Originally Posted by ben tye
I can never quite work out why the public have to pay to go to boat shows. What we are really doing is walking around a shop and being encouraged to buy things. Would you pay 13 quid to walk round Tesco.
Presumably if they didn't the organisers would look to find other ways to raise that income, i.e. charge the exhibitors more, which would either put them off (if they are struggling to recover costs from the event) or mean they had to charge more for each boat/item sold.
The other advantage is that by being willing to pay £13 to walk round you have:
(1) qualified yourself as having at least a reasonable interest in the merchandise on display.
(2) qualified yourself as having some disposable income to spend (exhibitors don't really want people wasting their time - if they are not keen enough to fork our £26 for them and the wife to get in).