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    Hobby stores, what happened to them.

    Gee folks Iím serious we sure can use one, look I understand just a metal detecting store by itself wonít pay the rent if your in the local plaza, but maybe combined with something else. Iím just saying sporting goods stores offer sports equipment as such but not metal detecting equipment. Anyhow whatís your opinion location the need, area to depressed I donít understand, thankyou

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    I think I can tell you what happened to most of the Hobby stores. Cell phones and computers, and the Internet. Those are the hobbies of the upcoming generation. When I was a youngster, we had hobby stores in our area. We would ride our bikes to them, pick out models to build, gas model planes and cars to run, Whitman coin books for our coins etc. Kids these days just don't do those things, and most adults are past that point also. We do have our detecting hobby, and we also have our dedicated dealers to purchase from. Its just that a lot of them are not local for most of us. Big Box stores have put the little guy out of business. Its all about shopping online.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trezurehunter View Post
    I think I can tell you what happened to most of the Hobby stores. Cell phones and computers, and the Internet. Those are the hobbies of the upcoming generation. When I was a youngster, we had hobby stores in our area. We would ride our bikes to them, pick out models to build, gas model planes and cars to , Whitman coin books for our coins etc. Kids these days just don't do those things, and most adults are past that point also. We do have our detecting hobby, and we also have our dedicated dealers to purchase from. Its just that a lot of them are not local for most of us. Big Box stores have put the little guy out of business. Its all about shopping online.
    EXACTLY! Remember when cell phones were used to call people? Worst things ever invented. People just walking along, heads down staring at that stupid phone, oblivious to the world. Or just sitting there head down staring at the blasted phone. Sometimes I just want to grab them out of a persons hand and slam it on the ground. As bad as the NERDS sitting in Starbucks with their laptops open sipping their Chai Latte. UGH!!!! Thanks I feel better now.

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    On line shopping did em in

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    Too many people would browse at the hobby store and then go home and order from Tower hobbies or other online shops.
    Then, when you are trying to do whatever your hobby is, and need something right now, you have nowhere to go.

    We should have supported our local hobby shops.

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    Points well taken, it’s not about different time completely, I’m sick and tired of people walking around like robots, no need to think they are programmed and are becoming a liability to themselves and society. Look things became much worse when cell phones where created, why car crashes, people walking into roads, cars. We should do something this is a problem like it or not. Hobbies yes it’s a lost created fashion of sorts, it’s all about fake and phoney social media friends, yeah these are people they don’t no and call friends. You give me one good friend and you can have your 10 Facebook friends what a joke

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    It's not just the Hobby stores, it's all the Mom & Pop places we grew up with. Big Box, internet, and cell phones all contributed to their demise. Besides the Hobby stores, The worst one for me was our local bookstore/newsstand closing because of Barnes & Noble.

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    Even the old reliable magazines are gone terrible

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    Amazon happened.

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    An unidentified coin is a piece of metal. An identified coin is a piece of history.

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    TH: So true: "Big Box stores have put the little guy out of business. Its all about shopping online."
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    Sorry Honey, I canít. Iíve got plans with my metal detector.

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    49er, if you take a vacation to Orlando, take a trip to nearby Kellyco.
    It’ll change your life.
    EVERY COIN, SILVERS, AND TOKENS FOUND IN FLORIDA I SOLD...STARTING FRESH IN MARYLAND

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    How’s Kellyco survive

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    Quote Originally Posted by 49er12 View Post
    How’s Kellyco survive
    Lots of online sales, lots of walk-ins in sunny FLA would be my guess.
    I actually have a MD shop around me, Serious Detectors, but no walk-ins due to the chinese virus [as of a month ago].

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    Losing Radio Shack was a big loss for me!
    We are in a hobby that is supported by losers!!

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    This thread is true. They are relics of our past. This is the most depressing thread ever. We had a hobby store near were i live and i used to love looking at the model trains. They had big detailed scenes all set up complete with running trains. I am Sad Keanu's shadow.

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    Resident De-Bunker. I'm blunt because I don't have time to indulge your fantasies. Treasure is found down here on Earth, not on Google Earth.

 

 
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