[vcf-midatlantic] Staging Consignment Items
evan at vcfed.org
Mon Mar 25 15:36:33 EDT 2019
>> I believe just plainly saying "no" would've been a nice way of putting
I thought you'd appreciate knowing the reason vs. just "no".
On Mon, Mar 25, 2019, 2:43 PM Sentrytv <sentrytv at yahoo.com> wrote:
> That seems to be an exaggerated / skewed way of looking at the flea
> marketing and vendor sales.
> I believe just plainly saying "no" would've been a nice way of putting it.
> I'm sure that everybody thanks you for your opinion.
> Sent from:
> My extremely complicated, hand held electronic device.
> > On Mar 25, 2019, at 1:41 PM, Evan Koblentz <evan at vcfed.org> wrote:
> >> I have a question:
> >> Would it be possible to consider a "vendor" area with tables, to sell
> your stuff?
> > No.
> > We limit vendor tables to companies/people that are specifically in the
> business of selling relevant items.
> > For example, our usual three* vendors are Herb Johnson, Jeff Galinat,
> and Bob Applegate. Herb sells vintage computer items full-time (
> http://www.retrotechnology.com), Jeff is semi-retired with VCF East being
> a significant sales venue for him; and Bob runs a business making replica
> kits (https://www.corshamtech.com).
> > Individuals selling spare items use the consignment room.
> > The exhibit hall(s) are the heart of the show. That's what attracts
> families/kids and grows the hobby. If we operated a flea/swap (a la the ham
> radio folks and other events), then some collectors would decide to be
> vendors instead of exhibitors, and that would cannibalize the exhibit hall.
> > IMO, that's a crucial mistake which people make at hamfests and other
> venues: they produce events catering only to people who are * already in *
> their field. This is how you kill a hobby. Our mission is to grow the
> hobby, so we do everything possible to make the shows fun/exciting ... not
> just a bunch of old guys selling random stuff to each other while their
> spouses/kids are miserable on the sidelines.
> > * Jeff can't make it this year; Bob/Herb already reserved their spots;
> and we have a few newcomers this year too.
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