Last week I saw a Trumpeter 1/144 SSN-21 Seawolf sub at Hobby Lobby. For some unknown reason, I started thinking about it at work this morning (had to make up some time for the Snow Day here in Denver this week) and I got that "have-to-have-it" feeling. So I stopped at two Hobby Lobbys on the way home from work and they didn't have the Seawolf kit. I finally returned to the store I originally saw it at and they still had two left on the shelf. So with my 40% off coupon, I figured the price (using my cell phone calculator) with sales tax at about $21.50 - not too bad. While I was still standing there, I noticed the $99.99 Tamiya 1/350 USS Missouri on the shelf and thought that I should really start saving the $60 odd bucks to buy the thing with a future40% off coupon. As I was turning away to head to the checkout counter, I happened to glance at the price tag. I did a double-take to make sure that what I saw was real - $37.99!!!!! They had maked the 1/350 kit with the 1/700 kit price!!! So I immediately dumped the Seawolf kit and snatched up the "Mighty Mo" kit! So with the 40% off coupon, the final purchase price with sales tax was $24.52 or over 75% off what I would have paid for it at the hobby shop!
And three weeks ago I scored some screamin' deals at another local Hobby Lobby. They had heavily discounted some kits that they put on one of the aisle displays. I got a Trumpeter 1/32 F4U Corsair for $27, a 1/35 Academy AH-60L DAP helicopter for $23, a 1/48 Tamiya Wildcat for $5.88, a 1/144 Minicraft 727 for $5.18, a Minicraft PSA 777 for $9.99 and a few other kits.
I must close by saying that I don't mention all this to make those that don't have a local Hobby Lobby store feel bad. I just want to let people know that you can find some screamin' deals at Hobby Lobby if you visit often enough and know where to look. I've also noticed that just about all of the local Hobby Lobbys now have a Closeout section along one wall or corner of the store and some good model kit deals can be found there.
I LOVE HOBBY LOBBY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!