I think the Internet killed the "deal" aspect of consumer-oriented shows
long time ago. My regular visits were woodworking, flying, r/c
airplane, electronics, and recorded music shows. I used to attend such
shows and watched the "show special" morph into an everyday online price.
To me, the only reason to attend a consumer show is to fondle an item I
can't see locally or attend an instructional clinic. If I'm going
specifically to see an item, I'll contact the manufacturer in advance to
make sure I can see the item. Different woodworking shows offer widely
varying clinic opportunities. Some worthwhile clinics may cost
significant extra money compared to the entry fee. Check in advance...
The full scale airplane shows still do OK, but they're run by massive
organizations, like AOPA and EAA, and it's pretty hard to sit in the
cockpit of a new airplane over the 'net. <G>
Possibly, but I'm willing to wager that the current economic climate has
tempered prices considerably and that there's going to be some deals to be
had. It can't hurt to offer a lower price for something. All they can say is
"no". And if you're in the position to want to buy more than one item or
it's some big iron you want, then offering to buy several pieces almost
always means you can bargain to a lower price.
Being involved in marketing (in my real job) the flip side of a down
economy is many companies not having the cash to pay for space to
attend. Shows are one of the first mktg expenses to get cut (after the
So I went to the woodworkers show yesterday. There were certainly a lot of
router bits there.
The good news is I purchased 8 of the 3D Square setups for $85. They are
$16 a piece on Amazon. http://jevonstoolco.com/index.html
I also purchased the "Show Only" Woodworker II blade and dampener for $120.
Both items I wanted and they happened to have good deals at the show. I did
check the web while at the show to see if the prices were really "good".
It was basically what many of the posters here had said it would be. It had
more of a feel of a flea market than a show. Peachtree Woodworking took up
a large percentage of the floor space. The stuff they had was what they
have in their catalogue except it was displayed in bins. As I mentioned in
the first line, there were a lot of router bits to be had. Kreg had a
sizable display. The only "iron" was Ridgid have a few items and Woodcraft
had a few items as well. I did see an informative talk about finishing. On
a scale of 1 to 10 I would give it a 6. There may have been more deals
there but I wasn't looking - didn't have the money, for anything else.
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