Vic Camping show. Dissapointed.

Submitted: Sunday, May 01, 2005 at 14:09
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So, we went to the camping show and spent a straight 4 hours there.

They wanted us to wait 30 mins to get into the “invitation only” Winnebago and was asked to take our shoes off. We did not wait. Or take off shoes.

Buckets of chips cost $3.90 !! And a simple ham sandwich was $4.70 !!.
A sausage with a bit of bread was $2.70 BUT it did have onion.

You could have had a massage from a (special) Chinese guy and/or buy massage device from a (Genuine) Swedish bloke. For mums they could buy a plastic bucket that was being sold as an “amazing washing machine”. People did not like it when I yelled to the spruker it was just an ordinary bucket with printing on the side. Lol. It did have a “special spout” to empty it however, for those of us who don’t know how to remove a lid off a bucket.

We looked at all the gadgets that were on offer for those people who actually don’t want to go away at all. There was so much crapola.

There was a rock’n’roll dancing display, (which was quite good). There were Thousands of people and we were all being asked to pay $5.00 (not a typo) for an ice cream.

I’ve had my winge now and the show was pretty good if you can put up with all the bleep that they try to spoon feed you.

There was bugger all 12 Volt stuff and not a lot in the 4by ARB/Winch display BUT the guys there were friendly and not pushy at all.

Got to go now.

iMusty
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Reply By: gone bush - Sunday, May 01, 2005 at 14:20

Sunday, May 01, 2005 at 14:20
yes we too had a laugh at those buckets and couldn't believe that some people were buying them, it sounds like the Vic show isn't much different to the SA one. the things that we thought we were sure to find there (that usually is there) couldn't be seen. It's cheaper to go to Maccas first and take bottled water in with you.
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Follow Up By: Member - iMusty (VIC) - Sunday, May 01, 2005 at 14:27

Sunday, May 01, 2005 at 14:27
We thought?? hey! maybe the bucket might be good for nappies. But why not just buy a bloody bucket?

And what about the portable clothes line? What's wrong with a rope or string or twine.
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Follow Up By: Mike Harding - Sunday, May 01, 2005 at 14:37

Sunday, May 01, 2005 at 14:37
I don't think my camping kit contains a single one of these "gadgets" to "make camping easier". All the stuff I have is gathered from normal shops.

Rays sell plastic "camping plates" et al - so does Crazy Clints at about one tenth of the price, but they’re Melamine seconds – just as good. I did once buy one of these "toast 4 slices of bread at the same time" things from Big W - it was crap. So I bent it around a bit and it now makes an excellent toaster for one slice of bread :)

I always carry a big roll of nylon string (about 2mm dia.) from the $2 shop it has all sorts of uses around camp.

I stopped going to camping / caravan /4WD shows quite a while ago - apart from anything else I object to being charged entry money so that people can try and sell me things I don't want.

Mike Harding
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Follow Up By: brett - Sunday, May 01, 2005 at 14:42

Sunday, May 01, 2005 at 14:42
I too tried one of those 4 slice toasters, didn't look like it would work but gave one a go, and yep never even looked like working, chucked it in the bin and back to the good old single one with a bit of gauze on it.There should be a national recall on them
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Follow Up By: gone bush - Sunday, May 01, 2005 at 14:47

Sunday, May 01, 2005 at 14:47
we too have the single toaster with the gauze on it (haven't tried the 4 slice, and not about to) and it's the best toaster as long as you keep an eye on it.
we just went to cheap as chips and bought a full set for 4 of melamine plates big and small, bowls, cups for $11 the lot.
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Follow Up By: Lone Wolf - Sunday, May 01, 2005 at 14:58

Sunday, May 01, 2005 at 14:58
" I did once buy one of these "toast 4 slices of bread at the same time" things from Big W - it was crap."

Funny thing is, I wonder what all the little buggers in China were thinking when they were making them....

"Ah, so.... we make these and sell to Aussies down under eh?"

They were more than likely reject bird driers, like you push the empty bird carcass on them, to dry them out over hot coals, then stuff them, with rats & cats.

I too threw mine out............

