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20 Years In Review

Back in 2003 I decided to create Blue Ridge Hobbies since I could not find a viable discount model train store in the Greenville, SC area. So I created the website first with over a year of development to give the model railroad community another
option to purchase model railroad supplies.

The original plan was to open our first retail store in the Greenridge Shopping Center on Woodruff Rd. The lease was negotiated but the owners wanted a percentage of the revenue on top of the monthly rent! That was  not acceptable so I began the search for a
new location. I ruled out several location and settled on our first retail
 on Pleasantburg Dr.

This location was a success both on the retail side and with the website the was already operating for the last year. Within two years I moved the retail store across the street and tripled the retail space because the first retail store was not large enough. This location was more visible and also was a great successful. This was in 2008 and we all know what happened then, the "Great Recession".

However with a staff of 5 people sales continued to grow despite the economy until 2012 when we could not find enough product to stock our retail store.

At the beginning we from a database of some 130,000 products to list on the website of which some 90,000 items were available to potentially stock in our retail store. Between the closure of factories in China and the tight economy, only about 70,000 items where
available by 2012. So it was decided to reduce the store size to fro, 5,000sf to 2,400sf and move back across the street. In addition the Miniature World of Trains project came into existence in 2010 so the plan was to move the retail store into MWOT when it opened.

MWOT opened in 2013 but there was not enough space for a retail store so I continued with  the smaller store with limited morning hours as I had to manage the MWOT venue in the afternoons. This was done since retail store sales went down as internet sales went up. At the same time product availability continued to dwindle now to about 60,000 items in 2015 when the MWOT Beta test closed when the lease ended.

From 2015 until 2019 BRH continued to operate on a limited retail store schedule since most of the local customers mainly ordered online and then I shipped to them. By 2019 the staff of 5 was now just myself.

Then 2020 and Covid for 2 years. No one came to the store at all but internet sales are still strong at this time. At this time only about 30,000 items
are available to sell on a daily basis out of a database of around 125,000 items.

Back orders and advance reservations are taking a very very long time of get fulfilled. In some cases taken up to 7 years from order to fulfillment.
That is way to long.

During Covid I restricted access to the retail store. Some customers could not understand that and did not read the information on the website
which lead to bad online reviews.

So here I am today with 130,000 items in the database with only about 25,000 available each day to sell. Prices are up and sales are down.
Last July 2023 I closed the retail store on Pleasantburg but have continued selling online by going to new order processing and shipping location that does not allow customer access.

Also, the state of the hobby and the overall world economy and threats of war are not helping sales.

Last September I turned 65 and I have numerous travel dates coming up as I head to full retirement.

So the website will not taking new orders after  April 16th. The reason for this is that I have several long trips out of the USA planned and I will not be able to service orders since I will be gone long periods. I had to do this once before when I was out of the country for three weeks in 2018. This time there will not be the availability to work orders for about 120 days. So no new orders.

For those of you with open back orders and advance reservations, they will be filled as long as the manufacturers and wholesalers send me the product. If the orders are ready to be shipped, they will be held at the manufacturers and wholesalers until I return and
can receive the orders to ship to you.

After 20 years it is time to take a break.

Sorry for the inconvenience.


What's Wrong With The World

Let me rant for a bit.

Since 2001 the world change and most recently it has become
more and more of a mess in my opinion.

Let me address some of my personal experiences with lack of customer service since summer 2022.

Fedex corporate customer service still has not returned my calls and emails
regarding the lack of functionality for Fedex Ship Manager since August 2022.
 In addition, I have been fighting with the accounts payable department over a mis-posting of a payment from April 2022. In fact Fedex owes BR money. Thought I finally had this resolved in January 2023 but again their reps have still got it messed up!

Also, delays in shipments from the Milwaukee Warehouse. For example, the Friday morning order was processed by the warehouse and I received tracking information Saturday morning. However there had not been any tracking up dates until today despite the receiving of one of the boxes on Sunday (still no tracking update on that one). So the other box ship have arrived Monday but did not. Late I received tracking info that the other Friday box did not leave Milwaukee until Monday. It should arrive Wednesday. Maybe?!?!


I have a trip  to Copenhagen coming this summer and I wanted to get some information from the Marriott Hotel there. I emailed and emailed for over 4 weeks before I finally got a response. Now it has need an additional 3 weeks for them to respond again to their response.

