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Old 09 May 2010, 10:57   #31
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I was chatting to one of the guys on the Garmin stand and he commented that the only reason they attend these shows is to meet the boat builders and sell to them. I think most of the electronics suppliers don't expect to get any retail sales at these shows, they are used to getting loads of questions from people that then go and buy the stuff from ebay and in most case from an importer fo sub UK trade prices.

You can see why they might be skeptical !
I went to the show yesterday and popped into talk to Garmin because I'd been having 1 or 2 problems with my 4008 chartplotter . Kevin the taller of the 2 asked me if i'd come to the show by RIB . Yes I had . He came straight to my boat and popped his all singing and dancing SD card into my chartplotter and hey Presto after a few minutes of uploading/downloading/installing/ etc .... It worked lilke a dream.... thankyou Garmin for a great bit of service ......Oh and thankyou John Wood (sales director Ribeye) for the free tickets ..... its the first time Ive been to RIBEX.... I rather liked the look of the Ribcraft
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Old 09 May 2010, 11:33   #32
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Just a thought - if I was really serious about spending say 30-100K+ on a boat then I would have already spoken to the likely contendors before the show - and I would quite likely have made an appointment to meet the sales guy(s) and take the boat for a spin at the show also. Having been to numerous trade shows over the years, I'm convinced if you are serious about buying something you can usually get that across to the salesman and get some interest. If you are tyre kicking (or as people on forum's like to describe it - a potential customer in future years) then a good salesman can spot it and ensure he uses his time more constructively - which might be talking to people off site on the phone. Still no excuse for being rude.

I could have predicted 90% of this thread, even though I've never been to RibEx - simply because almost all tradeshows are the same; the real business isn't from people wandering aimlessly around shows - its from prearranged meetings, known contacts and buyers who knew what they were looking for.
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Old 09 May 2010, 12:05   #33
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Just a thought - if I was really serious about spending say 30-100K+ on a boat then I would have already spoken to the likely contendors before the show - and I would quite likely have made an appointment to meet the sales guy(s) and take the boat for a spin at the show also. Having been to numerous trade shows over the years, I'm convinced if you are serious about buying something you can usually get that across to the salesman and get some interest. If you are tyre kicking (or as people on forum's like to describe it - a potential customer in future years) then a good salesman can spot it and ensure he uses his time more constructively - which might be talking to people off site on the phone. Still no excuse for being rude.

I could have predicted 90% of this thread, even though I've never been to RibEx - simply because almost all tradeshows are the same; the real business isn't from people wandering aimlessly around shows - its from prearranged meetings, known contacts and buyers who knew what they were looking for.
maybe true, but looking around after the show they all looked like they were there for a good piss up and looked relieved that the public were gone
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I went to the show yesterday and popped into talk to Garmin because I'd been having 1 or 2 problems with my 4008 chartplotter . Kevin the taller of the 2 asked me if i'd come to the show by RIB . Yes I had . He came straight to my boat and popped his all singing and dancing SD card into my chartplotter and hey Presto after a few minutes of uploading/downloading/installing/ etc .... It worked lilke a dream.... thankyou Garmin for a great bit of service ......Oh and thankyou John Wood (sales director Ribeye) for the free tickets ..... its the first time Ive been to RIBEX.... I rather liked the look of the Ribcraft
Was that was you rafted up to my little blue Vipermax then? Nice to meet you!
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maybe true, but looking around after the show they all looked like they were there for a good piss up and looked relieved that the public were gone
Wasn't much in the way of Public there anyway!
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maybe true, but looking around after the show they all looked like they were there for a good piss up and looked relieved that the public were gone
I live in Cowes, and the whole event is pretty much ignored. No posters & paid entry amounts to lack of interest.

Also, you could get a brilliant very of the stage from the Town Quay. Cost? Zilch. Why did we bother paying???

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no berth space for us

few days ago we launched our large passenger/cargo carrying Rib, could have been a major coo and attraction at Ribex, sadly the organisers missed out.
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I live in Cowes, and the whole event is pretty much ignored. No posters & paid entry amounts to lack of interest.

Also, you could get a brilliant very of the stage from the Town Quay. Cost? Zilch. Why did we bother paying???

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i have a home in cowes also, we got 5 free entry tickets just walking down the high street
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I bought 4 tickets at almost 20 a pop. What a waste of money. Why was the concert not in the Events Centre? There was hardly an audience for gawds sake! I live in Cowes and own a rib but I will never bother going again. I suggest RIBEX goes elsewhere in future. How about Portland?
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I bought 4 tickets at almost 20 a pop. What a waste of money. Why was the concert not in the Events Centre? There was hardly an audience for gawds sake! I live in Cowes and own a rib but I will never bother going again. I suggest RIBEX goes elsewhere in future. How about Portland?
I went to the 1st one in Weymouth with Barrus free passes. T'was good from what I can remember.
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