December 2014

Captain Community
Many hobby store owners are finding greater exposure by getting involved in their communities — especially around the holidays
It's still about the products
A mix of new, returning and mainstay exhibitors show off innovations from all corners of the industry at the 2014 iHobby Expo
Industry needs to think big
Commentary: We can all benefit from an effort to establish a new national image
Holiday stress busters
You can enjoy more sales and higher profits this holiday season by reducing the amount of stress felt by both staff and customers
On being the boss
Running a successful hobby store is about more than loving the products; you must also put your team in a position to succeed
Big changes in the works for iHobby
Another year, another round of changes. The Hobby Manufacturers Association held its 30th annual iHobby Expo on Oct. 2-5 in Schaumburg, Ill. And, as was the case following the previous three shows, d...
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New show management for iHobby Expo
Hobby Show Promotions Inc., producer of the 2013 and 2014 iHobby Expo, will be under new ownership effective Oct. 15. The company, currently owned by Randy Bachmann, is being sold to David Swanson, w...
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Replicarz to deliver 1:43 scale Indy winners
Replicarz, the Vermont-based die-cast model distributor and maker of 1:18-scale IndyCar models, will deliver its first 1:43 Indy racers late this year. Brian Fothergill of Replicarz said the company ...
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Japanime Games
Japanime Games unveils Retailer Support Program
As part of Japanime Games’ new Retailer Support Program, the company joins a growing list of companies that will now enforce a minimum advertised price policy. Japanime announced its new two-pa...
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Trainfest 2014 to add space, attractions
America’s largest operating model railroad show just got bigger. Trainfest 2014 has added 15 percent more floor space to accommodate more operating railroads, show organizers announced Sept. 17...
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Fire destroys Lake Junction Models
A fire broke out at Lake Junction Models LLC on Aug. 26. The building, located in Webster Groves, Mo., and all of its contents were destroyed, according to owner Bill Hoss. The cause of the fire was u...
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White River Productions acquires Railroad Model Craftsman, Railfan & Railroad
White River Productions of Bucklin, Mo., has acquired Railroad Model Craftsman and Railfan & Railroad magazines, as well as the book line formerly published by Carstens Publications. Existing subs...
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Days of Wonder
Days of Wonder merges with Asmodee
The Asmodee Group is set to expand its reach in the U.S. after it recently acquired game publisher Days of Wonder Inc. The move, technically a merger, will place Days of Wonder under the Asmodee umbr...
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Gen Con, Mayfair Games raise $40K for charity
Gen Con 2014 was a hit at the turnstiles, but the hobby gaming convention also received plenty of support for its official charity partner, Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana. With the help of a $20,000 d...
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Publisher of Railroad Model Craftsman closes
Carstens Publications, Inc. closed permanently on Friday, Aug. 22, 2014. Carstens Publications, Inc. has been publishing Railroad Model Craftsman and other hobby magazines from its New Jersey offices ...
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What’s Selling: Games
Below are the What's Selling responses from our September survey on the games hobby segment. HobbyTown USA College Station, Texas Board Games: Mayfai...
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What is your store's return policy, and how often do you utilize it after the holidays?
Michael Magee, Hub City Hobby, Hattiesburg, Miss., said: “We accept returns only on unused merchandise in resalable condition, and then only for...
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What are some of the ways your store goes the extra mile for customers?
Gerry Satterwhite, Greenville Hobby Depot, Greenville, Texas, said: “I sometimes give a big discount on items to special customers, or just gi...
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Whats Selling Games - March
Below are the What's Selling responses from our March survey on the games hobby segment.Hub City Hobby Hattiesburg, Miss.Board games: Mayfair Game...
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