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    Is Banana Hobbies in Los Angeles a reliable and safe company to buy a plane from??? Thanks. Gary

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    My view, No you have to watch the pictures of what they sell as to what you're getting. Some say that there better I say do a search and make your own decision. My .02
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    • #3
      Banana has always been more or less a 50/50 crap shoot in my opinion. When they were good was when they use to carry fms. I bought a few fms planes from them. The other stuff was severely under powered or damaged when I got it. Keep in mind this also was shipped to Iraq and Germany to my apps. Sometimes packages coming through apos got less then first class treatment

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      • #4
        I order a A10 from them once. They sent me the wrong plane. Sent it back and they sent the wrong plane AGAIN !!! Horrible experience. Haven’t ever looked back now Motion rc is here.

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        • #5
          Exactly!

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          • #6
            I had a very bad experience with Banana Hobby several years ago and I stopped doing business with them for a long time. But I needed a part that only they had and gave them another chance a couple years ago and they came through without incident. Lately, I decided to buy a V-22 Osprey from them and that transaction was flawless. The product arrived without any problems. Shipping was quick and no damage. Just last week, I received a small order of parts for the V-22 and again, no issues whatsoever. Banana Hobby does have a lot of nice (and exclusive) products. One simply must assess the viability of the one you want. Many of them, you don't want to touch with a 10 foot pole. I'll only buy stuff that can't easily be purchased elsewhere (like Motion and RC Castle for example).
            (Now, HobbyKing on the other hand, has taken a significant nose dive in virtually every catagory, especially in the shipping dept. It shouldn't take a month get a small registered package from Hong Kong when RC Castle can get me a similar small package in a week.)

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            • #7
              My run-in with them was last March when I ordered the front and rear fuselage for one of there planes and they sent it to me, the front empty and the rear with components when the picture showed them both with components, so I texted Alex and then the runaround started. R.
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              • #8
                I was considering one of their Techone planes. Having had 2 Techone planes in the past (a 900mm Popwing and an Su31) from another dealer I knew the quality to expect, and was hoping they wouldn't screw up the packing and shipping. Tried to call them 2 times today (Monday) and left messages with my phone number. No response. I guess it really is a crap shoot dealing with a company which won't even answer the phone or respond. Gary

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by garyp View Post
                  I was considering one of their Techone planes. Having had 2 Techone planes in the past (a 900mm Popwing and an Su31) from another dealer I knew the quality to expect, and was hoping they wouldn't screw up the packing and shipping. Tried to call them 2 times today (Monday) and left messages with my phone number. No response. I guess it really is a crap shoot dealing with a company which won't even answer the phone or respond. Gary
                  Motion RC sells Techone products. That being the case, I wouldn't even consider getting it from BH.

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                  • #10
                    As a representative of Motion RC I won't go into detail but suffice to say my experience with them over the years has definitely been hit or miss.
                    Aros.MotionRC
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                    • #11
                      I would not buy from Banana unless I absolutely had to, case in point, I do use them for Taft Viper prts. due to the fact they were the only US reseller. Other than that why would you when MRC has and will continue to dominate the market with a customer friendly business plan who actually cares about our hobby and our community compared to others who only care about their bottom line. Any business who contributes to Wounded Warrior will get my business!!!

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                      • #12
                        I havnt purchased any thing since my dealings with them 4 years ago when I purchased a Blitz hobby tomcat the wing sweep servo stripped and never got the right part but got a lot lf extra parts I did not need. the servo reverser was bad and they did not even know what one was never buy from them again worst company I have ever dealt with

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                        • #13
                          Honestly I am amazed Banana still exists. I guess HSD is proping them up because they really have nothing else to offer the knowledgeable hobbyist. They are still selling the down level garbage from 10 years ago. Sorry to be so blunt. I have had my own bad expierience with them.

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