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NEWS AND UPDATES

09/19/21

Fall Vacation Week

As we do each year we take a week off just before we get into the 4th and busiest quarter of the year!
So vacation will be from 09/24 returning to BRH 10/04. As we do most years we are off to Walt Disney World for the 50th Anniversary on October 1st. We been going to WDW on an off for the last 46 years! More often over the last 20 years since we moved closer to the mouse!

As with every vacation we still process your online orders each day. The only difference is that from there will be no shipping from 09/24 until 10/04!

As we do when we are in vacation we do out best to monitor voicemails and emails and try to answer questions as they come up! Online orders will be processed daily in the morning and late evening with no delays as long as we have internet access which should not be an issue.

Returns And Order Cancellations

Just as a reminder, if you need to return any item(s) or cancel an order, back order or advance reservations YOU WILL NEED TO CALL BRH AND SPEAK WITH A BRH CUSTOMER SERVICE REPRESENTATIVE.

Per store policy, if you email your request will not be processed. If you just blindly send an item or  items to BRH without and RMA (Return Merchandise Number), OXL (Order Cancellation Number) or XLN (Item Cancellation Number) it will not be processed!

See store policy for specific details and costs, if any.


09/12/21

August Sales

Another month of slower sales!

Sales down 28.5% from August 2020 which was a very busy time.

The last 30 Days show lower amounts of product to purchase.

New Customer Up 15%, Returning Customers Up 143%, Average Daily Receipts Up 40%. So BRH is processing a lot of orders for a lot of customers but smaller orders. Receipt totals Down 20% and Items Per Receipt Down 22%

So far sales for September is tracking up over the last several months and 2020 even with the lack of product availability!

Changes At Blue Ridge Hobbies

In case you haven't noticed, the BRH Product Search Page is no only featuring In Stock Items only. No more advance reservations at this time. It is taking many of the manufacturers years and years to fill order so BRH has decided not to take advance reservations any longer.

The lack of product and product production by the manufacturers since the closing of the
Sandakan factory in China over 10 years ago now has deeply effected the hobby. The hobby has yet to recover from that closing!

Also, some you may have noticed that our retail store directory advertising has stopped with the current issue for Model Railroad. Their just has not been hardly any customer traffic coming to BRH from that advertisement that BRH has been running for 17 years in MR or Model Railroad News! Most of our sales come from internet searches and referrals.

Prices Continue To Go Up!

Wheels of Time Special Notice!

Wheels of Time manufactures authentically detailed scaled model trains, vehicles and related accessories. History in your hands.
Price Adjustment for Wheels of Time HO scale Flatcars. Due to a radical increase in ocean shipping cost from our factory, unfortunately we have to increase our MSRP by 10%. This affects Wheels of Time product item numbers 40107 through 40160, inclusively.

Lionel Price Increase

Due to an increase in material costs, the following Power & Control items will incur a price increase effective immediately.

We appreciate your understanding.

Broadway Limited N Scale EMD Switchers Now Shipping

N Scale EMD NW2 and SW7 Switchers have arrived from Broadway Limited. Based on switchers built in the 1940s and 1950s, these detailed models feature full Paragon4 sound and DCC for realistic sound and motor control complete with back EMF for smooth slow speeds. The Paragon4 sound system works with all Broadway Limited Rolling Thunder(TM) advanced sound systems. These diminutive switchers can be operated on all DCC systems as well as on standard DC railroads (with limited sound functionality), and their wheel profiles allow smooth operation on Code 55 and larger rail. With many of these units still in operation in 2021, these diesels have broad appeal and typically sell out quickly. Over a dozen new schemes are in-stock, but all are selling fast. Get 'em on your railroads now!

