador Cheesy
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 ROFL Mr Hextronics.....see, read, enjoy and chooose what you want to do with the culprit... Grin....anyway my suggestion is JOIN US here.. Hats Off , I am sure we all would be delighted to have you among us .... Thumbs Up
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hi,

check this site

www.idealhere.com

You can beat HK price for EMS postage.

Check this one
http://www.idealhere.com/I-Can-Fly_p95899.html

i have no experience till now.
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Looks like searches are not able to locate this thread, because many people search with the word "alternative to hobbyking" instead of "substitute for hobbyking".

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guys you can also try www.rc711.com
I represent them here and you can also make rupee payments. If you want express delivery that can also be arranged, but delivery in New Delhi
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Bought some stuff from http://www.sdshobby.net/ introduced by sandy jain, super store, prices are cheaper than HobbyKing, service is good, bought some stuff from hobbyking the same day, (EMS), SDS's parcel came in earlier, shipping was cheaper and the packing was sturdy and good. IMHO an online store worth visiting, they don't have buddy code gimmick, prices are lesser than buddy code price of Hobby King (Barring some ESC's etc) and lot of stuff for Nitro and Gasser at SDS, which are missing at Hobby King.
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-1 to www.hobbydream.com  Angry ...  they also do not respond

Ive ordered once from www.dhgate.com, they although are not basically in RC, but you can find many RC products at much lower rates than HK..
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Bought some stuff from http://www.sdshobby.net/ introduced by sandy jain

Are you sure about the domain name ? Doesn't seem to even open.
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www.sdshobby.net is opening well. No probs. I've been ordering from SDS too and have had a wonderful experience.
1+ for SDS
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-1 to www.hobbydream.com  Angry ...  they also do not respond

Ive ordered once from www.dhgate.com, they although are not basically in RC, but you can find many RC products at much lower rates than HK..

I have had a good experience with HobbyDream, some hiccups, but peace at last. In June I ordered some stuff, which they missed few items. They responded promptly and send replacement.

Two weeks back I ordered some landing gear and other hardware. Though the online store showed the landing gear in stock, upon ordering and payment,  they mailed me that the gear is out of stock. They offered refund which I declinded. They sent the entire items a week later.

They do respond, and you posting a negative comment here on this forum, expect a mail soon. They do have problem with their inventory management, but then they are not as big as HobbyKing.
But considering the size of HobbyKing stock movement, much is still desired from them. They should pay heed to customer genuine pain and try to address them, instead of ruthlessly get such grievances threads removed from their own 'live community' and other forums funded/assisted by them.  I guess one of my friends, who is also HK moderator is reading this Cheesy
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Are you sure about the domain name ? Doesn't seem to even open.

strange , it never happened with me, what was impressive was the packing was rock solid and for a 3 kg parcel and some big stuff they didn't put any extra package cardboard bag weight penalty on me.

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strange , it never happened with me

Looks like they may have moved hosting providers yesterday, as the DNS records show an update with yesterday's date.

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Hi,

Whats the next destination for RC hobby shopping in case something is not available on hobbyking.com?

Listed as: Store URL [ User Ratings ] - Comments

www.xheli.com
www.helipal.com [ 1+ ]
www.hobby-wing.com [ 2+ ] - Very quick shipping, items received intact, support good [personal experience]
www.bananahobby.com
www.leaderhobby.com [ 1.5+ ] - suggested by srivatsa
giantshark.co.uk - suggested by hyd-quads
www.airbornerc.com.au
www.towerhobbies.com
www.hobbytown.com
www.hobbystores.co.uk
www.hobbypeople.net
www.hobbysuperstore.com
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rchobbies.com.au
www.hobbyco.com.au
www.modelflight.com.au
www.rchobbyestore.com.au

Kindly add more to this list, maybe with experience and ratings.
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I had a good experience with leaderhobby.com. They've got a good range of LiPos. Items shipped the same day, by swiss post. I remember there was an option to quote lesser value on customs invoice.

I think giantshark.co.uk is another good store. (previously giantcod.co.uk)
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yes leadershobby has good collection but there is one problem...

verify things after reading my statement

they often declare weight as more than actual weight thus increasing shipping price ...
say... 3S 2200mah 35C weighs 180 in actual and 200 with packing... they declare very high weight to main margins... often goes to 270 gms and above..

infact this is repeated for all units
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Helipal.com - Send Spares again, because not received on first time, and by mistake they send spares through Non Tracking mail as I paid for tracking mail, price bit a high but have quality products

hobby-wing.com - Good shipping fast response, during business Hrs, Support is available on Skype and if you mail in non- business hr in next day u get ur reply even in same day I got 5 or 6 time my reply back of my different-2 query on same mail.
Price is low comparatively Helipal, Custome Shipping option is available like DHL
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Thanks guys, this list would be very helpful for people to look around while shopping ...
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Found three more stores from Asia, but how to add new links to my original post?

