I sent an email to The Woodworking Shows folks complaining about 2
main issues I saw at the recent Timonium show, and have seen over the
last several years: the lack of variety and vendors running out of
product fairly quickly and issuing no rainchecks.
The response I received, in part, was "...our goal a the show
promoters IS to have our vendors run out of stock! It means that we've
done our job and produced a successful show." Though, since this
show, supposedly the vendors are reconsidering their "stocking
counts". Sent by "ANN".
One problem I detailed was that by Saturday mid-morning, Peachtree was
out of a number of items (e.g. sandpaper, though supposedly a supplier
problem, and 32oz Titebond III) for which they'd issued coupons. I
thought less than half way thru the show was a bit early to be out of
This sort of thing seems to happen fairly consistently, and while many
of the participants do offer rainchecks (not Peachtree), it's still
annoying not to be able to take something home after going to some
trouble and some expense to attend the show.
Additionally, I noted that DeWalt is very well represented, but few
other brands make an appearance. and, it didn't seem like stuff that
was a bit out of the very ordinary (Drill Doctor, Akeda jig, etc.)
ever made an appearance.
Whereas in years past I could get a deal on good (Sorby) chisels (for
example) that were being replaced by a new design, now they had bins
of Chinese junk.
These other issues weren't addressed in the email response.
Ann/ANN has expressed her support of the vendors and her disdain for
the customers, IMNSHO. Her definition of success is sorta biased
(though I see where she's coming from, but the details matter in this