Recently, I had something come across my desk that made me appreciate that I was sitting down. What I read was a huge surprise and caught me off guard. I had to read it twice and then I was on the hunt to research it.
Traxxas announces that they will be supplying big box stores across Canada with Traxxas merchandise
Traxxas would also be offering parts support via these outlets. Traxxas has similar future intentions in the United States. The first stage is online support and then product is to be brought forward to be available in stores.
The document went on to state that big box stores such as Best Buy Canada would be offering full product support and even in-store repairs to Traxxas products. A “Geek squad Pit Pass Membership” which would allow you to get 15% off all parts and services for the lifetime of the Traxxas vehicle. To date, Bestbuy.ca has approximately 388 Traxxas products and parts available to the RC consumer.
Other big box stores in Canada such as Futureshop.ca are also similarly following suit with Traxxas availability.
Hobby stores in Canada challenge why Traxxas would do this as hobby stores believe this will be a determent to the hobby store business model. The complaint is that competing with online hobby stores and outlets is difficult enough on local hobby stores.
Traxxas isn’t only available from these mentioned big box stores. My research into an American automotive parts supplier has relieved they too have started to sell Traxxas products to the automotive parts sector as showroom filler and they ship to all of North America.
What does all this really mean?
Are hobby stores and online hobby outlets not supporting or selling enough Traxxas merchandise? Is this move a bad one for Traxxas after getting so much hobby support?
How do you think this will impact your local hobby store?
I want your feedback, RC Truck Stop fans, because this is a hot topic up here in Canada and it may be a future model for more than just Traxxas.