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Old 28 November 2008, 15:44   #31
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I do not include the Radio Caroline stand in that summary as these guys seemed to be the most enthusiastic and had plenty of time for the public. Interestingly in my observation they also seemed to be the busiest.
This also not a dig at your stand Doug -Hope you have a busy weekend
Did you meet Pandora there?
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Old 28 November 2008, 17:34   #32
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I guess thats what it boils down to I go to a show generally with the intention of buying one or two things a handheld VHF last time and a Musto Fleece this time. I find that a show like Earls Court is ideal as there are several shops in close proximity covering all the brands.

I did see a few people on their phones and I just found that if I walked onto the stand they would finish their conversation and especially if I looked like I wanted to talk to them.

I have done shows like this myself as an exhibitor and really feel for these guys especially if it is quiet as it feels like every minute lasts about 10 minutes and it really can be the most boring experience ever.
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Quick bit of feedback from our end.

Disagree a little with Doug's comments about quietness - may just be where we are but there seems to be a steady flow of visitors and I have not heard any exhibitors complaining about the quantity or quality of visitors - certainly as the show has only been open during week days so far.

We did business at last year's show and we are doing business at this show, definitely more per visitor than at Southampton!

In my opinion there is a good selection of product at the show - as well as boats there are some innovative new products that I have not seen at boat shows before and the chandleries have got good displays and some geat deals.

The organisers have worked hard to pull this show together against minimal support from the media and I think all the exhibitors have made a strong effort to show their products in the best way in these difficult times.

If you can support this show I think you will have a good day out and it can only help it to grow in coming years.
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Old 29 November 2008, 07:00   #34
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We were at the show on Thursday. Thoroughly enjoyed it!
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I visited the show for a couple of hours and thought it was very well planned and laid out. Speaking to some of the Exhibitors they all commented on good sales and feed back so I suspect that it is the quality of the customer and not the quantity. Re Redbay. It would have been Tom, The owner of the company that was on the phone and having known him for some years he would never not speak to a potential customer. That is why Redbay are one of the biggest Rib builders in the world with a turnover around the 4M mark which is mind blowing compared to most of the Rib Builders around. If Tom was on the phone, it would have been to one of his customers, past or present as all his customers become his friends.
As for pricing, what is a price? how much you want to pay for what you see or how much you want to pay for something that you think you mght want?
The boat Tom had on show only has one price and spec. 37000 take it or leave it. Give him a call, he is one of the nicest people around in the business.
I couldnt get my head around the Arctic Blue boat, all very pretty, not very functional and a bow thruster to help berthing??? The money would have been better spent on boat handling course.

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As for pricing, what is a price? how much you want to pay for what you see or how much you want to pay for something that you think you mght want?
The boat Tom had on show only has one price and spec. 37000 take it or leave it. Give him a call, he is one of the nicest people around in the business.

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Price = what the manufacturer wishes to sell at, less any negotiation
The Redbay Rib I was interested in wasn't the show boat
It was in the brochure.
The brochure did not have a price list
Would have been nice to have the opportunity to chat through even to get an indicative price, and to discuss pragmatic aspects of the design.
Interesting point about phone calls, not just the boat show but any sales environment. Who should receive priority service, should it be the person who has bothered to go to the sales outlet or the person that just picks up the phone to make an enquiry
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The Redbay Rib I was interested in wasn't the show boat
It was in the brochure.
The brochure did not have a price list
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Would have been nice to have the opportunity to chat through even to get an indicative price, and to discuss pragmatic aspects of the design.
i find it hard to believe that if you were genuinely interested in spending upwards of 30K on a boat that you would be in such a rush that you couldn't hang around the stand for long enough to get attention.
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