http://www.miracle-mart.com
http://www.flying-hobby.com
http://www.rc711.com
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they declare very high weight to main margins... often goes to 270 gms and above..
Yes, I agree. Sorry, it's been a long time since I purchased from them, so forgot mentioning.
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http://www.aircraft-world.com - Air Craft - Japan - Nice Selection of RC Electronics And Kits
http://www.discoverhobby.com -Discovery Hobby - China - RC Stuff & More
http://www.flying-hobby.com - Flying-Hobby -Taiwan - Align, Gaui, Dragonus, Esky, Titan, 3DX, Hurricane, Walkera,Kits,Parts and Equiptment
http://www.himodel.com - HiModel - China - Huge Selection of Helicopters,Planes and Parts
http://www.hobbycity.com -Hobbycity - China - Large Selection Of Everything RC
http://www.hobbyking.com - See HobbyCity above
http://www.hobby-wing.com - Hobby-Wing - China - Good Selection Of Align,E-Sky And Walkera Brand Helicopter Kits & Parts
http://www.hooobby.com - Hooobby - China - Good Selection Of Walkera,E-Sky And Align Helicopter Parts & Kits
http://www.infinity-hobby.com - Infinity-Hobby - Taiwan -Dragonus, Mini Titan, Mini Zoom, Raptor, T-Rex
http://www.kasama.com - Kasama Helicopters - Thailand - High Quality CNC Upgrades For Larger Electric And Nitro Helicopters
http://www.miracle-mart.com -Miracle-Mart - Hong Kong - Lowest Prices For E-sky Helis.
http://www.oairc.com - Orential Asia International RC - Taiwan - Good Selection Of RC Stuff
http://www.rc711.com - RC711 dot Com - Hong Kong - For People In Asia, Australia, Middle East
http://www.rc-expert.com - RC-Expert dot Com - Hong Kong - Good Selection Of Kits & Parts
http://www.rchelicoptershop.com - RCHelicopterShop - Hong Kong - E-Sky Helicopter Kits And Parts
http://www.super-skids.com - Superskids LLP - China? - The REAL Super Skids

Australia & New Zealand

http://shop.eflypower.com - Eflypower - Austrilia - Good selection of E-Helicopters and equiptment
http://www.freestyle-hobby.com/ - Austrilia - Good selection of kits and parts
http://www.helidream.com - HeliDream - Australia - E-Sky Dealer

