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Hobby King uk ware house
« on: June 22, 2011, 21:46:34 PM »
I have just been on the hobby king web sight they seem to recruiting staff around the world one of the jobs is for a UK ware house person in the north .Can any one shed any light on a UK hobby king ware house

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Re: Hobby King uk ware house
« Reply #1 on: June 22, 2011, 21:48:08 PM »
A Channel Islands warehouse would be ideal...

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Re: Hobby King uk ware house
« Reply #2 on: June 22, 2011, 22:15:36 PM »
I have just been on the hobby king web sight they seem to recruiting staff around the world one of the jobs is for a UK ware house person in the north .Can any one shed any light on a UK hobby king ware house

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Re: Hobby King uk ware house
« Reply #3 on: June 22, 2011, 22:30:56 PM »
despite our taxes putting up UK based products meaning a lot of sales must come from the UK the same would just happen if they had a base here.
you could say they do, giant cod is just one of them, the only advantage HK would have is buying power meaning lower base cost.
the DE prices are already higher than the international, the only advantage being slightly quicker delivery
but would you pay a couple quid more for a £4 li-po if it took 2 days rather than 10?
if so, theres already those UK shops.

i'm surprised they have an ozzy base
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Re: Hobby King uk ware house
« Reply #4 on: June 23, 2011, 00:19:14 AM »
i'm surprised they have an ozzy base

Maybe influenced by the company being owned by an Australian? $%&
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Re: Hobby King uk ware house
« Reply #5 on: June 23, 2011, 00:30:40 AM »
i could also be wrong, looking across at the hobby king advert there, but didn't wiz post up a little while back that with economics being what they were he was going to have UK only suppliers advertising to help them??
did i dream that thread?
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Re: Hobby King uk ware house
« Reply #6 on: June 23, 2011, 08:13:23 AM »
i could also be wrong, looking across at the hobby king advert there, but didn't wiz post up a little while back that with economics being what they were he was going to have UK only suppliers advertising to help them??
did i dream that thread?

No, you didn't. However, it's most likely these posts will disappear as did my original post question the decision, so it's fairly irrelevant.

But if HK comes to the UK then surely it's creating UK jobs and so is then a legitimate UK business?
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Re: Hobby King uk ware house
« Reply #7 on: June 23, 2011, 08:17:53 AM »
Dammit- Forums are down.

So I can't advise them as to why Blackpool would be the ideal location in the North to house the warehouse and employ me as the manager... :'(
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Re: Hobby King uk ware house
« Reply #8 on: June 23, 2011, 10:21:03 AM »
No no, I can do the job here in Bristol - An excellent transport hub on the M4/M5 intersection with an International Airport and high speed rail links to London, Wales, the West Country and even the frozen north ....
I am available for an immediate start .....  With the right incentives I will also do promotional work at shows etc through out the year ...
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Hobby King uk ware house
« Reply #9 on: June 23, 2011, 11:55:16 AM »
Would you really want it?  Hardly as if you would get a discount on the goods - they are wholesale anyway!  And imagine the cr@p you would have to deal with.

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Re: Hobby King uk ware house
« Reply #10 on: June 23, 2011, 20:28:02 PM »
This afternoon I was lying on the road in the wind and the rain changing a crankshaft pulley on a Citroen Picasso for someone who could barely muster a "thank you" afterwards.

Yeah, I'd like to get back into management.
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Re: Hobby King uk ware house
« Reply #11 on: January 21, 2012, 20:46:25 PM »
The latest news is the UK warehouse and possible retail is opening
March 2012
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Re: Hobby King uk ware house
« Reply #12 on: January 21, 2012, 21:16:10 PM »
There's rumoured to be more to it than that, though. I reckon they'll be using it as a European turbine service centre, as they're due for release in a similar timeframe.
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Re: Hobby King uk ware house
« Reply #13 on: January 22, 2012, 02:22:38 AM »
Yes, will be open soon but not up North.

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Re: Hobby King uk ware house
« Reply #14 on: January 22, 2012, 11:12:17 AM »
Is one of the jobs on offer for someone to put the cat out?

Why ? Is it on fire again ?
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Re: Hobby King uk ware house
« Reply #15 on: January 22, 2012, 11:39:28 AM »
No this came from the boss. I'm just hoping the shipping is reasonable
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Re: Hobby King uk ware house
« Reply #16 on: January 22, 2012, 13:42:36 PM »
Possible joint venture with brc hobbies?

