Guy's it's been that way for quite awhile now!! They don't list or sell USA anymore, and haven't for at least a year or two. I use them as a price guide for selling and buying. Trainworld that is!! Regal
I have heard that the dealer price isn't that much different from the price at Charles Ro in Malden, Ma. It isn't possible to compete and make a profit. I was advised by my source to go directly to Charlie. Someone who is a dealer should come in and confirm this.
I talked with Anthony about why they no longer carried USA stuff a few years back at ECLSTS and he told me it was because Roe continually undercuts his dealers at all the shows he attends, and that a lot of the time he sells stuff cheaper to the public than he does to his dealers.
I noticed years ago that Trainworld would only dedicate a little corner of their AD space in GR mag to USAtrains and I always wondered why since I believe USAT is a great product. A few years back I asked a local dealer why he didn't carry more USAT and he said that Charlie demands a huge order to get stocked up something the small shop owner couldn't afford. I was looking for a USAT GP38 at the time and told him the prices I had found for it both from Trainworld and USAT. He said that I could buy it cheaper by going to Charlie Ros in Malden then he could sell to me as a dealer after marking it up. It seems Charlie does undercut his dealers.
Not a good business practise.
After a visit to Malden this past Saturday...having worked at 2 different hobby shops and being used to shopping at Ridge Road Station in it's hey day! Chares Ro has a LONG friggin' way to go in customer service, and in pricing, AND in stock. Nuff said.