Model Retailer August tablet

August 2014

Stop wishing, start fixing
Theses 3 tweaks to your hobby shop are well within your control
Find the best part-timers
Tips for hiring and maintaining good part-time employees
Making nice with the IRS
What to know about the IRS’s new programs
Train sets: Break 'em up
A dealer sells individual pieces of toy train sets for major profit
Obituary: Konstantin Krivenko of Zvezda
Zvezda LLC founder and owner Konstantin Krivenko died July 5 from a virulent lung infection. “It was mainly Konstantin’s devotion, focus and personal motivation that has driven our compan...
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Bass family organizes first Hobbyfest
Two New Jersey–based retailers hosted the first annual Hobbyfest event June 21 in Barrington, N.J. AAA Hobbies & Crafts, owned by Michael Bass, and Mega Hobby, owned by his son, Alan, spons...
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Horizon acquires German retailer and manufacturer
Horizon Hobby LLC continues to expand its global reach. The company announced July 1 that it has acquired Gustav Staufenbiel GmbH, an R/C retailer and manufacturer best known for its proprietary bran...
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Hobby Lobby
Supreme Court rules in favor of Hobby Lobby
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled today in a 5–4 decision that the Affordable Care Act cannot require “closely held” businesses to provide contraception coverage. In doing so, the high ...
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MRC, Model Power enter into licensing agreement
Model Rectifier Corporation will produce and market Model Power’s railroad products under the Model Power brand. MRC announced the licensing agreement June 30. The move comes two months after M...
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Dealers find much to play and learn at ACD Games Day 2014
ACD Games Day 2014 was full up with both vendors from as far away as the Czech Republic and retailers from across the U.S. The trade show, hosted by ACD Distribution and held May 21–23 in Madiso...
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Traxxas opens new headquarters
Traxxas is on the move. The radio control manufacturer announced the grand opening of its new headquarters on June 18. The 30-acre campus is located in McKinney, Texas, about 30 miles north of Dallas...
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Carrera, GM strike licensing deal
Hobby dealers will soon have access to slot car versions of the Chevy C6.R Corvette, Pontiac Trans Am and more from Carrera of America. The slot car manufacturer announced on June 22 it finalized a ...
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Atlas upgrades All Scales Catalog
For the first time, Atlas Model Railroad Co. Inc.’s biannual catalog will contain prices for all of the manufacturer’s new product announcements. The change will take affect with Atlas&r...
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Committee releases Diana Jones Award nominees
Gen Con 2014 is quickly approaching. But before “The Best Four Days in Gaming” can kick off, this year’s Diana Jones Award for Excellence in Gaming must be awarded. The Diana Jones ...
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Model Retailer covers the business of hobbies, from financial and shop management issues to industry trends and the latest in product releases. We provide hobby-shop owners and managers the tools and information they need to be successful retailers.

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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How to Build Realistic Scenery
This special issue gives proven techniques you can trust to make scenery as realistic as possible.
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Basic Trackwork for Model Railroaders, 2nd Edition

This is the one-source guide modelers need to learn to install trackwork properly for smooth operation in any scale.
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Historic Trains Today
Explore the history and heritage of railroading with Historic Trains Today.
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Building Dioramas
Acclaimed modeler Chris Mrosko explains how to build dioramas that showcase models and create dramatic scenes, as well as offering expert modeling tips.
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