CLICK HERE TO ORDER THE IN STOCK EMD SWITCHERS

New Busch HO Arrivals Include New Action Sets, North American Vehicles

Busch products are favorites with modelers because of their variety and detail. New arrivals include Action Sets which
include a mix of figures, scenery details and small structures to complete a scene. Other highlights include 1957 Chevy Bel Air
police cars and other international vehicles. Check out the latest arrivals and order now for the upcoming holiday season.

CLICK HERE TO ORDER ALL IN STOCK BUSCH ITEMS


08/29/21

Lockdowns Coming Again!?!?!

I do  not like to talk about politics but according to Vice President Kamila Harris during her recent trip oversees in Singapore stated
"If You Want To Have Christmas Gifts For Your Children Now Is The Time To Start Buying"

According to national news sources, "the threat to on-time delivery of Christmas presents due to the pandemic". "The stories that we are now hearing about the caution that if you want to have Christmas toys for your children it might be the time to start buying them because the delay may be many, many months," the Vice President of the United States advised."

So what do you think is coming down the pike this fall and winter? I have no idea but is is best to be prepared!

I again suggest you think ahead and get your orders in for the products you may need over the next 6 to 8 months!

USPS Price Increase / Fedex Costs

Today the USPS price increase is now in affect.

Also, did you know that the cost of Fedex Ground is usually twice the cost of the USPS Priority packages for none large or bulky packages?

So when ordering through BRH pick the CHEAPEST SHIPPING option on your order so BRH can shop the shipping for your order and get you the lowest cost shipping!

New Email Server

So of you may have noticed a change in our sale and news and update emails. That is because we have ended the use of Constant Contact after 17 years. Effective this past Monday 08/23/24 our  sales and news and updates email will be sent via Mailchimp.

This was done as a cost savings measure along with our new computer and phone systems we have recently installed to serve you better.

LGB / Marklin / Trix Direct

Because BRH has had several issues with our wholesaler recently with the delivery of ordered LGB products BRH has now replaced the wholesaler of their responsibility to fill BRH orders. There are no back orders currently pending fulfillment from this wholesaler. Starting last Wednesday BRH will be ordering directly from LGB / Markln / Trix which increase the customer service and the timely fulfillment of orders. 

Over the last 17 years we have used this wholesaler, but as we have had to do with other manufacturers that this wholesaler can not seem to fill orders with, we have decided to purchase directly from the manufacturer.

Bowser Announces N Scale Freight Cars

Ready-to-run Bowser N Scale cars are great for those of you who want interesting rolling stock for their freight consists. New schemes
and road numbers are coming on popular Cylindrical Covered Hoppers and PRR H21a Hoppers. Cylindrical Covered Hoppers, perfect for
1960s to 1990s freights, will be available in both three and six-bay versions as appropriate for each road name. PRR Class H21a 4-
Bay Hoppers were built by the thousands for PRR and were also operated by other lines from the 1910s and lasted into the 1960s
and later in work train service, so they appeal to steam and diesel-era modelers. All of these cars feature fine decoration,
appropriate trucks, magnetic knuckle couplers and metal wheels. Preorder now through September 15, 2021
 

CLICK HERE TO ORDER


Broadway Limited HO EMD SD40-2s Selling Through Fast

Based on one of the most popular diesels ever built. Introduced in the 1970s, reliable SD40-2s became the workhorse diesels used
for everything from hauling 10,000-ton coal drags to short, fast intermodal trains. This diesel features full Paragon4 sound and
DCC for realistic sound and motor control complete with back EMF for smooth slow speeds. The Paragon4 sound system works with all
Rolling Thunder(TM) advanced sound systems. The EMD SD40-2 can be operated on all DCC systems as well as on standard DC railroads
(with limited sound functionality). We still have a handful of most road names and road numbers. Order now for best availability.

