dropped by Walmart awhile ago for the usual junk, and finally remembered to buy a tube of red bondo filler. The tubes are about five dollars, but are four times larger than the hobby shop stuff. While reaching or it, I saw sand paper at $3.87 a pack. They had everything from 50 grit to 3000 grit! Looks like there's four or five 4" x 8" sheets in each pack, or roughly five times the $15 pack at the LHS. gary
I have exactly two choices for a hobby shop. One is ten minutes north of me and the other is about 35 minutes north. Neither one carries a good selection of sand papers, but they do carry several kinds of putty. 1500 grit is about as fine as they carry, and I have a couple canopies to polish out. I just prefer the red stuff, even though the size of the tube means I'll end up tossing half of it. I'd rather have a tube 1/3 that size.
Capitalism works in both directions, no sooner do you slap the 'hobby' label on something, then it commands a premium!
It's not the LHS, it's the packagers. They're buy the sand paper for about a fourth of what Walmart sells it for, and then seriously gouge the end user by cutting it into small pieces. I could save even more by going to an autobody supply store, but I'm too lazy.
Up here in the boonies we take what we can get, Wally World or not. I don't particularly like using that place, but.............. Good find, I'll be checkin myself.
Another good place to check out is the local fly shop. They have wire and a few odds and ends. The JoAnne Fabric shops have a lot of nice threads. Hobby Lobby has similar stuff, but just not as much.
Funny thing is that my LHS is often as cheap if not cheaper than Spru Brothers before shipping is added, but the get you on the other end. Their paint prices are over the top, but unless I mail order it they are the only game. I had the chance awhile back to buy the Grex spray brush kit (pistol grip with compressor, hoses and other items) for $347. That's almost a hundred dollars cheaper than anybody else. Should have bought it! gary