Here is a funny story (or at least one I find funny). I have been trying to track down a particular colourway of the GSquared Hawk this week, and eventually I went straight to the source and asked Jake Gross about it. He happened to be out of that colourway himself, but then this morning he suggested that I check out YoYoRaven. YoYoRaven? Well that seemed like a coincidence because I had just heard mention of YoYoRaven for the first time yesterday via Facebook. Clearly I needed to check this site out.
Long story short, I end up chatting with the YoYoRaven guy via Facebook this morning. Lo and behold it turns out to be Vilmos, as in Vilmos Zoltan Kiss. Vilmos as in Hungary national champion, One Drop team member, and One Drop Valor Vilmos Zoltan Kiss. When I realized that, I immediately had this reaction:
Anyway, I had a great time chatting with Vilmos and he was exceptionally helpful. So much so that I felt compelled to mention the experience and YoYoRaven to all of you. The online yo-yo store has been around since 2011 so it isn’t like I am telling most of you something new, although perhaps some newer throwers might find this information useful. Even though I have been back into throwing for a little while now, I have tended to stick to buying direct from the manufacturers when I can and so I haven’t really gone looking for other retailers, which is why I probably missed hearing about the store sooner. Nonetheless I am glad I was finally pointed in the direction of YoYoRaven because it seems like a great place to buy yo-yos.
YoYoRaven is based in the EU, but even so the international shipping rates are very reasonable. In fact, it doesn’t seem like it is any more expensive for me to ship from the EU to Vancouver as it is to ship from the US. Don’t let yourself be dissuaded from checking out YoYoRaven if you are not in the EU. Plus, as far as I can tell, Vilmos is stocking a great selection of yo-yos from some great manufacturers.
OK, that is my fun story for the day. Check out YoYoRaven if you are looking for a great place to buy yo-yos. Oh, and to be clear, this article wasn’t solicited in any way by Vilmos. It is just my way of saying “thanks” for him being such a great help.