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Hobby City's pricing stuff-up upsets customers



11 April 2008
When visitors to the Hobby City (Formerly United Hobbies) web-store spotted a fully-featured wireless video system that included transmitter, camera, receiver, pan/tilt (with two servos) and lipo batteries for just US$65 they went crazy.

The systems flew off the virtual shelves and within a few short hours the stock onhand was long-gone and backorders were piling up at an impressive rate of knots. It appears as if over 70 units sold in the blink of an eye.

Then something strange happened.

The price shot up from $65 to $259 and all those who had ordered and paid for the product at the old price found their orders cancelled and their money refunded.

Many angry customers posted negative comments, urging HC to stand by their original pricing and take a loss as penance for their mistake.

Others were a little more forgiving and tendered a grudging acceptance that the pricing was obviously wrong in the first place and that those who ordered should have realized that it was a deal too good to be true.

Hobby City has since deleted all that feedback, as they've been seen to do in other cases of negative comments from customers.

While there have been other cases where online vendors have had the good grace to honor prices posted in error, it appears as of Hobby City prefers to take the hard-line approach.

It's understandable that no vendor wants to wear a loss of what could have been well over $10,000 for such a pricing blunder but, as a few customers pointed out, maybe it would have been nice if some token form of compensation such as a $5 gift credit were offered as a sign of good faith.

I was planning to purchase and review one of these systems but, at $260 it's money I'd rather spend on other review products.

I note also that Hobby City has yet to answer one of the big questions surrounding systems like this: will it work in conjunction with a 2.4GHz RC system, or will the two systems interfere?

I'll be publishing more on the subject of video camera links in the near future and in particular, how they affect common 2.4GHz RC systems.

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