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aae991 04-03-2014 05:38 PM

Grayland Station in Chicago
 
I just left Grayland Station in the Chicago area. OMG - he's got so many 1/200 models in there including some rare ones such as a GJ200 Delta Widget L-1011. His prices are also really good. I picked up my GJ200 UAL 777 (post-merger colors) there today and was stunned by his inventory. He also checks each model before they go out. I WILL be back. Do yourself a favor - if you're looking for something rare or even new, call him. I honestly think he doesn't even know what he has in stock which makes it like a treasure hunt :)

Fleetlordatvar 04-03-2014 06:05 PM

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Originally Posted by aae991 (Post 1099906)
I just left Grayland Station in the Chicago area. OMG - he's got so many 1/200 models in there including some rare ones such as a GJ200 Delta Widget L-1011. His prices are also really good...

you mean competitive, good = cheap imo.

JETJHD 04-03-2014 06:28 PM

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Steve at Grayland is a great guy! When I lived in Chicago, I bought most of my models from him. He will even order stuff that he doesn't have in stock! The last time I visited in 2007 his store was jammed packed with models. I miss going there!

aae991 04-03-2014 07:03 PM

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Originally Posted by Fleetlordatvar (Post 1099911)
you mean competitive, good = cheap imo.

What is your point? His prices are "cheap" on many items. You can use whatever words you like but your comment provides no value to this discussion. Obviously everyone wants the lowest price possible, but cheap does not always equal good.

Fleetlordatvar 04-03-2014 07:11 PM

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Originally Posted by aae991 (Post 1099921)
What is your point? His prices are "cheap" on many items. You can use whatever words you like but your comment provides no value to this discussion. Obviously everyone wants the lowest price possible, but cheap does not always equal good.


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his prices are 99% never the most inexpensive, but competitive. & no one said he was not a great guy :rolleyes: people get emo over everything. btw I'm clarifying your mischaracterization of his prices.

aae991 04-03-2014 07:15 PM

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inexpensive & no one didn't say he was a great guy :rolleyes: people get emo over everything

You're the one that "corrected" me. I merely responded to what I thought was a comment that made no sense. I don't need a vocabulary lesson...

aae991 04-03-2014 07:31 PM

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Originally Posted by Fleetlordatvar (Post 1099922)
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his prices are 99% never the most inexpensive, but competitive. & no one said he was not a great guy :rolleyes: people get emo over everything. btw I'm clarifying your mischaracterization of his prices.

You've got to be joking. I'M being emotional? I never mischaracterized his prices. I merely stated they were "good". I considered $85 on the UAL GJ200 777-200 to be a good price on a model that's sold out at all the on-line retailers.

Apparently you are an expert on his prices since you have stated that 99% of the time his prices are not the lowest. Wow, I didn't know we're graced with such a scholar in retail pricing of diecast stores. Just another blanket statement by someone who feels the need to nitpick a comment about a good dealer. Go back under the rock you came out from...

adam340 04-03-2014 07:41 PM

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Don't mind Fleetlordatvar, aae991, all of his 1066 posts have no substance whatsoever.

aae991 04-03-2014 07:44 PM

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Originally Posted by adam340 (Post 1099927)
Don't mind Fleetlordatvar, aae991, all of his 1066 posts have no substance whatsoever.

I'm beginning to see that LOL... Looking at some of his other posts I now see what I've been "missing"... No wonder he's so popular on here :rolleyes:

JeffinMass 04-03-2014 09:44 PM

Re: Grayland Station in Chicago
 
The Chicagoland Airline Collectable Show is April 12th at the ORD Holiday Inn. Steve runs an Awesome! show.

wu6fiend 04-03-2014 09:48 PM

Re: Grayland Station in Chicago
 
I checked out his website (I'd never heard of this retailer). It leaves a LOT to be desired. He may have a good (or great) selection, but you'd never know it by looking at his site. It puzzles me why many businesses put so little effort into their web presentation, as a good website opens up a world of potential customers.

JeffinMass 04-03-2014 09:52 PM

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wu6fiend.....check out his FB page. That is where he conducts a lot of his business.

wu6fiend 04-03-2014 10:01 PM

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Originally Posted by JeffinMass (Post 1099961)
wu6fiend.....check out his FB page. That is where he conducts a lot of his business.

Thanks for the tip, but I don't have anything to do with FB. That's for kids, narcissists and old gummers desperate to re-connect with their high school crushes. If a business doesn't spend the time and minimal money to set up a proper website, that can be navigated easily, displays the products clearly, and actually works, I don't buy from them. My point is: this fellow may have an impressive stock of models, but he obviously doesn't want to sell them on the world market very badly.

kgb4187 04-03-2014 10:55 PM

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Do you have a link to the facebook page?

crownvic 04-03-2014 11:02 PM

Re: Grayland Station in Chicago
 
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Originally Posted by aae991 (Post 1099906)
I just left Grayland Station in the Chicago area. OMG - he's got so many 1/200 models in there including some rare ones such as a GJ200 Delta Widget L-1011. His prices are also really good. I picked up my GJ200 UAL 777 (post-merger colors) there today and was stunned by his inventory. He also checks each model before they go out. I WILL be back. Do yourself a favor - if you're looking for something rare or even new, call him. I honestly think he doesn't even know what he has in stock which makes it like a treasure hunt :)

Im confused?? so many of us would die for a brick and mortar store in our own backyard...Why are you just going now??? Glad you found the 777!

aritrixa 04-03-2014 11:12 PM

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I visited Steve's store on spring 2013, a friend of mine who live near Chicago took me to the place. And, I ended up with buying a new luggage, and pay extra luggage, full of models (1:400 and 1:200) on my flight back to Jakarta :)

I also found 1:200 Preiser figure models with "old" price tag, I am assuming....