U.S.A.
http://www.3dxhobbies.com/ - Good selection of planes and helis
http://www.3dhobbyshop.com - 3DHobby Shop - USA -Mostly Fixed Wing, But A Good Selection Of Motors,LiPo Packs & RC Electronics
http://www.acceleratedrc.com - Accelerated RC - USA - Home Of The Hoss X4 T-Rex frame
http://www.advantagehobby.com - Advantage Hobby - USA - Heli-Max, Century, Eflite, Venom,Little Bit Of Everything
http://www.acehobby.com - Ace Hobby - USA - Thunder Tiger, Raptor, Nitro/Electric
http://www.aeromicro.com - AeroMicro - USA - Little Bit Of Everything
http://www.agehobby.com - Age Hobby - USA - Fair Selection of Helicopter kits and parts
http://www.airthunder.com - Air Thunder -USA - New Player In The LiPo World, Low Voltage Discharge Resistant LiPo Packs
http://www.amainhobbies.com - A Main Hobbies - USA - Very Good Selection of Helis,Planes,Cars and Parts
http://www.atlantahobby.com - Atlanta Hobby - USA - Great Selection Of Everything RC
http://www.allerc.com - All E RC - USA - Lots Of Hard To Find Parts And Equiptment
http://www.amainhobbies.com - A Main Hobbies - USA - Good selection of RC stuff, Helis,Planes,Cars,Etc
http://www.bphobbies.com - BP Hobbies- USA- Planes, Helicopters And Parts - Originally balsaplanes.com
http://www.callie-graphics.com - Callie Graphics - USA - Custom Canopy And Stickers
http://www.canopyfx.com - Canopy FX - USA - Custom Painted Canopys And Very Cool Holographic Blade Decals
http://castlerockhobbies.com -Castle Rock Hobbies- USA- E-Sky, Falcon3D and FalconSE,Custom RTF Combo Kits and CHC Bling
http://www.centuryheli.com - Century RC Helicopter Products - USA - Swift, Electric, Nitro & Scale Helicopters And Parts
http://www.clubheli.com/ -ClubHeli - Walkera Helis and parts
http://www.cnchelicopter.com - CNC Helicopter - USA - More Bling Than You Can Shake A Stick At
http://www.curtisyoungblood.com - Curtis Youngblood dot Com - USA - Radix Blades And Aftermarket Parts
http://darthdrk.4t.com - Darth's Helicopter Bodies - USA - Scale Fuselages By The Master
http://www.deeteeenterprises.com - Dee Tee Enterprises - USA - Very Good Selection Of T-Rex Kits, Parts & Upgrades
http://www.eboyztoyz.com -eBoyzToyz - USA - Good Selection Of Kits,Parts & Upgrades
http://www.elektrorc.com - ElektroRC - USA - MaxiR, Roxxter
http://www.espritmodels.com - Espirit Model - USA - Planes Mostly, But Great Prices On Other Stuff
http://www.fmadirect.com - FMA Direct - USA - CellPro chargers, Batteries Packs and RC Electronics
http://www.fastener-express.com - Fastener Express - USA -Metric and SAE Nuts, Bolts & Screws Of Every Type
http://www.fxaeromodels.com - FZAeromodels - USA - Good Selection of Helicopters And Accessories
http://www.grandrc.com - GrandRc - USA - Good Selection Of Electric And Nitro Kits,Parts And Equiptment
http://www.helidirect.com - Helidirect - USA - HDX, Align, Esky, Gaui, Dragonus, Thunder Tiger, Walkera, And All Helicopter Related Equipment
http://www.heliproz.com - Heliproz - USA - Good Selection Of Nitro And Electric Helicopter Kits,Parts & Accessories
http://www.heli-world.com - Heli-World - USA - Good Selection Of Kits & Parts
http://www.helihobby.com - HeliHobby - USA -Huge Selection Of Helicopter Kits And Parts
http://www.hobbypeople.net - Hobbypeople - USA - Little Bit Of Everything - Sometimes Slow To Ship!
http://www.hobbytron.com - Hobbytron - USA - Good Selection Of RC Kits & Accessories
http://www.hobbyzone.com - Hobby Zone - USA - Mostly Planes, Eflite and Align Kits & Parts
http://www.homefly.com - Homefly dot Com - USA - Nice Selection Of Kits & Parts
http://www.horizonhobby.com - Horizon Hobby - USA - Eflite, Large Selection Of RC Equiptment
http://www.hoverhobbies.com - Hoverhobbies - USA - TREX, Dragonus, Protech Kits And Parts
http://jaghobbies.com - Jag Hobbies - USA - Good deals on E-Sky helicopters,parts and custom upgrade RTF kits
http://www.jmdmodels.com - JMD Models - USA - Nice Selection Of Scale Bodys
http://www.ka-planes.com -Ka-Planes - USA - Good selection of helicopters and parts
http://www.krshobbies.com - KRS Hobbies - USA - Distributor of Xtreme Parts For The CX2, Lama, King 2, And Others Brand Helicopter Kits
http://www.lightflightrc.com - LightFlight RC - USA - Good deals on servos and recievers
http://www.lipostuff.com - LiPo Stuff dot Com - USA - Thunder Power,FlightPower And DN Power Brand Battery Packs And Chargers
http://www.mahblades.com - MAHblades - USA - MAH rotor Blades & Props
http://www.mcmaster.com - McMaster-Carr Inc. -USA - Home Depot For Industrial Supplies,Only 100 Times Better
http://www.microheli.com -MicroHeli dot Com - USA - Good Selection Of Kits & Parts
http://www.modefosheli.com - Modefo's Heli's - USA -Good Selection Of Century, Align, Mikado & Micron Kits,Parts And Accessories
http://www.modelrectifier.com - Model Rectifier Corporation - USA - Scale, Electric, Nitro,Bigger Helicopter Kits & Parts
http://www.mscomposit-usa.com - MS Composit USA - USA - MS Hornet & Stinger Heli Kits & parts
http://www.mtahobbies.com -MTA Hobbies -USA - Nice Selection Of Nitro And Electric Kits & Parts
http://www.nesail.com - Northeast Sailplane Products - USA - Planes Mostly, But Also Good Prices On Heli Related Stuff
http://www.nitroplanes.com -NitroPlanes dot Com - USA - Good Selection Of Kits & Parts
http://www.raidentech.com - Raidentech dot Com - USA - Good Selection Of Kits & Parts
http://www.rc-fever.com - RC-Fever - USA - Good Selection of RC Helicopters, Planes and Car Kits & parts
http://www.rchobbies.org - RC Hobbies Online - USA - Fair All Around Selection Of RC Helicopters,Planes,Boats & Cars
http://www.rchover.com - RCHover dot Com - USA - Good Selection Of Kits And Parts
http://www.readyheli.com - ReadyHeli dot Com - USA - Align, Gaui, Eflite, Hirobo, Air Hogs Kits And Parts
http://www.redrockethobbies.com - Red Rocket Hobby Shop - USA Good Selection Of Kits & Parts
http://www.ronlund.com - Ron's Heliproz South - USA - Stuff For The Bigger Helicopters
http://www.servocity.com - Servo City - USA - Servos and Robotics gear
http://www.slickzero.com - Slickzero - USA - Good Selection Of Kits & Parts,Super Cheap Shipping!
http://www.smallparts.com - Small Parts Inc. - USA - Industral Supply, For Hard To Find Small Parts
http://tammieshobbies.com - Tammie's Hobbies - USA - Good Selection Of RC Helicopters,Planes,Boats & Cars ,Nitro & Electric
http://www.techmodelproducts.com - Tech Model Products - USA - T-Rex Kits,Parts & Upgrades
http://www.toddsmodels.com - Todds Models - USA - Very Cheap Servos
http://www.towerhobbies.com - Tower Hobbies - USA - The 800lb gorilla Of RC Dealers
http://www.toysonics.com - Toysonics - USA - Nice Selection Of Electric And Nitro Planes,Helicopters,Cars & Boats
http://www.tppacks.com - TPpacks dot Com - USA - Thunder Power LiPo Packs And Thunder Tiger Helicopters
http://www.wihatools.com - Wiha Quality Tools - German/USA - Its Only As Good As The Tool That Built It!
http://www.grainger.com - W.W.Grainger -USA - Home Depot For Industrial Supplies,Only 100 Times Better
http://www.wowhobbies.com/ - Walkera Helis and Parts
http://www.vampowerpro.com - VampowerPro dot Con - USA - Vampower Battery Packs & Receivers, RC Electronics
http://www.vblades.com - VBlades - USA - Home Of The VBlade
http://www.xheli.com -XHeli dot Com - USA - Good Selection Of Kits & Parts
http://www.xushobby.com - XUS Hobby - USA - DN Power distributor, Good Selection Of RC Electronics

