Paul seemed to disappear as soon as it was clear people were pissed off about last years show. Its too bad really, this boards provided a ton of good feedback they could have used.
Wow, I was really bitter last year. Must have been the fact that my wife paid to go as well. No wonder she made me go alone this year
At least I knew what I was getting into and I knew going in it probably wasnt going to have improved in the last 12 months.
This was my cost response to Paul last year and I will stick to it:
"5) How much would you pay for admission if you got everything that you wanted from the show?
$10 is the max. Again, if the golf expo can do all that for $9, thats the absolute gold standard.
And I know this will sound absurd but I dont care if I get $50 worth of "stuff" for my money - so people can say well you got $50 for $10 thats a good deal. Its not. I already get the magazines. I dont ski a lot locally so the passes dont affect me per se. I would rather get in to the show for free, have no magazine, no free lift tickets and pay $5 to see the movie. Charge me to see the movie and the simulator or whatever else you have."
And these were my closing remarks, again, I'll say they apply the same as they did last year when I wrote them:
"And in all seriousness, wanted to add one big pet peeve. Friday around 5pm it seemed like the place was only half setup. If you arent going to be setup by the time you start charging people, then charge half price. Or give them their money back when you can see that its not ready for people to come in. There were a half dozen of the booths that were barely setup, or unmanned, or flat empty with placeholder signs. I mean cripes, why not just wait until Saturday to open? For me this was the worst part, bein charged for the expo is one thing and we can debate what was there vs what wasnt, but to be charged full price and then have vendors that just didnt give a sh** enough to be there and be setup was just lousy."