Wolfie
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Follow Up By: gone bush - Sunday, May 01, 2005 at 15:09

Sunday, May 01, 2005 at 15:09
sounds like you have worked out the use for them bird driers now thats a new idea, is the recipe above your own or did some one hand it down to you? if you don't mind I wont try this one out.
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Reply By: gone bush - Sunday, May 01, 2005 at 14:36

Sunday, May 01, 2005 at 14:36
perhaps it sound better to fellow campers if you have a propper bucket for the job than just a plain old bucket from the local servo or even a bakery (if you need one with a lid) for under $3. I too have managed with a plain old bit of rope tide between the trees or guy ropes, I did look at those clothes lines (which were EVERY were) and thought that you would be lucky to fit a t shirt on the largest part of the line.
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Reply By: motherhen - Sunday, May 01, 2005 at 16:03

Sunday, May 01, 2005 at 16:03
Got my "washing machine" - 2 buckets from a chicken take-away shop $5 each, and a roll of rope for $2 which made a number of clothes lines.
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Reply By: Moggs - Sunday, May 01, 2005 at 16:58

Sunday, May 01, 2005 at 16:58
I've actually got one of those bucket style washing contraptions with the writing on the side. And guess what, camping with 2 kids under 5 it has being great. The agitator that you pump up and down and twist through the lid makes washing the kids clothes a breeze - and gets them clean too. Never again would I go back to hand washing in any other bucket.

Geez, you guys are quick to bag something. Maybe someone would like to have a bucket wash off against me with their home made jobbie :) I would kick some serious dirty washing butt LOL

Finally, why cat-call the spruker - he's just trying to sell a product - why make his life more difficult than it already is. Bloody hell, it's just his business - if you don't like his product then don't buy it! Why do you need to try and ridicule him or turn others off the product.

As for the price of food - seems pretty standard to me.
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Follow Up By: Al & Mrs Al (Vic) - Sunday, May 01, 2005 at 17:15

Sunday, May 01, 2005 at 17:15
Have to agree with you Moggs, I've got one of those buckets too, and it's great esp as you say for washing kids stuff, and small items...but it also washes a pair of jeans well too....
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Follow Up By: Moggs - Sunday, May 01, 2005 at 17:23

Sunday, May 01, 2005 at 17:23
LOL, glad to hear it as I was beginning to think I might be on their only customer.

Natalie (my wife) actually insisted we get one after camping with the kids and seeing how easily the family camped next to us washed their clothes with one. I reckon that bucket, along with the fridge and the Twine would be items that Natalie would insist be immediately replaced if they busted. Natalie also uses it at home if she wants to soak and wash bibs and baby wash cloths.
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Follow Up By: Member - Geoff & Karen - Sunday, May 01, 2005 at 17:41

Sunday, May 01, 2005 at 17:41
Like wise here too! I also have one of those "Clotheslines", and they are the best. Everyone laughs at it until they come and have a look properly, then next thing you here, Karen can I hang our wet towels on your clothes line. In the end every one else has got their gear on it, and I cant get our gear on it. We have got the large size and there is 20 meters of hanging space on it.
Im with you Moggs, why give the guy curry over his product, if you dont like it, well walk away. He might think what you sell in your business is shiiit to, and I'm sure you wouldnt appreciate it if he stood out the front all day yelling bad things about your products. But that is the mentallity of some people on here. Nothing better to do but whinge if it dosnt please some people on here, lets bag them. If you don't like going to shows, dont go! Half the time they are more expensive than in a normal shop anyway, but the only difference is you don't have brain dead people yelling out the front, "his product is shiiit, don't buy it"

Some people on here need to take a look at themselves. It must be a lonley in their own little perfect world.

Karen
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Follow Up By: Jenmcd - Sunday, May 01, 2005 at 17:52

Sunday, May 01, 2005 at 17:52
Hi Moggs and Lyn

So do you think it is worth me getting one of these washing buckets for the big trip to the Kimberly that we leave to go on in ohhh......12 more sleeps!! I have the 3 three kids and I am quite happy for them to be dirty and grubby.... but after you have worn things inside out and back to front, I would like to have an easier method of washing than just the old bucket and my hands!!!!

Jen
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Follow Up By: Member - iMusty (VIC) - Sunday, May 01, 2005 at 18:04

Sunday, May 01, 2005 at 18:04
Yeah BLOW IT OUT YOUR EARS GIRLS.
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Follow Up By: Al & Mrs Al (Vic) - Sunday, May 01, 2005 at 18:14

Sunday, May 01, 2005 at 18:14
Jen,

they make washing easy, if you're back before July 23, you can borrow mine if you like

Lyn
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Follow Up By: Member - iMusty (VIC) - Sunday, May 01, 2005 at 18:27

Sunday, May 01, 2005 at 18:27
Can I borrow it?