Info Sites
http://www.insideheli.com/ - Heli Podcasts by 2 of our own!!!
http://www.helitown.com/
http://www.trextuning.com/
http://www.bladecprepair.com/
http://dhrc.rchomepage.com/calc.htm - Dark Horse Heli Power and Setup Calculator
http://progressiverc.com/Research.html - Specs on motors,ESC's,Rx's,Tx's,Battery Packs and more
http://www.littlerotors.com - Info Site
http://myfalcon3d.com - Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About The Art-Tech Falcon3D But Were Afraid To Ask
http://falcon.np.co.nz - Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About The Art-Tech Falcon3D But Were Afraid To Ask Again
http://www.eflightwiki.com - A Wiki Just For Us
http://www.swashplate.co.uk - "The Electric Helicopter Beginner's Guide"
http://www.dream-models.com/eco/flying-index.html - RADD'S School Of Rotary Flight
http://www.4-rc-helicopter.com - RC Helicopter & Plane reviews,FAQs & information
http://www.w3mh.co.uk/index.shtml - W3MH E-Zine, World Wide Web Model Helicopter
http://www.rotorworld.co.uk/ - Rotor World Magazine
http://www.flyrc.com/ - Fly RC Magazine
http://www.rchelimag.com/ - RC Heli Magazine

Software
http://www.helisoftware.com/ Home of "Heliport" free Windows utility software for rc helicopters
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Hey, LHSs of our country too can give similar price like HK and without unnecessary custom hassle.
 
http://www.rcbazaar.com/
http://www.rcelectro.com/
http://www.hobbysea.com/
http://www.rcforall.co.in/
http://www.rchobbyaddict.com/
http://www.aeroworks.co.in/
http://www.rcdhamaka.com/
http://www.thehobbyshop.in/
http://www.rcbharat.com/

Please note that Hobbyking replacement should be with low/moderate cost. That is why only common site names are given popular in our forum (or forumist Grin). However more site from India available in
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Hi Kalyan,

Yup, LHSs are doing a great job, specially RcBazaar with their range of hillers. The idea behind the list was to provide options when needed. I fly walkera and HK (or most LHSs) dont carry the spares, thought the list may be helpful to someone like me Smiley
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I have bought some stuff from these companies and am quite happy with their products and services:

www.enjoyhobbies.biz
www.dealextreme.com

In more than one case, I have had an RTF Heli land up at my door without any hassles. Yes, RTF - with TX. Smiley

Both are based out of China.

As far as LHS are concerned, give www.rcbazaar.com some more time and they will prove to be more economical/pleasurable than buying from HK in all counts.
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Yes, definitely VC sir, they are doing their best. And their price is the most compititive and their professional attitude too (Tax, Insurance etc.) which are two opposite thing and they are maintaining very well. And the sites listed above are too. Hats Off But they are not getting help from us (users) to increase their sales volume so that they can bear some more employee.

We can help them by two way.

1. Purchasing from them avoiding customs hastle and delay, benificial to us , simultaniously, and
2. Advance informing them about our (Not my) requirement so that their capital rolls and we get spairs in time.

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+1 for dealextreme. I've been buying from them for over 3 years now. Almost every parcel has rung my doorbell. Out of my over 50 orders with them till date, 3 havent come in but anyways, they have awesome stuff (not just rc parts). Their service seems to have slowed down lately, esp after the new ordering system, but the good news is it still works.
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Hello everyone,
 I found this site http://www.hobbytron.com

It sells RC vehicles as well as airsoft rifles. Is it reliable? Has anyone else ordered from this site? I am looking forward to buy a vehicle from this compay as it's cheap  Indian Rupees and most probable customs won't stop it.
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I think it's up to the individual to select which Hobby supplier they prefer. This type of attempt at trying to coax the way from the favourite supplier can alienate them from the knockers who HK is hurting. A newcomer should be told whoever is making a negative post about HK, if they own a hobby supply business. Obviously a LHS owner would be rather biased in his posts on this type of thread.

If I owned a hobby shop I'd be trying to give a hobbyist something which HK doesn't supply or if they do supply it then try to be better than HK. A tall order? no doubt about it.

