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On 2009-10-16 02:42, cocomax wrote:
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The Magic Warehouse and the Trickery have provided excellent service for me.
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Diamonds Magic in Peabody, MA. They have a huge selection of items in stock. Eddie, the owner can always find just what I need and typically the price is a few dollars cheaper than other retailers.

FYI...their website isn't that great. I usually call in my orders anyways.

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Like Tim, Home Depot, Lowes, and Micheals have worked well for me.
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20 years ago it was Tannen's and Hank Lee

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Hocus-Pocus is the best. They have great customer service.

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I always try to support the local brick and mortar store wherever and whenever I travel. But in the last 5 years I have bought from the following off the top of my head.


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Eagle Magic Store, MN
Twin City Magic and Costume, MN
Tannens, NY
Fantasma Magic, NY
Presto Magic Studio, AZ
Hank Lee's
Hocus Pocus
Denny & Lee, Vegas
The Magic Warehouse
Stevens Magic, KS


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I like Stevens and The Trickery. Both take care in selecting what they offer their customers.

I also watch Murphys Magic site for new effects I want, and have my local shop order them for me. He gives me a discount for being a regular, and everybody wins. Gotta keep our brick and mortar shops afloat.

As a collector, I buy a lot from Martinka and KT Magic's auctions, as well as The International Magic Auction (closed temporarily). I'll close by saying some of my best bargains have been found right here at the Café. Here we have the best of both worlds. Folks who want, or need to sell the magic they love, and folks who are happy to buy the magic they love. The magic finds a home...everyone's happy.
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On 2009-10-16 18:11, johncesta wrote:
Subjective


Hi John,

It's not subjective. If you went back to all of your receipts over the past 5 years, what companies/outlets ended up with the largest percentage or your business? No need to over analyze this. Just, who did the best job of convincing you to spend your money with them.
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Subjective meaning every answer will be different because everyone has varying backgrounds, objectives and criteria. Not anyone creator would wind up with a bigger percentage of my money.

Also when proposing a question isn't there an objective? What's the objective with this question? Is it just for fun?

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Johncesta,

Maybe the objective is to find out who are the reputable dealers in a positive way instead of asking who has burned you in the past? That kind of thread would get removed.
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Also when proposing a question isn't there an objective? What's the objective with this question? Is it just for fun?

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I stated in an earlier post, I just wanted to see if there was something I was missing, and indeed, I was.

I find it interesting how things have changed. Where is Lou Tannen on this list? They used to be my #1 supplier, Abbott’s #2. I really like what Hocus Pocus has been offering and I’m eager to try Magic Warehouse and MJM.

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On 2009-10-17 10:46, Paul Rathbun wrote:
Johncesta,

Maybe the objective is to find out who are the reputable dealers in a positive way instead of asking who has burned you in the past? That kind of thread would get removed.


Yes, Paul. If suppliers keep coming up on this list, there is a reason. They are doing something right to be able to satisfy a large number of people.
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Wow Ken, you hit the nail on the head. For good or for bad, the magic industry (and in this case I mean "industry"), has been turned upside down with the internet. Like so many other trades, either you faced the technology head on, kept up with the technology, or ignored the technology...you would be changed no matter your choice.

Tannen's is a perfect example. At one time they were the Eden of magic stores. So many of my magic buddies made journeys to New York just to visit this shop. They're still an icon, but no longer the boss. It's a whole new ball game. Now when I go to New York I check our Fantasma Magic. My change of heart has been swayed by the internet. Just compare their sites. One has a seductive home page, with a blog and forum, the other has a boring, over-the-counter home page with no modern bells or whistles. I don't need to tell you which is which. Go ahead and explore yourself.

It's a whole new world. And for those of us who like old-world service with modern-day technology, the choices are few...but they are available. And they are the new Tannen's.
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