- Oct 26, 2020
Just giving a heads up. I have a friend that's very high level in retail and late last year the person relayed to me that if you have anything you want, you better buy it now because shortages are coming quick. He's not in model retail just speaking based on what he is in the know on. So I started really paying attention just to the supply of hobby kits and I have lost any doubt my friend may have been off base. I order mostly from hobbylinc and here is an example of items I would purchase that are really low and seem to keep going lower. Some of the items have been out of stock well into last year and others are recent. Here is a quick example of Tamiya model kit numbers available and out of stock at Hobbylinc. 1/48th Aircraft 83 carried 33 out of stock, 1/48th Armor 62 kits carried 21 out of stock, 1/35th armor out of 205 kits offered 88 out of stock. Those numbers are getting close to half the Tamiya kits aren't available, that's a lot. I have been following this since late last year. Nothing and I mean nothing in that time frame has been restocked just more disappearing. Just a month ago I went to a local hobby shop that was all RC and started carrying models. They already can't replenish model kits from their supplier. Just curious if anyone any of you have also noticed a lack of restocking anywhere else?