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  • Member since
    June 2009
Posted by jimbot58 on Thursday, April 29, 2021 2:11 AM

This is not the only discussion here about this place. My own experience was ordering a couple of Hasegawa F-16C's in 1/72 scale. I had some decal sets for some ANG units, one of which is my home state. They seemed to be the only ones who seemed to have them in stock at the time. They were marked as "ships in 3-5 days" or something like that. I took a chance and placed my order.

When my package eventually arrived I found I had one F-16 and one F-20?! I contacted them and actually received a response. This person would check and see if they had another Falcon. I was later informed they did have one, they would send it, but I had to send back the other kit. I thought, sure no problem! Yeah right! It's still in the closet. Seriously? You want it back? Send me a UPS label!

The thing was, that the wording of the email was such that I could feel his irritation at having to deal with this. Hey! I didn't make the mistake buddy, you did!

The replacement was sent, and sadly, I never did put those kits together.

*******

On my workbench now:

 

Fujimi F-4K Phantom "Yellow Bird" and Zvezda Su-27SM Flanker


  • Member since
    April 2003
Posted by oscardeuce on Wednesday, May 19, 2021 1:11 PM

Well 3 days ago I ordered a bunch of Tamiya paints, and a Takom Lee Then suddenly today received an email...cancelled. I guess everything I ordered was out of stock....everything. I used the 50% off coupon.  I wonder if that had anything to do with it? No communication just cancelled the whole order of 12 items. I guess it’s my fault for giving them a chance. I guess someone else will get my money.

  • Member since
    September 2020
Posted by Robertwmartel on Wednesday, May 19, 2021 2:20 PM

oscardeuce

Well 3 days ago I ordered a bunch of Tamiya paints, and a Takom Lee Then suddenly today received an email...cancelled. I guess everything I ordered was out of stock....everything. I used the 50% off coupon.  I wonder if that had anything to do with it? No communication just cancelled the whole order of 12 items. I guess it’s my fault for giving them a chance. I guess someone else will get my money.

Sorry to hear about another issue w/Internet Hobbies [there are many out there], now a full year after my experience! I can't understand how they are still on the internet. They are criminals!
They got me for over $300 last year. These people should be stopped. I have filed complaints & it is supposedly being investigated, but how do they remain in business?????????. Good Luck.

  • Member since
    May 2021
Posted by DFGINMIA on Monday, May 24, 2021 10:03 AM

Tickmagnet

Just letting other folks know that "Internet Hobbies" is not a business you want to do business with. Guess I'll need to start checking yelp and BBB site before trying to use a hobby site I've never used before. I'll post the yelp reviews and BBB rating as well. The complaints are the same issues I've had with them.

https://www.bbb.org/us/pa/mayfield/profile/wholesale-hobby-supplies/internet-hobbies-0241-235973355

https://www.yelp.com/biz/internet-hobbies-jermyn?adjust_creative=dWJMtmYxpd5N5yoyzSuhtA&utm_campaign=yelp_api&utm_medium=api_v2_business&utm_source=dWJMtmYxpd5N5yoyzSuhtA&hrid=XPcuHPeieIBQBxttgrBLRw

 

 

[quote user="Tickmagnet"]

Just letting other folks know that "Internet Hobbies" is not a business you want to do business with. Guess I'll need to start checking yelp and BBB site before trying to use a hobby site I've never used before. I'll post the yelp reviews and BBB rating as well. The complaints are the same issues I've had with them.

https://www.bbb.org/us/pa/mayfield/profile/wholesale-hobby-supplies/internet-hobbies-0241-235973355

https://www.yelp.com/biz/internet-hobbies-jermyn?adjust_creative=dWJMtmYxpd5N5yoyzSuhtA&utm_campaign=yelp_api&utm_medium=api_v2_business&utm_source=dWJMtmYxpd5N5yoyzSuhtA&hrid=XPcuHPeieIBQBxttgrBLRw

 

 

I have had the same probelm with them. I went to the BBB and they have hundreds of complaints for the same issue. A key lesson, besides checking out merchants in advance, is do not pre-pay for back-orders. It is not ethical for a company to charge you until they ship the product. I will never do business with Internet Hobbies again and strongly warn the community to stay away from them.

  • Member since
    March 2020
  • From: South Florida
Posted by Having-fun on Friday, May 28, 2021 4:28 PM

 

I have heard that Internet Hobbies, operates using different names, does any one knows these names? Knowing the different names will prevent an unsuspecting modeler from being scammed.

