As everyone should've noticed by now, we've posted a policy regarding Vendors, and how everyone is expected to behave on TRF, in regards to them.
There's no one incident that caused us to post that policy. Rather, it's something that has been building over time.
That said, I often see posts asking where to buy things. I've said it before, and I'll say it again -- buy from the vendors who support you, and support your club. In other words, if there's a vendor showing up at your launches, encourage them to continue to do so by buying from them.
Also remember that customer service costs money. Buy from folks who give you great customer service, at a fair price.
What I'd love to see folks post is who they do buy from, and why. I'll start. My list of regular purchases is pretty short:
Wildman/Wildman Kentucky - Tim hooked us up with Darryl Hankes several years ago, when we were trying to get a vendor to come to our field. Darryl has been there since, and is one of us.
Off We Go Rocketry - Started by Tim Melody, who passed away, and picked up by Gary Stroick. Tim and Gary have both been great about coming to our launches, and Gary is one of us, as well.
Giant Leap - I've always had good luck with Ed & Kent, and they're a regular in Argonia, which is my field away from home. Last year, I needed some components from them, and was attending a launch in Argonia. A quick email to Kent, and he delivered it to me at the field, saving me on shipping...and that was a launch he wasn't vending at.
Featherweight Altimeters - I love how supportive Adrian is of his customers and his products. He's also one of the nicest guys you could ever meet. Most of my electronics that I fly on a regular basis come from Adrian.
There's a whole list of other vendors I've purchased from at least once, all of whom have treated me well. I know I'm going to miss some, but I'll list the ones I can think of...
K & S Rockets
Uncle Mike's Rocket Shack
Liberty Launch Systems / Rockets Magazine
In addition, please don't forget the fine folks who advertise here - they're the ones who keep the lights on, and the site up and running. They give us the ability to do things we otherwise might not be able to, like run the occasional contest.
So let's hear it -- who do you like, and why?