Was out and about again today and stopped by the local Brookstone in the mall. They had a small EZ-Robot display (about 1.5 feet sqaure by about 4 feet high). It had one six, looked to be inoperable with it's legs folded up on top. and one six kit under it. I don't know if they simply sold out of other stuff or what? I kind of doubt it given the display really could not have held more than a couple of kits. On the back of the display they had a few bins with spare parts. A couple of 4-in-1 Orientation Sensors , a couple of Ultrasonic Distance Sensors, a couple of bags of connector blocks and a couple of bracket servos. All were in the transparent hanging bag type of container. I don't blame them for not putting out too many parts as they would be all too easy to shoplift, small as they are. Now that I think about it, I should have taken pictures. Next time.
Regrettably I didn't get to speak with the guy I knew there as he was swamped with customers and I couldn't wait around very long, but I did overhear him pushing the Six to customers. Just little remarks like "Maybe you'd like a nice robot to go with that". That sort of thing. At least it's a start and I have a local source for the odd servo when needed. No longer have to wait forever for that slow boat from China. Yeah I know it's a plane, that's just a metaphor :) . When I can I want to talk to the guy about ordering parts through that store and if I can order parts not in their inventory or in their on-line catalog. The catalog has a fair selection, but far from total. For my last order I had to go through Stemfinity again to get free shipping and the parts I wanted. At least this time I knew up front it would take a long time. I don't think Stemfinity actually stocks anything.
Just thought you folks at EZ would like to know what's going on in the USA. My little corner of it anyway.