I checked a few of the alternatives listed in this thread, one stocked nothing except a paper bag with a candle holder under it. An item HK doesn't sell and doubt they ever will. But hardly equipped to be called a "Hobby Shop"

The other alternative did stock RC equipment but the prices were far in excess of HK's. Yes there are businesses who sell some items cheaper, but not by much. In my opinion HK is the only place where I can find exactly what I want and all in the same place. Prior to finding HK I was forced to buy motors and ESCs from one outlet, small parts such as hinges, horns and pushrods etc from another batteries from another and so it went on. I was forced to keep a book of what was on order and from whom I purchased it. Now almost everything I buy is from HK because I prefer to make one order and know everything I wanted will come in one box.

Yes there are problems with service at times and yes it seems a lot of items are on backorder, but when you understand the way Chinese factories work you will get a good idea of the somewhat lengthy delays in getting new stock. Quite often when I desperately need a certain item I can often find a substitute for it among the thousands of parts they stock.

Remember that this is just a hobby to more than 99% of us and as such a matter of waiting for that part to restock is a good opportunity to finish a few projects pushed to one side.

I have problems with HK at the moment as they have made a real mess of their freight system. Australian buyers can, according to HKs information purchase up to 7Kg of parts and it will cost $17.99 to deliver. However once you get to the last page you find you have no choice in delivery methods than pick the item up yourself or pay $33.00 on one day and $36.00 the next followed by $33.00 the next. In other words there is a big bug in their system or they have changed their system with out giving customers any warning. Not exactly good for business. I also have problems with their customer service section. They will insist on sending out generic emails which have nothing or very little to do with your original purpose of contacting them.

I sent them an email last year congratulating them on a good freight service. For two weeks I received 4 emails asking me to elaborate on my complaint. Obviously a language hiccup.

If I put my problems with HK alongside the satisfaction I get from shopping with them, my overall level of satisfaction far exceeds that of my complaints. I just wish there was more information given to their customers instead of sending a form email and immediately closing the matter and stamping it solved.

Hobbyists aren't stupid, you can bet they check prices and other matters prior to buying and if they choose HK they should be left to do so. Not being pushed in the direction of other sellers, especially by Hobby shop owners or their spokesman.

Just for your information my number of aircraft of which only 5 weren't from HK now numbers in excess of 40 along with 12 multicopters of which 11 are HKs and 35 boats of which there are three or four from HK.

Please don't brand me as a HobbyKing fanatic and other names I've seen used on this site. I have freedom of choice and a solid background of RCing. I just hate hearing uninformed biased claptrap regarding a very popular and important retailer. I don't have any affiliations with HK, I don't get commissions or discounts on stock. I'm classed as an Elite customer and regarded as an important member of their family. I will also speak out if there is a problem as I did yesterday in a text message to Anthony Hand, a nice guy with his head screwed on the right way. Happy RCing to all, regards  Stu
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http://www.aircraft-world.com - Air Craft - Japan - Nice Selection of RC Electronics And Kits
http://www.discoverhobby.com -Discovery Hobby - China - RC Stuff & More
http://www.flying-hobby.com - Flying-Hobby -Taiwan - Align, Gaui, Dragonus, Esky, Titan, 3DX, Hurricane, Walkera,Kits,Parts and Equiptment
http://www.himodel.com - HiModel - China - Huge Selection of Helicopters,Planes and Parts
http://www.hobbycity.com -Hobbycity - China - Large Selection Of Everything RC
http://www.hobbyking.com - See HobbyCity above
http://www.hobby-wing.com - Hobby-Wing - China - Good Selection Of Align,E-Sky And Walkera Brand Helicopter Kits & Parts
http://www.hooobby.com - Hooobby - China - Good Selection Of Walkera,E-Sky And Align Helicopter Parts & Kits
http://www.infinity-hobby.com - Infinity-Hobby - Taiwan -Dragonus, Mini Titan, Mini Zoom, Raptor, T-Rex
http://www.kasama.com - Kasama Helicopters - Thailand - High Quality CNC Upgrades For Larger Electric And Nitro Helicopters
http://www.miracle-mart.com -Miracle-Mart - Hong Kong - Lowest Prices For E-sky Helis.
http://www.oairc.com - Orential Asia International RC - Taiwan - Good Selection Of RC Stuff
http://www.rc711.com - RC711 dot Com - Hong Kong - For People In Asia, Australia, Middle East
http://www.rc-expert.com - RC-Expert dot Com - Hong Kong - Good Selection Of Kits & Parts
http://www.rchelicoptershop.com - RCHelicopterShop - Hong Kong - E-Sky Helicopter Kits And Parts
http://www.super-skids.com - Superskids LLP - China? - The REAL Super Skids

Australia & New Zealand

http://shop.eflypower.com - Eflypower - Austrilia - Good selection of E-Helicopters and equiptment
http://www.freestyle-hobby.com/ - Austrilia - Good selection of kits and parts
http://www.helidream.com - HeliDream - Australia - E-Sky Dealer

