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Stormer Hobbies is one of the older remote control car stores in our rankings. They began in 1986 as a mail order company focusing on the radio-control industry. Their website’s home page makes a very good first impression of the company. Large photos of their “Hot Picks” are an example for some of the other remote control car stores to follow. They take up most of the page and display not only remote-controlled cars, but also accessory merchandise such as a car stand, a body mounting kit and a suspension kit.

Variety:
5/10
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The remote-control car inventory at Stormer Hobbies is remarkable. They provide more than most remote control car stores with an extensive offering of on-road and off-road cars that have both electric or nitro engines. Brand name manufacturers are a key feature on any remote control car stores' site. Brands like Academy, Kyosho and PTI Racing are easily found on the site via a detailed drop-down search menu. 

Accessories/Supplies:
5/10
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Stormer Hobbies’ website lists a good selection of accessories, including batteries, motors, nitro engines and radio systems.

Shipping/Payment:
7.5/10
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Shipping information on Stormer Hobbies’ website is somewhat difficult to find. It’s not on their “Customer Service” page, which might be where some users would look for it, but it’s on their “Contact Us” page. Once customers find the shipping information, they will see that Stormer Hobbies ships 1-day and 2-Day Air, Monday through Friday. They do not ship on Saturday or Sunday.

Payment to Stormer Hobbies can be made using Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express. Customers can also prepay for their order using a personal check or money order.

Help/Support:
5/10
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The “Customer Service” page on Stormer Hobbies’ site lists an email address and a toll-free phone number as contact methods. Also, they indicate their hours of operation so that customers know when to call.

Finding the returns policy on Stormer Hobbies’ site is just as tedious and time-consuming as searching for their shipping information. It’s actually located on their “Terms of Use” page. Customers can also all or email them if they have a problem with their order.

Ease of Use:
2.5/10
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Stormer Hobbies says their innovative search feature is unique among remote control car stores. It’s customized to their site, allowing the user to perform searches on a multitude of specifications, including product description, manufacturer, price and part number.

Summary:

When reviewing these remote control car stores, TopTenREVIEWS uses a number of different criteria, many of which are listed above, to make a composite or overall ranking. Stormer Hobbies is ranked near the bottom because they do some things very well – variety and search feature – but some things not so well – hard-to-find returns policy.

 
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Stormer Hobbies

Pros
The selection of RC cars and use of big photos make Stormer Hobbies a fun site to visit.

Cons
Stormer Hobbies' innovative search feature is helpful, but it's also a bit confusing for the first-time user.

The Verdict
: 5.5/10

If you're seeking RC cars and accessories presented in a no-nonsense manner, Stormer Hobbies is a great choice.