Also, in 2024 I am planning a trip to Australia and I was trying to find out information as of last month, about Covid requirements. The very rude Australia rep at the embassy in NYC could not answer my question and abruptly gave me a web URL to get my answer. That URL in fact, does not have the answer to my question and I knew that before contacting the embassy. That rep just would not listen and try to find the answer or give me a number in the USA for me to contact!

If I was not paying attention Rapido Trains would not have filled several orders placed in late 2020 and early 2021 with them directly on different. When I saw that the product was available via Walthers I contacted them directly about this. They advised they did not have the orders. I forwarded them the emails and their email confirmations when this was discovered. Luckily the product was still available and I just received the shipment late Monday and I am working through the shipment to get you your items.

Local UPS Store was closed for over a week with no explanation given via their store specific page or on the store door?

A month ago I had a customer that needed to have his very large order shipped overnight because the Walthers warehouse did not get the order shipped on the same as they normally (over the last 18 years) have done. So the shipment to the customer had to go via Express Mail Friday morning for a Saturday delivery. The customer was leaving for Europe late Saturday.  The local USPS did not release the two large Express Mail Overnight boxes from the local terminal until Sunday! Two days late. This did not help the customer at all. I took over a week to get the boxes back and a full $400 refund for shipping issued!

Tony's Train Exchange in Vermont is ripping off not only me personally , but all customers. They are over charging for shipping, at least in my case. They are charging Priority Mail prices for First Class mail in a box. In fact the same labels ordered could have been shipped in a first class letter envelope and that cost. They just do not care. I contacted them via email and via call before the transaction was processed and had the discussing about shipping with Eric. I reached the package today and contact them via email regarding to cost and over charge for shipping. All Eric wanted to do is call me a troll and used via foul language to berate me and then BRH as well!

Customer Service a paramount issue for me. I have tried over the years to offer the best customer service I can over the years. But my customer service relies on the customer service I receive when trying to service your orders in a timely and polite and inexpensive manner.


20th Anniversary

Today is the 20th Anniversary for the BRH website!

Thanks to all of my customers for all the support.
Special thanks to some of my customers that have been with me since
day one: Tim Reed, Pat Moore and  Jim Cevasco to name a few of the top of my head!

Thanks to the past retail store and shipping department team:
Lou Pascoe, Jon Judd, John Holmstrand, Cliff Gammonds,
Mike Jensen, John Topping, Annette Ruby and Ed Culbertson
who helped make BRH a success.

Well now I am a one man show again but I keep plugging along to keep filling your
 orders at the best possible prices as long as I can!

Onward down the tracks!


Shipping Issues

Over the last two weeks there have been some major outbound  from the Milwaukee  Warehouse to BRH shipping issues.

It is now taking an additional day from the warehouse to process the orders from BRH.
The reason given last week was their employees being out sick and this week I am told it is due to high volume.

This has never occurred since BRH started some 20 years ago. All orders have been processed and shipped the same day outside of the Christmas Holidays.

So what is going on?

Not sure to be honest. What used to take three days now is taking up to 7 days for BRH to receive orders from the Milwaukee warehouse. Also there have been some issues at the Easton warehouse.

Recently the Easton warehouse updated their website with incomplete and untested software. The new ordering process has a shopping cart and search that is not function properly causing delays in order processing as well.

Between the warehouse issues and the shipper (UPS / Fedex) issues we can not offer the excellent turn around times that we have offered in the past.

So again I find myself apologizing for our slow service caused by entities we have no control over.

Sorry for the delays.


Lack Of Updates

Sorry for the lack of updates and news in January. Just a bit to busy with personal and business business most of the month.

Also, there was not much happening in the model railroading hobby.

Miniature World of Trains Donations

Since July, many of you have been donating to the MWOT project via you online BRH orders and the project thanks you for those donations.

Since July the project had not processed those donations via the MWOT bank as the project announced late last year. The plan was to process them at the beginning of January which did not occur.

Please be aware that the processing of these donations will occur this weekend. In some cases many of you made several donations during this time. The normal donation is $5.00. However, if you have made several BRH orders with donations on each order, you may see a charge from the Miniature World of Trainsmore then $5.00. Some will have $10, $15, $20 or more in one credit card processing transaction.

Miniature World of Trains Requests

Requests for more information about the Miniature World of Trains project are being processed as well. Request for additional donation information and volunteering will be answered as time permits over the next 30 days.





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