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what no hobbyking black friday sale this year !!
|Richard Acland||29/11/2019 15:54:51|
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If their stock levels havn't increased since I last looked at their site, then they don't have much to sell anyway
Edited By Richard Acland on 29/11/2019 15:55:31
489 forum posts
Things at HK are a bit strained at the moment. They are basically in survival mode with some rather far ranging changes afoot, probably involving divesting some of their non core activities and concentrating on what has been successful for them - aircraft lines (with parts) and, to a lesser extent, quads and copters. They have had the cyber sale going for a couple of months to try and generate some cash and have scrapped the Australian marketing dept (no more lovely Eleanor). Here's a fb comment (I have posted before) from the horses mouth which gives an indication of some of the issues they are facing.
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I think its fair to say that without getting into the whys and wherefores of politics, that the world's economy is undergoing change at the moment and TBH, what has been an unsustainable orgy of consumerism fueled primarily by cheap labour is beginning to falter, but is a long way off collapse. The environmental impact of our over indulgence is only now hitting home and will drive 'dirty' but cheap industries out of business, either through normal economic means or regulation. A realization that a 'sweat shop' based industry that transfers its assets from one country to another as regulation and therefore better conditions catches up with it has only so many places to do business before running out of options. Questions are being asked about the internal affairs of states that those in charge there would rather keep quiet about. Where next for cheap labour? Africa?
Someone commented elsewhere on the rising cost and availability of our hobby products from China and we've all noticed it whether it's ARTFs, batteries, engines etc. Oddly enough, I don't see much evidence of similar price rises or lack of choice in other areas of consumer goods.
Chinese manufactured clothes are still cheap (depending on whether you avoid the crazily inflated prices of so called designer garments - that are still mostly made in Asia) and other electronic goods and domestic stuff is still available at a reasonably stable cost. Obviously, there are economies of scale at work here and our hobby, even on a global scale is tiny compared with other areas of tech. Hobby firms will have to adapt or go under and Hobbyking, by blaming everyone and everything else for their failings - which have been evident for some time now anyway - do themselves very little good.
Edited By Cuban8 on 01/12/2019 10:00:08
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