SANTA CLARITA, CALIFORNIA -- DO NOT do business with HobbyTron!!! THEY DO NOT GIVE REFUNDS. THEY DO NOT REPAIR ITEMS. IF YOUR ITEM IS DEFECTIVE OR BROKEN IN SHIPPING, TOUGH LUCK - YOU ARE OUT OF YOUR MONEY.
Here is my experience with this company... I purchased a remote control truck from HobbyTron on 11/27/2010. This was my son's Christmas present so I ordered it well in advance in case any issues came up. I received the truck on 12/6/2010 and followed the directions and charged the battery overnight. I plugged it in and no response whatsoever.
I called HobbyTron on 12/7/2010 (waited 20 minutes for a human to answer). I asked if they could charge my credit card for another one, let me send this back, and then they could credit my credit card when they received the non-working truck. They said they could not do that. They DO NOT provide refunds. They told me I would have to fill out a RMA (Return Merchandise Authorization) on their website and I would have to send it back to them to have it fixed and returned. They said there was no way I would get it before Christmas.
I filled out a RMA on their website and a few days later I received an e-mail saying they were shipping out a new battery and charger. So, their RMA means nothing to them. They just assumed it was the battery or charger (Even though I told them the battery was warm when charging). I figured we can at least try it...
One week passed and no battery or charger in the mail. I called and they said it was "in the process of being shipped". Another week passes and I called. They said "Well, it is coming from oversees so it may take a while". I told them that I would be disputing the charge on my credit card and they HUNG UP ON ME!!! I disputed the charge on my credit card and will have to wait up to two months before it is resolved.
Here is my advice: DO NOT do business with HobbyTron. Go to your local Hobby store and fork out the extra money and get a good remote control car. I did this and paid $185 for an extremely durable car (Traxxas Stampede) and the Hobby store will fix the car if it ever breaks for $30 per hour. That assurance alone was worth it to me. The hobby store people know what sucks and what does not. HobbyTron almost destroyed my son's Christmas, but the local hobby store made him happy... HobbyTron is a rip-off company!!!
Okay, well it all started on a rainy Sunday afternoon and I was tired and my back hurt. My son walks into my room and asks, "When is my gun going to get here?" I just remembered we had ordered a Dboys AK-74 Airsoft Rifle that was about $150! I also remembered, we ordered it 4 weeks ago. So I sent a kind email stating we haven't received our order and that we would like reassurance that it is on it's way. 3 days gone by, no reply! So, I call up the place and this lady picks up who sounds like she had just been on her day off and now returning to some sweat shop. I told her that I have sent an email about the gun that we ordered 4 weeks and 3 days ago.
She seemed "out of it" and told me to print out and fill out their Return Authorization Form. I do it, I fill it out completely. So, I call one more time and ask her what address I should send it to (I will never go to their website again). She told me that she couldn't give that information out. Why not? FRAUD! So we had this long conversation about how you need an address to send the form to. After about 45 minutes, she finally said "Okay, I don't have time for this, anyway, 4 weeks you said? Your warranty is up!" Wow, good job! You successfully ripped me off for real.
So, I told her that I will kill her, luckily my son wasn't in the room, and she said that's a threat and that she would call the police and I told her that if she did, she would get a ton of fraud charges and I would go home happy with one little charge of "Blackmail". So then she said "Good Bye!" and hung up. I tried to call back, but got their voicemail.
So, I concluded it was not worth chasing after her and just filed report with Visa to claim my money back and I also reported them as fraud. Hopefully, they're no longer running as I wouldn't know cause I will never visit their website AGAIN!
CARLSBAD, CALIFORNIA -- Unbelievable is the only way I can describe my Hobbytron experience! Please, please, DO NOT EVER patronize this terrible online company!!! For starters, my son ordered an Airsoft gun from Hobbytron, and my credit card was promptly charged on July 6 with the promise of "3 to 5 business day delivery." When the gun hadn't arrived as of July 28, I began a trail of four emails and three phone calls (leaving messages, never returned) that ultimately resulted in a note saying the company had moved from Utah to California and most of its sales force didn't make the move.
