An Affair With Trains in Phoenix

Discussion in 'The Caboose' started by ezdays, Jan 22, 2007.

  1. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

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    Yeah, you're right, the next item ater you spend $100. Also, I called him to ask if there was a general "grand opening" discount on everything and he said no, just those items that are on sale. As far as I know, there are not indications as to what's on sale and what's full price.

    I think I'll buy my turnouts and flex track from Standard Hobbies. It's nice to partonize your local dealers, but not at a 40% price difference. What I pay in shipping charges, I save in sales taxes so that's a wash. The only difference now is that I have to wait a week or so.
  2. COMBAT

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    Yeah... 40 % I'd say order it. Plus since you live a ways a way so there is no gas charge or time to you either. :)
  3. TrainNut

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    Heyyyy! I finally made it down to An Affair. That's only because The Freight Yard is closed on Mondays and I really needed some rail connectors. I must say, they have done a very good job of revamping the place. Nice presentation, good stock, very good service, clean, big and open presentation, new smelling carpet. The guy was all gung ho about informing me of all the different ways to get discounts. They weren't that great of discounts, but still at least it was an effort - better than before. I had to look around for a while before I discovered the HO layout. Your right EZ, way too high for anyone to even notice it really. By the way, Combat knows this, but if you happen to make it to The Freight Yard, check out my coffee table layout against the back wall. It's been there on display/for sale since December.
  4. COMBAT

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    There still is no sign on it. I think you need a sign for it. :)
  5. GN.2-6-8-0

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    Seeing as how I've been a customer of Affair with Trains for ohhh'the last 20 years or so' met Paul Gosh when he was down on Central ave back in the mid 70's think I'll try to continue to support the store in the future as long as the new owner follows fair business practice's
    I have heard through some of our club members of AMRS that the new owners return policy leaves a great deal to be desired on damaged or non running engines etc. Would hope this is not the case but .....
  6. TrainNut

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    Discounts

    Well it has been a while since I have gotten another receipt from The Freight Yard but while I was up there recently, I asked them just exactly what my discount was. My membership gets me 15%, the T shirt I wear to advertise their store get's me another 5% - a total of 20% on everything of every purchase. However, sometimes the membership discount can be more depending on how big of a break the manufactures give the hobby shop. On my receipt on that partucular item, I did indeed get 32% off. It was a pre-order type thing. So, I was right..... and wrong. Sorry to have misled you. Today, I purchased an Athearn N scale Challenger DCC w/ sound for $301.00. On the Athearn site, they show the product listed at retail for $424.98. That's 41%.... right? Did I figure that out right?
    I admire and respect loyalty and I have that with other businesses. When I was in their the other day, I remember very clearly a great big sign in front of the register saying, "All sales final." Hopefully there was some fine print somewhere that I missed giving at least a little leniency.
  7. COMBAT

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    I would have to guess your talking about affair w/ trains right? I saw the sign too. I didnt read the fine print, but I guess I should. :oops:

    Nice price on that engine too! They took care of you on the price. :)
  8. DaveC

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    I found this out too, After I had not been up there in a couple of months. The new store is really nice. What a makeover! I was pretty excited about it. The old store was a very unique and fun place to visit. But I think that the new store is going to do very well.
  9. DaveC

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    The tattoo parlor is still there. It was the cigarette store that bit it. Lots of people coming into the store looking for smokes while I was shopping.
  10. DaveC

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    Yes it is a far cry from Denver where I used to live.
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    I have been to the store in Duluth. It was pretty nice. Pretty nice and warm! Considering it was late December.:D
  12. DaveC

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    The modulars are pretty high, My son was not impressed and he's almost as tall as me! He really wanted to get a good look. Time to invest in some Plexiglass for the younger people.
  13. COMBAT

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    That modular your speaking of belongs to this:
    http://www.free-mo.org/
    I saw this at a train show in Scottsdale and talked to them. Very nice group. They even invited me back behind the ropes and got to see the layout first hand. Very nicely done. I notice when I was at the shop the other day for the so called sale and it was gone again. It seems to come and go....
    :)
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    I'm trying to get my son into a Christian school that is somewhat near An Affair With Trains. Maybe that will give me a chance to visit them a little more often... if anything, just to window shop.
    By the way, welcome to The Gauge DaveC. You will find that there are at least 4 active members of The Gauge here in the general Phoenix area and we usually meet up at the swap meets and shows every so often. Keep an eye out as EZ Days usually pays attention to when they are and posts a heads up thread. What scale do you model?
  15. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

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    Glad you mentioned that, 'cause there's one coming up on May 5th at the church on BHR and Central. I'll post more details in a bit.:wave: