Jan's Hobby Shop

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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.

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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.

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I've shopped at Jan's Hobbies about once a month for about 4 years, maybe 40 times total.

I love the selection of this store, and consider it to be one of the treasures of New York. Remember, most of the ma and pa hobby stores that were around in the 60's and 70's (my growing up years) are gone now, and it really nice to see one of the holdouts still in business.

Yes, their prices are high, and you can save by buying on the internet, but then you have to wait, and you can't have fun browsing. Yes, they prefer cash, but I don't blame them, since credit card companies rip off small store owners. Yes, they can be a bit curt, until they know you as a regular customer, and then they are really nice.

Now that I'm a regular customer, and I pay in cash, they treat me very, very nicely, and I really look forward to shopping there.

Sometimes I want something immediately, and I don't want to wait to buy it on the internet. Jan's is great for having in stock things that I need right away.

The store is a pleasure to shop in, and they never bother me to buy things. The son has built all of airplane models in the store, and it's taken him 40 years to do all of them, and it is worth it just to see these models.

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★★★★☆

I've shopped at Jan's Hobbies about once a month for about 4 years, maybe 40 times total.

I love the selection of this store, and consider it to be one of the treasures of New York. Remember, most of the ma and pa hobby stores that were around in the 60's and 70's (my growing up years) are gone now, and it really nice to see one of the holdouts still in business.

Yes, their prices are high, and you can save by buying on the internet, but then you have to wait, and you can't have fun browsing. Yes, they prefer cash, but I don't blame them, since credit card companies rip off small store owners. Yes, they can be a bit curt, until they know you as a regular customer, and then they are really nice.

Now that I'm a regular customer, and I pay in cash, they treat me very, very nicely, and I really look forward to shopping there.

Sometimes I want something immediately, and I don't want to wait to buy it on the internet. Jan's is great for having in stock things that I need right away.

The store is a pleasure to shop in, and they never bother me to buy things. The son has built all of airplane models in the store, and it's taken him 40 years to do all of them, and it is worth it just to see these models.

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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.

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★☆☆☆☆

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.

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All I can is RUDE, RUDE ...RUDE. You either have the old lady and son that demand that you pay cash or you have weekend idiot that was sick on my last and final visit... coughing all over the place and didn't bother to cover his mouth all the while stuffing his face on a subway sandwich. The next time I'll go to the Red caboose..at least the owner has a better attitude than the 3 stooges on Lexington.

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★☆☆☆☆

All I can is RUDE, RUDE ...RUDE. You either have the old lady and son that demand that you pay cash or you have weekend idiot that was sick on my last and final visit... coughing all over the place and didn't bother to cover his mouth all the while stuffing his face on a subway sandwich. The next time I'll go to the Red caboose..at least the owner has a better attitude than the 3 stooges on Lexington.

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I love having small specialty shops right in the neighborhood and I try to support local business as much as possible so that Manhattan doesn't turn into a series of mini-malls populated by characterless Nation Chains.

Over the years this shop has been a great resource for my children's school projects and always a place where we could get advice about products and even solutions for projects we were thinking of attempting but were clearly totally clueless about. Now that my sons are grown, when they come home visiting this store is always on their list of to-do's in order to discover the little treasures tucked inside this quaint, throw-back-to-another-era, treasure-filled shop.

While I find internet shopping can offer bargains, if you know exactly what you need, I'm glad there is still a place to shop where you can find an owner-operator willing to share their extensive knowledge. I think people find exactly the experience they seek when they shop here. If you're open to discovery - you find something worth discovering; if you're looking to criticize, you'll find something to be critical about.

Even when this shop is closed, if you're paying attention, you can see the joy it brings to the neighborhood. I just love seeing kids with their dads peering into the shop windows with a look of amazement rarely seen in children today unless they are looking at electronic games. The shop has even inspired me to start up projects of my own. I hope when I'm a grandparent (many years from now) that the shop is still there to encourage creativity in yet another generation and for me to see that special child-like joy of discovery on their precious faces.

The little extra I MIGHT be paying on some items is a small price to pay to preserve these kinds of small businesses in our neighborhood!

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★★★★★

I love having small specialty shops right in the neighborhood and I try to support local business as much as possible so that Manhattan doesn't turn into a series of mini-malls populated by characterless Nation Chains.

Over the years this shop has been a great resource for my children's school projects and always a place where we could get advice about products and even solutions for projects we were thinking of attempting but were clearly totally clueless about. Now that my sons are grown, when they come home visiting this store is always on their list of to-do's in order to discover the little treasures tucked inside this quaint, throw-back-to-another-era, treasure-filled shop.

While I find internet shopping can offer bargains, if you know exactly what you need, I'm glad there is still a place to shop where you can find an owner-operator willing to share their extensive knowledge. I think people find exactly the experience they seek when they shop here. If you're open to discovery - you find something worth discovering; if you're looking to criticize, you'll find something to be critical about.

Even when this shop is closed, if you're paying attention, you can see the joy it brings to the neighborhood. I just love seeing kids with their dads peering into the shop windows with a look of amazement rarely seen in children today unless they are looking at electronic games. The shop has even inspired me to start up projects of my own. I hope when I'm a grandparent (many years from now) that the shop is still there to encourage creativity in yet another generation and for me to see that special child-like joy of discovery on their precious faces.

The little extra I MIGHT be paying on some items is a small price to pay to preserve these kinds of small businesses in our neighborhood!

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I've been to Jan's a few times for model airplanes, which they have an entire wall stacked bottom to top of, and they're not as bad as these reviews claim. Of course they're going to get a little peeved if you charge $17 on a debit card, they're a small business that probably doesn't get a lot of money.

You walk in and there are a couple of hundred airplane models on the right, some of them must be as old as thirty years. And some obviously new. They've got RC boats and diecast toys. And a few WWII model tanks and figure sets. There's usually one or two staff members there and I do not recall any of them being rude to me at all except a man giving me an easier version of an Arado 234 airplane kit underestimating my skill. I would hardly consider that rude though. Even this notorious woman with the accent was not rude or condescending (I always pay cash). She's even polite to me!

I think it's a fine establishment. The prices are higher than internet stores but you never have to pay shipping so buying one model would actually be about the same price or perhaps even cheaper. The Testors paints are over priced but I don't use Testors anyway. Keep in mind rent is high for a Lexington Ave store front!

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★★★☆☆

I've been to Jan's a few times for model airplanes, which they have an entire wall stacked bottom to top of, and they're not as bad as these reviews claim. Of course they're going to get a little peeved if you charge $17 on a debit card, they're a small business that probably doesn't get a lot of money.

You walk in and there are a couple of hundred airplane models on the right, some of them must be as old as thirty years. And some obviously new. They've got RC boats and diecast toys. And a few WWII model tanks and figure sets. There's usually one or two staff members there and I do not recall any of them being rude to me at all except a man giving me an easier version of an Arado 234 airplane kit underestimating my skill. I would hardly consider that rude though. Even this notorious woman with the accent was not rude or condescending (I always pay cash). She's even polite to me!

I think it's a fine establishment. The prices are higher than internet stores but you never have to pay shipping so buying one model would actually be about the same price or perhaps even cheaper. The Testors paints are over priced but I don't use Testors anyway. Keep in mind rent is high for a Lexington Ave store front!

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when shopping here, you have your choice of evils. If you go during the week, you face being berated/insulted by Mrs. Dracula, or you will have your "skills" called into question by the resident "master" (who I can only assume is related to the owner, as if he were a regular employee he should have been out on his ear years ago) but you have a relatively quiet environment, and you might find something you need, albeit priced a bit to high. If you go on the weekend, you have a much nicer Guy at the register, but a confluence of weirdos from around the city. I know thats what the city is all about, but there is no excuse for a short scowling man who smells as if he sleeps in a bed of summer sausage and old socks while smoking a pipe telling me what kits he threw away because they were too difficult, or a rambling younger man with a tape recorder that he carries around apparently to prove to everyone else that he needs MUCH stronger medication. Other than the friendly weekend sales clerk, who is very nice, the only other helpful soul I have encountered is a man with an eastern European accent who looks like Alan Alda. One weekend a while back I encountered the sounds of a man vomiting in the basement, who knows what may have been going on down there... The point is, what else do you have in the city?

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★★☆☆☆

when shopping here, you have your choice of evils. If you go during the week, you face being berated/insulted by Mrs. Dracula, or you will have your "skills" called into question by the resident "master" (who I can only assume is related to the owner, as if he were a regular employee he should have been out on his ear years ago) but you have a relatively quiet environment, and you might find something you need, albeit priced a bit to high. If you go on the weekend, you have a much nicer Guy at the register, but a confluence of weirdos from around the city. I know thats what the city is all about, but there is no excuse for a short scowling man who smells as if he sleeps in a bed of summer sausage and old socks while smoking a pipe telling me what kits he threw away because they were too difficult, or a rambling younger man with a tape recorder that he carries around apparently to prove to everyone else that he needs MUCH stronger medication. Other than the friendly weekend sales clerk, who is very nice, the only other helpful soul I have encountered is a man with an eastern European accent who looks like Alan Alda. One weekend a while back I encountered the sounds of a man vomiting in the basement, who knows what may have been going on down there... The point is, what else do you have in the city?

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i created an account just to make this comment. i was a long time customer until recently - now i'm strictly a shopper online or elsewhere. basically same experience as the guy above; wanted to buy something, the woman harangued me b/c i didn't buy in sufficient quantity (i was was getting spray cans) and then refused to accept my credit card since the total was less than $100. very rude. which is sad, b/c jans stocks some pretty good stuff, but after being treated that way, i walked out the door wanting the place to shut down and the owners being thrown into the street.

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★☆☆☆☆

i created an account just to make this comment. i was a long time customer until recently - now i'm strictly a shopper online or elsewhere. basically same experience as the guy above; wanted to buy something, the woman harangued me b/c i didn't buy in sufficient quantity (i was was getting spray cans) and then refused to accept my credit card since the total was less than $100. very rude. which is sad, b/c jans stocks some pretty good stuff, but after being treated that way, i walked out the door wanting the place to shut down and the owners being thrown into the street.

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I have been to Jan's a total of three times and will never go back. Staffed or owned by an older woman and man who go out of their way to be insulting.

Went in to peruse their admittedly large selections of plastic kits and paints with a friend of mine. After apprx five minutes of picking up kits and contemplating a few purchases the man asks the woman what we were looking for. Her response was "I don't know what their problem is. He can't seem to make up his mind or something."

I was treated to about five more minutes of dirty looks and under the breath mutterings from the woman before I attempted to purchase the seventeen or so dollars worth of merchandise I had picked out on a debit card. The woman immediately berated me with "Are you kidding? For that small ammount? Let's see some cash." At that point I had had enough and said "Thanks I'll pass." She responded with "Forget it" and a few muttered insults. At that point I left.

Of additional note is that all their merchandise is inflated heavily, a few items going for almost double MSRP. A 1/72 Hasegawa kit which normally retails for about 15 dollars will set you back at least 25 dollars at Jan's. I don't consider this much of an issue on it's own- a bit of extra cost is the least anyone can do to keep a local business afloat. However the extra cost and unnecessary attitude together are inexcusable.

The bottom line is you are best avoiding Jan's. The selection is large but you're better off going to the Elizabeth center or any of the numerous hole in the wall hobby shops throughout chinatown. The brusque customer service you'll recieve at any of the chinatown retailers is MILES ahead of being berated in insulted at Jan's. You'll have to shop around to find what you want but the price and adventure are well worth the effort.

The bottom line is support someone who wants and deserves your business.

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★☆☆☆☆

I have been to Jan's a total of three times and will never go back. Staffed or owned by an older woman and man who go out of their way to be insulting.

Went in to peruse their admittedly large selections of plastic kits and paints with a friend of mine. After apprx five minutes of picking up kits and contemplating a few purchases the man asks the woman what we were looking for. Her response was "I don't know what their problem is. He can't seem to make up his mind or something."

I was treated to about five more minutes of dirty looks and under the breath mutterings from the woman before I attempted to purchase the seventeen or so dollars worth of merchandise I had picked out on a debit card. The woman immediately berated me with "Are you kidding? For that small ammount? Let's see some cash." At that point I had had enough and said "Thanks I'll pass." She responded with "Forget it" and a few muttered insults. At that point I left.

Of additional note is that all their merchandise is inflated heavily, a few items going for almost double MSRP. A 1/72 Hasegawa kit which normally retails for about 15 dollars will set you back at least 25 dollars at Jan's. I don't consider this much of an issue on it's own- a bit of extra cost is the least anyone can do to keep a local business afloat. However the extra cost and unnecessary attitude together are inexcusable.

The bottom line is you are best avoiding Jan's. The selection is large but you're better off going to the Elizabeth center or any of the numerous hole in the wall hobby shops throughout chinatown. The brusque customer service you'll recieve at any of the chinatown retailers is MILES ahead of being berated in insulted at Jan's. You'll have to shop around to find what you want but the price and adventure are well worth the effort.

The bottom line is support someone who wants and deserves your business.

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I was looking for hobby shops in Manhattan looking for two things, Star Trek models and paints. This store didn't have the Star Trek model I was looking for but you can't hold that against them. The Testors paint they did have. I asked the lady (she seemed like the owner, had I think an Irish/Scottish accent) if there were any other hobby shops in the area where I could find Star Trek models. She scoffed and said "You wish"! I brushed her attitude off and then told her that a store in mid-town (Red Caboose, on 45th) had the paint for $1.59 compared to her $2.50 hoping that she might be amicable to some negotiation. She said to me "You'll have to buy it where ever its cheapest. This isn't some down-town store, this is Lexington Avenue. This is the best hobby shop in the world!" If she didn't want to negotiate, I would have understood but she got snobby on me. If the Red Caboose doesn't have all the colors I need I'd rather keep searching or pay $2.99 at testors.com then ever set foot in her shop again.

Her store might of been on Lex, but it was empty. The Red Caboose is in a ratty, dusty basement but the owner is nice & knowledgeable. Every time I've been there he is always on the phone talking to customers about their hobby questions and there have been at least 3-4 other customers in the store.

By the way, I rarely write reviews although I do read them like I did before I went down to that store. Taking time out of my day to write this and create a new user account only goes to show what an execrable experience I had there.

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★☆☆☆☆

I was looking for hobby shops in Manhattan looking for two things, Star Trek models and paints. This store didn't have the Star Trek model I was looking for but you can't hold that against them. The Testors paint they did have. I asked the lady (she seemed like the owner, had I think an Irish/Scottish accent) if there were any other hobby shops in the area where I could find Star Trek models. She scoffed and said "You wish"! I brushed her attitude off and then told her that a store in mid-town (Red Caboose, on 45th) had the paint for $1.59 compared to her $2.50 hoping that she might be amicable to some negotiation. She said to me "You'll have to buy it where ever its cheapest. This isn't some down-town store, this is Lexington Avenue. This is the best hobby shop in the world!" If she didn't want to negotiate, I would have understood but she got snobby on me. If the Red Caboose doesn't have all the colors I need I'd rather keep searching or pay $2.99 at testors.com then ever set foot in her shop again.

Her store might of been on Lex, but it was empty. The Red Caboose is in a ratty, dusty basement but the owner is nice & knowledgeable. Every time I've been there he is always on the phone talking to customers about their hobby questions and there have been at least 3-4 other customers in the store.

By the way, I rarely write reviews although I do read them like I did before I went down to that store. Taking time out of my day to write this and create a new user account only goes to show what an execrable experience I had there.

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I came here looking for a boeing model airplane for a birthday present and they had a great selection. The owner there gave me great hints and pointers for choosing the right one depending on the difficulty and the amount of effort to put it together. Over all I found them very imformative and helpful. I'd definitely recommend.

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★★★★☆

I came here looking for a boeing model airplane for a birthday present and they had a great selection. The owner there gave me great hints and pointers for choosing the right one depending on the difficulty and the amount of effort to put it together. Over all I found them very imformative and helpful. I'd definitely recommend.

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Jan's Hobby Shop has been around since I was a kid in the 1970's. It's a nothing fancy, no frills place with shelves piled high with models of all types. Since they've been around for so long sometimes you'll find really cool 10 or 20 year old models still waiting for someone to take them home.

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★★★★★

Jan's Hobby Shop has been around since I was a kid in the 1970's. It's a nothing fancy, no frills place with shelves piled high with models of all types. Since they've been around for so long sometimes you'll find really cool 10 or 20 year old models still waiting for someone to take them home.

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This place is small and crammed to the gills with every type of model you could imagine. Airplanes dozens of different, Car hundreds of different, monsters, war machines like tanks cartoon characters the list is endless. The shop has that old time feel and is a great place to explore.

PROS: Amazing selection
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5
★★★★★

This place is small and crammed to the gills with every type of model you could imagine. Airplanes dozens of different, Car hundreds of different, monsters, war machines like tanks cartoon characters the list is endless. The shop has that old time feel and is a great place to explore.

PROS: Amazing selection
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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.

5
★★★★★

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.

Pros: The best modeling shop in Manhattan

Cons: The on shop is a little cramped because of all of the models

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