U.S.A.
http://www.3dxhobbies.com/ - Good selection of planes and helis
http://www.3dhobbyshop.com - 3DHobby Shop - USA -Mostly Fixed Wing, But A Good Selection Of Motors,LiPo Packs & RC Electronics
http://www.acceleratedrc.com - Accelerated RC - USA - Home Of The Hoss X4 T-Rex frame
http://www.advantagehobby.com - Advantage Hobby - USA - Heli-Max, Century, Eflite, Venom,Little Bit Of Everything
http://www.acehobby.com - Ace Hobby - USA - Thunder Tiger, Raptor, Nitro/Electric
http://www.aeromicro.com - AeroMicro - USA - Little Bit Of Everything
http://www.agehobby.com - Age Hobby - USA - Fair Selection of Helicopter kits and parts
http://www.airthunder.com - Air Thunder -USA - New Player In The LiPo World, Low Voltage Discharge Resistant LiPo Packs
http://www.amainhobbies.com - A Main Hobbies - USA - Very Good Selection of Helis,Planes,Cars and Parts
http://www.atlantahobby.com - Atlanta Hobby - USA - Great Selection Of Everything RC
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http://www.bphobbies.com - BP Hobbies- USA- Planes, Helicopters And Parts - Originally balsaplanes.com
http://www.callie-graphics.com - Callie Graphics - USA - Custom Canopy And Stickers
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http://www.centuryheli.com - Century RC Helicopter Products - USA - Swift, Electric, Nitro & Scale Helicopters And Parts
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http://www.cnchelicopter.com - CNC Helicopter - USA - More Bling Than You Can Shake A Stick At
http://www.curtisyoungblood.com - Curtis Youngblood dot Com - USA - Radix Blades And Aftermarket Parts
http://darthdrk.4t.com - Darth's Helicopter Bodies - USA - Scale Fuselages By The Master
http://www.deeteeenterprises.com - Dee Tee Enterprises - USA - Very Good Selection Of T-Rex Kits, Parts & Upgrades
http://www.eboyztoyz.com -eBoyzToyz - USA - Good Selection Of Kits,Parts & Upgrades
http://www.elektrorc.com - ElektroRC - USA - MaxiR, Roxxter
http://www.espritmodels.com - Espirit Model - USA - Planes Mostly, But Great Prices On Other Stuff
http://www.fmadirect.com - FMA Direct - USA - CellPro chargers, Batteries Packs and RC Electronics
http://www.fastener-express.com - Fastener Express - USA -Metric and SAE Nuts, Bolts & Screws Of Every Type
http://www.fxaeromodels.com - FZAeromodels - USA - Good Selection of Helicopters And Accessories
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http://www.heli-world.com - Heli-World - USA - Good Selection Of Kits & Parts
http://www.helihobby.com - HeliHobby - USA -Huge Selection Of Helicopter Kits And Parts
http://www.hobbypeople.net - Hobbypeople - USA - Little Bit Of Everything - Sometimes Slow To Ship!
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http://www.xheli.com -XHeli dot Com - USA - Good Selection Of Kits & Parts
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http://www.swashplate.co.uk - "The Electric Helicopter Beginner's Guide"
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http://www.rotorworld.co.uk/ - Rotor World Magazine
http://www.flyrc.com/ - Fly RC Magazine
http://www.rchelimag.com/ - RC Heli Magazine

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http://www.helisoftware.com/ Home of "Heliport" free Windows utility software for rc helicopters

Hi Dheeraj,
That is one comprehensive list you have uploaded..thanks.. Have you done any research on UK suppliers too... Huh? It would be nice to have that list, thanks..
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Well, you can certainly try this: www.whichhobbystore.com, looks very promising to me Smiley


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It has lot of products Smiley seem good to me.
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This site is nothing but Hoax ..the owner of the site is using google adsense to earn money & nothing else...Please stop visiting that site..nothing but waste of time....
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This site is nothing but Hoax ..the owner of the site is using google adsense to earn money & nothing else...Please stop visiting that site..nothing but waste of time....

Well, as a user should I be concerned how any site makes money? As far as it even helps me a tiny bit Smiley


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Sorry guys,

I just had a look at a few additions to your list and to be honest there hasn't been anything which comes close to HobbyKing. Take the example given at the top of the last page. That seller had more out of stock than in and many items were simply multiples. The figures look good but when you actually look there's not a great deal there.

This was also on a few other sites. They really look good until you actually see what they have. One site seems to somewhat unsure as to what is RC and what's Technicians tools. I'd imagine very few Rcers have storage Oscilloscopes. The fact is I didn't see anything which looked anything like HobbyKing. OK there are a number of items out of stock but remember very few businesses have room to store more than a limited supply of everything they sell.

Imagine the headache of keeping up with items going out of stock. I've never actually counted how many separate items HobbyKing sells but I'm glad I'm just a buyer and not working there. Obviously HK sources most stock from China itself. Unfortunately they don't actually make a lot of their own stock and have to rely on sometimes very small suppliers. One week they may be making say a 3560 1500kv motor. After that run of so many thousand they'll switch to a 2830 2200kv motor. And so on until they've made all of their inventory and get back to the 3560 again. Now if for some reason there has been a rush on the 2850 750kv motor the manufacturer may not be making that motor for another month so anyone wanting to buy one can't because HK has run out and so has the factory.

