A Critical Look: The Crisis That Never Came

A Critical Look: The Crisis That Never Came

A couple of years ago, I wrote an article examining a new policy from Traxxas: a complete lock-down of their high-current connectors. I warned of a coming crisis and feared how the hobby industry would react. There are many ways in which that article and I were wrong, and we’re going to talk about just how wrong I was and why my perceived future never came to pass.

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Why Buy From Us?

Why Buy From Us?

In today’s fast-paced world, there’s no shortage of online retailers ready and willing to sell you the exact same products we carry here at Roger’s Hobby Center. They might have slightly lower prices, free shipping options, and could even be more convenient. So that begs the question: why are we here? What do we have to offer over the modern competition? Why, exactly, do we think you’d be better off buying from us?

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A Critical Look: What I Want Out of 2019

A Critical Look: What I Want Out of 2019

2018 was, by any metric I could use, a disappointing year at best. Instead of dwelling on the past, however, let’s put on our rose-colored glasses and look into the future — a bright and prosperous future for the hobby industry as a whole, and our store in particular. What does this utopian future look like? Let’s talk about that.

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A Critical Look: 3 Ways Traxxas Could Change the Game

A Critical Look: 3 Ways Traxxas Could Change the Game

Traxxas has emerged as one of the most influential companies of the hobby industry in the modern era. They tower above all other individual R/C surface manufacturers, and even Horizon Hobby, with its multiple brands and worldwide status, seems to be trailing Traxxas in product innovation and dominance in the world of R/C cars and trucks. With Traxxas’ sizeable influence on the overall hobby market, let’s look at some things Traxxas could do that will further shake up the industry. Whether these hypothetical actions are good or bad is a matter of perspective, but there’s no doubt, if enacted, they would cause quite the stir.

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Top Ten Products of 2018

Top Ten Products of 2018

Everyone loves lists, right? I'm pretty sure there are entire websites (cough cough Buzzfeed cough cough) built on that concept. Well, we love lists too, and so it's time to go over our Top Ten Products of 2018!

Like every year, the list is devised using margin (profit) dollars, so the list isn't all car parts, glue, and paint — and while the words accompanying the products are opinion, how they placed isn't something we change for editorial purposes or bias, so let’s dive into our top money-makers this year and see what our customers have been demanding throughout the year.

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2018: A Look Back at an Interesting Year

2018: A Look Back at an Interesting Year

At the beginning of a new year, I like to look ahead at all the stories I think could be the ones to watch for the hobby industry. It’s a way to focus on the big picture and not let the small, day-to-day stuff obscure the more important long-term issues. Last January, I took a look at four stories I was interested in following for 2018, and now it’s time to look back at that article and see how the year progressed on each subject, and identify other stories that I missed.

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A Critical Look: Not With a Bang, But A Whimper

A Critical Look: Not With a Bang, But A Whimper

Back in the distant past of the mid-2000s, our R/C aircraft department was the money-maker. It more than doubled the R/C car department, and was, by far, the department we counted on to allow us to stay in business. Over the last few years, however, R/C cars have been steadily gaining on R/C aircraft, swapping dominance between 2013 and 2014. Since then, R/C aircraft have been falling behind at faster and faster rates in a process that doesn’t seem to have an end point.

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A Critical Look: More Industry Turbulence as Horizon Drops Traxxas

A Critical Look: More Industry Turbulence as Horizon Drops Traxxas

This past Friday, Horizon Hobby informed retailers they will no longer be offering Traxxas products, starting the beginning of 2019. Was this Traxxas improving their profit margins by cutting off their last major distribution partner, or was this Horizon ratcheting up the tension between the two companies, between whom there appears to be little love lost?

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