Jan's Hobby Shop
1435 Lexington Ave Frnt 2, New York, NY 10128
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Great selection of models, p***-poor service from the old hag that stands near the counter like Cerberus basically sums it up. I made the mistake of walking into this shop today with a USD 100+ shopping list in my pocket and my 8 year old son in tow. He is used to visiting his dad's toy shops and their often quirky owners but never has he been treated this way. While I was checking out whether they had what I was looking for (which they mostly did) my son called me over to signal his interest in a toy bus and picked it up to show me its features (he knows that his patience and good behaviour during trips to my toy store are usually rewarded by adding something that interests him to the shopping list). Instantly, the old harpy descended upon us, rudely asking him to put the toy down because he was going to break it. Not only did she assume that he would break something in the shop (which he never has) but also that I wouldn't pay it should he do so. I promptly decided to take my business elsewhere.
My girlfriend purchased a basic radio controlled helicopter (syma S001) here for my birthday. They charged her $110. This helicopter retails for $25 dollars elsewhere. I can understand charging an extra $20 or so but to completely take advantage of someone who knows nothing about a specific item is ridiculous. Overcharging by $85 is unethical and their business practices are questionable. Do NOT buy anything from these rip-off artists.
09/28/2009Provided by Citysearch -
I have been to Jan's Hobby Shop many times, and have always had pleasant visits. The owners are very nice, they have a great selection and they have been able to help me with modeling problems and give me tips on what brands to buy. The only drawback whatsoever is that the shop is a little cramped because of all of the models! I've recommended the store to all of my friends and they all loved it as well.