I sent off another barrage of emails and finally received the gun August 11 - sort of. It was a clearly used gun, complete with a long ugly scratch, and the three vital screws needed to put it together were missing. I contacted the company by phone and the manager never called back, despite two messages. I told a sales rep to please send a new gun immediately, since my son had been waiting for five weeks now, and I would send the old one back. "No way", she said: I had to go back to the Website to submit a return authorization form. Only when the form was approved would they accept the gun back and send another.
At this point I just said I wanted my money back. I told her I had already spent several hours on my Hobbytron nightmare and asked her to just handle this over the phone, but she rudely refused. I went to the Website and on the return form they ask about two dozen questions, most of them demeaning ("Did you drop or damage the merchandise? Please answer honestly"). I have NEVER had a shopping experience as ugly and vulgar as this one, and urge consumers everywhere to STAY AWAY FROM HOBBYTRON!!!
The most horrific online shopping experience I have ever had. I ordered airsoft items described as "in stock" and they were happy to accept my Paypal payment. A week after ordering the shopping cart was still processing. Voice mail boxes were full and would accept no messages. Emails were not answered and eventually were returned as undeliverable. The "Real Time Chat" personnel (possibly computer generated) reported repeatedly that my order was going to ship "tomorrow".
This went on for two weeks. I finally found a way to cancel my order but they have not refunded the money. They kept my money and did not ship anything. Fraud. Paypal is trying to recoup the money but say that Hobbytron purchases are not protected by PayPal buyer assurance. I wish I had found a review that stated things as I have done above BEFORE I ordered. I am posting this review to save someone the trouble and similar $ loss. Buyer Beware with Hobbytron.
CALIFORNIA -- We purchased an airsoft gun for our son at Christmas... who has yet to be able to play with the gun. We paid a good price for the TM model (remember, you get what you pay for), but still paid several hundred dollars for the airsoft gun and accessories. The TM box that the gun came in had 8 pieces removed with a razor blade. The gun had scratches, AND THE SERIAL NUMBER WAS SCRATCHED OFF! We question if the gun was used... or worse.
We ordered several bags of pellets, and 2 of the bags were broken in the box. We needed clarification on the correct batteries to use with the gun model, but there were NO instructions on how to operate the gun. We attempted to contact Hobbytron multiple times via e-mail and phone. No messages have been returned, and we could never get a live person to speak with us on the phone (as it was clear after waiting for over an hour that there would be no promised Hobbytron representative responding). There are other reputable (on-line) airsoft gun companies out there, so avoid doing business with this company. Shame on you Hobbytron!
SANTA CLARITA, CALIFORNIA -- Should not be allowed to do business online! They stole my money, never shipped the item, couple of ** answering the phone once or twice, with mouths dirtier than their mothers and hang up for no reason except the fact that they are slime bag thieves and people want to see their heads in a basket. Extremely Be Aware!
SANTA CLARITA, CALIFORNIA -- 2 of the 3 products that I ordered arrived broken! Even worse, I can't contact them to get replacements or a refund. I've tried for weeks and can't talk to a person or get any returned emails or phone calls. I am going to give up on getting this taken care of, which means that they have basically stolen my money. What a frustrating experience. Buyer beware!! DON'T USE HOBBYTRON! They are crooks!
I ordered a specific airsoft gun. They shipped a different gun because the one I ordered was not in stock. They did not bother to ask if I wanted the substitute. My son wanted a specific gun so he was not happy with the substitute. I wanted to return it and they said they would charge 20% restocking fee and I would have to pay to ship it back!!! This is ridiculous. They sent the wrong item, which was cheaper than what I paid for - I hope the credit comes through for the difference in price.
After calling and getting an answer phone many times I finally got someone on the phone. Apparently my item purchased has NO WARRANTY. Which I was not told when the purchase was made. My son saved for this toy for months and when received worked once and does not charge, I was told to take it to Radio Shack because it had no warranty. DO NOT BUY FROM THIS COMPANY. THEY ARE NO HELP.