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Discount Trains Online is very good for both its simplicity and its prices. As the name would suggest, Discount Trains offers some very good products for decent prices. It might not be as flashy as other train set stores' websites, but it is operated by Go Hobbies Inc, a company specializing in different model collections at discount prices.

Standout Features

  • Product Selection
  • Simple Site Layout
  • Flat Rate Shipping
Product Selection:
7.9/10
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9.5
7.4
8.8
8.9
7.9
7.9
7.4
7.9
5.8
7.9

Complete electric train sets come in four scales and consist of items from several different manufacturers, including Bachmann, Athearn, and Life Like Trains. Discount Trains offers several separate elements such as tracks, freight cars, passenger cars, and accessories from a variety of different manufacturers including all major ones. You will also find lots of scenery items like buildings, structures, and vehicles. There is a nice selection of detailing parts and decals as well. For younger children, you will find several good toy trains.

Ease of Use:
5.6/10
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8.8
6.7
7.5
3.3
4.5
2.5
4.5
5.6
3.3
2.5

The website is very straightforward and simple to navigate. As stated, it is not as flashy as other sites, but you won’t have any difficulty finding what you are looking for. The search feature is very helpful here as you can enter keywords and choose from manufacturer or category to garner better results.

Features:
2.5/10
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Walthers
Atlas Model Railroad Co.
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Amazon
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Canadian Model Trains
7.5
8.8
5
3.8
3.8
5
3.8
2.5
3.8
2.5

There are very few features aside from gift certificates. There is a very good return policy for refunds. You will also have no trouble getting replacements for defective items.

Payment and Shipping:
7.5/10
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Walthers
Atlas Model Railroad Co.
Internet Model Trains
Amazon
Train Sets Only
MTH Electric Trains
Bachmann Trains
Discount Trains Online
Lionel Trains
Canadian Model Trains
10
10
8.8
10
10
7.5
6.3
7.5
10
6.3

Discount Trains Online does not offer overnight or expedited shipping as options. There is really only one choice you have for shipping, but it is offered at a flat rate of $7.95 through UPS ground. All items are insured and the advantage of this is that you can order several items and have them all shipped to you for the one flat price in one order. Payment options are Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, Diners Card, Carte Blanche or JCB Cards and you can order either online or by phone. You can also mail in payment with personal check, money order, or cashier's check, however your item will not be shipped out until after payment has cleared.

Help and Support:
3.8/10
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Walthers
Atlas Model Railroad Co.
Internet Model Trains
Amazon
Train Sets Only
MTH Electric Trains
Bachmann Trains
Discount Trains Online
Lionel Trains
Canadian Model Trains
10
6.7
5
6.7
6.8
5
6.8
3.8
5
3.5

Help and Support is a little sparse on the website, but customer service can easily be connected through the Go Hobbies toll free number or by email.

Summary:

Although Discount Trains Online does not present an overly designed website, it does offer some really great items at excellent prices. Doubled up with its partnership with Go Hobbies, it is easily among the train set stores we can easily recommend to our readers.

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