18 years ago
I sent off an inquiry to Horizon to clarify some points that have been brought
up on the newsgroup.
Here's the deal:
Horizon has been reviewing the needs for distribution of model railroad
products. This included discussion of what to do about Internet sales. They
have decided to offer products to Internet only suppliers. However there are
stipulations. These Internet only suppliers must be an commercial business.
They must have commercial warehouses, websites via there own servers (not an
AOL or yahoo web site), secure ordering on line, etc. in order to qualify.
There are a couple of your favorite on line entities that will becoming Horizon
dealers in the next week.
This means that an Internet entity such as Internet Trains will continue
to carry Athearn products. I'd also note that although Internet Trains has on
there web site a "disclaimer" that they are an Internet only operation and are
a newly authorized Athearn Dealer. They have in fact a relationship to a retail
operation of another name thus qualifying under previous requirements. The
retail operation although a stand alone provides the umbrella coverage
So mail order sites such as Standard Hobbies and the like can in fact get
Athearn and other railroad products from Horizon. It's the small independent
basement operator that will not be able to purchase from Horizon.
Hopefully this will shed some more light on the issue.