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Re: Hobby King uk ware house
« Reply #17 on: January 22, 2012, 14:17:19 PM »
Interesting
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Re: Hobby King uk ware house
« Reply #18 on: January 22, 2012, 14:32:54 PM »
Yes, will be open soon but not up North.

Scott, you tease! That's gotta be the reason for the delay then?

Shoulda come to Blackpool like I suggested. I could've run it for ya then.  ;)
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Re: Hobby King uk ware house
« Reply #19 on: January 22, 2012, 16:54:47 PM »
I hope they do open a UK warehouse where delivery times are short and prices are in pounds and not dollars

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Re: Hobby King uk ware house
« Reply #20 on: January 22, 2012, 17:01:12 PM »
It will be interesting to see what the price difference is on their products when duty and VAT are paid. Customer service will be key, us lot have been spoiled with some excellent UK suppliers and their customer service and its become expected for all.

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« Reply #21 on: January 22, 2012, 21:24:47 PM »
It will be interesting to see what the price difference is on their products when duty and VAT are paid. Customer service will be key, us lot have been spoiled with some excellent UK suppliers and their customer service and its become expected for all.

Prices will be much the same as the German warehouse. Duty and VAT are paid there too.

You want the cheapest products AND the best customer service?!  :o
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Re: Hobby King uk ware house
« Reply #22 on: January 22, 2012, 22:15:18 PM »


You want the cheapest products AND the best customer service?!  :o

Not me, the model trade in general. The first one that springs to mind as it's award winning is Giantcod but there are now many others that supply very cheap goods, next day delivery and excellent customer service and others are measured to these standards. To survive in the UK customer service will be key, you only have to look at threads on here. I hope they get it right but it will mean running the business differently to the other warehouses where they don't expect goods to be returned.

Don't get me wrong, it's good to see international companies investing in the UK especially in this climate. Just from a business point of view I find it interesting.

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Re: Hobby King uk ware house
« Reply #23 on: January 22, 2012, 22:43:17 PM »
Yes, I see your point. However, GC are hardly known for their returns sympathy!

I happen to know that HK are taking steps to ensure that there are experienced staff there for support, known as Product Specialists.They are experienced aero modellers employed to help ensure the right product is offered to the customer. They know that not having knowledgable staff at the other end of an enquiry is hurting their image.

I think that anyone who overlooks the significance of HK is very blinkered. They must be the biggest retailer of rc products in the world.

The release of the first turbine in the range is going to be very interesting as long as Anthony has listened and has ensured that they have a European service centre.
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Re: Hobby King uk ware house
« Reply #24 on: January 22, 2012, 23:06:35 PM »


I think that anyone who overlooks the significance of HK is very blinkered. They must be the biggest retailer of rc products in the world.


Agree that anyone in the business cannot ignor them. Whilst I wouldn't be surprised if they are the biggest retailer by volume I suspect someone like Futaba who I believe also own OS might be bigger by turnover  $%&

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Re: Hobby King uk ware house
« Reply #25 on: January 22, 2012, 23:43:25 PM »
Agree that anyone in the business cannot ignor them. Whilst I wouldn't be surprised if they are the biggest retailer by volume I suspect someone like Futaba who I believe also own OS might be bigger by turnover  $%&

Certainly Futaba and OS are big (though both in decline?).  However neither is a retailer.

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Re: Hobby King uk ware house
« Reply #26 on: January 23, 2012, 04:04:18 AM »
Scott, you tease! That's gotta be the reason for the delay then?

Shoulda come to Blackpool like I suggested. I could've run it for ya then.  ;)

Yeah, basically, the UK set up is going to be really interesting, not like anywhere else in the worldwide operation. I won't have anything to do with it as my job is increasingly to do with fixed wing product development here in Hong Kong but what I know of it sounds good, Anthony is very excited about it, as am I.

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Re: Hobby King uk ware house
« Reply #27 on: January 23, 2012, 06:33:17 AM »
Can you comment on whether the 30cc Tucano is being stocked there, Scott? It absolutely HAS to be- it's beautiful!
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Re: Hobby King uk ware house
« Reply #28 on: January 23, 2012, 08:22:41 AM »
I want them to stock Cessna 310 propellors
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« Reply #29 on: January 23, 2012, 09:08:08 AM »
I just hope they sort out their aftersales service. I've been led a right merry dance (and i've got 2 left feet :)) over a model i bought that had a damaged canopy. They must of emailed the same request 15 times for info that i had given them the first time they asked.
Everytime i emailed to see what the progress was, i got the same generic reply which was very frustrating. After a good 4 years of using them, it's the first time i have ever had a problem with something and trying to sort it out was a PITA.