Joe

  • Member since
    April 2015
Posted by Mopar Madness on Friday, May 28, 2021 7:28 PM

I think Hobbymodels.com is the same ownership. 

Chad

God, Family, Models...

At the plate: 1/48 Airfix Bf109 & 1/35 Tamiya Famo

On deck: Who knows!

  • Member since
    May 2021
Posted by DFGINMIA on Thursday, June 3, 2021 11:05 AM

I have had the same problem with them. Here is how the owner responded to me when I asked for my money back for a model that was never delivered:

  • Member since
    May 2021
Posted by DFGINMIA on Thursday, June 3, 2021 12:24 PM

Everyone, I am taking action against Internet Hobbies. You can help:

Fill out the complaint form on the BBB website.

Fill out the complaint form at the PA Attorney General's office website: https://www.dos.pa.gov/ProfessionalLicensing/FileaComplaint/Pages/default.aspx#:~:text=You%20may%20request%20a%20Statement,are%20calling%20from%20outside%20Pennsylvania).

File a complaint with the US postal service: https://www.uspis.gov/report

Contact the suppliers (Tamiya, Revell, Academy, etc.) and let them know this guy is fraudulently selling their products.

 

  • Member since
    March 2020
  • From: South Florida
Posted by Having-fun on Friday, June 4, 2021 12:52 PM

Having-fun

 

I have heard that Internet Hobbies, operates using different names, does any one knows these names? Knowing the different names will prevent an unsuspecting modeler from being scammed.

Joe

 

 

Allow me to make a recommendation, Could the administrators of this blog create a permanent listing of those sites that are known to be fraudulent? With this listing available, a modeler looking to buy supplies or models, could, at least be warned of the perils of doing business with these sites.

 

Please be aware that I am not advocating for pulling a site in  this listing for just a minor discrepancy with the site, sometimes we may have some discrepancy and, after due diligence, it is resolved. I am advocating for those sites known to be openly fraudulent.

This listing could also be used to rate the diferent sites in a reasonable and honest way.

 

Joe

  • Member since
    September 2020
Posted by Robertwmartel on Friday, June 4, 2021 3:21 PM

Yes,

One of them is Hobby Models [LLC] they have the same adddress !!!!!!!

  • Member since
    August 2014
  • From: Willamette Valley, Oregon
Posted by goldhammer on Friday, June 4, 2021 5:09 PM

Not going to happen.  It opens the site operator to an instant lawsuit, for effectively blacklisting them, or for defamation.

  • Member since
    March 2020
  • From: South Florida
Posted by Having-fun on Friday, June 4, 2021 8:06 PM

goldhammer

Not going to happen.  It opens the site operator to an instant lawsuit, for effectively blacklisting them, or for defamation.

 

 

Yes, unfortunately, you have a good point there, the fraudulent site will use the courts to silence those complaining.

 

Joe

 

  • Member since
    April 2020
  • From: In Missery,Missouri to most folks
Posted by Digger on Saturday, June 5, 2021 5:06 PM

My story is just like the rest of yours out there.I am waiting since november the 1st for my kit that i ordered last year.I have 2 out of 3 kits that i order but the third has yet to make it.I will stick to ordering from hobby linc,spruebrothers and Mark Twain.At least before I order,I can call to make sure they have them or they will e-mail me and tell if they are waiting on there orders.I will also check out Andy's HQ out of AZ.

 

  • Member since
    September 2020
Posted by Robertwmartel on Saturday, June 5, 2021 6:25 PM

Give scalehobbyist a try. Good prices $9.95 shipping no matter how much you buy. best prices on paints I've found.

Also avoid hobbymodels.com They are the same address as internet Hobbies ???????

 

  • Member since
    August 2021
Posted by squampton on Wednesday, August 18, 2021 1:24 PM

Had issues with Internet Hobbies as well.

Never received my order or a full refund. They are horrible to deal with and very dishonest. Ended up finally getting a refund through my Credit Card company.

Don't take my word for it look them up with the BBB before you use them. I also filed a complaint with BBB against Internet Hobbies.

I have Internet Hobbies number as they don't publish one online if you need it (646) 208-8535.

  • Member since
    September 2020
Posted by Robertwmartel on Friday, August 20, 2021 11:54 AM

Yea, wish I had used my credit card instead of my ATM to make my purchases, I probably could have gotten my $$ back. These crooks ripped me off for over $300! I also filed a complaint with the BBB but don't think I will ever get my $$ back. You got lucky.

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