Paying to go to a "sale" ... what the!

Submitted: Monday, Oct 24, 2016 at 23:59
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I went to a trade show today ........ free entry, full seminar program with 3 electives, free parking if pre-registered.

Why would anybody pay to go to a Caravan and camping "sale".
Pay entry and pay to park.

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Reply By: Neil & Pauline - Tuesday, Oct 25, 2016 at 10:43

Tuesday, Oct 25, 2016 at 10:43
Because they can and people are prepared to pay.
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Reply By: Kazza055 - Tuesday, Oct 25, 2016 at 11:12

Tuesday, Oct 25, 2016 at 11:12
Concur with you Bantam, they should be paying us to show their goods.
I usually wait for the Caravan Show to be on to go and visit their yards. There are no hassling salesmen to annoy you and as there is nobody else looking you have full access to all the vans in the yard.
The only drawback is the lack of vans that are left to look at.
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Reply By: skulldug - Tuesday, Oct 25, 2016 at 15:35

Tuesday, Oct 25, 2016 at 15:35
I find caravan and camping shows an enjoyable way of keeping up with new products and deciding on my next toy or gadget.

It's also good to see a lot of different stuff without having to travel too far.

I'm happy that some people don't like going though. Makes it easier to find a park.
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Reply By: Michael H9 - Tuesday, Oct 25, 2016 at 20:02

Tuesday, Oct 25, 2016 at 20:02
The exhibitors at the shows have to pay a small fortune to be there too. The people running the show are making the money. They get paid by both sides.
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Follow Up By: GREG T11 - Wednesday, Oct 26, 2016 at 19:32

Wednesday, Oct 26, 2016 at 19:32
I'm with you on that Michael !

For as long as I can remember in the various industries I have been involved in an exhibitor has always paid for a space. I currently have a friend starting out in the garden industry who has set up in various garden shows in sth east Qld. The cost, $3000 + for what is no bigger than a caravan park site for the duration of the event. In a paddock ! If it rains and no one turns up to bad still costs the same.

Unfortunately it is one of the perils of starting up a business and whilst a website is mandatory these days it is no where near as successful at getting your name out there.

It is all about marketing, just imagine what the sell price for something from ARB for example would be if you didn't have to pay show costs, magazine advertising and all the rest.
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Follow Up By: Michael H9 - Wednesday, Oct 26, 2016 at 23:55

Wednesday, Oct 26, 2016 at 23:55
I'm thinking it would be the same and they'd put the extra in their pocket. :-)
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Reply By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Wednesday, Oct 26, 2016 at 16:41

Wednesday, Oct 26, 2016 at 16:41
I guess they are shows and not necessarily sales. Gotta pay for the entertainment and the venue. I don't mind paying for the shows - same price as coffee and cake (if I could be bothered with coffee and cake) Plenty to keep you occupied for a few hours - see what's new; be "amazed" at how many ways there are to cook a roast; walk through the $100k+ caravans and think why would you, see the odd vintage caravans behind FJ Holden or a Ford Customline; Scrounge around the 12V shops looking in faint hope for anything you don't already have.

And there's a bit of entertainment as well, so not just shopping. If it were free it would be loaded with window shoppers and ferals.
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Reply By: Member - Ups and Downs - Thursday, Oct 27, 2016 at 09:04

Thursday, Oct 27, 2016 at 09:04
If you were in the market for something, wouldn't the entry fee be a lot cheaper than the fuel costs to check out the options?

Plenty of time saved too, and possibly get a 'sale' price.

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