You know, just to try it out.

And in return you can borrow my new invention I bought from a spruker...

It's a magic elephant!!. But my friends think it's a duck.

It looks like a duck and quacks like a duck but the salesman told me it's an elephant so it MUST be one.

LMAO !!
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Follow Up By: Al & Mrs Al (Vic) - Sunday, May 01, 2005 at 18:41

Sunday, May 01, 2005 at 18:41
Nope !....no point, onces a cynic...........
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Follow Up By: Glenn (VIC) - Sunday, May 01, 2005 at 18:45

Sunday, May 01, 2005 at 18:45
Bit harsh James, no need to react like that to others who disagree with you. Did the spruker tell you to blow it out your ears? or maybe your arse as you seem to enjoy talking about that a fair bit.
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Follow Up By: Member - iMusty (VIC) - Sunday, May 01, 2005 at 19:19

Sunday, May 01, 2005 at 19:19
Yes "blow it out you ears" was a bit harsh, I agree.

No, the spruker did not tell me to blow it out my ears and/or arse either.

In fact he did not talk directly to me at all. He was polite and loving. A real genlteman. All con men are.

Are we supposed to think we are lucky he was there showing us his new invention?

Do you ??

As I stated earlier (hours earlier), it might BE good for nappies.

But why not use a bucket?

AND STILL NO-ONE HAS ANSWERED ME. !!!

I spend hours and hours just thinking and improving my camping experience and I would prefer to encourage others to do the same, NOT just go out and buy somehting some spruker says is good.

Maybe if ANYONE on this site had of mentioned this amazing machine BEFORE the spruker killed the idea for me, it would of got a more interested listener.

It's not my fault the marketing method of this product seems slippery and snake oil like. "Show special offer" & "urgent", "urgent", "urgent"

But wait there's more...

I did say that I enjoyed the dancing and if you can get past most of the crapola it was OKish.

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Follow Up By: Member - iMusty (VIC) - Sunday, May 01, 2005 at 19:23

Sunday, May 01, 2005 at 19:23
BUT THEN AGAIN...

Being called brain dead is a bit harsh to so...

STICK IT UP YOUR ANATOMY.
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Follow Up By: Al & Mrs Al (Vic) - Sunday, May 01, 2005 at 19:26

Sunday, May 01, 2005 at 19:26
Musty,

the invention is hardly new, it's been around for ages...why do I like it, it simply has an agitator....and a lid...yes I could get a bucket with a lid, yes I could fill it with water and put it in the back and drive around with it and let the motion was the clothes, actually I've done that....but..this little machine is great, it does wash the clothes...and the kids like doing it....

there you go, there's my reasons...

YMMV
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Follow Up By: Moggs - Sunday, May 01, 2005 at 19:27

Sunday, May 01, 2005 at 19:27
The reason it is better than a plain old bucket is that it has an agitator that washes and then assists to wring the clothes in the bucket after rinsing.

Maybe you should have paid attention instead of trying to be a smart arse and you would have noticed this.

Personally I haven't seen many buckets from chicken shops that have an agitator, but then again, I don't look in chicken shops for camping gear.

What's up with you today??? - typically your posts are amusing, today you are outright hostile :(
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Follow Up By: Member - Geoff & Karen - Sunday, May 01, 2005 at 19:34

Sunday, May 01, 2005 at 19:34
so whats your problem dagwood, its ok for you to stand there and downgrade a guys product that he is selling for a living in front of a demonstration he is giving to potential buyers, but you can't handle being called brain dead. I bet the other guy selling the goods was calling you more than "brain dead", it's just that he had more courtesy, and he was being alot more proffesional about life than you could ever dream to be.
Why don't you go and bury your head.

Did you expect everyone on here to say good on you musty, what a big tough brave man you are for doing that in front of all those people. But obviously, we are all a little bit more decent than that. And I can bet you all the customers there probably thought, "what a completebleepwith an attitude problem!".

Get over it and give up while you are in front!!!!!!!!!!!

Karen
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Follow Up By: Member - iMusty (VIC) - Sunday, May 01, 2005 at 19:53

Sunday, May 01, 2005 at 19:53
Karen you are right.

I will ajust my attitude yo make you happy.