Imagine this happening with Flight control boards. This one is a good example. The KK2 board, exclusive to HobbyKing, no other retailer can sell it unless it's been purchased through HobbyKing. There are a group of guys in the US who purchased 400 boards a few months ago. They pooled their money and cleaned HK out. Not one member could get one. Except from these guys in the US. The cost, 3 times what anyone would normally buy it for from HobbyKing $89.00 plus, wait for it, $80.00 freight, all USD. So anyone in Australia who desperately wanted a KK2 board either had to find something else to build or pay $169.00. I quickly found something else to build. They finally came back into stock at HK's. I was at the dentist when the email came to tell me they were back in stock but by the time I got home they had all vanished, Guess who got them, yup, those pesky guys in the US and they were once again back in business.

Those sort of things are happening to a lot of fast selling items. Buyers are selling them on Ebay and making a nice little profit. But good on them for being smart. To hell with them for stopping me from finishing my quad or whatever I need the parts for. HobbyKing sell many items and if you knew what goes on behind the scenes you'd know why things just run out.

But give HK their dues, they do try to stock as much as they possibly can. How many companies do you know which don't want your or my money. Pretty much all of them I'd say. HK certainly don't want you to not buy anything. If they could get it. they'd have it. Then you could have it. I make a point of always having a few builds or projects going at once. If something I need is out of stock I leave a tick in the appropriate box and get HK to send me an email when the part arrives. In the meantime I work on something else I have the parts for.

To sum up, I really don't think there's a replacement for HobbyKing. Nobody has their range and most don't have their prices. Keep looking though, but remember to tell everyone where they are. That's the stock angle covered and the prices but the shipping, well that's another story.

Good luck with whatever you buy and from where you buy it. Happy flying.  Stu.
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Dear,

There is no substitute for HobbyKing, i guess thats something that everyone would agree, they have done a lot to make the hobby affordable and have helped a lot of good people come to hobby (or at least show them that things can be done on a budget).

This thread however, lists websites which should be visited in case you are not happy with some of the products from HK or if they don't have some products handy when you need them.

HK has so many products, at very affordable price, however at times their quality control is questionable and then you need to look at other options, maybe the list present on this thread will help in those situations.
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i totally agree with @dheerajjuneja

HK has made this hobby reachable to all in the variety of budget  Thumbs Up
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I'm surprised to see the name BangGood missing from this list. I went to look at their new site and couldn't believe the range of RC gear they have. I must admit I didn't really search for such things as ESCs or motors, mainly because I was buying them from HobbyKing. I had purchased a few non-RC items from the previously, but because of the poor on-line interface I never got to see all the good bits. I ended up buying a Gimbal for my quadcopter. I checked prices and noticed HK had listed it as freight free. So was BangGood, but on just about all stock. The BangGood Gimbal was identical and just $2 cheaper. I got from BG just to see how their delivery went. I was very pleased to find it only took 10 days and it came well wrapped in it's own box, inside a box. They are cheaper on some items and a little dearer on others. The only thing I found a big difference in was their ESC. A 30 amp Simon K ESC for $14.00 you won't find on HK, but their motors are dearer.

As for service, I was impressed with their "Community" forums. If you have a problem you could get in contact with a very well spoken (well he types very good English) Smiley staff member. My query was answered within 10 minutes, not bad at all. They certainly seem to be trying to make a name for themselves and such things as coupons which give you discounts and never ending big discounts are everywhere. I logged on bought some 5 meter rolls of LEDs. a genuine 50% discount made me buy 2 reels.

Give them a look, it costs nothing and gives you an idea of what's happening. Personally I think they may be an answer to not having one company holding a monopoly. In my opinion monopolies are dangerous. They tend to make a retailer think they can't be bettered on price or service. So much in fact they start to take their customers for granted. A little competition keeps everyone on their toes and prices down. Our biggest danger would be to ignore any company giving HK a run for their money. Giving them a little support helps them keep their prices down due to turnover and HK will improve themselves when trying to keep their customers. At the moment I'm sorry to say I hold no loyalties to HK, mainly because of the way they've treated myself and many others. I've been buying from them for a number of years and I've seen some dirty stunts pulled on their customers.

There's plenty of room in this hobby for dealers to make a comfortable living and we definitely need more than one big supplier. Your best bet is to move around and check out as many outlets as you can. See who gives you the best service and prices, sometimes it's hard to find a good mix of the two, but remember, it's us buyers who make a successful company, plus it's us who can break them. I make it a point to find my own supplier and don't listen too much to horror stories. No business can keep all their customers happy, there's always bound to be a few with gripes. Only when it's an overwhelming majority will I take notice. At the moment I'm spreading my money around between HK and BG. Sorry Mr Hand if you listening Smiley   
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Well That's Also A Point that nothing comes close to hobbyking.com then what about www.towerhobbies.com its really good am I right???
a lot of products are available there Cheesy
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Tower hobbies will be costly if you include shipping and customs
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Methinks too much exaggeration is going on here. Ten times the  inventory of Hobbyking. I think not. OK they do have a heck of a lot backordered but certainly not 50 % of their stock. As for a mention regarding a company named HKStreets. Who are they and where is their site? I can find them on Ebay and their stock comprises of 1.5 pages of glow plugs. I've seen no sign of them being the answer to HobbyKing. Try going to the address given www.hkstreets.com it's not a site as yet, just a name on a computer somewhere. The other example for the same person is in the UK. How can a shop in the UK, selling Chinese imports be expected to sell anything below HK's prices? I've checked their prices and their range of stock and believe me they are no where near HK on either matter. Maybe their service is better, that wouldn't really be hard to do, but definitely not a HobbyKing killer.

