[vcf-midatlantic] Swap Meet feedback: vendor early access

skogkatt007 at yahoo.com skogkatt007 at yahoo.com
Wed Mar 2 21:02:47 UTC 2022

 Nothing in your response changes the fact that sellers are granted exclusive early access. There is no way that can be called fair, regardless of what is done wherever else.

I was going to stay out.of this conversation. But upon hearing repeatedly how vendors should own the whole show, And then there was those who brag about reselling items found the very same day at a significant markup. I just couldn't keep silent. Don't get me wrong most of the vendors I dealt with were fair and respectable. There is no way to prevent every instance of impropriety. But you don't have to lay out the red carpet for those simply looking to gouge. I guess I'm not supposed to use words like that.
Oh and this is not about "money", mine or someone else's. Nor is it about "anger". I did leave the show a little angry, still am. I'm actually grieving at this point. I passed up 2 items, 1 was free, the other was 20$ and didn't work. Maybe neither did. It wasn't that I could have made a killing on either. I just wanted them. 

     On Wednesday, March 2, 2022, 02:39:50 PM EST, Dean Notarnicola <dnotarnicola at gmail.com> wrote:  
 “One person’s trash is another’s treasure” holds true here. What one may consider a golden discovery may have been overlooked by many others. I was finding things I wanted well into the swap meet.
Speaking strictly for myself, my three tables were not nearly enough space to display all I had for sale, so it came out in batches over the course of the morning. Persistence was rewarded for those who came back for second or third looks.

On Wed, Mar 2, 2022 at 2:25 PM skogkatt007--- via vcf-midatlantic <vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org> wrote:

I was not exhibiting anger, but a measure of frustration at continually hearing how vendors are the whole show. I had a reasonably good time at this show, more so the last albeit.

There's nothing wrong with suggesting the rules be made more fair. Feedback was requested and provided. If ⁴4people want to pretend that something less then a gushing review constitutes anger, that's their business.
     On Wednesday, March 2, 2022, 02:09:17 PM EST, Herb Johnson via vcf-midatlantic <vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org> wrote:  

 > skogkatt007 at yahoo.com skogkatt007 at yahoo.com
> Wed Mar 2 11:19:11 UTC 2022

A lot of anger in that response. It's fact of experience, that some 
people will be angry about money; theirs or someone else's.

This poster, myself, and others, have suggested a number of rules 
followed by various organizations at various times. To me that makes a 
point, that there's not a single classic solution to these matters of 
what is sold when to whom, or who is charged for access to these events.

Resolutions and rules won't please everyone; and as pointed out, rules 
can be circumvented. Practices and rules state an intention, and 
intentions are half the battle. The rest is up to individuals, as they 
act or not.

That's what I draw from the discussion.

Regards, Herb Johnson

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