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September 2016

12 tips to make the sale
Five retail experts offer tactics for dealing more productively with customers and making cash registers ring a merry tune
A dealer's road map to show security
Selling at a show is a great way to promote your store; use these simple tips to keep your experience hassle-free

Looking good on Pinterest and Twitter
Showcase your eye-catching products on visually charged social-media sites
Trains rule at Big Little
New Jersey shop is a model-railroad haven, but it offers customers much more
Stores buying more comics in 2016
Diamond Comic Distributors reported that the number of stores ordering comics from the company had risen 2.7 percent so far this year. It also noted that it shipped a record number of comics in June. ...
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Chip-card flaw found
Computer security researchers at payment technology company NCR said they found a flaw in chip-based credit cards issued in the U.S. The chip cards, which are “dipped” into card readers r...
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caboose Hobbies
World's largest model train store is closing
Caboose Hobbies in Denver, reputedly the largest model-train store in the world, shut its doors for good on Sept. 25, and the owners said they planned to retire. The store lost its lease at its curr...
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Ludo Fact
German game manufacturer LUDO FACT opens new location in U.S.
Ludo Fact GmbH acquired a controlling interest in Jessup Paper Box in Lafayette, Ind., giving it a new location in the U.S. Ludo Fact is the manufacturer of other companies’ games. It is a full-...
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caboose Hobbies
World's largest model train store has to move
Caboose Hobbies, located on South Broadway in Denver, has lost the lease at its current location and must move by October 10.   Because it is the world’s largest model train shop, this mea...
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Asmodee F2Z
Asmodee to acquire F2Z Entertainment
Asmodee announced July 22 that it had entered into exclusive discussions to acquire F2Z Entertainment Inc. Over the last two years, Asmodee has acquired the rights to Days of Wonder and Fantasy Flig...
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Big Airplanes, Big Events Part of Boeing’s 100th Anniversary at OSH16
The 100th anniversary of The Boeing Company, the world’s largest commercial and military aircraft company, will bring a unique collection of airplanes and presentations to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh...
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Store celebrates 35th anniversary
Scott’s Toys and Hobbies in Duncan, B.C., is celebrating 35 years in business. The store, located on scenic Vancouver Island, proudly boasts of being “Your one-stop-shop for all your trai...
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Comic and graphic novel sales reach $1 billion in 2015
According to a new estimate from ICv2 and Comichron, comic and graphic novel sales reached the $1 billion mark in 2015. ICv2’s Milton Griepp and Comichron’s John Jackson Miller estimate th...
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HMA’s MRID Council honors awards recipients
The 2016 recipients of the Hall of Fame and Bobbye Hall Awards received their recognition plaques from the HMA’s Model Railroad Industry Division (MRID) Council on July 10. The ceremony was held...
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People & Places
  • Parma Hobby, located in Parma, Ohio, closed its doors at the end of August. The general hobby shop, owned by Sandy and Bob Zednik, had been open for 22 years.
  • Eisner Award-winning cartoonist Richard Thompson passed away at the age of 57. Thompson was the creator of the Cul de Sac comic strip.
  • Jack Davis, artist for Mad Magazine, passed away at the age of 91. In addition to creating cover art for EC Comics, he also designed movie posters, including one for It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World.

  • Transformers producer Tom DeSanto will oversee the estate of the late Gary Gygax, co-creator of the role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons. DeSanto was named “guardian of the library” by Gygax’s widow, Gail Gygax.
611 In Steam
This special publication covers the debut of the restored Norfolk & Western No. 611.
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Basic Trackwork for Model Railroaders, 2nd Edition

This is the one-source guide modelers need to learn to install trackwork properly for smooth operation in any scale.
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Lionel Trains: Best Layouts & Store Displays
This publication will showcase a full range of colorful and collectible model railroad layouts made by Lionel's craftsmen.
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Building Dioramas
Acclaimed modeler Chris Mrosko explains how to build dioramas that showcase models and create dramatic scenes, as well as offering expert modeling tips.
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