As yet there are no contenders for the title. I'm afraid HK has it to themselves, ....... for a while. Unless I've been living under a rock for the past five years and completely missed a company with a better range of goods and at a competitive price, I can see but one contender for the title and that would have to be BangGood. Unless of course there's a business in India who can compete across the board. There could well be, I haven't yet entertained the idea of buying my RC needs there. I'm willing to shop with anyone who can offer me similar prices with a decent freight cost and better service I think the problem once more could be that India sources a lot of it's RC goods from China as well. How could they compete?

Yes it would be nice to have the same prices, but without the freight costs.  Remember though, HK is making a packet from their freight fees and I defy Mr Hand to prove me wrong. I've watched what's been going on over the past 12 months with freight and everything points to a lot of hidden profit being made. I recall Mr Hand saying to camera "HobbyKing makes no profit from freight" Unless the word "profit" is being used in a far different context I suggest things have changed dramatically in the freight scenario. Although I've made many inquiries on the matter, I've yet to hear a reasonable reason for HobbyKing not taking advantage of the Chinese Governments free freight incentive for Chines retailers. BangGood certainly use it, as does almost every other business in China. Why is HobbyKing different?

Give me a reasonable answer to that question and you'll gain my admiration. In the meantime I wish you luck in finding your gold at the end of the rainbow. Unfortunately HobbyKIng is still the biggest retailer of RC goods available to us ordinary people and until someone can match their prices and the range of their stock that's where they'll stay. The only answer I can think of is to look to a company in your own country and support them 110% and hopefully you can help build that company into a giant in RC. After all, it's the customers who dictate who takes the crown, and it's the same people who can take it away. Good luck, I think you'll need it. Smiley      Stu
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well !!

my 2C bit, did buy, of late from http://thanksbuyer.com/  mostly free shipping (meaning you'll have to wait awhile for the parcel to reach you) most, if not all goods sold there are much cheaper than Hobbyking (If you include the freight charges that is)

Like i told you, that my 2C
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I order from aliexpress.com a lot! A couple of sellers are starting to know me better and give some freebies when I order from them!

I usually manage to get a 20% discount. All you have to do is contact them and crib for high duty charges on the last order... Tongue
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I think the main gist of the thread is for a "replacement" for HobbyKing. At the moment I find it hard to believe there is just ONE who could replace them. Very few have the stock HK has. Some try to make customers believe they have more stock by listing the same items over and over again and some even leave superseded stock items listed. Many RCers buy from various suppliers, but at the moment only one supplier offers virtually everything an RCer could need. Personally I'd be very happy if there was somewhere I could buy what I need at pre 2014 HobbyKing prices and have free freight.

I stipulate 2014 because if anyone has been an HK member for a few years they would know HK prices have gone ballistic since mid 2014, including freight costs. Their price rises certainly aren't due to manufacturers price rises, I've been keeping a close watch on those. Freight increases most definitely weren't brought around by Airlibe price rises, in fact HK's own prices for freight actually dropped due to wrangling a deal with Singapore Air to carry their freight exclusively. They certainly didn't pass those savings on to their customers.

The way I see it, the only company set to topple HK's stranglehold on the hobby industry would have to be BangGood. Yjeir stocks of RC related items has increased dramatically and their prices are beginning to look tempting. Take their ESC prices. I purchased 4 x 45 amp NFet Simon K ESCs  yesterday for just $15 each. Not a bad buy. Some items are slightly better in price than HKs and a lot are not far off. BUT it's all freight free, a big deciding factor.

Spending time looking around for what you want can pay dividends. My wife told me she wanted to buy more LEDs for next Christmas to decorate the house. Whilst looking through BangGood I spotted their 5 meter rolls of 300 LEDs at 50% off. I grabbed  a few of those and my wife is very happy. The message I'm trying to convey is try not to find the "perfect supplier" Cash in on who has the best prices. I purchased a gimbal from HK this morning for just $22. no motors but I have a few spares. All I need is a controller board and I have an excellent and cheap gimbal. OK I had to pay $7 freight but I think it's still a bargain. Anyway, those are my thoughts on the matter, or as Gusty said, my 2c. or perhaps 20c worth. :-)
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Are there any reliable stores other than regular stores like quadkopters, rcb,rcd etc who sell hobbyking products at a cheap rate ?? If so .. pls gimme their details ... thanks in advance :-)
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