CLICK HERE TO ORDER


08/22/21

Walthers Shipping Update

From Walthers 08/18/21:

- Consumer Information -

Due to world-wide issues impacting every level of shipping and distribution Walthers is experiencing rising costs and high levels of delay on our products. You may have noticed similar delays on other consumer goods. With a shortage of containers, congestion at the ports, transportation shut-downs and congestion at local distribution hubs, delays are currently unavoidable. Please know we are doing our best to provide you all the modeling supplies you need in expedient fashion, and we hope for improvements in the coming months. In the meantime you may regularly see product delays by one, two, three or more months.

Thank you for your understanding,
Walthers

- Dealer Information -

Due to world-wide issues impacting every level of shipping and distribution Walthers is experiencing rising costs and high levels of delay on our products. You may have noticed similar delays on other consumer goods, or from other model railroading vendors. With a shortage of containers, congestion at the ports, transportation shut-downs and congestion at local distribution hubs, delays are currently unavoidable. You may regularly see product delays by one, two, three or more months. Please know we are doing our best to optimize shipping performance and mitigate cost increases as best we as we can. Our goal is to maintain high availability of in-demand products so you can continue to supply your customers’ needs.

Thank you for your understanding,
Walthers

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As we have stated before here at BRH -- think ahead as to what you will need and order it so you can possibly have it when you need it!

USPS Rates Going Up

The USPS has announced postal rate will go up.

The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) will implement a postage rate increase for mailing services on Sunday, August 29, 2021.

Domestic Mailing:

This August 2021 postage rate increase is ONLY impacting mailing services (Market Dominant). Shipping rates (Competitive Products) are not being changed.

The First Class Mail letter (1 oz.) rate for postage purchased at the Post Office will increase three cents to $0.58 from $0.55.
“Metered Mail” rates for First Class Mail letters (1 oz.), which includes online postage and postage meters, will increase two cents to $0.53. This five-cent discount compared to Post Office rates for a First Class Mail letter (1 oz.) represents a savings of 9%.
Each additional ounce for a First Class Mail letter (Post Office and Metered Mail rates) will cost $0.20 (no change).
First Class Mail Flats/Large Envelopes (1 oz.) rates will increase sixteen cents to $1.16 from $1.00. Each additional ounce will cost $0.20 (no change).

Postcards will increase by four cents to $0.40 from $0.36.
Certified Mail will increase by fifteen cents, to $3.75 from $3.60.
Special services such as Registered Mail, Signature Confirmation and Return Receipt will also increase in August 2021.

Free USB Shipping Scale (+S&H) • $5 in Postage

Domestic Shipping:

Priority Mail Express will see an overall rate increase of 2.5% in 2021. Commercial Base (online postage) rates will start at $22.75 (no change from 2020).

Priority Mail will see an average rate increase of 3.6% in 2021. Commercial Base (online postage) rates will start at $7.16 (previously $7.02).

First Class Package Service will see an average rate increase of 6.5% in 2021. Commercial Base (online postage) rates will start at $3.01 (previously at $2.74).

Parcel Select Ground will see an average rate increase of 1.3% in 2021. Commercial Base (online postage) rates will start at $7.01 (previously $6.92).

Media Mail rates will increase by 3.57% in 2021. Rates will start at $2.89 (previously $2.80).
NEW: An overweight/oversize surcharge of $100 will be added for packages that exceed the 70 lb. maximum weight limitation or the 130 inch length plus girth maximum dimensional size limit.

International Shipping:

Priority Mail Express International will see an average rate increase of 3.6% in 2021. Commercial Base (online postage) rates will start at $42.85 (no change from 2020).

Priority Mail International will see an average rate increase of 5.1% in 2021. Commercial Base (online postage) rates will start at $35.72 (previously $34.53).

First Class Package International Service will see an average rate increase of 4.8% in 2021. Commercial Base (online postage) rates will start at $13.54 (previously $11.64).

NEW: The number of country groups has increased for international shipping services. Priority Mail Express International goes from 17 to 20 country groups, Priority Mail International goes from 17 to 20 country groups, and First Class Package International Service goes from 9 to 20 country groups.



THANKS FOR THE SUPPORT!

 

 


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