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Follow Up By: Member - Geoff & Karen - Sunday, May 01, 2005 at 19:54

Sunday, May 01, 2005 at 19:54
Thankyou, good to see you have come to your senses!
Karen
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Follow Up By: D-Jack - Sunday, May 01, 2005 at 20:20

Sunday, May 01, 2005 at 20:20
Maybe it takes someone with an actual 4wd to appreciate some things like this bucket!
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Follow Up By: Mike Harding - Sunday, May 01, 2005 at 20:37

Sunday, May 01, 2005 at 20:37
James (iMusty) may not be perfect Karen but I have a very strong sense that he is a good man - at the moment you seem overly aggressive to me.

Mike Harding
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Follow Up By: Member - Geoff & Karen - Sunday, May 01, 2005 at 20:59

Sunday, May 01, 2005 at 20:59
Get over it Mike,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,James did !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Karen
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Follow Up By: Member - John (Vic) - Sunday, May 01, 2005 at 22:44

Sunday, May 01, 2005 at 22:44
Moggs agree they are quite an ingenious invention. ( No I don't own one)

If people bother to watch and understand what the salesman is actually selling they may discover and learn a thing or two in life.

It's a buyers market nobody forces you to either go to the show or to buy anything when you are there.
If you just want to complain about what you did, saw or what happened to you, Then why did you go in the first place?
But as Karen says some people are just plain brain dead and can't walk away if they aren't interested and let the bloke get on with his job.
In my view it's pretty obnoxious to bag the bloke like that.

Maybe that's why Mike Harding has such a good sense about Musty, (Peas in the Pod so to speak)

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Follow Up By: Mike Harding - Monday, May 02, 2005 at 00:32

Monday, May 02, 2005 at 00:32
>If people bother to watch and understand what the
>salesman is actually selling they may discover and learn
>a thing or two in life.

I've never felt I had much to learn from a laundry bucket John but in your case I can certainly appreciate it could be an advantage.

Mike Harding

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Follow Up By: Member - John (Vic) - Monday, May 02, 2005 at 00:45

Monday, May 02, 2005 at 00:45
Ah!!! yes Mike the point is it's not just any laundry bucket, thats the assumption made by Mr Musty

My point is applied to what is being said by the demonstrator and applies to any product.
Look, Listen and Learn young Michael and you may save yourself from foot in mouth disease and the resultant embarrassment of assuming.
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Reply By: D-Jack - Sunday, May 01, 2005 at 20:16

Sunday, May 01, 2005 at 20:16
So, how about those Tigers today.

And nice weather we've been having isn't it??!!
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Follow Up By: Member - Jimbo (VIC) - Sunday, May 01, 2005 at 20:22

Sunday, May 01, 2005 at 20:22
Bit cool in Melbourne today DJ.

Oh, but that's good for the carrots I'm growing.

Now when I harvest those carrots, what sort of bucket should I use to wash them in?
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Reply By: D-Jack - Sunday, May 01, 2005 at 20:18

Sunday, May 01, 2005 at 20:18
How much were the buckets? You've got me interested, they sound quite handy.

D-Jack
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Follow Up By: Member - iMusty (VIC) - Sunday, May 01, 2005 at 21:03

Sunday, May 01, 2005 at 21:03
D-Jack

You wouldn't BUY one anyway.

Your a "free ride" person

I don't see "member" on your profile.

You had better stick to the remnants and leftovers of the wallet people.
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Follow Up By: D-Jack - Sunday, May 01, 2005 at 22:28

Sunday, May 01, 2005 at 22:28
OOOOOOOOOOOOH where did that come from? I think you need more fibre in your diet.
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Follow Up By: Member - John (Vic) - Sunday, May 01, 2005 at 22:48

Sunday, May 01, 2005 at 22:48
Jack I reckon he needs more than Fibre, Maybe a big file to smooth out that chip on his shoulder would be helpful.

Second thoughts maybe a large laxative since he is so full of it.
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Monday, May 02, 2005 at 09:07

Monday, May 02, 2005 at 09:07
... You had better stick to the remnants and leftovers of the wallet people.

Judging by your members photo, you shouldnt throw stones.
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Follow Up By: Member - iMusty (VIC) - Monday, May 02, 2005 at 09:43

Monday, May 02, 2005 at 09:43
>Judging by your members photo, you shouldnt throw stones.
The point is I made was "I HAVE A MEMBERSHIP PHOTO".i

I havn't worked for 18 months due to health reasons.

I own 4 cars and a motorbike. All registered for their purpoce.

