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How healthy is our hobby? (check the stuff that's healthy)

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Dennis,

I'd say - speaking for myself personally - that I'd need to see new items at 20% under the big internet dealers, and that is assuming the seller appears to be a professional business and takes credit cards.
It's that kind of buying attitude that'll drive this hobby into extinction.

The way I see the market heading is the manufacturers following Lionels lead with BTO only. BTO is Build To Order and only with enough pre-orders will anything new be made...in other words put your money where your mouth is.

Seems Accucraft/ AML is already at this stage and yes I do have products on pre-order with them.

The recent USA Trains product survey is geared towards BTO.

I firmly believe the days of large mail order product blowout is over.
 
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