It is always become a sensational feeling to enter a brick&mortar model shop.

aae991 04-03-2014 11:42 PM

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Originally Posted by crownvic (Post 1099975)
Im confused?? so many of us would die for a brick and mortar store in our own backyard...Why are you just going now??? Glad you found the 777!

I know - I am ashamed LOL! Seriously though, I will be going back there often. I did not realize how much stuff he had there. And thanks for the congrats on the 777. At $85 I'm a happy collector! Steve has stuff so buried in his store that he doesn't even know what's there with absolute certainty. There might be some real hidden gems under some of those boxes!

ironchef0000 04-04-2014 12:37 AM

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Grayland Station is a hobbyist's dream come true. Some of my most prized models came from that shop. Glad to hear you found what you were looking for.

crownvic 04-04-2014 06:48 AM

Re: Grayland Station in Chicago
 
last fall he had the battleship UAL 744 Inflight 200 on ebay but he knew the value of that as it was big bucks

planemark 04-04-2014 09:18 AM

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I would love to have great store in Denver. Colpar Hobbies is here (part of Hobbytown USA) and they do have considerable inventory. However, by the time you pay sales taxe their prices are nearly always higher than what I can get from Pete's, Aiken's, Waffle, Flying Mule, etc. Still, it is nice to go see models displayed. I have seen that sometimes with these stores they will end up having a rarer model that has just gotten over-looked for many many months and you might get a deal.

JTS97Z28 04-04-2014 12:25 PM

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Yeah Grayland station is a pretty cool store especially for those that dont mind digging around and trying to find their favorite model. Like others have mentioned the store is more or less a huge mess with products literally everywhere lol and Steve basically has no clue what he has, but in a way thats what makes it sort of fun. If there is more than 3 people in that store navigating around people becomes pretty interesting. :-)
I will say the people living in and around Chicagoland are spoiled when it comes to diecast stores. There is actually 3 stores that carry diecasts and two of them have extensive inventory. I personally like going to Past-Time Hobbies in Brookfield because its closer to my house down near Naperville and its an easy and well organized store. Plus I typically try to avoid going anywhere near the city of Chicago at all costs.

IflyHA 04-04-2014 03:06 PM

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Just purchased the Inflight200 Hawaiian L1011 over the phone from Steve at Grayland. I cannot wait to get this model and the transaction went very smoothly. If his store is any indication of his over the phone prowess, I can imagine it being amazing.

beltloader 04-04-2014 05:27 PM

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i was just in ORD 3 days ago connecting from YYZ to BOS , and i missed this post:(... so how far is his shop from O' hare?.... thinking of going back to check it out, and i owe some guys some Garretts popcorn anywayLOLLOL

arctic9048 04-04-2014 05:44 PM

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i was just in ORD 3 days ago connecting from YYZ to BOS , and i missed this post:(... so how far is his shop from O' hare?.... thinking of going back to check it out, and i owe some guys some Garretts popcorn anywayLOLLOL

It will take about 30 minutes. I think its about 4 subway stations south of the airport and a 10 minute bus ride. The bus drops you off 1 block away. The bus runs frequently.

beltloader 04-04-2014 06:56 PM

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Originally Posted by arctic9048 (Post 1100129)
It will take about 30 minutes. I think its about 4 subway stations south of the airport and a 10 minute bus ride. The bus drops you off 1 block away. The bus runs frequently.


thank you sir...

JTS97Z28 04-04-2014 07:50 PM

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Originally Posted by arctic9048 (Post 1100129)
It will take about 30 minutes. I think its about 4 subway stations south of the airport and a 10 minute bus ride. The bus drops you off 1 block away. The bus runs frequently.

Well grayland definately is not south of ORD. It's basically east. If your on 90 you can get off at Cumberland, Harlem, or Nagle. Either way his address is in his site so should be easy enough to find. If driving it would only take 15 min to get there with no traffic. No idea about train or buses.

AnonCollector 04-04-2014 08:31 PM

Re: Grayland Station in Chicago
 
I think the poor website may be why the inventory is so good. But that's ok. I like the idea of going treasure-hunting in such a brick and mortar store. maybe someday i'll get out there.

arctic9048 04-04-2014 09:59 PM

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Well grayland definately is not south of ORD. It's basically east. If your on 90 you can get off at Cumberland, Harlem, or Nagle. Either way his address is in his site so should be easy enough to find. If driving it would only take 15 min to get there with no traffic. No idea about train or buses.

Well, either way...to beltloader: it's about 4 stations and a 10 minute bus ride.

SgtMoody 04-05-2014 06:01 AM

Re: Grayland Station in Chicago
 
Bought from Grayland twice, models arrived in 8 days from the USA, super fast and highly recommended!

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Originally Posted by adam340 (Post 1099927)
Don't mind Fleetlordatvar, aae991, all of his 1066 posts have no substance whatsoever.

+1 :cool:

Upkeep 04-05-2014 07:04 AM

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Originally Posted by wu6fiend (Post 1099965)
Thanks for the tip, but I don't have anything to do with FB. That's for kids, narcissists and old gummers desperate to re-connect with their high school crushes.

Oh, man . . . thanx for the morning laff!!! Jets of coffee through the nose! :D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D


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Originally Posted by wu6fiend (Post 1099965)
If a business doesn't spend the time and minimal money to set up a proper website, that can be navigated easily, displays the products clearly, and actually works, I don't buy from them. My point is: this fellow may have an impressive stock of models, but he obviously doesn't want to sell them on the world market very badly.

Sounds like you may also be in the business of providing solutions. Regardless, I wholeheartedly agree with your point. ;)


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