I'd hate to have this level of service where a turbine was involved. I think i'll still to the big boys where jets are concerned.
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« Reply #30 on: January 23, 2012, 09:23:38 AM »
Did it get sorted eventually? Did you have to send the whole plane back
or just the canopy.
I am afffraid to use them, how many orders did you place over the four
years?
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« Reply #31 on: January 23, 2012, 09:49:20 AM »
Hi Seamus

I've lost count of how many orders I've placed. I does show you on the site, but it got reset a while a go for some reason and now shows 33 orders.

This issue hasn't been resolved yet, but it is moving in the right direction now (well it seems to be anyway) They asked at first if i could not just repair it myself, Which of course i could do, but that's hardly the point and the repair would be obvious as the canopy frame is very thin.

It's only the 3rd model i think I've had off them, everything else was lipo's, servo's, general accessories etc. I bought some of their covering once and it was rubbish, so now stick to Profilm (Oracover)

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Re: Hobby King uk ware house
« Reply #32 on: January 23, 2012, 11:01:09 AM »
I want them to stock Cessna 310 propellors

Don't start!  ;D
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Re: Hobby King uk ware house
« Reply #33 on: January 23, 2012, 11:16:09 AM »
I want them to stock Cessna 310 propellors

I want them to stock everything and be right on my doorstep.  :D
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« Reply #34 on: January 23, 2012, 11:30:02 AM »
I think this is a good thing in general, They stock many good products at good prices.  However I hope they dont find some tax loophole and that they have to trade on the same playing field as UK suppliers, it would be unfair if they did get around this.

If they do manage to undercut the uk shops then were all in trouble, if 5 years it could mean that the only things we can buy are cheap crap foamies.

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« Reply #35 on: January 23, 2012, 11:38:27 AM »
I think this is a good thing in general, They stock many good products at good prices.  However I hope they dont find some tax loophole and that they have to trade on the same playing field as UK suppliers, it would be unfair if they did get around this.

If they do manage to undercut the uk shops then were all in trouble, if 5 years it could mean that the only things we can buy are cheap crap foamies.

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Avoid UK tax? Hmmmm, I think we may have been beaten to it there.....we also sell a lot more than "cheap crap foamies" I think you will find to be honest! It's also a bit unfair to call them crap.

There will be many benefits for the UK customer of this operaion, the main one being a much wider choice of kits, parts & accessories than is currently offered in the UK complete with good prices.

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Re: Hobby King uk ware house
« Reply #36 on: January 23, 2012, 12:04:03 PM »
Who are we?  Are you saying that you represent hobby king?

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Re: Hobby King uk ware house
« Reply #37 on: January 23, 2012, 12:06:54 PM »
There will be many benefits for the UK customer of this operaion, the main one being a much wider choice of kits, parts & accessories than is currently offered in the UK complete with good prices.

I have used HK for years now and my only issue has been the time and cost of shipping. Whilst HK don't supply my main style of model I have built and flown some of there models and have been very pleased with them. For sport club models the price to fun ratio is excellent  :af


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Re: Hobby King uk ware house
« Reply #38 on: January 23, 2012, 12:10:43 PM »
Who are we?  Are you saying that you represent hobby king?

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Apologies, I work for Hobbyking and I am based in Hong Kong....so yes.

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Re: Re: Hobby King uk ware house
« Reply #39 on: January 23, 2012, 12:12:24 PM »
Avoid UK tax? Hmmmm, I think we may have been beaten to it there.....we also sell a lot more than "cheap crap foamies" I think you will find to be honest! It's also a bit unfair to call them crap.

There will be many benefits for the UK customer of this operaion, the main one being a much wider choice of kits, parts & accessories than is currently offered in the UK complete with good prices.

It would be unfair to call some of them original designs as well. E.g. the easy bixler or whatever it is called.

HK caters to the small/park section of the market more than larger (side might say proper) models IMHO. I suspect that must be where the market it's going.

 

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