A 98 VT, 75 Coaster, 95ish Pulsar, 82 Toyo van and an old SRX 250.

The van and bike were gifts I recieved about 2 months ago from a mate who moved to the States.

I pay my way all the time. Even here on this site. 11th March was my Membership joining date. I scrimp and scrape at times just like some other people do.

I am a rich man in friends, attitude, love and compasion. Even though it may not seem that way on this site at times. Let's have dinner some day and meet up, I'd like that.

ALL MY VEHICLES ARE KEPT TO A MINIMUM CONDITION TO SUIT THEIR DESIGNATED TASK.

Paint wont keep me any safer or warmer. I scratch it, bang it, hit it, dent it and we have so much fun in it. (ME MORESO THAN OTHERS)

My email details are available.
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Reply By: Member - Meggs - Sunday, May 01, 2005 at 21:32

Sunday, May 01, 2005 at 21:32
Gee I can't believe that no one goes to these shows without a digital camera and a tape measure. I go to find out what the latest gadgets are and if I like then I make one myself if I don't no one twists my arm to buy anything. If the cost of food worries you take your own I do but maybe I am a bit lousy but I hate to get charged premium prices for ordinary food.
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Follow Up By: Member - iMusty (VIC) - Monday, May 02, 2005 at 08:41

Monday, May 02, 2005 at 08:41
You are not lousy. I didn't even think to take a sandwich. And I cursed about not bringing my camera.
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Reply By: Nick R - Sunday, May 01, 2005 at 21:38

Sunday, May 01, 2005 at 21:38
I went to the show too, our kids only lasted about 3 hours.
I was quite happy with the camper trailer marquee but found there were 2 types of sales people.
ones who wanted to sell me their products and those who didn't!!!
at the first mention of customization half of them said "mmm yes that would be another $2000" or something like that.
my trailer is only a little bit bigger and has a 2 inch suspension lift!!!
made sure i remembered the ones who wanted to do business!!!
I looked hard but saw no EO stickers!!!
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Reply By: D-Jack - Sunday, May 01, 2005 at 22:18

Sunday, May 01, 2005 at 22:18
No seriously, how much were the buckets??
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Follow Up By: Al & Mrs Al (Vic) - Monday, May 02, 2005 at 08:01

Monday, May 02, 2005 at 08:01
Hi D- Jack, I think they're about $45, I didn't stop to look at what price they're selling them for this year...
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Monday, May 02, 2005 at 08:49

Monday, May 02, 2005 at 08:49
Why are you suprised??
Try searching for the last 4 yrs of shows. they all suck.

I'll save you time, dont bother with the one at Jeffs Shed in November.. Samebleepsame stalls, same "SHOW ONLY PRICES" that are more than retail.

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Follow Up By: Member - iMusty (VIC) - Monday, May 02, 2005 at 08:59

Monday, May 02, 2005 at 08:59
Was a lot of people there. I was surprised.

I mean THOUSANDS & THOUSANDS.
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Reply By: Troopy Travellers (NSW) - Monday, May 02, 2005 at 09:03

Monday, May 02, 2005 at 09:03
I have to agree that entry fees are a rip off to most shows. Exhibitionists usually pay a fortune as well. Food is always costly, you dont have to buy it.

I am easily amused I suppose and enjoy the "novelty" displays and no one is ever forced to stop and listen or buy the product.

I was looking forward to seeing the "bucket" washing machine when the next show comes our way but at $45.00 I back stepped a bit.

Anything that makes light work of boring household chores sounds good to me.

Carolyn

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Reply By: Member - Crazie (VIC) - Monday, May 02, 2005 at 09:17

Monday, May 02, 2005 at 09:17
Well it was the Caravan and Camping show, more caravan than anything.

There were some good prices on things, depends what you are looking for. It is a good place to great idea, see what and how people manufacture their idea, then go home and modify their idea and make something to suit your needs.

As for the washing maching bucket, it has to beat the scrubbing clothes in just a plain bucket for long trips. I wouldn't pay for it, but as i said earlier, see their ideas and then make your own.

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Reply By: Wombat - Monday, May 02, 2005 at 11:59

Monday, May 02, 2005 at 11:59
It seems to me that the special product which everyone purchased from the caravan & camping show was grumpy pills!!
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Follow Up By: Diamond (Vic) - Monday, May 02, 2005 at 12:30

Monday, May 02, 2005 at 12:30
yes looks like free grumpy wills with an admission ticket lol.
good laugh any way
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